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Conservation provides a unique opportunity within the Arts and Sciences whereby scientific methods may be applied to the care and study of cultural material. RATS endeavors to strengthen the bond between science and conservation specifically within research. The establishment of a Research and Technical Studies SubGroup was discussed initially in a 1989 AIC Task Force. The group's membership has now grown to over 160 including approximately 50 conservation scientists. In keeping with its guiding mission, RATS has pursued a variety of venues in advancing the research efforts of the AIC:

The primary purpose of the subgroup is to focus on the problems and issues of conservation research and technical studies of artifacts, works of art, and natural science collections. Research issues are important to all AIC Specialty Groups, yet they are not the first priority of any other group. The function of this group is to support those who are involved in research efforts within the conservation field, and to help promote and advance scientific efforts in conservation. Another function of this subgroup is to foster increased interaction and communication between conservators of all disciplines and scientists of all disciplines relevant to conservation.

Officers  2003 - 2004

RATS Chair Alison Murray
Art Conservation Program, Queen's University
RATS Vice Chair

Ellen Salzman Chase
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

RATS Secretary/


Joseph Swider
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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