Goals of the International Scientific Committees
CAR - CIAV - CIF - CIIC - CIPA - CIVVIH - ICAHM - ICICH - ICIP - ICLAFI - ICOFORT - ICORP - ICTC - ICUCH - IPHC - ISC20C - ISCARSAH - ISCCL - ISCEAH - ISCEC - ISCES - ISCMP- ISCS - ISCSBH - ISCV - IIWC - PRERICO - THEOPHIL
CAR - International Committee on Rock Art
The aim of the Rock Art Committee is to promote international co-operation and to provide advice to ICOMOS and to UNESCO organs on their activities in the field of rock art. CAR initiates and co-ordinates world-wide actions in favour of the knowledge, the protection and rehabilitation of humankind’s rock art heritage, through activities and interventions aimed at raising the awareness of States to this heritage; by promoting international co-operation in this field; by establishing links between researchers and specialists; by providing advice to international organisations; by promoting and producing publications; by creating a world inventory of rock art; by developing traditional methods and modern digital techniques for documentation and preservation of rock art, including those which are inexpensive, non-tactile and non-intrusive, as well as protective devices. CAR has developed a draft “Charter for Rock Art” in view of its ratification as an ICOMOS doctrinal text. Furthermore, in co-operation with ICOMOS International and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the Committee is developing a series of Regional Thematic Studies and Pre-Nomination Guidelines as new tools to ensure a better representation of rock art sites on the World Heritage List in future.
No website at the moment.
CIAV - International Committee for Vernacular Architecture
CIAV’s objective is to promote the identification, study, protection and conservation of Vernacular Architecture, in keeping with ICOMOS’ objective to foster international co-operation. CIAV forms an international network that defines, improves and promotes conservation principles, standards, research, responsible practice, innovation and knowledge about the built vernacular heritage. According to its strategy established in the year 2000, CIAV’s aims are: to offer a global view on the conservation of the vernacular heritage, to provide a forum for the examination of the built vernacular heritage and to provide specialists with advice on the conservation of the vernacular heritage.
CIF - International Training Committee
The purpose of the Committee is to promote international cooperation in the field of training and education in the protection, conservation and appreciation of monuments and sites, and built heritage in general, in order to advance greater understanding in the recognition of such heritage, technology, management, and doctrine, and to advise on the development of ICOMOS programmes in this field.
The Committee shall accomplish its objectives by providing a forum for the exchange of experience, ideas, knowledge, and the results of different research between trainers and researchers, by:
1. endorsing the gathering and dissemination of information about existing training programmes;
2. encouraging further studies and development in training and education in subjects related to heritage conservation;
3. developing scientific cooperation by creating links with schools, centres, committees and international organizations involved in conservation training and education.
The activities of the Committee shall be consistent with the goals and objectives of ICOMOS, and may include the organisation of meetings, the preparation of publications, and other activities, either directly or in collaboration with national and international organisations. The Committee may undertake regional activities.
CIIC - International Committee on Cultural Routes
The need for the establishment of the CIIC arose with the emergence of routes as a new category of heritage, which the World Heritage nomination of the Camino de Santiago brought to the centre stage of international attention. A first meeting in November 1994 contributed to, but did not totally achieve, the task of delineating and defining this new category and establishing an appropriate methodology. Due to this, a group of ICOMOS members from very diverse regions of the world began to work on this topic, resulting in the creation of the CIIC in 1998. As a result of their intensive efforts and a long process of international consultations, the CIIC has developed a definition and a methodology, which is reflected in its current project for a Charter on Cultural Routes. When the Committee was established, cultural routes were a new discipline, and one in which experts were scarce. Thus, the CIIC has had a major role in expanding this new expertise to all areas of the world.
Cultural routes are documented in a systematic manner and registered in a database maintained by the CIIC. The CIIC has also willingly cooperated with other ICOMOS International Committees to help them identify and document heritage sites within the multi-disciplinary context of cultural routes.
