September 5-9, 2022 Helsinki, Finland
ICOM-CC The National Museum of Finland Metropolia

Call for Papers

The ICOM-CC Metals Working Group, The National Museum of Finland and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 10th Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metals Working Group.

The conference will be held at Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the entrance to Helsinki’s harbour. This will be the first time that the Metals Working Group Interim Meeting takes place in the Nordic Countries.

We are also excited to announce that for the very first time ever the conference will be offered in a hybrid format with in-person AND virtual programming. This is a new format for the group as we try to expand inclusion and outreach. Although we are very hopeful that we can meet in person in 2022, the conference may transition to a 100% virtual event depending on the COVID-19 situation. If the hybrid format goes ahead as planned, presenters will be expected to deliver their paper in-person in Helsinki.

Selected papers will be published as digital Preprints and provided to attendees at the meeting (whether in-person or virtual) and will also be available after the meeting as print on demand at Please note that for the publication, all authors will be asked to transfer copyright of their contribution to ICOM-CC.

Finnish Heritage Agency/Museovirasto

We invite papers on the following themes:

Cross-disciplinary collaborations

  • Working with professionals from other disciplines such as engineering, micro-mechanics, scientists, the arts, as well as volunteers and the general public.
  • The value of traditional knowledge sharing and craftsmanship.
  • Technology transfer from industry to the conservation field.
  • Collaborative approaches and exchange of expertise in the field of composite object conservation.
  • Technical and kinetic objects. Preserving functionality and refining best practices.

Elevating the voice of the conservator

  • Growing discourse surrounding social justice and objects with contentious narratives; vandalism.
  • The preservation and presentation of contentious objects (e.g. illegally excavated or linked to traumatic heritage, war, colonialism, nationalism).
  • Teaching metals conservation – adapting the curriculum to evolving social and economic/technical/industrial/data scientific (or computational) realities.
  • Giving a voice to emerging conservation professionals and their vision for the future of the field.

Sustainability in practice in the metals conservation community

  • Alternative and less hazardous treatments.
  • Innovative chemical recycling.
  • Developing affordable and eco-friendly techniques and products to conserve individual artifacts or collections (mass treatment).
  • Environmental responsibilities on large-scale treatment projects.

Conservation treatments, materials and analysis

  • Innovative treatment techniques.
  • Review and improve existing techniques and methodologies.
  • Non-invasive analytical techniques.
  • Data science, computational techniques and visualization.

Preventive conservation

  • Re-assessing and improving preventive conservation measures for metal and composite artifacts and collections.

All aspects of the conservation, study and research of metallic cultural heritage are welcome and papers may explore other topics.

Metal 2022 will also feature a dedicated Young Conservation Professionals session. Students and recent graduates (no more than 3 years from the end of their studies) are invited to submit abstracts for this session. If selected, their contribution will be published in the proceedings as short papers.

Suomenlinna . UNESCO

Submission Information

Please submit abstracts of 600 words or less for consideration. The work must be original and not previously published.


  • title,
  • corresponding author's name,
  • professional title,
  • affiliation,
  • email address
  • and a biography of no more than 300 words.

In the case of multiple authors please list all authors, professional titles and affiliations.

For submissions to the Young Conservation Professionals session, please indicate that you are submitting a paper to this session by including the letters YCP before the title of your abstract. For example, “YCP Conservation of painted cast iron sculptures.”

Paul Mardikian Coordinator, ICOM-CC Metals Working Group Liisa Näsänen Conference Chair, The National Museum of Finland Eero Ehanti and Heikki Häyhä Steering Committee, The National Museum of Finland and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences