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Conference on heritage, microbiology and science

From: Alison Webster <alison.webster>
Date: Monday, September 20, 2004
Conference on Heritage, Microbiology and Science
HMS 2005
Portsmouth, UK
June 28-July 2, 2005

In June 2005, Portsmouth will be the venue for a major international
gathering of microbiologists, conservation scientists and
conservators to discuss their research, review the state of the art
and exchange ideas about how to combat the challenges we face in
heritage microbiology and conservation science. Heritage
Microbiology and Science: Microbes, Monuments and Maritime Materials
(HMS 2005) will be the third in a series, following successful
meetings in Florence (Of Microbes and Art, 1999) and New York (Art,
Biology and Conservation, 2002), each exploring different aspects of
cultural heritage research.

The World's heritage will always face a threat from microorganisms
that show a remarkable versatility to colonise, utilise and
transform a wide range of materials notably wood, stone, concrete,
paper, cement, textiles and metals.  These activities have played,
and continue to play, a central part in shaping the natural world of
our planet but this awesome power constitutes a serious threat to
the integrity of our most precious art, heritage objects, monuments
and cultural treasures.

The scientific programme will have 9 sessions over 3 days and it
will include 5 Keynote presentations and 7 invited papers by
speakers who are international leaders in their research fields
within heritage microbiology and conservation science. There will
also be opportunities for 14 selected oral papers and a parallel
poster session will be organised according to demand, possibly
linked to short oral communications.

Sessions will be presented on the following topics:

    *   Preservation of maritime heritage
    *   Historic buildings and materials
    *   Modern approaches to conservation studies
    *   Practice and applications

For more information see <URL:> or email us at
hms2005 [at] port__ac__uk

Dr Alison Webster
HMS2005 Secretariat
University of Portsmouth
School of Biological Sciences
King Henry Building
King Henry 1st Street
+44 2392842072
Fax: +44 2392842070

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