CIPA - International Committee on Heritage Documentation
CIPA – Heritage Documentation is a joint committee set up by ICOMOS and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). It ensures liaison and co-operation between ICOMOS and ISPRS.
CIPA's objective is to promote recording, documentation and the study of the status and changes of cultural objects, artifacts or monuments, groups of buildings, their associated environments, villages, towns, sites and cultural landscapes by means of further development of applications of photography, photogrammetry and related disciplines and techniques (such as building surveying, remote sensing, 3d laser scanning, CAD, data bank organisation, information systems, aerial and geophysical prospecting, and visualisation).
CIPA actively pursues programmes which define research needs, stimulate and support research activity, and increase exchange and dissemination of relevant information in order to promote greater understanding in the field. CIPA holds regular biennial Symposia and promotes international co-operation in the domain of heritage documentation.
CIVVIH - International Committee on Historic Towns and Villages
The International Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH) was founded in 1982. The goals of CIVVIH are to further the knowledge and the principles for the conservation of historic towns, villages and urban areas; to promote the integration of conservation in the planning process; to raise interest in the conservation of historic towns, villages and urban areas; to facilitate the exchange of experience; to encourage training, research and publications; and to provide technical assistance in relevant areas. Recognizing that historic towns and villages of various regions of the world are different, CIVVIH encourages the formation of regional sub-committees.
The Committee meets annually, and publishes its proceedings and its electronic newsletter.
ICAHM - International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management
ICAHM was established in 1990 to promote international cooperation in the field of archaeological heritage management and to advise ICOMOS on archaeological heritage management issues. ICAHM provides a forum for the interchange of knowledge and research among archaeologists, other professionals, and decision makers involved in the management of archaeological resources. ICAHM adheres to the goals and objectives of ICOMOS and the Eger-Xi’an principles.
ICICH - International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage
The objectives of ICICH are, consistent with the aims of ICOMOS to:
- promote international cooperation in the identification, study and solution of issues related to the ethical identification, protection, interpretation, and management of the intangible cultural associations attributed to monuments and sites.
- co-operate with the International Scientific Committees of ICOMOS in reviewing doctrinal documents as well as management and conservation practices, in light of the role of intangible attributes in the significance and values of cultural heritage sites.
- advise ICOMOS on any role it may have in the implementation of, or other activities associated with UNESCO’s International Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage.
- advise ICOMOS on the role intangible attributes play in implementation of other UNESCO Conventions and international treaties, such as the World Heritage Convention and The Hague Convention.
ICICH carries out its activities within the framework of a triennial programme through, among other, conferences, workshops and other means for direct inter-personal exchanges, study visits, publications, specialist advisory services to ICOMOS and others.
ICIP - International Committee on Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites
The Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP) defines the objectives and principles of site interpretation and presentation. Its purpose is to enrich contemporary historical discourse and heighten sensitivities to Universal Values and the particular modes of human expression embedded in cultural heritage sites. The Committee studies both the theory and practice of heritage interpretation. Key focus areas include the experiential aspects of heritage sites, inclusivity, authenticity, respect for cultural significance and context and evolving technologies and techniques of public interpretation and presentation.
ICLAFI - International Committee on Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues
The objectives of the Committee are to promote international cooperation among experts in the identification, study and solution of legal, administrative and financial issues in connection with the recognition, protection, maintenance and conservation of monuments, groups of buildings and sites, and more broadly the cultural heritage of the area as a whole. The activities to accomplish its objectives include, in particular, scientific conferences and workshops in conjunction with the meetings of the Committee, study visits, and publications. Additionally, the Committee provides advice and counsel on legal, administrative and financial issues to the General Assembly, the Board, and the National and Scientific Committees.
ICLAFI meets annually and publishes the proceedings of its annual meetings.
