Many universities offer courses in the conservation of cultural heritage. Those that offer programs for practical conservation are often graduate courses, with specific requirements for application. Universities with important collections can raise awareness and appreciation of the importance of cultural heritage in many ways. In a world where the response to the deterioration and destruction of our cultural heritage worldwide often seems too little too late, can universities make a more significant contribution? Ian McClure, Chair of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) Conservation Lab and Chief Conservator of the Yale University Art Gallery, leads this panel to assess the current situation and discuss possible initiatives.