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This web site contains information for those interested in the deterioration processes in cultural heritage objects caused by the indoor environment, especially air pollutants. Here you will find papers and technical notes, conference and meeting reports with abstracts, about the impact of the air quality on objects in museums, libraries, or archives. As the focus of this site is on material degradation, e.g. metal corrosion or hydrolysis of organic materials, there will be very few references to indoor air quality and human health.

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Announcing the 16th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality in Heritage and Historic Environments
IAQ 2024, 18-20 November 2024

The Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will be hosting the the 16th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality in Heritage and Historic Environments, IAQ 2024. The conference is a forum for discussions on the influence of indoor air quality on objects in museums, libraries, and archives. It is traditionally attended by a diverse audience of conservators, curators, scientists, students and other stakeholders.

IAQ 2024 will be held in a hybrid format; we encourage all attendees to join us in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Talks and posters will also be streamed online for participants who cannot attend in person.

Important dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: June 2, 2024
  • Author Notification: July 5, 2024
  • Program Published Online: August 5, 2024
  • In-Person Registration Deadline: October 7, 2024
  • Virtual Registration Deadline: November 11, 2024
  • Conference Dates: November 1820, 2024

Please visit the conference website for registration and abstract submission:

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Technical papers Papers and Technical Notes  about indoor air quality in museum environment, material test methods, etc.
Image Gallery Image Gallery  Photos of the effect of indoor air pollution on materials
IAP Workgroup The Indoor Air Pollution Workgroup Homepage  Meeting reports, abstracts of meeting presentations
Indoor Air Quality E-mail forum
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This site was updated on April 01, 2024
The first version of this project went public on the Web on December 20th, 1998

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