ICOFORT - International Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage
Constituted in February 2005, ICOFORT is concerned not only with the structures built for military purposes, but also with the landscapes of military and naval actions as well as commemorative monuments both of defense and conflicts. In addition, the heritage associated with such sites and monuments is of interest to ICOFORT given the significance of conflict in shaping human societies and their technologies. Since its formation, ICOFORT has held twelve international meetings and has worked under triennial action plans for 2005-2008, 2009-2011, 2012-2014, and 2015-2017. The Committee is especially focusing on promotion, understanding, conservation and reuse of military heritage through the Drafting of the ICOFORT Charter on Fortifications and Related Heritage which is compiled of guidelines for protection, conservation and interpretation. ICOFORT is also focused on building institutional links in order to encourage collaborative research on fortifications, particularly in view of their preservation and restoration.
↑ICORP - International Committee on Risk Preparedness
The goal of the International Committee on Risk Preparedness is to enhance the state of preparedness, response and recovery within the heritage environment in relation to disasters of natural or human origin. ICORP works with governments, institutions, NGOs, professionals and communities to promote the integration of protection for cultural heritage places in local, national and international disaster management planning policies and practices. This is achieved through education and training about risk prevention and mitigation, preparedness planning, and the incorporation of heritage risk management procedures into response and recovery plans. Through its professional network and the sharing of experience and expertise, ICORP aims to stimulate and support cross-cutting activities with ICOMOS National and other International Committees to promote and enhance disaster risk management of cultural heritage more broadly. ICORP also supports ICOMOS in its role as a founding pillar of the Blue Shield.
ICTC - International Cultural Tourism Committee
ICTC provides a forum for dialogue among heritage conservation and tourism professionals and academics; and a platform for multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder research and activities with the aim of achieving high standards in policy directions and management of cultural heritage at historic sites and tourism destinations. Mainstreaming cross-cutting issues places conservation and cultural tourism centre stage in sustainable development agendas. As an international professional network ICTC seeks to work at a strategic level to advise governments and influence international bodies – UNESCO, UNWTO & IUCN – to adopt policies and practices that better support cultural heritage conservation in the context of tourism development. An inclusive stakeholder approach to the integrated planning, management, conservation, safe-guarding and protection of cultural heritage at tourism destinations - involving visitors together with communities - has the objective of realising socio-cultural as well as economic benefits of cultural tourism. ICTC partners with ICOMOS National Committees (NCs) and International Scientific Committees (ISCs); organising sessions and contributing papers to international conferences; as well as holding our own round table meetings, international expert seminars and workshops. The main focus is on addressing cultural heritage and tourism management issues of relevance to the international conservation community and preparing publications that advance policy in the field.
ICUCH - International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage
The aim of the Committee is to further the protection and preservation of underwater cultural heritage. To this end ICUCH strives to promote sound ethical management of underwater cultural heritage, with in situ preservation as the first option; to support scientific research, including both intrusive and non-intrusive activities, encourage public participation in such research and promote the presentation and dissemination of the results of research; to promote the 1996 ICOMOS Charter and the 2001 UNESCO Convention’s Annex as best practice guidance regarding underwater cultural heritage; to assist all stakeholders in the field of maritime archaeology to manage, protect, carry out sound study; to raise the profile and increase public awareness of the existence and value of the world’s underwater cultural heritage; to promote ethical activities on and with underwater cultural heritage through facilitating development of national and regional cooperation, programs and legislation; to encourage an inclusive approach to underwater cultural heritage; to support, initiate and/or assist in education and training initiatives in respect of the management and protection of underwater cultural heritage; to provide a forum for discussion and for the exchange of information, regionally and internationally, on matters of principle and of technical, legal and administrative practice affecting underwater cultural heritage; and to provide information for governments, the general public and political organizations about the preservation of underwater cultural heritage.
IPHC - International Polar Heritage Committee
The IPHC was created on 1st November 2000. Its secretariat is based in New Zealand. The objectives of the IPHC are to promote international co-operation in the protection and conservation of non-indigenous heritage in the Arctic and Antarctic; to consult and co-operate with Arctic indigenous peoples regarding heritage of cross cultural significance; to provide a forum for interchange of experience, ideas, knowledge and the results of research between administrators, archaeologists, conservators, historians, legislators and other professionals; to promote international studies and projects; and to expand technical co-operation by fostering links with specialised institutions.
