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3rd Heritage Science Austria Meeting 2022

Event Label
Organisational Units
Natural Sciences and Technology in Art
Location Address (1)
Schillerplatz 3
Location ZIP and/or City (1)
1010 Vienna
Location Room (1)

Hybride Conference

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The Heritage Science Austria team is delighted to announce the 3rd Heritage Science Austria Meeting, organized at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Heritage Science is an internationally recognized multi‐ and interdisciplinary field of study connecting different branches like chemistry, microbiology, physics, geology, and archeology for the investigation of both movable and immovable Cultural Heritage with the aim to guide conservators in developing the best strategies for conservation and restoration.

In Austria, the platform named Heritage Science Austria successfully launched in 2019 with the different members including the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna signing a memorandum of understanding. The main aim is to better connect different Austrian professionals involved in this area and to improve the comprehension and preservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage in Austria.

The 3rd Heritage Science Austria Meeting will emphasize its national status with the intention to establish faster and more accessible communication among national research institutions and facilities, which are also eager to develop a national infrastructure for Heritage Science as a next milestone.

Preliminary program:

8:30-9 h Registration

9 h Opening of the Conference
Welcome words from Katja Sterflinger, Head of the Institute for Science and Technology in Art, Academy of fine Arts Vienna and Chair of the Monument Advisory Board

09:05 h–09:40 h Keynote lecture
Stefan Simon, Director of the Rathgen Forschungslabor Berlin
Look up – why museums need to become green

9:40 h–10:20 h
Session 1                          
Chair: Katja Sterflinger

9:40 h–10 h
Johannes Tichy
Pink salt loving biofilms on stone cultural heritage monuments
10 h–10:20 h
Katharina Derksen
Assessing the effects of climate change on the biodiversity of fungi and risk of mould growth in different storage environments for cultural heritage collections in Austria

10:20 h–10:40 h Coffee break & posters

10:40 h–12 h
Session 2                          
Chair: Gudrun Styhler-Aydın

10:40 h–11 h
Michael Grabner
Research on historic roof structures in Vienna
11 h–11:20 h
Raimund Rhomberg
Bauforschung in Vorarlberg
11:20 h–11:40 h
Cyril Dworsky
11:40 h–12 h
Barbara Keiler
Denkmalpflege in Vorarlberg: Organisation und Praxis

12 h–13:20 Lunch break & posters

13:20 h–15 h
Session 3                          
Chair: Johannes Tintner-Olifiers

13:20 h–13:40 h
Valentina Ljubić Tobisch
Experimentelle Galvanographie in Heritage Science
13:40 h–14 h
Valentina Pintus & Dubravka Jembrih-Simbürger
Assessing the deterioration of synthetic organic materials in modern-contemporary art: science in progress
14 h–14:20 h
Paul-Bernhard Eipper
Degradation of chrome yellow and cadmium sulphide on works of art
14:20 h–15 h
Eleonora Weixelbaumer
„Warum ist etwas und nicht nichts?“ (Franz West). Methoden der Restaurierung und Konservierung in den Landessammlungen Niederösterreich

15 h–15:45 h Coffee break & poster session

15:45 h–16 h Closing Ceremony – (final discussion)

Katja Sterflinger, A…
Klaudia Hradil, TU Wien
Martina Griesser, KHM

The conference is planned in a hybrid format, the participation is free of charge.

Further information and registration under: