Programme online for IPERION HS 1st Doctoral Summer School 13-16 July 2021

Programme online for IPERION HS 1st Doctoral Summer School 13-16 July 2021


The announced IPERION HS Doctoral Summer School has released a draft  programme. Some members of PTI-PAIS will participate. Emilio Cano (CENIM)  will present his paper «In-situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for the study of metallic cultural heritage».

Download here the pdf of the programme.

An updated version will be released in June 2021.

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4th May – IPERION Webinar #02 – FIXLAB: Key Fixed Research facilities Access.

The second webinar will take place online on May 4, 2021, at 3 pm CET. Ina Reiche and Rémi Petitcol will present FIXLAB: research on ivory, followed by hints and tips on FIXLAB access.

FIXLAB is the IPERION HS platform that provides access for the Heritage Science (HS) community to key fixed research facilities and to the associated scientific expertise.
Access is offered to researchers in Heritage Science to help address the major questions raised by the materiality of Heritage Science artefacts in terms of their genesis, manufacturing processes, alterations, conservation and preservation. The unique FIXLAB services offered to the HS community embrace advanced state‐of‐the‐art instrumentation; dedicated facilities with teams of experts in the field of micro‐analysis of HS artefacts; novel developments resulting from IPERION HS joint research activities to improve access progressively; development of both new sample‐positioning devices at a micro‐scale and software tools for the integration of imaging data.

Ina Reiche, research director at the French National Research Centre, will present the topic “Palaeolithic ivory artefacts investigated by particle physics”, while Rémi Petitcol, European Policy Officer at the French Center for Research and Restoration of Museums of France (C2RMF), will talk about “FIXLAB: a catalyst for Heritage Science”.

You can register here: 

4th May 2021 at 3 pm (CET)

You will learn

  • What FIXLAB is
  • How to access Transnational Access to FIXLAB
  • Hints and tips on using FIXLAB
  • How FIXLAB can improve your research
  • A positive experience on FIXLAB: A research on ivory from Ina Reiche: “Palaeolithic ivory artefacts investigated by particle physics

1 hour (40 minutes + 20 minutes Q&A)

Key topics we’ll cover
Heritage Science and Fixed Laboratories


Ina Reiche
Ina Reiche is research director at the French National Research Centre in a joint team of the Research Institute of the Paris’ Technical Institute of Chemistry and the Centre for research and restoration of the French Museums in Paris. Her interdisciplinary research background is in analytical chemistry, material sciences, art and prehistory. Since her position as the head of the Rathgen research laboratory between 2014 and 2019 CNRS she is actively involved in the research infrastructures IPERION-CH, IPERION-HS and E-RIHS and a current user of large scale facilities in the framework of the FIXLAB access to perform integrated research in heritage sciences. She is managing editor of the international journal Archaeometry (Wiley), board member of the German Archaeometry Association and of the French National Archaeometry research network as well as the president of the international scientific committee of the conference Synchrotron radiation in art and archaeology.

Rémi Petitcol
Rémi Petitcol is a European Policy Officer at the French Center for Research and Restoration of Museums of France (C2RMF), with a background in Political Science and EU Law. He specializes in solutions for the integration of the Heritage Science community, with a focus on establishing E-RIHS. His role in IPERION HS is to provide legal and institutional advice on policies, including the Access Policy.

Registration here.


19-23 April – IPERION HS – 1st Anual Meeting

The first annual meeting of IPERION HS is finnaly here.

The presentantions and workshops of the eight work packages while take place during all this week, from the 19th to the 23rd. There is also a public webinar the April 21st. You can learn more about the public webinar of HS Academy here:

Don’t forget to register yourself:
You can register here: «

I hope it is of your interest.



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Doctorate Summer School on Heritage Science – Registration Open

The 1st HS-DSS (Heritage Science Doctorate Summer School) will be held virtually from 13 July to 16 July 2021. It is aimed at providing examples of excellence in Heritage Science for conservation and collection care research and access. The HS-DSS will be taught online ( all sessions will be conducted in English) and comprise four intensive days of lectures and virtual study visits, during which participants will become acquainted with the multidisciplinary skills of the IPERION HS consortium and knowledge accumulated by the partners.

The registration has just recently opened.

