Chaitra Sharad, a CEPT alumna, has been awarded Getty Foundation Attendance Grant to this year’s International Institute for Conservation (IIC) Congress Edinburgh 2020.
Chaitra is one of the 30 recipients of the grant awarded to conservators from countries with emerging economies and in employment in either a public or private capacity. The grant covered the registration and digital access to the fully online congress. The grantees were selected from various conservation and allied fields showing potential as leaders and advocates for the future.
The 28th Biennial Congress, with the theme “Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation,” is the first fully online event of the esteemed International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) from November 2 to 6, 2020. More than 1000 participants from 87 countries joined one of the most critical meetings in the conservation world, and part of its program was a Welcome Meeting and Networking Sessions for grantees.
The whole event spanned a total of 11 sessions, across various topics relating to heritage preservation. Pre-recorded paper presentations were followed by a live Q&A, virtual tours of the city Edinburgh and conservation sites, poster sessions and regional group live hubs.
The Grant recipients attended IIC Congress 2020 – Getty Foundation Leadership and Advocacy Workshop, which was specially held for their participation. It covered topics ranging from advocacy to funding to collaboration with other professionals to leadership. The workshop, titled ‘Developing Leadership and Advocacy Skills for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage’ was conducted by Sarah Staniforth, President Emeritus IIC; Debra Hess Norris, Chair, Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware; Beatriz Haspo, Executive Director, Apoyo Online and Bob Norris, Management Consultant.