A guiding principle for the work of the International Polar Heritage Committee is that “all evidence of previous human activity in the polar areas has a potential significance for the documentation and the understanding of the history of these areas and should be expertly assessed with an eye to possible designation as a cultural heritage site before being altered or removed”. It is hoped that by applying this principle, unnecessary loss of valuable cultural heritage information due to hasty decision-making will be avoided.
ISC20C - International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage
The ICOMOS Twentieth Century Heritage International Scientific Committee (ISC20C) develops and promotes best practice methods for conserving Twentieth-century sites and places, many of which are at risk through lack of recognition, conservation and management.
The diversity of regional and cultural expression of Twentieth-century heritage includes buildings, sites, structures, urban ensembles and city plans, cultural landscapes, industrial and historic archaeology, tangible and intangible heritage.
The ISC20C has an inter-disciplinary approach and welcomes especially young professionals. Through a EP mentoring program in development, and an actively involvement in ISC20C projects, which currently include:
- The collaboratively revision of Approaches for the Conservation of the Twentieth Century Architectural Heritage (the Madrid Document) 2014, which provides international benchmark guidance about how to practically conserve and manage modern heritage places, in order to include cultural landscapes and urban areas of the Twentieth Century alongside with CIVVIH, TICCIH and ISSCL.
- The creation of the Twentieth Century Thematic History Framework, with the Get ty Conservation Institute on a consultancy project to help researchers to identify potentially significant modern places and sites by defining the historic themes that charaterised the Twentieth-century, with selected illustrative examples.
- The development of an active international Heritage Alerts program; through the creation of an online modern Heritage Toolkit; in collaboration with regional modern heritage programs which currently include a Socialist Heritage initiative advocating for its recognition and protection, and the MASEANA project, supporting ASAEN nations conserving modern heritage.
ISC20C is also actively involved in modern World Heritage nominations and management through policy development, nomination reviews and state of conservation reporting.
The ISC20C enjoys active partnerships with UAI, TICCIH, ICCROM, mAAN, Docomomo and the World Monuments Watch.
ISCARSAH - International Committee on Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage
ISCARSAH is dedicated to the study of the structural aspects of architectural heritage. Its main aim is to promote the contribution of structural engineering in the study, conservation and restoration of heritage constructions, so that a full understanding of materials, morphology and structural response become an intrinsic part of conservation practice. The objectives of ISCARSAH are to establish guidelines and/or recommendations to be regularly up-dated; to gather, study and disseminate knowledge and information concerning principles, techniques and policies; to participate in the organization of world-wide training programs, in order to promote greater understanding in the field; to promote cooperative work with the other scientific committees of ICOMOS, and to put expertise of qualified professionals and specialists at the service of the international community. ISCARSAH also cooperates in missions related to the study and conservation of heritage structures, in particular those endangered or affected by natural disasters.
Website : www.iscarsah.org
ISCCL - ICOMOS-IFLA International Committee on Cultural Landscapes
The ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee is a joint or ‘hybrid’ committee of ICOMOS and IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects). It aims to promote understanding, conservation and wise use of landscape heritage for public and private benefit, with the general purpose of sustaining and improving quality of life.The ISCCL is concerned with the historical, cultural and natural dimensions of landscapes and in promoting an integrated and holistic approach towards conceptual thinking and practical, on-ground management. The Committee is concerned with both the tangible (material) and the intangible (non-material) attributes and values of landscapes. The ISCCL uses the word ‘landscape’ to mean landscapes of all kinds, including for example, Indigenous and local community landscapes; cultivated rural landscapes; urbanized and industrialized landscapes; maritime landscapes; designed parks and gardens; and the settings of buildings, structures, monuments, city centers, towns and villages and archaeological sites.