For further information and the registration please, visit:

IPERION HS – Information and registration 

21st April – IPERION and E-RIHS Webinar – Know the program on Heritage Science

As we already announced, the first of a series of webinars on practical heritage science will being the April 21st. Organized by IPERION HS and E-RIHS:

«IPERION HS and E-RIHS are organizing a series of short and practical webinars, a key source of state-of-the-art information on #HeritageScience research, facilities, policy and impact. It contributes to the development of a vibrant heritage science community and is intended for anyone involved in interdisciplinary #heritage research. One short webinar per month! The typical length of a webinar will be 30 min, followed by Q&A.
Read the full IPERION HS Academy programme

See directly the programme here:


The first webinar will take place online on 21th April, 2021 at 10 am CET. Matija Strlič and Jana Striová will present what #HeritageScience is and how IPERION HS can answer heritage science research questions.
Registration is open: «

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Webinar: What is IPERION HS

The webinar takes place online and will introduce participants to the field of Heritage Science facilities in IPERION HS, a European project devoted to building a distributed research infrastructure in the field of Heritage Science: E-RIHS (
The focus will be placed on what IPERION HS is and what can do for researchers, conservators and professionals working in the field of Heritage Science.

You can register here: 

21st April 2021 at 10 am (CET)

You will learn

  • What Heritage Science is
  • What IPERION HS is
  • What IPERION HS offers
  • How to access IPERION HS services

Key topics we’ll cover
Heritage Science

1 hour (40 minutes + 20 minutes Q&A)


Matija Strlič – Professor of Heritage Science
Matija Strlič is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at University of Ljubljana and Professor of Heritage Science at University College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the International Institute for Conservation. His role in the IPERION HS Academy is to enable the development of a vibrant user community.

Jana Striová – Heritage Scientist
Jana Striová is Heritage Scientist at Italian National Research Council, with academic background in Analytical Chemistry and Material Science, as well as in Science for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Management of Research Infrastructures. She coordinates the team developing an integrated and user-oriented approach to access the IPERION HS facilities and the training events for the Heritage Science community.


22-25 March – Heritage Science Conference: Sustainable Heritage Bidecennial Conference: Strategic Research Questions

The UCL Institute of Sustainable Heritage celebrates 20 years and will host the Sustainable Heritage Bidecennial Conference. It will take place over four days from 22-25 March 2021, starting at 5 PM CET each day.

We recommend everybody interested in heritage science to assist to the sessions organized  the 24th, but see the full program here:   Conference program

The conference will be chaired by Prof Matija Strlic, Professor of Heritage Science.


The conference will be virtual and held on Zoom and it is free of charge.

Each day is related to a general topic.

It will also include some roundtables disccuions and two programmed workshops organised with Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC)

Citizen Science & Cultural Heritage – Planning for success | 24 March 12 am – 1pm (CET)

Digitising museum objects using basic photogrammetry | 25 March 12 am – 1 pm (CET)


If you look for more information click on the link below. There you can find all the conference sessions, speakers and times. Be aware that the times on the web are GMT +1.

Get the full information about this event here:

Organized under the support of:

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


Job offer: Conservation Scientist for the Museum M+ in Hong Kong

Reporting to the Head, Conservation & Research, the successful candidate will work in the Analytical Science Lab in the Conservation Department and will be responsible for developing and implementing a conservation science program in support of research and understanding of the growing M+ Collections and their sustainable use, valuation and preservation.

You should possess a Ph.D. in chemistry or other physical science or equivalent combination of diploma with proven experienceConservator with a Master degree in conservation from a recognised college / university and with a proven experience in conservation science will also be considered.

– Also you should have a minimum of 5 years of experience in a museum conservation science laboratory is required.

First opened gallery in 2017 of M+ museum on West Kowloon Cultural District

M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Detailed information about the requirements, the responsabilities and the application contact are inside this document here.

Interested in exploring some of the collections of the Museum? Check this beta version with +6.500 results.

‘Illuminating Cultural Heritage: From research to preservation’ Europe Science Open Forum (ESOF2020)

In the frame of the Horizon2020 project ACCELERATE, an online ESOF2020 session on Cultural Heritage had been organised in collaboration with project partners on 06 September 2020.

The session brought together 4 scientific experts in the field to discuss various aspects of the need and the use of cultural heritage research, as well as its applications.

Among others, the topics of the discussion included:

  • Examples of cultural and natural heritage items that the speakers have worked on, and the techniques used for the research study. Some of these examples includes Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse & Rider statue, fossils and more.
  • How cultural heritage can be protected using technology.
  • How different disciplines have successfully worked together to preserve cultural heritage.


Cultural heritage surrounds us everywhere and contributes in shaping the identity of every nation. It is very important to ensure the right preservation of the cultural heritage as it represents the history of society, which contributes to education, the economy, cultural awareness and more.

Taking into account several factors such as the weather, components of the elements and their change through the years, the development of innovative ideas is a major pillar for Cultural Heritage management.

During the ACCELERATE online event at ESOF2020, the speakers presented and discussed examples of cultural heritage items to understand how our ancestors produced these objects, what are their functionalities, what materials have been used and which environmental factors degrade them.

Moreover, it was shown how large scale infrastructures such as synchrotrons and neutron sources are helping to solve those riddles. The translation of knowledge from fundamental physics and materials science into cultural heritage was also highlighted during the session.

Session recording: Watch the session here.