The many International Scientific Committees (ISCs) of ICOMOS allow members from around the world to form networks of expertise in particular areas of cultural heritage. Members include internationally renowned specialists in their fields.
ISCs form the backbone of ICOMOS’ international collaboration, scientific research and exchange of ideas. ISCs are open to experts and also to associates, who are encouraged to join to build up their knowledge in a given field.
The ICOMOS International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICICH) is established in accordance with article 14 of the Statutes of ICOMOS and the Eger-Xi’an Principles for the International Scientific Committees.
The objectives of ICICH are, consistent with the aims of ICOMOS and include:
- To promote international cooperation in the identification, study and solution of issues related to the ethical identification, protection, interpretation, and management of the intangible cultural associations attributed to monuments and sites.
- To co-operate with the International Scientific Committees of ICOMOS in reviewing doctrinal documents as well as management and conservation practices, in light of the role of intangible attributes in the significance and values of cultural heritage sites.
- To advise ICOMOS on any role it may have in the implementation of, or other activities associated with UNESCO’s International Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage.
- To advise ICOMOS on the role of intangible attributes in the role it plays in implementation of other UNESCO Conventions and international treaties, such as the World Heritage Convention and The Hague Convention.
Members of ICICH are members of ICOMOS with particular expertise, experience and interest in the documentation, identification, and assessment of intangible cultural heritage.