The ISCCL advises ICOMOS on matters relating to the identification, documentation, assessment, conservation and presentation of cultural landscapes, including those that are nominated or designated as World Heritage sites. The Committee operates through working groups on specialized topics; online discussions; annual meetings; publications and communications; and the organization of conferences, workshops and site visits.
ISCEAH - International Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage
ISCEAH focuses on the earthen architectural heritage. For the purposes of ISCEAH, earthen architectural heritage is defined as the architectural, archaeological and cultural landscape heritage constructed of unfired clay-/soil-based materials.The goals of ISCEAH are a level of substantial activity and a broad membership ready to share experiences and contribute to the development of better practice and methods for the protection and conservation of the world’s earthen architectural, archaeological and cultural landscape heritage. The objectives of the scientific program of ISCEAH are focused on the following broad themes:
1) conserving and studying the standing, and perhaps in use, architectural heritage; 2) conserving and studying the earthen archaeological environment; 3) cooperating in the process of understanding the historic/traditional techniques of earthen structures through research into materiality, including its impact on new earthen construction; 4) researching the contribution of earthen architectural heritage to cultural landscapes and its relation to the intangible heritage and living traditions; and 5) researching ancient/historic a-seismic techniques and using these in addition to current research to inform retrofitting of existing structures and appropriate new construction.
ISCEC - International Committee on Economics of Conservation
The major task of the Committee is to analyze and improve the state of the art of the “Economics of Conservation of Cultural Heritage”, so as to develop new guidelines and suggestions for sustainable integrated conservation plans, programmes and projects.
Cultural heritage has an increasing role in urban sustainable development strategies: sustainability, creativity and cultural heritage are considered to be strictly linked.
The Committee will collect examples of “best practices” for integrated conservation in view of developing a specific database for improving tools and approaches from a multidimensional perspective.
The Committee is currently developing its website.
ISCES - International Scientific Committee On Energy & Sustainability
The Committee’s objectives are to:
(a) promote awareness of the conservation of heritage places as part of the conservation of the world’s scarce resources, and of the energy conservation and sustainability inherent in heritage places;
(b) serve as a body of international experts in the application of energy conservation and sustainability principles in the conservation of heritage places;
(c) collate, disseminate and promote research in the area of energy conservation and sustainable development affecting heritage places;
(d) provide a forum for discussion and for the exchange of information, regionally and internationally, on matters of principle and of technical, legal and administrative practice affecting the application of energy conservation and sustainability principles to the conservation of heritage places;
(e) provide information for governments, the general public and political organisations about the application of energy conservation and sustainability principles in the conservation of heritage places.
ISCMP - International Committee on mural (Wall) Paintings
The main objective of the Committee is to promote international co-operation in the identification, protection and conservation of Wall Paintings, among other, by:
- Stimulating international interest in painted cultural heritage, and its conservation, among government and private institutions, art historians, conservationists and the general public;
- Establishing links on the one hand between art historians, archaeologists, and conservationists, and on the other hand researchers, experts, training institutions and research institutions working in the field of Wall Paintings;
- Promoting the systematic inventorying and documentation of the Wall Painting Cultural Heritage;
- Initiating and co-ordinating applied research activities in the field of Wall Paintings and their conservation;
- The sharing of experience and expertise in the conservation and management of Wall Paintings Heritage.
No website at the moment.
ISCS - International Scientific Committee for Stone
International Scientific Committee for Stone (ISCS) aims to promote knowledge about the preservation and conservation of inorganic porous building materials (IPBM), such as natural and artificial stones, in accordance with ICOMOS’ objectives of international co-operation. Employing a multidisciplinary approach, it aims at identifying research gaps, stimulate and support research activities and increase exchange and dissemination of knowledge and skills in order to promote greater understanding in the heritage field. The Committee has published in 2008 the multilingual “ILLUSTRATED GLOSSARY ON STONE DETERIORATION PATTERNS”, which can be downloaded from the ISCS Website. The Website furthermore serves as repository for Proceedings of the “International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone.”
