The Third Symposium of the Grand Egyptian Museum Conservation Center (GEM-CC) runs from 26-28 May 2014 at Giza, the site of the country's three iconic pyramids and of the new edifice that will display Egypt's most treasured antiquities.
The symposium is academic in nature and the official theme is conservation. The keynote speeches and reports from the symposium could answer how much of Egypt's trove of precious antiquities remains following reported looting. They might also answer whether the thefts and ongoing political turmoil have set back the timetable for the inauguration of the museum. It is described on www.gem.gov.eg as the largest archaeological museum in the world, and the target date was set for Aug 2015. Thieves have seized on the upheaval since the Arab Spring in Jan 2011 to loot Cairo's famous Egyptian Museum, several smaller museums around the country and archeological sites.
Date written/update: 2014-02-10