Gateway to Canada and the (new) World

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Monday 12 – Friday 16 September 2022

ICMM is delighted to be able to share with you the Full Program for the 2022 Halifax Congress – and to declare that Registration is now OPEN!

This will be a very special Congress, not just because it will be the first opportunity for many of us to meet again in person after such a long, enforced break, but also because 2022 is the 50th Anniversary of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.

Our world has changed significantly in the past few years.  Impacts of the pandemic, of climate change, and the state of our oceans, as well as racism and social inequities have become global priorities.  To continue to be relevant museums we’ve had to change.  We’ve broadened our dialogues to become more inclusive, to tell more diverse stories, and even to scrutinize some of our own practices and traditions of preserving and presenting our heritage.  One thing is clear – this new world beckons our museums to embrace creative, collaborative, and innovative approaches to connecting our past, present, and future.

Over the course of the week, we’ll explore how our maritime museums build engagement and relevance while aligning our work with critical global topics. Those who attend in-person will enjoy an immersive Canadian cultural experience – including entertainment, formal and casual dining, tours, and harbour excursions. A full program of tours and social activities is offered for partners of delegates. 

We’ll also be offering a Virtual Congress Program for the first time, which includes access to all Congress sessions. Most sessions will be streamed live and recorded.  These will be available to you regardless of your time-zone, and you will have access to session content for up to one month post-Congress.  All in-person delegates will also receive a password enabling their institution at home to follow the Congress virtually.

The packed Speakers’ Program features 50+ speakers from more than thirty institutions and seventeen countries across four themed days, with more to be confirmed. Each day’s session will begin with a Keynote speech from a major figure from the maritime or heritage world.

Details of recommended accommodation in Halifax, the Richard Foster Bursary Scheme, and our plans for carbon offsetting can be found below.

Please join us to reconnect with old friends and make new friends, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ICMM, and explore our traditional, contemporary, and future connections with the sea.

Richard Foster Bursaries

We invite applications for the Richard Foster Bursaries, to assist with the costs of attendance at this year’s ICMM Congress.  The bursary covers the conference fee and a contribution (depending on need) towards travel and accommodation costs.  
The bursaries are offered at each ICMM Congress in memory of Richard Foster, a former ICMM President who tragically died over 20 years ago.  Individuals working at institutions and those not affiliated to an institution are equally welcome to apply.  The ICMM Executive Council has increased the amount of money available for bursaries for this Congress in recognition of the ongoing financial effects on our sector of the Covid-19 pandemic.
To apply, please email with the following information, ideally in a single Word document, by Monday 13 June 2022:
1.   Name, title and institutional affiliation (if applicable)
2.   Email address
3.   A brief résumé (CV)
4.   A statement (max 200 words) of how attending the Congress will benefit your career or your institution
5.     An abstract of your proposed contribution to the Congress, if you have been accepted as a speaker on the programme
6.   An estimate of your travel and accommodation costs to attend the Congress


We have been able to negotiate some great deals on hotels for Congress attendees. Find our list of recommended hotels here.

Carbon Offsetting

ICMM recognises the carbon footprint of the Congress will be significant, with participants travelling to Canada from all over the world.  To mitigate the effects of this, the ICMM Executive Council has decided to carbon offset attendees’ travel to Halifax  by donating to the Ocean Foundation’s SeaGrass Grow carbon offset programme.  We will also be exploring options for offsetting the carbon footprint of our online Congress operations, including our virtual streaming.  The Congress organisers in Halifax are also committed to ensuring that the event is as sustainable and green as possible, including minimizing the use of plastics, excess paper and other options. a contribution to carbon offsetting for the conference – details tbc.

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Photo: Halifax harbour