ICA Abu Dhabi Congress

The archival, records and data landscape in the 21st century is changing public expectations, how we do our work, what constitutes credible evidence and how we protect our holdings. It is time for our profession to discuss, reflect and challenge existing practices to explore and expand the critical role played by archives and information professionals in the 21st century knowledge societies.

The ICA Abu Dhabi Congress, Empowering Knowledge Societies, will be an opportunity for the profession from all over the world to share innovative ideas and research and for colleagues from allied and other professions to join us at this important event. We encourage the community to submit its proposals, but we would also encourage you to reach out to librarians, museum professionals, data managers, journalists and people working in civil society to be part of this conversation. The 21st century information challenges do not simply belong to archives and records professionals, they belong to everyone, so let’s share ideas, build networks to empower our knowledge societies! 


We are pleased to inform you of the new dates for the ICA Abu Dhabi Congress:19-22 October 2021 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre(ADNEC).

ICA Governance meetings will take place between 17-18 October 2021. Mark your calendars!

Key Dates

  • October 2019 - Call for Proposals and Papers opens
  • 29 February 2020 (Closed!) - Call for Proposals and Papers closes​
  • End of July 2020 - Notification accepted proposals
  • 17-18 October 2021: ICA Governance meetings
  • 19-22 October 2021: ICA Abu Dhabi Congress

More information will follow in the coming months, including the website release, preliminary programme and registrations system. So please stay in touch through our website, newsletter and social media channels (Twitter - Facebook).