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Cultural heritage – science, materials and technologies

This will be the 9th Symposium dedicated to Cultural Heritage (CH) within the E-MRS Spring Meeting Conferences. CH is defined by the Council of Europe “as a resource inherited from the past which people identify, independently of ownership, as a reflection and expression of their constantly evolving values, beliefs, knowledge and traditions”. This shared resource of testimonies, values and know-how constitutes the driving force for promoting identity, cohesion and creativity. The awareness, preservation and dissemination of CH depends strongly on scientific and technological expertise on materials in a dynamic and fruitful cycle within the different scientific fields.


The symposium gives voice to the challenges that Cultural Heritage faces in contemporary societies, in relation to memory and knowledge, social change, sustainability, management and the projection of the future. Within the framework of the current complexity of the economic and social context, globalization and new emerging paradigms, the symposium intends to address the most relevant issues posed to CH and to point to possible new routes, crossing all areas of knowledge, presenting updated reflections, alongside the dissemination of good practices.

By promoting a close cooperation between CH researchers, professionals, students, policy makers, authorities and people in general for the understanding of our common memory and identity and its rich national, regional and local diversity, we intend to to encourage the debate around the importance, diversity, preservation, valorization and reuse of Cultural heritage in an integrated cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary perspective. The forum will permit to highlight the contributions of CH to society, economy, cultural creation and education and to increase a citizen-centric approach by disseminating innovative models of Cultural Heritage science and its inclusive role.

To explore and enhance the importance of Materials Science for Cultural Heritage, this Symposium will provide a multidisciplinary common ground for cutting-edge scientific and technological issues in all cultural heritage concerns and perspectives involving the large and varied community of international experts in art, archaeology, ancient technology, new and improved materials for preservation and conservation, weathering, restoration strategies, climate change and anthropic pressure.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Archaeometry;
  • Characterization techniques;
  • New materials and methodologies;
  • Multi-scale imaging;
  • Monitoring and remote sensing;
  • Conservation;
  • Dating and authenticity;
  • Alteration and ageing;
  • Risk assessment;
  • Climate impact;
  • Case studies;
  • Modelling and theoretical approaches;
  • Nautical and underwater archaeology;
  • Ecological solutions;
  • Cultural landscape;
  • Geoarchaeology;
  • Best practices and legislation;
  • Social impact;
  • Historical studies;
  • Tourism and economy;
  • Maintenance and sustainability;
  • Data management.

Scientific committee:

  • Emma Angelini (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
  • Loïc Bertrand (SOLEIL, France)
  • Anne Bouquillon (C2RMF, France)
  • Marine Cotte (ESRF, France)
  • Vincent Detalle (C2RMF, France)
  • Kaori Fukunaga (NICT, Japan)
  • Koen Janssens (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Michel Menu (C2RMF, France)
  • Costanza Milani (CNR, Italy)
  • Giuseppina Padeletti (CNR, Italy)
  • João Pedro Veiga (Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal)


Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the journal "Heritage" (MDPI).

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Symposium organizers

Paris, France
Giuseppina PADELETTI

CNR, Rome, Italy
João Pedro VEIGA

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal