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March 5, 2020

Conference Call for applications to host the 27th ICOM General Conference in 2025

Where will the ICOM General Conference be held in 2025? The procedure is now open: submit your application to be part of ICOM’s history!

The ICOM General Conference is a renowned worldwide hub for exchanging on topical issues museums tackle today, as well as the most innovative solutions. Every three years, ICOM brings together the international museum community around a theme of crucial interest to foster cultural exchange, promote international cooperation and inspire local actions in order to allow museums to continue their mission in service of society.

The 25th ICOM General Conference, held in Kyoto in September 2019 is the latest in a series of milestones of ICOM’s 74-year history, breaking all records with 4,590 participants from 120 countries and territories, 231 sessions and 1,476 speakers. The next ICOM General Conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic.

The application procedure is now open for the hosting of the 27th ICOM General Conference in 2025.

Applications are exclusively open to active ICOM National Committees.

The questionnaire

Active National Committees wishing to apply must fill in a questionnaire consisting of 90 questions on crucial aspects of the financial, operational and promotional organisation of the 27th ICOM General Conference. The application must be completed in one of the three ICOM statutory languages with the help and support of the Application Manual and the Appendixes.

Only complete applications in a PDF format submitted by the deadline will be accepted. Applicants will receive an e-mail confirming the receipt of their application. Please note that the receipt of the application does not imply the admissibility of the application.

The questionnaire is currently available in English. Spanish and French versions will be available shortly. Spanish-speaking and French-speaking active National Committees wishing to apply can send their inquiries to


Deadline for applications

The applications must be sent to ICOM Secretariat by email at by 24 May, 2020 (00:00 GMT+1).


The ICOM Secretariat is available should you have any further questions or require further assistance. Please send your requests to Francesca Pollicini, ICOM Events Manager, at


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