From the IFCPP Founding Director
Happy New Year! And thanks very much for your continued participation. IFCPP is extremely proud of its membership, and very appreciative of your professional contribution to the Foundation!
Thirteen years after IFCPP was founded, we bring in the New Year ahead of schedule, already finished with many of the details for IFCPP’s Annual Conference in Denver this August. Veteran attendees, as well as those attending for the first time, will soon discover what we have in store for 2011. IFCPP offers the very best in educational and networking experiences specific to the field of cultural property protection.
We’ll start with the fun part: Our opening cocktail reception and exhibit show at the downtown Denver Marriott conference facility will provide a great opportunity to meet and greet old friends, and new. There’s no standing around wondering what to do or where to go next. Our casual environment (no ties please), great food, and entertainment make the first event a fitting welcome to the “Mile High City”.
One thing you shouldn’t plan to find at the IFCPP conference is a boring educational session. Our presenters are hand selected for their expertise, dynamic presentation style, and professional speaking experience. Programs are selected on merit, timeliness, and educational quality. If any session fails to receive an “outstanding” evaluation, we haven’t done our job!
We’re currently restructuring the CIPM II program, with sessions intended to help new managers as well as old-timers deal with the increasingly demanding business of protecting people and assets. Two key aspects still top the list of concerns for administrators and managers – emergency operations and system management. This year’s conference will fully explore every aspect of the former, including a live, hands-on exercise (taking last year’s tabletop exercise to the next level)! We’ll also explore the cost–saving methods you should be utilizing in system selection, maintenance, service, and operation.
Fire is still our number one threat – this year you’ll see what the experts are now recommending for protection and training. Self-defense – you’ve heard us discuss it, seen brief demonstrations, but it’s still a problem. Security personnel are still expected to protect staff and visitors…often times without any form of effective training or orientation. So we plan to keep introducing practical, reasonable, NECESSARY methods of protecting each other until additional help arrives.
Detailed program schedules and descriptions are in the works (see our preliminary “schedule at a glance” below). In the meantime, set aside the dates and register before February 4 for an Early Bird savings of $100! Co-Hosted by the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo, History Colorado, and other area institutions! Special tours and programs, including a post-conference mountain retreat are also being planned. Call or write for more information…or better yet, grab that early bird discount by registering early. See you in Colorado!!!
Sincerely, Steve Layne
2011 Conference at a Glance:
August 23 – Evening Welcome Reception, Exhibits, Registration
August 24 – General Sessions, CIPM & CIPM II Courses, Evening Excursion to the
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
August 25 – General Sessions, CIPM & CIPM II Courses, Emergency Exercise, Excursion to History Colorado (the New Colorado Historical Society), and Evening Excursion to the Denver Art Museum
August 26 – General Sessions, CIPM & CIPM II Courses, Excursion to Colorado State Capitol
August 27-28 – Post-Conference Mountain Retreat
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