The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) is excited to announce three events at at AIC's 49th Annual Meeting – 2021 AIC/SPNHC Joint Virtual Annual Meeting (May 10- June 24, 2021). ECPN offers resources and programming for those who are interested in entering the field or are in the early stages of their career. The annual meeting offers a unique opportunity for emerging conservation professionals to meet and participate in ECPN-organized events within the context of attending a large professional meeting.
Visit the AIC website to learn more about the annual meeting and how to register for the conference and ticketed events (link).
1. ECPN – Moderated Panel – Conservation in a Changing World
Conservation is a constantly developing field. As conservators, we are examining our role both in museums and in broader global communities. In the past year, we’ve seen an influx of conversations surrounding core concepts concerning levels of education, equity and inclusion, discriminatory and predatory salary practices, and how these areas intersect with each other. With this panel we hope to reflect on the future of our profession; how we can work towards creating a more equitable and diverse field, what can be done about increasing salaries to be commensurate with education level, and how the increasing number of PhDs will affect equity, diversity, and salaries. We plan to engage with our panel, consisting of emerging and established professionals, as they collectively reflect and discuss many of the changes our field is currently seeing. Panelists include: Glenn Wharton, Sanchita Balachandran, Anisha Gupta, Joy Bloser, and Kris Cnossen.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2. ECPN – Poster Session
This poster session by the ECPN Outreach Officers highlights the ECPN Liaison Program, which began as a way to connect emerging conservation professionals in far-flung regions and has developed into a robust network with over 50 liaisons facilitating conversation, support, and community throughout the country. The poster outlines the four different liaison programs offered and will highlight ways Liaisons have collaborated, grown, served their communities, and promoted awareness of the field this term, despite major obstacles to gathering due to the pandemic.
Tuesday, 18 May 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3. Town Hall and Networking Happy Hour
Kick-off the conference by connecting with peers and networking with established professionals at ECPN's annual Happy Hour. Conference attendees at any career stage are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, 18 May 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM