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Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a Principal in A.M. Art Conservation, the e-Editor for the American Institute for Conservation and the Co-Chair of the Integrated Pest Management Working Group.

IPM Working Group Meeting 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Hosted by Insects Limited and the Indianapolis Museum of Art

March 13 – 15, 2019

Insects Limited has been a long-time supporter of the IPM Working Group (IPM-WG) and we are excited to bring our 2019 program to the mid-west with meetings at the Insects Limited offices as well as the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Newfields).

The IPM-WG meetings are designed to help institutions with active IPM programs by bringing individuals together to tackle projects related to pest-related challenges. All information resulting from these collaborations are placed on the MuseumPests.net website for the benefit of the cultural heritage community. We also welcome conservators and pest management professionals providing pest remediation services as well as entomologists, facility managers and others interested in collaborating on our projects.

The program is scheduled for 2.5 days, beginning the afternoon of March 13th, with a half day of tours and talks by the staff of Insects Limited at their offices and labs. This is an opportunity to dive into the subjects of museum pest research, monitoring and pheromones! The program will be complemented by presentations from participants on projects and new developments in their home institutions. This pre-session will replace the short presentations previously offered during our meeting, allowing us more time to work collaboratively over the subsequent days.

On March 14-15 we will revert to the traditional IPM-WGschedule focusing on further development of the online content for the MuseumPests.net website. We will be hosted by the Conservation Science department of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and we will have the opportunity for behind the scenes tours of their labs and facilities, as well as an IPM related tours of art storage areas and the historic Lilly House on the Newfields campus.

There is no fee for attending the program; however, participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board. Additionally, participants are expected to take on an assignment that will result in content for the MuseumPests.net website. The two-and-a-half-day program is by invitation only as space is limited.

To request a spot please RSVP by e-mailing: chair@museumpests.net including: “IPM-WG 2019 Meeting” in the subject line. Your request must include:

  • Name
  • Address (Company/institution)
  • Phone #
  • E-mail

RSVP’s will be accepted through March 1st, 2019 or until spots are filled. Priority will be given to returning participants on a first-come, first-served basis and to new participants who are actively involved in an IPM program in their institution.

Please note: The IPM-WG meetings do not teach IPM andare only appropriate for individuals working with an active IPM program. A two-day workshop teaching the basics of IPM for museums, libraries and historic homes will be offered at Insects Limited’s facility prior to the meeting. Please look for more information on the MuseumPests.net homepage and blog in early 2019.

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IPM Working Group Meeting 2018 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

March 14 – 16, 2018

Sponsored by Harvard University Herbaria, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

The host for this year’s meeting are three of Harvard University’s museums – Harvard University Herbaria, Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. While IPM has been a long-time component of these historic museums’ preventive conservation programs, this is their first time hosting the IPM Working Group (IPM-WG). We are grateful for their willingness to provide a welcome meeting space. 

As always, the IPM-WG meetings are designed to help institutions with active IPM programs by bringing individuals together to tackle projects related to particular pest-related challenges.  All information resulting from these collaborations are placed on the MuseumPest.net website for the benefit of the cultural heritage community. 

The program is scheduled for 2.5 days, beginning the afternoon of March 14th, with optional tours held across several locations within Harvard University, including collections tours where participants will have the opportunity to take a look behind-the-scenes.

The following two days (March 15-16) will revert to the traditional IPM-WG schedule focusing on further development of the online content for the MuseumPest.net website.  Short 5-10 minute presentations by participants on IPM-related activities and/or projects at their home institutions are interspersed with the work sessions.  If you would like to present to the group, please indicate your interest when you RSVP for the meeting. 

There is no fee for attending the program; however, participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board.  Additionally, participants are expected to take on an assignment that will result in content for the MuseumPests.net website. The two-and-a-half-day program is by invitation only as space is limited. 

To request a spot please RSVP by e-mailing: chair@museumpests.net including: “IPM-WG 2018 Meeting” in the subject line. Your request must include:

Name
Address (Company/institution)
Phone #
E-mail

RSVP’s will be accepted through March 1st, 2018 or until spots are filled.  Priority will be given to returning participants on a first-come, first-served basis and to new participants who are actively involved in an IPM program in their institution.  

Please note: The IPM-WG meetings do not teach IPM and are only appropriate for individuals working with an active IPM program.  For more information on establishing a program, please consult the MuseumPests.net website. 

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