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Athabasca University to host conservation and science summer school

Athabasca University (AU) will host a conservation and science summer school for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

The 2022 ICCROM Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science Summer School will be held July 4 to 15, 2022 in St. Albert, Alberta. The event is co-hosted with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). The centre works to promote the conservation of all forms of cultural heritage in every region of the world.

“Athabasca University’s Heritage Resources Management program, a specialized and innovative program housed within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is proud to be offering the 2022 ICCROM Summer School, a space dedicated to emerging and prominent voices in the heritage conversation field for critical engagement and inquiry,” said Dr. Manijeh Mannani, dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Bringing international ideas to Alberta

The summer school is designed to bring conservation professionals together from around the world. Participants will look at alternative approaches to teaching and learning about conservation and science while studying existing field practices.

The summer school will tour historic St. Albert landmarks, including the Musée Héritage Museum and Grain Elevator Park. Activities will include fieldwork, study visits, tours, and documenting Traditional Indigenous Knowledge. Participants will also visit historic sites and museums around the region, such as the Royal Alberta Museum.

“We are excited to introduce the participants to our rich and diverse culture through visits to museums, historic sites, and cultural places in St. Albert, Edmonton, and beyond. Participants will also have the chance to interact with community leaders and members, as well as professionals and experts to learn about heritage conservation practices, activities, and partnerships in Alberta and Canada”, said Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, associate professor and director of the Heritage Resources Management program.

Long-established partnership

AU has worked with the centre since 2016 and has offered the online components of the international summer school. In 2019, AU developed a customized online environment for the course activities. This online environment, entitled ICCROM-AU International Summer School Virtual Leaning Space, was designed as an integral part of ICCROM’s 2019 International Summer School in Arita, Japan.

“It is such a privilege to continue our collaboration with the centre and host the 2022 edition of the international summer school in Canada. We are looking forward to welcoming international participants to AU and our community,” said Inanloo Dailoo.