Registrations to the 10th Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium are now open. Please join us at Melbourne Museum for four days of conversation and presentations, Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd November 2018. 

Early bird AICCM member registration is now closed.

The Symposium program will include presentations by conservators and allied researchers from Australia and abroad. There will also be three significant keynote speakers and a range of fascinating panel discussions, workshops and tours associated with this event. The Symposium aims to provide a platform for academic papers and discussions on a wide range of issues, with topical sessions including:

  • Revisitation – revisit a treatment, a survey, a research project, a material, an idea, an era. How has it survived the passage of time, and what does that tell us for the future?
  • The Anthropocene – this proposed global epoch is defined by the beginning of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. What does it mean to be a conservator in the Anthropocene? What materials, practices and systems of the Anthropocene are affecting our work and futures? How will we need to adapt?
  • Black and white – from either a material or a decision-making perspective, there are bound to be shades of grey.

As a special treat for delegates, the wonderful people behind the The C Word podcast have put together a one-off episode examining our conference themes. We invite you to download it here and have a listen, to get you into conference mode!

  • Register for the conference and conference dinner below.
  • Register for the Friday and weekend workshops separately here.
  • The program is available here.

Please note that it is essential for all participants including presenters to register.

Also, the conference committee understands that circumstances can change. At any point prior to the event you are welcome to contact us to nominate a substitute delegate. Due to catering commitments, refunds will not be possible if you wish to cancel within 7 days of the event.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

Full conference registration (Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 November)

Your registration includes all conference sessions (Tuesday-Thursday), coffee + tea on arrival and morning/afternoon teas (Tuesday-Thursday), the Tuesday night welcome reception, the Wednesday evening film night, and a conference satchel including a hard copy abstract booklet and a USB of extended abstracts. Lunch is not included.


Those who have registered for the full conference can also enrol in ONE workshop, tour or discussion session on Friday 23 November here.

In addition, you can also register for the Friday morning digital print seminar or either of the Digital Print Preservation workshops presented by Daniel Burge, Senior Research Scientist at the Image Permanence Institute. These events will be held at the National Gallery of Victoria. Further details can be found on our workshop registration page. These workshops are generously supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Day registration (Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21, or Thursday 22 November)

Day registrations include conference attendance (1 day), coffee + tea on arrival, morning and afternoon tea, and the conference satchel which includes a hard copy booklet of abstracts and a USB stick of extended abstracts. Lunch is not included. If you attend on the Tuesday or Wednesday you may also join the evening activity (Welcome Reception or film night, respectively).

Optional: Conference Dinner

Details: Thursday 22 November, 6:30-11pm, Grub Food Van (87-89 Moor Street Fitzroy). Note: not an actual van. Sit-down dinner and some drinks included. Limited to 60 places. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements in the online registration form.

Contact: If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Book & Paper or Photon Special Interest Group (SIG) convenors via the AICCM website SIG pages: and

The 2018 AICCM Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium is generously supported by: