Preliminary Programme

Key speakers 30 min / Speakers 20 min

TimeTopic CountryNameInstitute
08:30 - 09:30Registration
09:30 - 09:40Welcome and opening of the conference
09:40 - 10:10Key speaker
Avoiding catastrophic loss: Learning from risk analysis of rare events
CanadaIrene KarstenCCI, Canadian Conservation Institute
10:10 - 10:30X -Team ProjectItalySergio OliveroSiTI, Politecnico di Torino, Università Ca’ Foscari
10:30 - 10:45Coffee break
10:45 - 11:05A model for a course in first aid for Cultural Heritage for the Nordic countriesNorwayTanja Røskar
11:05 - 11:25Investing in prevention: collections emergency training at the Harvard LibraryUSAPriscilla AndersonHarvard Library
11:25 - 11:45In case of fire: a value and risk assessment model for Norwegian churches, NorwayElisabeth AndersenNorwegian institute for cultural heritage research
11:45 - 12:05Discussions
12:05 - 13:00Lunch at Harpa conference hall.
13:00 - 13:20
13:20 - 13:40Saving the stave churches from sudden impacts - Assessing and
preventing current and future risks for from a geo-hazard perspective
NorwayFredrik BergNIKU, Norwegian institute for cultural heritage research
13:40 - 14:00Quality System implementation within the Permanent Exhibitions Management of Antofagasta MuseumChileVerónica Diaz VilchesVerónica Museo de Antofagasta
14:00 - 14:20Communicating disaster preparednessSwedenLisa NilsenSwedish National Heritage Board
14:20 - 14:35Discussions
14:35 - 14:55Coffee break
15:00 - 15:20Changing Climate and Heritage Management in IcelandIcelandGuðmundur Stefán SigurðarsonThe Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland
15:20 - 15:40Development of an assessment method for the project Adapt Northern
Heritage to identify risks to and vulnerabilities of historic places due to climate change
ScotlandHermann CarstenHistoric Environment Scotland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland
15:40 - 16:00V
16:00 - 16:20 Discussions
17:00 - 19:00Welcome reception at the Town hall, with the Mayor of Reykjavik
TimeTopic CountryNameInstitute
08:30 - 09:00Key speaker BUKChristie PollyThe Glasgow School of Art
09:00 - 09:20Fire in the storage of the German Plastics MuseumGermanyFriederike WaentigTechnical University Cologne
09:20 - 09:40
09:40 - 10:00Discussions
10:00 - 10:20Coffee break
10:20 - 11:00A Chasuble Salvaged from Arson - A Super HeroFinland Leena NiiranenCraft Museum of Finland
11:00 - 11:20Salvaging memories and building cultural understanding: the recovery and preservation of photographs from natural disasters and armed conflictUSADebra NorrisUniversity of Delaware
11:20 - 11:40Risk Assessment and The Open Air Museum’s CollectionDenmark Tanja Probst-DedenrothThe National Museum of Denmark
11:40 - 12:00Discussions
12:00 - 13:00Lunch
13:00 - 13:20Methodologies for Quick Assessment of Building Stability in the EU STORM ProjectItaly Stefano MarsellaMinistero dell'Interno
13:20 - 13:40Painted works of art degradations induced by water damages: physico-chemical characterization and proposal of an adapted conservation treatmentFranceAnaïs Genty-VincentCentre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France
13:40 - 14:00Saving several large murals from demolitionDenmarkConny HansenNational Museum of Denmark
14:00 - 14:20Discussions
14:30 - 15:00Coffee break
15:00 - 15:20The Smithsonian Institution-Haiti Cultural Recovery Project: Saving paintings after the earthquakeIcelandKristín GísladóttirIndependent Conservator
15:20 - 15:40Nepal and the Earthquake 2015 – Summary of Three Years Earthquake Response at the Patan Durbar SquareAustriaMartina HaselbergerUniversity of Applied Arts Vienna
15:40 - 16:00Earthquakes and their Aftermath: Lessons Learned from the Canterbury Quakes 2010 -12New Zealand Lynn CampbellCampbell Conservation, Christchurch
16:00 - 16:20 PRICE: Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies at the SmithsonianUSAKatie WagnerSmithsonian Institution
16:20 - 16:40Discussions
19:00Pre drink
20:00Gala dinner at Iðnó
TimeTopic CountryNameInstitute
09:00 - 09:30Key speaker CUSAJerry PodanyIndependent Researcher
09:30 - 09:50Recovering from flooding at the Museum of the HighwoodCanadaGail NIinimaa and co-writer Irene KerrNIinimaa Enterprises Inc., Calgary; Museum of the Highwood
09:50 - 10:10National Heritage Responders: Adapting, Adjusting, EvolvingUSAEric PourchotFAIC
10:10 - 10:30Handling water damaged documents after the cloudburst in Copenhagen on july 2nd 2011,DenmarkAsger Svane-KnudsenDanish National Archives
10:30 - 10:50Coffee break
10:50 - 11:10Mexican National Newsaper Archive facing two earthquakes: 1985 and 2017MexicoMartha RomeroInstitute of Bibliographical Research UNAM
11:10 - 11:30Dealing with the aftermath of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruptionIcelandNathalie JacqueminetIndependent conservator
11:30 - 12:10Discussions
12:10 - 12:55Lunch
13:00 - 16:00Excursions

Friday September 28 – Excursions

Excursion 1 – Art history walk in Reykjavik

A guide through the Icelandic visual art’s scene with the head of collection at The National Gallery, Mrs. Heiðdal. Including visits to the National Gallery and Safnahúsið at the city Centre.

Excursion 2 – Historical Reykjavik

A walk around Reykjavík City Centre with the director of the Reykjavík City Museum, Mr. Benediktsson.  Including visits to recent archaeological excavations, historical highlights and the Settlement Exhibition. The exhibition is built around an excavation carried out in 2001, were a longhouse from the early Settlement Era was discovered.

Excursion 3 – National Museum of Iceland

A visit to the new preservation facilities of the National Museum of Iceland, which will include a tour of the conservation facilities and research. Following this, a visit to the museum’s main exhibition in Suðurgata, where the director of the museum, Mrs. Hallgrímsdóttir, will welcome the guests.

Venue: Kaldalón Auditorium at Harpa Conference Centre

Harpa, the beautiful concert and conference centre features the best conditions for conferences in Iceland. Harpa is a first class conference centre that has received numerous awards and prizes for outstanding facilities.

Harpa was chosen the best performance venue in 2011 by Travel & Leisure magazine and in Autumn 2012, Harpa received the prestigious award as the Best MICE Centre in Northern Europe.

The conference centre is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest landmarks, located by the picturesque Reykjavík harbour in the city centre and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean. Everything you need is within reach like hotels, restaurants, museums, art galleries and shopping as well as various activities and sightseeing in Iceland‘s exotic nature.


The conference venue within Harpa is Kaldalón auditorium. Capacity: 195 (theatre style)