July 2011 - Held every three years, the General Conference brings together the international museum community to discuss a theme chosen by museum professionals. Some 2,000 to 4,000 museum experts and museum professionals come together for an entire week to discuss, exchange ideas and reflect on museum-related issues. The last ICOM General Conference was held in Shanghai, China from 7 to 12 November, 2010 on the theme Museums for Social Harmony and gathered around 3,000 participants.
The next ICOM General Conference will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 1 to 8 June, 2013 (dates subject to change).
The bidding procedure is now open for the hosting of ICOM’s 24th General Conference in 2016. All active ICOM National Committees can apply. For more details on the bidding process, please consult the Bidding Manual (download here ).
More information on ICOM and previous and upcoming General Conferences is available at What we do/Activities/General Conference