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General information

The Swedish National Heritage Board with partners are happy to announce the 4th international conference for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Cultural Heritage.

To the conference welcome page, with programme and information about live streaming.

The Swedish National Heritage Board are honoured to host the 4th international conference for Integrated Pest Management (IPM), in collaboration with NationalmuseumSwedish Museum of Natural History and Swedish National Archives, in Stockholm, Sweden, 21–23 May 2019.

The conference language will be English. 

When: 21–23 May 2019
Where: IVA Conference Center, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm

IPM training courses will be held Monday 20 May 2019, one in Swedish and the other in English. Tutors: Niklas Apelqvist and Pascal Querner.

Conference proceedings will be published as a pdf, hopefully in September 2019, and will also be available as a print-on-demand.

Conference themes

Threats by pests to cultural heritage are now more than ever on the agenda for museums, archives, libraries and historic houses. It is important that professionals within the sector, such as scientists, conservators, curators, archivists, librarians, collection managers and others, meet and discuss methods of dealing with the challenges posed by pests.

This conference emphasizes the following themes:

Communicating IPM

Raising awareness of IPM is perhaps the most important single factor for reducing pest problems. The session explores innovative and creative ways of teaching, training, explaining and implementing IPM in musem, libraries, archives and historic houses.

IPM in the era of globalisation

How can we deal with the pest problem as the world becomes smaller? This session highlights how the cultural heritage community is responding: researching treatment methods, finding innovative solutions to detect, identify and treat species formerly unknown, prioritising risk assessments and organising IPM in their institutions.

IPM in a changing climate

Mean temperatures are rising. How can the cultural heritage community meet the challenges posed by elevated temperatures, fluctuating humidity and other changing environmental factors? How do we deal with insect pests and mould growth that are adapting fast to a changing climate? This session demonstrates some approaches such as increased monitoring and management.

Important dates (preliminary)


  • 15 January: Call for papers
  • 15 April: Deadline submission of abstracts
  • October: Registration opens (early bird until 14 January 2019)


  • 20 May: IPM Course
  • 21–23 May: Conference in Stockholm
  • September: Conference proceedings to be published