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Productive Affinities: Successful Collaborations Between Museums and Academia

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 16:00 to Friday, October 31, 2008 - 16:00

Productive Affinities: Successful Collaborations Between Museums and Academia


The Art Institute of Chicago Northwestern University Joint Seminar Series on Conservation Science


October 29-31, 2008

Chicago, IL and Evanston, IL

Continued progress in conservation science is increasingly dependent upon collaborative efforts amongst several different disciplines, as well as effective partnerships involving a wide range of scientific perspectives from museums, libraries, academia, industry and national laboratories. This meeting, generously sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, represents the culminating event of a quadrennial collaborative research program between the Art Institute of Chicago and the Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and Civil Engineering Departments at Northwestern University. The objective is to present an overview of research collaborations that showcase the convergence of critical technical expertise and resources on questions of interest to the study and preservation of objects of cultural heritage. Additionally, the symposium hopes to engage participants in a discussion on how a close coordination amongst funding agencies can be catalyzed to support research projects focused on art and archaeological subjects of inquiry, especially at a time when funding agencies stress the integration of broader impacts requirements with the research being proposed. Information about symposium, including registration form: Contact:, 847-491-3606