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 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 10 to 17 August, 2013 on the theme Museums (memory + creativity) = social change and gathered around 2,000 participants.
The next ICOM General Conference will take place in Milan, Italy from 2 to 9 July, 2016. The bidding procedure is now open for the hosting of ICOM’s 25th General Conference in 2019. 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