Dear Colleagues,

As President of ICOMOS it is an honour and pleasure to heartily invite you to the 16th General Assembly of ICOMOS to be held in Quebec City from the 29th September until the 4th October 2008. This third General Assembly in the Americas is a chance for our members to become acquainted with the outstanding cultural and natural treasures of Canada and in particular with Quebec which was inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1985. This ancient capital of the French colonies in North America, founded in 1608, will be celebrating its 400th anniversary with us.

ICOMOS Canada and its President Michel Bonnette are working hard to ensure that the Assembly will be, I am convinced, an unforgettable event and are looking forward to presenting the Canadian genius loci in an exemplary way. The theme of the Scientific Symposium, “Finding the Spirit of Place : Between the Intangible and the Tangible” is very relevant for an international organisation such as ours who is concerned with the conservation and protection of monuments and sites: the genius loci of monuments and sites is intimately connected to the spirit and message of a place and can enhance all our activities in conservation.

The Organizing Committee is putting together a very attractive programme and I am convinced the 16th General Assembly will be a great success.


Michael Petzet

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