Chair: Giuseppina Padeletti, Institute of Nanostructured Materials, CNR

Chair: Anna Baldycheva, University of Exeter

This special symposium is devoted to exploring the crucial role of new materials and fabrication technology technologies in the preservation and rejuvenation of cultural heritage. As custodians of our past, it is our responsibility to ensure that our cultural treasures endure the test of time, remaining intact for future generations to appreciate and cherish. In this endeavor, the development of novel materials holds immense significance, offering unprecedented opportunities to enhance the durability, authenticity, and sustainability of restoration efforts.

By convening experts from diverse disciplines and exploring the potential of these and other emerging materials, this symposium aims to catalyze transformative advancements in the field of cultural heritage preservation, ensuring that our rich tapestry of heritage remains vibrant and resilient for generations to come.

New materials bring forth a realm of possibilities, enabling us to address longstanding challenges in conservation with renewed vigor and creativity. Among the arsenal of materials poised to revolutionize the field of heritage preservation are:

  • Nanocoatings: Super-hydrophobic, Oleophobic, UV-Protective Nanocoatings, Anti-Graffiti, Anti-Corrosion, Photocatalytic, Consolidating
  • Metamaterials: from lightweight structural reinforcements to advanced sensing technologies.
  • Biodegradable Polymers:
  • Nanocomposites
  • Smart Materials with Embedded Sensors
  • Natural and Recycled Materials

Topics Covered:

  1. Novel Material Formulations: Delve into the forefront of materials research, exploring the synthesis and characterization of cutting-edge compounds specifically designed for restoration applications. From polymers to ceramics, discover innovative materials engineered to enhance durability, authenticity, and compatibility with historic substrates.
  2. Advanced Surface Treatments: Uncover the latest techniques in surface modification and protection, addressing challenges such as weathering, corrosion, and microbial growth. Explore nanotechnology-based solutions and explore their potential to revolutionize the conservation of delicate surfaces while maintaining their original aesthetics.
  3. Biodegradable Restoration Materials: Embrace sustainability in conservation efforts through the exploration of biodegradable materials and eco-friendly restoration practices. Learn about bio-based polymers, natural resins, and other environmentally conscious alternatives that minimize ecological impact without compromising performance.
  4. Digital Fabrication for Restoration: Harness the power of digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D printing and laser scanning, to recreate intricate details and replicate missing components with unprecedented accuracy. Explore the intersection of digital design and traditional craftsmanship, unlocking new possibilities for restoration projects of all scales.
  5. Smart Materials for Monitoring and Maintenance: Discover how smart materials embedded with sensors and actuators can revolutionize the monitoring and maintenance of historic structures. Explore real-time monitoring systems for detecting structural defects, environmental changes, and other factors affecting the long-term stability of heritage sites.
  6. Case Studies and Best Practices: Gain insights from successful restoration projects around the globe, examining the challenges faced, strategies employed, and lessons learned along the way. From iconic landmarks to hidden treasures, explore a diverse array of case studies spanning different time periods, architectural styles, and conservation approaches.
  7. Collaboration Across Disciplines: Foster interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists, conservators, architects, and artisans, recognizing the integral role each plays in the preservation of cultural heritage. Engage in cross-disciplinary discussions to bridge the gap between theory and practice, fostering a holistic approach to restoration that balances scientific rigor with artistic sensitivity.

Open for Abstract Submissions until 02 September 2024