Recent Advances in Glass and Ceramics Conservation 2022: the 6th Interim

Meeting of the Glass and Ceramics Working Group

8-11 November 2022, Lisbon, Portugal & Online

VENUE - Pharmacy Museum, Lisbon

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The ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics Working Group, VICARTE Research Unit and Department of Conservation and Restoration from the NOVA School of Sciences and Technology (FCT NOVA) are pleased to announce the 6th Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics Working Group. 

The conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in a hybrid format, with options for both in-person and online attendance and presentation. This is a new format for our Working Group, and we are thrilled to expand our reach and increase access to the glass and ceramics conservation community.

The venue will be the Pharmacy Museum in Lisbon. Over the years, the Health and Pharmacy Museum has become a reference both at national and international levels. The thousands of visitors received every year and the numerous prizes awarded to the Museum are proof of the quality of our project. Opened in June 1996 in Lisbon, the Health and Pharmacy Museum is the result of the unequivocal desire of the Portuguese Pharmacies to preserve the history of the pharmaceutical profession.

Selected papers will be peer-reviewed by members of a dedicated scientific committee and published as digital preprints. The digital preprints will be provided to meeting attendees - both in-person and online - and will also be available after the meeting on the ICOM-CC Publications Platform and for print on demand at Please note that, for the publication, all authors will be required to transfer the copyright of the contribution to ICOM-CC.

Conference goals

  • Create an opportunity for gathering the global glass and ceramics conservation community
  • Foster an inclusive and welcoming space for discussion and exchange of ideas
  • Increase access to peer-reviewed research in the field of glass and ceramics conservation
  • Promote networking for future collaboration and activity


All aspects of the conservation, study, and research of glass- and ceramics-based cultural heritage are welcome, and papers may explore a wide variety of topics. We would like to specifically invite authors to consider submitting papers on the following themes:

Diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the field of glass and ceramics conservation, across the globe and in respective countries and cultures

Is your work advancing these goals? Do you have ideas for how glass and ceramics conservation practice can change/evolve/contribute? We’d love to hear about it. 

Sustainability within our profession

Have you undertaken projects that advance environmental sustainability? Sustainability of ourselves and the profession? 

Online teaching and virtual learning

A global pandemic has pushed us to re-think teaching and hosting internships; if you have innovative solutions to share,
please do. 

Modern and contemporary glass and ceramics

There are many challenges specific to the conservation and care of modern and contemporary glass and ceramic collections. We want to foster communication among those working in this arena and help share their research.

Adhesives and consolidants and loss compensation for glass and ceramics conservation

Always an area of interest for research and innovation: what are recent advances you can tell us about?

Standards of preventive care, particularly for glass collections

Every collection is unique, and each has its own set of limitations and challenges; the more we share, the more we can advance our collective understanding of “best practices.”

Glass deterioration

Any exciting developments in how we can assess stages and mechanisms of deterioration?

We will also feature a dedicated Student Session. Selected student contributions will be published in the proceedings as extended abstracts.

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