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2015 Training Workshops on ICOM-ITC


ICOM International Training Centre (ICOM-ITC) is announcing its next training programme that will be held from 13 to 21 April, 2015 in Beijing. ICOM, ICOM China and the Palace Museum are pleased to award travel grants to international participants attending the training seminar. Please refer to ICOM website for the types of grant available and the applicable criteria: http://icom.museum/activities/icom-international-training-centre-for-museum-studies/applicable-criteria-for-the-awarding-of-icom-itc-travel-grants/Full applications with the application form as well as other documents are expected by Friday 20 February, 2015. Contact: Ms. Yu Zhang (yu.zhang@icom.museum) at ICOM Secretariat.

Applicable criteria

  1. Having paid their ICOM membership dues for two consecutive years including the current year of application, or, in the case of a new or reinstated ICOM membership, having paid membership dues for the year of application;
  2. Fluent in both written and spoken English;
  3. Occupying middle-management position in a recognised museum or public institution;
  4. Aged 45 years or under, by 31 December of the year of application.

By applying for the travel grant, the applicants agree to: 
- do preparatory work prior to the workshop – readings and homework; 
- participate in an evaluation of the workshop – both at the end of the workshop and a few weeks/months after the workshop. 

An overall assessment of the applications will take into account the gender balance of the applicants as well as the range of types and sizes of museums where the applicants work. 
Only one applicant will be considered per country outside of China. In order to ensure the best results from the workshop, the number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 35, with about 20 participants from countries other than China. Applicants from the Asian-Pacific region will be given priority. 

All applications must be accompanied by the following documents in English:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae of the applicant indicating training, work experience, publications and current work responsibilities (one page maximum);
  2. A fully completed Application Form, signed by both the applicant and the Chairperson of the ICOM National Committee. If there is no ICOM National Committee in the country of the applicant, an application form without a signature will be accepted;
  3. A letter from the applicant describing how the workshop fits into the applicants career development plan and how it will assist the applicant in his/her current position;
  4. A letter of recommendation from the director of the applicants museum.

The fourth workshop will be dedicated to Exhibitions in Museums. A number of outstanding international experts will give lectures and conduct discussions on exhibition-related topics such as Exhibition Development Process, Understanding Visitors, Exhibitions Usability and Accessibility, Evaluating Exhibitions, Practical Questions about Designing an Exhibition. Several Chinese experts will also showcase exhibition projects from their museums. A Reading Artifacts session, developed by the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, will be part of the programme, with access to objects from the Palace Museums vast collection. In addition, hands-on sessions will be organised in some of the most well-known museums in Beijing; and a full-day excursion will show participants around the best known cultural heritage sites in and around Beijing.

Officially launched on 1 July 2013, ICOM-ITC relies on the ICOM professional network to offer quality training
programmes in museum studies to regional and international museum professionals, especially to ICOM members from emerging countries and from the Asian Pacific region. More info on ICOM-ITC: http://icom.museum/activities/icom-international-training-centre-for-museum-studies/