Directors' Retreats for Conservation Education (2002–2008)
 
Directors' Retreat 2008
 
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Group photo of Directors' Retreat 2008. Photo: Takahiko Makino.

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Professor William Chapman discusses core competencies for built heritage conservation professionals in the Asia Pacific region. Photo: Jeff Cody.

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Khulbushan Jain discusses the gaps between training and the needs of the field. Photo: Jeff Cody.

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Small group discussion on curricula development for built heritage conservation education in the Asia Pacific region. Photo: Kecia Fong.

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Mark Chang discusses the highlights of the Retreat. Photo: Kecia Fong.

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Small group discussion on core competencies for built heritage conservation professionals in the Asia Pacific region. Photo: Jeff Cody.

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Small group discussion on core competencies for built heritage conservation professionals in the Asia Pacific region. Photo: Jeff Cody.

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Laurence Loh presents conclusions and recommendations for improved conservation education in the Asia Pacific region. Photo: Jeff Cody.

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Site visit to Wat Pongsanuk. Professor Woralun Boonyasurat of the Thai Art Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University discusses conservation work at the site with Retreat participants. Photo: Jeff Cody.

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Site visit to Wat Phra Thad Lampang Luang. A member of the Fine Arts Department of Thailand discusses conservation work at the site with Retreat participants. Photo: Jeff Cody.

Directors' Retreat 2006
 
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Group shot of Directors' Retreat 2006 participants. Photo: Foekje Boersma.

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Facilitated discussion on distance learning and new technologies, titled eNdless Possibilities?, led by Michael Anderson, manager of Course Development and Technology, University of Texas System TeleCampus. Photo: Foekje Boersma.

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Graphic representation of the discussion on emerging trends in e-learning and technology. Photo: Foekje Boersma.

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Small group discussion on Web-based teaching and learning for conservation. Photo: Foekje Boersma.

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Small group discussion on Web-based teaching and learning for conservation. Photo: Foekje Boersma.

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Discussion of small group results by Debra Hess Norris, Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, University of Delaware. Photo: Foekje Boersma.

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Retreat participants continue discussions informally at the end of the day. Photo: Foekje Boersma.

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Visit to The Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record at the School of Information, University of Texas. Photo: Foekje Boersma.

Directors' Retreat 2004
 
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The 2004 Directors' Retreat for the Advancement of Conservation Education was jointly organized by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne. Participants were from thirteen countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. Photo: Kecia Fong.

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The first morning of the retreat. Photo: Katharine Untch.

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In one small-group exercise, participants were asked to "paint a picture" to communicate how they viewed current issues in conservation education in the region. Photo: Katharine Untch.

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In a session entitled "Dreaming and Destinations," a working group discusses the direction they would like conservation education to take. Ideas, or dreams, are expressed on cloud-shaped cards, which are posted on the wall. Photo: Katharine Untch.

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Participants prioritize "dreams" by placing star-shaped stickers on the ideas they consider most urgent for the advancement of conservation education in their region. Photo: Katharine Untch.

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Small working groups used creative thinking skills to design and construct a "vehicle to advance conservation education." This excercise encouraged "outside-the-box" approaches to problem solving. Photo: Katharine Untch.

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During the final session, a participant outlines how to achieve an education strategy for the region. Photo: Katharine Untch.

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During a break, participants toured conservation laboratory facilities at the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation. Photo: Katharine Untch.