Call for Speakers

Are you an expert in cultural protection? Would you like to share your knowledge with others? We are taking submissions for speakers for the IAASF Conference 2024!

IAASF is excited to invite specialists and experts involved in cultural protection to submit an application to present at its annual conference in October 2024 on the theme:

'Developing Resilience for the Protection of Cultural Venues'.

The IAASF draws experts from around the world involved in cultural protection to share their experiences and knowledge with others in the hope that we can collectively take steps to protect our cultural heritage for future generations.

The conference has a security and safety theme but that does not mean we are only looking for security and safety specialists, as the protection of arts and antiquities involves a wide and varied range of disciplines who collectively help reduce the risks faced. We are keen to hear from museum directors, archivists, curators, archaeologists, religious representatives, academics, representatives of government bodies and NGOs, and of course security professionals.

To support the content and benefit the delegates we are looking for speakers to share their experiences, discuss real-world examples, case studies, lessons learned, operational best practices, and practical strategies in one of the following areas:

- Illicit Art Trafficking/Looting                      - Security In Depth - Creating Resilience

- Organised Crime                                         - Security Design Approaches

- Environmental Issues                                 - Operational Security

- Fire Resilience                                             - Training & Education

- Protests                                                        - Secure Movement of Artefacts

- Risk Management                      

Proposals must be submitted to by the 1st of June 2024 using the downloadable template below (if you require this document in another format, please contact the IAASF Coordinator linked below). Please note that all sessions will be in English and proposals will be peer-reviewed by the IAASF Management Team. Sessions are selected to reflect the annual theme of the conference and the specific topics listed above.

Note: The admission costs and gala dinner on the evening of the 16th of October 2024 will be waivered as a sign of appreciation. For further information regarding the call for speakers, please contact the IAASF Coordinator Louise Williamson.

Call for Speakers - Abstract Proposal 2024 Word.docx