ICOMOS 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium

International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia
1-10 October 2020

#ICOMOSGA2020

ICOMOS 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium

We acknowledge the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Custodians of this Land on which the ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium will take place and pay respects to their Elders past and present. We extend this acknowledgement and respect to the Traditional Owners of other Country which will be visited during GA2020 and to all Indigenous people who attend.

#ICOMOSGA2020

ICOMOS 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium

International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia
1-10 October 2020

#ICOMOSGA2020

ICOMOS 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium

We acknowledge the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Custodians of this Land on which the ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium will take place and pay respects to their Elders past and present. We extend this acknowledgement and respect to the Traditional Owners of other Country which will be visited during GA2020 and to all Indigenous people who attend.

#ICOMOSGA2020

ICOMOS 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium

International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia
1-10 October 2020

#ICOMOSGA2020

Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility

Message from the Australia ICOMOS President

Welcome!

On behalf of Australia ICOMOS, I am delighted to invite delegates from around the world to Sydney for the 20th Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS in October 2020!

Together we can learn from each other and promote excellent cultural heritage practices.

Sydney is a destination that offers unrivalled natural and cultural beauty with world-class facilities, including our stunning new International Convention Centre, all in the inspirational setting of Sydney Harbour.

The core General Assembly will occur between 5 and 9 October, 2020 within an exciting ten day program of site visits, workshops, lectures, expert meetings and social gatherings. Venues will include the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, Greater Blue Mountains and Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Properties amongst a wide variety of other Aboriginal and colonial cultural places. We will meet amidst Sydney’s vibrant Indigenous and multicultural communities.

The theme of the four day Scientific Symposium: ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’, reflects the global context of heritage as part of cultural identity at a time of rapid population shift, conflict and environmental uncertainty. The important notion of shared stewardship, for which the ‘culture-nature journey’ is of particular relevance, requires agreed approaches to the sustainable protection, conservation and safeguarding of heritage.

Australia ICOMOS has one of the largest and most active ICOMOS national committees, and with strong support from the Australian and NSW State Governments and the City of Sydney, we are thrilled to bring an ICOMOS General Assembly to the Pacific region for the first time.

Please join us at the General Assembly – not only to visit Sydney, but to make this event the cornerstone of a visit to the iconic cultural and natural heritage of Australia!

Helen Lardner
President, Australia ICOMOS


Sustainability: Towards a sustainable GA2020:

We aim to make GA2020 a carbon neutral and sustainable event. Our Sustainability Guide for GA2020 will help make the event environmentally and socially sustainable. Our Aboriginal Procurement Policy will create opportunities for Aboriginal owned businesses and employment. We encourage all sponsors, exhibitors, providers and delegates to read and use these policies.

We urge delegates to help reduce the GA2020 carbon footprint. Please purchase airline carbon offsets and use public transport in Sydney. We aim to minimise conference paper handouts and consumption through GA2020. Reusable water bottles will be provided but we ask delegates to bring their own reusable cups.

For more on sustainability at the GA click here

ICOMOS GA2020 Fast Facts:

  • Dates: 1 – 10 October 2020
  • Venue: International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) right in the heart of Sydney
  • Audience: Expected 1,500 professionals from across the globe representing heritage, archaeology, historians, urban planning, architects and academia just to name a few, providing unrivalled access to high-calibre specialist knowledge and delivering a boost to‘grass roots’ interest in cultural heritage and conservation work throughout Australia and globally.
  • Legacy: Aligning with the GA2020 Theme of “Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility”, sponsors will be an integral part of the legacy to the management of cultural heritage and the communities that value and care for it in Australia and globally.

General Assembly Key Dates

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Victoria Falls Fund Application Deadline :
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Official GA2020 Airline Partner

Qantas is delighted to be the major airline sponsor for the ICOMOS GA2020. Qantas, in conjunction with partner airlines, are offering registered delegates and travel partners special discounted airfares. To find out more, click here.

 

GA2020 Update

Australia ICOMOS is delighted that the ICOMOS Board has graciously determined that the 21st triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS will be hosted by Australia ICOMOS in Sydney in September 2023.

Further information about ‘GA2023’ will be made available in due course, once the situation regarding COVID-19 and implications for global travel and economic recovery have become more apparent, and preliminary plans are in place.

In the meantime, the GA2020 registration process has been suspended, and the GA2020 website will not be updated further. Registered delegates, those who have submitted abstracts and other interested parties will be contacted directly, as information about options and arrangements for the transition to 2023 are determined.

Australia ICOMOS will continue to place the health and safety of GA2020 delegates, ICOMOS members, and event and venue staff at the forefront of our decision making.

Australia ICOMOS will host an online ‘marker’ event in October 2020 to acknowledge the enormous support and goodwill shown towards planning GA2020.

Australia ICOMOS remains committed to supporting and enriching the global work of ICOMOS and looks forward to welcoming delegates to Sydney for GA2023 in September 2023!