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Conservation science: Reflections and future perspectives

Heritage, A; Golfomitsou, S; (2015) Conservation science: Reflections and future perspectives. Studies in Conservation , 60 (2) S2-2-S2-6. 10.1080/00393630.2015.1117858. Green open access

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The ICCROM Forum 2013 on Conservation Science resulted in a series of recommendations for improving the relevance and impact of science within cultural heritage conservation. These recommendations are outlined in this paper. Central to the Forum recommendations is the responsibility of conservation science to provide benefit through research and innovation. This relies on shared strategic vision and good governance, to identify priority needs and align efforts accordingly. To enhance the effectiveness of conservation science research, it is imperative to adopt an approach based on needs assessment, collaboration, and sharing. However, to establish whether desired goals are being met, systematic assessment of what is delivered and how it is used is required. Evaluation tools provide a structured way to identify needs and to measure results, offering a basis for learning and improvement. A new initiative is outlined, launched by ICCROM in follow-up to the Forum, to develop a common framework for needs and outcome assessment for heritage conservation science. To achieve this will require participation and support at multiple levels, and collaboration is called for to continue and sustain this effort.

Type: Article
Title: Conservation science: Reflections and future perspectives
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2015.1117858
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00393630.2015.1117858
Language: English
Additional information: © ICCROM, and The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works 2015 MORE OpenChoice articles are open access and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivs Licence 3.0
Keywords: Conservation science, Heritage science, ICCROM, Evaluation methods, Needs assessment
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: International
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: International > UCL - Qatar
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474941
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