2020 World Monument Watch nominations - ICOMOS reviewers: Call for volunteers

chao phraya Flickr ClayGililandDeadline:
29 March 2019

As you may know, World Monuments Fund (WMF) sponsors the World Monuments Watch (www.wmf.org/watch), a global programme that uses cultural heritage conservation to improve the resilience of communities, enhance social inclusion, and build new capacities in the heritage conservation field and beyond. For the 2020 World Monuments Watch, ICOMOS is again collaborating with WMF by tapping its membership for external desk reviews of the nominations.

As well as identifying reviewers through our ICOMOS International Scientific Committees (ISCs) and National Committees – we are also launching an open call for volunteers among the ICOMOS membership generally. We welcome offers from Emerging Professionals. Wherever possible, Emerging Professionals who are also first-time reviewers or ISCs associate members will be matched to work in collaboration with an expert mentor.

Please take the following elements into account when proposing your offer to volunteer:

Selected reviewers will be asked to indicate their choice in the reviewer form they will be asked to forward with their review.

Once the 2020 World Monuments Watch nominations close on 1 March 2019, WMF will provide ICOMOS with the list of nominations it is requested to review, and together we will proceed to matching the sites with reviewers. After this WMF will provide each reviewer with access to reviewer guidelines, their allocated complete nomination dossier (via a secure website) along with a form that considers the following factors on which the nominations will be evaluated:

- the potential to improve the lives of communities
- the cultural significance of the nominated site;
- the need for urgent action, or other circumstances that make action timely;
- the feasibility of the proposed conservation action/approach.

Reviewers will then have three weeks to complete the review and return it directly to WMF. The entire process will be done electronically. In those cases where Emerging professionals are working with a mentor, the arrangements will be slightly different (an extra week given for reviews) with mentors being responsible for managing the collaboration process, quality control and final uploading.

The Reviewer Guidelines are available via this link.

To submit your offer to volunteer as a reviewer before 29 March – please click here to fill in the on-line form.

Offers submitted by other means will not be considered.

This year the ICOMOS Coordination will be undertaken by Sheridan Burke with the assistance of Emerging Professionals, and with the support of the International Secretariat.

If you have any questions on this call please contact Sheridan Burke (burkesheridan[at]gmail.com) with a copy to the International Secretariat (secretariat[at]icomos.org).


Photo: Chao Phraya in Bangkok, Thailand  - one of the sites nominated for the 2018 World Monument Watch.
Credit: Flickr Creative commons (Clay Giligand)