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Cultural heritage-materials, techniques and knowledge perspectives on a common identity

Cultural Heritage (CH) consists of tangible and intangible, natural and manmade, movable and immovable assets inherited from the past. It is our legacy and what we pass on to future generations. Access, preservation and education on CH are essential for humankind evolution representing an irreplaceable source of life, inspiration and unity.

There is  a general need for further studies and research to better understand the dynamic  relationship between heritage conservation and the various dimensions it involves, from Natural Science for CH, Digital Science for Ch, the use of advanced and big Infrastructures, as well as implications of sustainable development, with particular attention to the effect on CH produced by natural hazards and climate change effects.


Managing cultural heritage while aiming for sustainable development and managing sustainability while redeveloping cultural heritage are most relevant and challenging tasks in view of the European Commission proposed European Year of Cultural Heritage for 2018 ( ) There is a general need for improved studies and research to better understand the dynamic relationship between heritage conservation and the various dimensions of sustainable development. The ever-constant development and evolution of societies, technology and environment promotes the need for 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.

This Symposium intends to be a common ground where challenges and solutions in the knowledge of arts, archaeology and ancient technology can best be answered by the application of methodologies, techniques and solutions generally used in Materials Science. The Symposium sponsors an interdisciplinary exchange in expertise stimulating the development of new and improved materials related to preservation and conservation science addressing questions on weathering, restoration strategies, climate change and anthropic pressure on movable and immovable CH, with the aim to advance our understanding of material culture.

The Symposium will stimulate and encourage scientific research devoted to the sustainable development of CH and to the positive contribution of cultural heritage management towards a sustainable environment, by promoting innovative research and practices and improving the compatibility of current materials and methods and the development and applications of emerging solutions.

This Symposium will provide a multidisciplinary forum for cutting-edge scientific and technological issues in art, archaeology and all cultural heritage concerns and perspectives involving the large and varied community of international experts. Contributions for this symposium will explore and enhance the importance of Materials Science, and the use of its analytical techniques, in understanding ancient objects, the technologies used to produce them, and the mechanisms of aging, stabilization and consolidation. The Science for conservation includes the experts in Natural Sciences applied to the Cultural Heritage, the specialists of Digital Heritage Science. Hence, the Symposium provides a multidisciplinary forum for scientific and technological issues in art, archaeology, building conservation and preservation

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Current and emerging technologies
  • Large scale facilities for CH (Synchrotron, neutron and ion beam)
  • Non-destructive methodologies
  • New sustainable solutions in terms of methodologies and materials
  • Multi-scale imaging
  • From wide area observation to ground based technologies
  • Monitoring environmental conditions (outdoor and indoor contaminants and pollution)
  • Modelling and Theoretical approaches
  • Early stage research and use of tailored methodologies
  • Ecological sustainability
  • Expertise and authentication
  • Dating CH
  • Metrology for CH
  • Effects of climate changes
  • Hydro-geological and seismic risks
  • Remote monitoring
  • Maintenance and sustainability Risks management
  • Case Studies
  • Social impact of CH
  • Tourism and economy
  • Innovative protocols for CH
  • Best practices and legislation

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Symposium organizers
Giuseppina PADELETTI

CNR, Rome, Italy
João Pedro VEIGA

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Michel MENU

C2RMF, Paris, France