ISCSBH - International Scientific Committee on Shared Built Heritage
The International Scientific Committee on Shared Built Heritage is relatively young. Started as a Scientific Committee on Shared Colonial Architecture and Town Planning in 1998, it changed its name into Shared Built Heritage in 2003 as part of a broadening of its objectives.
The Committee was founded to promote awareness on the need to share the appreciation and the responsibility for built heritage. Created by different people, from different countries, with diverse cultural, religious and social backgrounds, in many cases this shared built heritage became a fundamental part of the national heritage and was responsible for the identity of people and nations. In other cases, it has been neglected and is threatened of destruction.
Our main objective is to promote an integrated approach to conservation, which means the revitalising of dilapidated, historically valuable built-up areas and landscapes by reusing the existing building stock and infrastructure, as far as it is acceptable from a social and economic point of view.
To achieve this goal, SBH is organizing professional workshops, symposiums and conferences dealing with its principal objective. The first conference was held in Melaka (Malaysia) in 2003.
In Melaka, treatment regarding built heritage was discussed andshared between Asia and Europe. The upcoming workshop will have a much wider focus, as it is intended that issues of shared built heritage in Africa should achieve a wider airing.
ISCV - International Committee for Stained Glass
The aim of the Committee is to organize International Forums on the Conservation and Technology of Historic Stained Glass on a regular basis; to constitute a network and a forum, within which many different forms of co-operation take place; to advise those responsible for the preservation of historic monuments - and other groups in charge of the conservation of historic stained glass and undertake expert services; to inform about current research within this network.
No website at the moment.
IIWC - International Wood Committee
Established in 1975, the International Wood Committee aims to promote international cooperation in the field of conservation of wooden heritage, both material and intangible, including temporary, evolving, marine and mobile. IIWC accomplished its goals by promoting the exchange of knowledge, and research among institutions, professionals, at international, national and local levels. Furthermore, IIWC aims to raise awareness and encourage stakeholders towards the conservation of all wooden heritage, facilitating the exchange of information, theory, methods, processes and techniques, among actors in the conservation field.
IIWC also aims to coordinate existing studies, promote further studies, extend technical cooperation, and establish links with institutions or industrial organizations in the appropriate fields. The activities of IIWC include the organization of meetings, the preparation of publications, and the gathering and dissemination of information.
PRERICO - International Committee on Places of Religion and Ritual
The International Scientific Committee on Places of Religion and Ritual (hereafter referred to as PRERICO) was established in accordance with the ICOMOS Statutes and the Ethical Principles adopted at the 18th General Assembly in Florence, Italy on 12 November 2014.
PRERICO promotes the research, understanding, protection, conservation and management of the diverse heritage of structures, sites, landscapes and other places of religious or sacred significance, associations or activities. This includes rituals, crafts and other forms of intangible cultural heritage which are valued as heritage for their present, past and future roles in religious and ritual contexts.
PRERICO encourages mutual knowledge and understanding, respect and tolerance and in this context promote places of religion and ritual as platforms of learning and reflection as well as a valuable resource for dialogue and community participation.
PRERICO supports capacity-building activities concerning the conservation of such places and fosters the gathering and sharing of diverse professional experience and knowledge, and develops guidance for ICOMOS on the identification, conservation, use and enhancement of places taking into account cultural diversity and sensitivities and cooperates with other ICOMOS committees.
THEOPHIL - International Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration
The aim of the Committee – consistent with ICOMOS’ objective of international cooperation – is to explore the basis and framework of conservation, restoration and preservation theory and practice in the globalized world. With these developments in mind, the Committee hopes to achieve the ambitious goal of analyzing recent problems and suggesting appropriate proposals, perhaps even answers.
The activities of the Committee in the field of conservation and restoration can include examining the existing corpus of documents and scientific studies; identifying needs and uncovered areas of interest; developing ideas and visions for the future; and cooperating with other ICOMOS committees and scientific units of other institutions (such as UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOM) in order to establish an integrated theoretical basis for the preservation of cultural heritage.
No website at the moment.