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Cultural heritage at risk - perspectives on technologies, materials, modelling and digitalization

E-MRS hosts the 10th Symposium in a series dedicated to Cultural Heritage (CH) within the Spring Meeting Conferences.

The Symposium intends to promote scientific knowledge on cultural and historic links between European countries and between Europe and the rest of the world, through a dynamic dialog between different scientific fields.


The cultural and societal impact of cultural heritage has generated an increased interest in the scientific community, promoting innovative approaches to issues raised by the necessity of preserving our cultural identity for the future. Materials research has un unquestionable role in this approach by developing strategies and methodologies, crosslinking different aspects related to cultural heritage materials, attaining a better comprehension on their properties and historical applications, disclosing correlations and interactions between materials and raw materials with different origins and supporting a compatibility evaluation with new and improved materials in the context of qualified interventions on heritage assets. In recent times, CH is endangered by several and different factors, requiring even more, detailed diagnostics and appropriate solutions to guarantee its preservation and transmission to future generations.

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, materials, conservation, weathering, restoration strategies, climate change and anthropic pressure. Within the framework of the current complexity of the economic and social context, 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 and authorities. The Symposium 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.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Materials and methodologies,
  • Conservation and restoration,
  • Sustainability,
  • Climate impact,
  • Risk assessment,
  • Modelling and theoretical approaches,
  • Multi-scale imaging,
  • Monitoring and remote sensing,
  • Dating and authenticity,
  • Geoarchaeology,
  • Archaeometry,
  • Historical studies,
  • Cultural tourism and economy.

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • Marco Leona (MET) or Tom Learner (GCI) from US
  • Austin Nevin (Milan, It)
  • Paraskevi Pouli (Forth, Herklion, Gr)
  • Marta Castillejo (Madrid, Sp)
  • Gilberto Artioli (Uni Padova, It)
  • Marine Cotte (ESRF, France)
  • Márcia Vilarigues (NOVA, Pt)
  • Ina Reiche (IRCP, Paris, Fr)
  • Alessandra Bonazza (CNR, It)

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • Loïc Bertrand (SOLEIL, France)
  • Anne Bouquillon (C2RMF, France)
  • Maria Perla Colombini (University of Pisa, Italy)
  • Vincent Detalle (C2RMF, France)
  • Kostas Demadis (university of Crete, Greece)
  • Kaori Fukunaga (NICT, Japan)
  • Fabrice Goubard (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France)
  • Koen Janssens (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Robert van Langh (Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands)
  • Michel Menu (C2RMF, France)
  • Costanza Milani (CNR, Italy)
  • Giuseppina Padeletti (CNR, Italy)
  • Emeline Pouyet (Northwestern University, Art Institute of Chicago, USA)
  • Gilles Wallez (Ecole Nationale Supérieur de Chimie Paris, France)
  • João Pedro Veiga (Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Rita Wiesinger (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria)
  • Pilar Ortiz (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain)
  • George Kitis, (Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, Greece)
  • Philippe Dillmann (LMC IRAMAT UMR5060 CNRS et NIMBE UMR3685 CEA/CNRS, France)
  • Cristina Sabbioni (CNR, Italy)
  • Johanna Leissner (Fraunhofer, Germany)

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Symposium organizers

14 quai François Mitterrand 75001 Paris, France

+33 1 40206858
Giuseppina PADELETTICNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ISMN—Instituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati

Via Salaria km 29.5, Monterotondo, 00015 Rome, Italy

+39 335 6957716
João Pedro VEIGAUniversidade Nova de Lisboa

Department of Conservation and Restoration, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516 Caprica, Portugal

+351 21 2948562