Consultation at MCI evolve, building on established successes and reaching into new areas of constituents and projects. All MCI professional staff can contribute to any of the the program's areas of activity: special topic oriented symposia, fellowships and internships, professional consultation, and professional or public outreach.
Symposia often focus on the professional communities related to the work at MCI. Offered at various levels of complexity and a range of durations, these provide concrete technical information, both theoretical and practical.
MCI staff members are extremely active in presenting their work to both the conservation community and other professional organizations. But increasingly, MCI is also reaching beyond its professional constituency to a wider audience: the general public with special attention to traditionally under-served minority groups. Offerings of this nature include exhibits that focus on the findings of MCI research; a variety of public programs, often associated with such exhibits; a technical information assistance program; and the publication of brochures, videos, etc. that provide information on how to take care of family heirlooms and privately held art objects. This information also is available on this web-site. The laboratory collaborates with a number of educational institutions to develop interdisciplinary curriculum materials at the secondary and college level that integrate the "hard" sciences with the arts and humanities.
The staff at MCI contribute in many ways to exhibits at other Smithsonian museums.