It is with great excitement that we invite you to join us in Helsinki, Finland from September 5-9 for Metal 2022, the Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metals Working Group.
2022 marks the 10th anniversary of Interim Meetings, which means that we have been coming together for the past 30 years. As we celebrate and reflect on this milestone, we are also thrilled that this will be the first time that our meeting will be held in the Nordic Countries. Not only that, but Finland was named the happiest country in the world by the United Nations World Happiness Report in 2018, 2019, 2020 – and 2021!
The Metals Working Group is one of the largest working groups of ICOM-CC. It is also one of the most active communities of conservation professionals engaged in the preservation of metallic archaeological, ethnographic, artistic and historical objects. Members are from all regions of the world and include conservators, conservation scientists as well as corrosion scientists and archeometallurgists, amongst many other allied professions.
After nearly two years of lockdown due to an unprecedented pandemic, we are still planning for a safe in-person and virtual hybrid meeting. The decision to offer a hybrid format is another first that we believe will greatly expand inclusion and outreach and provide an alternative if an in-person meeting is not possible. We will be closely monitoring the state of the pandemic and make a final decision approximately six months before the start of the conference.
On behalf of the Coordination Team of the Metals Working Group, the conference organizing committee, our hosts at The National Museum of Finland and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, we look forward to welcoming you to Helsinki for Metal 2022.
Liisa Näsänen (Program Chair) Eero Ehanti and Heikki Häyhä
Coordinator of the Metals Working Group