1-2 December 2022 – XXII Chemical analysis in heritage conservation

1-2 December 2022 – XXII Chemical analysis in heritage conservation

AChwOZ’XXII – Analiza chemiczna w ochronie zabytków or «Chemical analysis in heritage conservation» is the polish national conference on the research of heritage conservation.

Coordinator of PTI-PAIS, Marta Castillejo, (Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano, CSIC) has been invited to give the conference opening lecture.

It will take place the 1st of december at 16:10 in the Chemical Sciences Center of the University of Warsaw. It will be given in english with the title:

  • “Nonlinear optical microscopy for characterization of cultural heritage materials»
    Prof. Marta Castillejo, Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano, CSIC, Madrid (Spain).

Several topics on heritage conservation will be covered. Check the complete program here (polish).



Cultural heritage conservation science has new perspectives for antimicrobials nanomaterials.

A recent scientific review published in Chem and participated for some of our scientifc members brings new perspectives for antimicrobial nanomaterials in cultural heritage conservation

Conservers, restorers, private collectors, museums and every cultural heritage expert is aware of new trends in artimicrobial nanomaterials applied against biodeterioration. This review will provide some hightlights, recommendations, , points of concern and red flags.

You can have access to the review here.

The irreparable damage to unique artifacts made by biodeterioration

Abstract: «The biodeterioration of artistic and architectural heritage represents a serious and recurring problem for museums, local authorities, and private collectors alike, where irreparable damage to unique artifacts can result in immeasurable losses to our shared cultural heritage. Here, we present an overview of the current trends in antimicrobial products used to protect heritage items from microbial colonization and prevent their deterioration. From a conservation-restoration standpoint, we contrast and compare traditional antimicrobial products with the state of the art in antimicrobial nanomaterials applied in the heritage conservation field, highlighting the promising potential of various different nanomaterials, as well as points of concern and clear red flags from some of the emerging research. Through an examination of the growing body of research in the academic literature we offer recommendations and practical advice on selecting appropriate microbiological assays and characterization techniques to better evaluate the in vitro and in situ antimicrobial properties of nanomaterials.»

«Graphical Abstract»:

graphic comparative of antimicrobial NPs protections and unproctected & biodeteriorated on Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa - Graphic abstract
graphic comparative of antimicrobial NPs protections and unproctected & biodeteriorated on Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa – Graphic abstract


Heritage Conservation Learning in the COVID World – Challenges and Opportunities, 22 nd September 16.00-18.00 (Rome, Italy)

The COVID-19 crisis has led to the lockdown of educational and training institutions globally and the disruption of learning. Educators had to shift to remote learning by using online platforms, applications, and resources in order to continue with teaching and to communicate and connect with students and learners. Heritage Conservation was no exception. This webinar discusses the ways that heritage conservation learning has continued during the pandemic by highlighting the challenges facing this practical field and the learning opportunities for today and the future. The webinar offers an analytical dialogue on a range of topics concerning imparting essential skills in conservation, cognitive understanding of processes, and digital learning strategies and approaches.


  • José Luiz Pedersoli Jr., ICCROM
  • Prof. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, Athabasca University
  • Prof. Jane Henderson, IIC


  • Fiona Graham, Tutor, Conservation, Heritage Resources Management Program, Athabasca University; Adjunct Professor, Art Conservation Program, Queen’s University, Canada
  • David Cohen, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Terry Little, Senior Lecturer, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria; Senior Advisor, Trust for African Rock Art, Kenya
  • Eleonora Sermoneta, Student, Heritage Resources Management Program, Athabasca University; Adult Programmer, Royal Alberta Museum, Canada.
  • Amber Bhatty, Student, MSc Conservation Practice, Cardiff University, United Kingdom.
  • Sagita Mirjam Sunara, Assistant Professor, Conservation-Restoration Department; Vice-Dean of Arts, Science, International Collaboration and ECTS, University of Split, Croatia.
  • Satish Pandey, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Art Conservation, National Museum Institute, India.

Further information


Contributions for «Take 5 Webinar» in heritage conservation sector, deadline 31.07.2020

Following on from our successful ‘Knowledge Exchange’ webinar, Icon Scotland are pleased to invite contributions to our first ‘Take 5’ webinars. The one-hour online event will feature 5 x 5-minute presentations followed by a Q&A session.

We are inviting contributions from across the heritage conservation sector: whether it’s a case study you’d like to present, a project you are working on, or some research or training you have done during the lockdown. It’s fine to present a ‘work in progress’ and it can be a great way to get ideas and suggestions from colleagues.

We are asking for:

A 5-minute talk with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation to share visual content with the event attendees. The presentations will be conducted via Zoom and a moderator will be on hand to introduce the presentations and handle the question and answer portion of the event as an informal and friendly discussion.

If you would like to give a presentation at this event please send your name and the title of your talk to scotland@icon.org.uk by 31st of July.

The webinar is planned to take place on Thursday the 20th August via Zoom.

Further information

Webinar: Materials Science for Built Heritage Conservation, 30th June

The webinar is part of «Technical Tuesdays: technical conservation webinars», organized by Historic England’s Technical Conservation Team.

In particular, this webinar will explore the contribution of materials science to the conservation of built heritage. It will explain how scientific techniques carried out in the laboratory or on site can be used to learn more about material composition and causes of decay, and how this can inform repair strategies and specifications. Some of the challenges and limitations to be aware of when commissioning materials science work will be described. An overview of the setup of pilot-sites to assess conservation treatments in historic buildings, and the role of materials science in the development of innovative conservation treatments will also be presented.

Presented by Francesca Gherardi, materials scientist at Historic England, and Alison Henry, Head of Building Conservation & Geospatial Survey at Historic England.

The webinar will take place next Tuesday (30.06.2020).