The GCI is pleased to announce the Nineteenth International Course on Stone Conservation, to be held at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome April 15–July 3, 2015, and coorganized by ICCROM and the GCI in cooperation with Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery.

Designed for midcareer professionals involved in the conservation of historic stone structures and artworks, the course adopts a multidisciplinary approach, providing participants with a holistic understanding of the decay and deterioration of stone, effective conservation methodologies, practical repair methods, and long-term management strategies.

Using ICCROM's facilities, including its scientific laboratories and library, and taking advantage of the distinguished architectural heritage of Rome and its legacy of conservation practice, participants will learn about all aspects of stone conservation, including the history and theory of conservation; material characteristics of stone; deterioration mechanisms and methods of survey and analysis; conservation interventions and criteria for selecting treatments; and the management of stone conservation projects within multidisciplinary teams.

Course instructors include internationally recognized experts in stone conservation who provide classroom lectures and discussions, conduct laboratory and fieldwork exercises, and lead site visits. A fieldwork practicum at the historic Non-Catholic Cemetery and a study tour to visit conservation projects throughout Italy offer substantial opportunities to learn hands-on conservation techniques and best practices.

A maximum of twenty participants will be accepted. The course is open to conservators-restorers, architects, archaeologists, conservation scientists, engineers, and other professionals involved in stone conservation, preferably with a minimum of five years' practical working experience in the field.

More information about the course, including application instructions and forms, is available on the ICCROM website.