Proposals are now being accepted for ''Modern Paints Uncovered," a symposium on modern paint media to be held May 16–19, 2006, in London. Coorganized by the Getty Conservation Institute, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and Tate in London, this symposium will draw together the varied strands of research currently being conducted by conservation scientists and conservators on modern paint materials.

Applicants may submit proposals for either a 20-minute oral presentation or a poster presentation addressing the conservation concerns and challenges of modern paint media. Topics might include the characterization, manufacture, stability, and innovative use of modern paints; analytical techniques for identifying their components; novel and practical methods for conserving modern painted surfaces; and the evaluation of the methods and techniques used for treating and cleaning them.

Proposal abstracts should be double-spaced, English-language, MS Word documents of 250 words or less and formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins. All submissions should include presentation/poster title, author name(s), professional affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone, fax, and a short, one-paragraph biography. Abstracts should be sent via e-mail to MPU@tate.org.uk . The deadline for submission is September 7, 2005.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by November 15, 2005. The technical committee reserves the right to make the final determination of whether the proposal is an oral presentation or poster. Successful proposals will include one complimentary registration. For further information, please visit the Getty Web site at www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/public_programs/conferences/mpu.html .