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Call for papers--Conference on conservation

From: Vasilike Argyropoulos <bessie>
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Conservation Strategies for Saving Indoor Metals Collections and
Legal Issues in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
(LIC - Working Group, ICOM-CC)
Cairo, Egypt
February 26 - March 1, 2007

    The conference is sponsored by the European 6th Framework INCO
    program and the consortium of the PROMET project.

PROMET, a European 6th Framework funded project, priority INCO in
cooperation with the ICOM-CC Working Group, Legal Issues in
Conservation (LIC) invites you to submit abstracts for papers or
poster presentations at their upcoming international conference to
be held from Monday, February 26 to Thursday, March 1, 2007 in
Cairo, Egypt. The conference will be organized by the Applied Laser
Spectroscopy Group (ALS) at the National Institute of Laser Enhanced
Sciences (NILES), Cairo University

The goal of the PROMET project is ensuring the survival of
outstanding metals collections throughout the Mediterranean region
encompassing more than 5000 years from 2800 BC onwards.  Jointly,
the partners of PROMET are developing new strategies to monitor the
corrosion of metal objects using state-of-the-art portable
techniques, Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and
micro-X-ray Fluorescence (micro-XRF).

Scientific studies are providing other and newer ways to find out
information about these unique collections from Egypt, Greece,
Italy, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, and
Turkey.  At the same time, conservation scientists are developing
and testing new materials, corrosion inhibitors, coatings, and PVD
and PECVD barrier films as alternative ways to better protect metals
collections that are safer, more effective, reversible, and
longer-lasting. One of the themes for PROMET--Protection of
Metals--has been adopted as a new subworking group under ICOM-CC
Metals Working group for the period 2005-2008.  One goal of our
conference within the PROMET project is to promote internationally
the progression of this subworking group within ICOM-CC Metals
Working Group.

Another goal of the PROMET project is to review the legislative
policies for the protection of cultural heritage from the
Mediterranean region with the goal of outlining a suitable
maintenance or (risk management) program for monitoring and
protecting such metals collections. To this end, partnering for this
conference with the ICOM-CC Working Group, Legal Issues in
Conservation (LIC), is an important event towards highlighting the
various legal issues pertinent to the conservation of these cultural
heritage collections.

The conference will begin on Monday, February 26, 2007 with papers
related to the legal issues of cultural heritage conservation.  The
theme of the day, Re-aligning the Legal Vision will deal with such
issues as the illegal trafficking of cultural heritage,
repatriation, development of adequate cultural heritage State laws,
formulation and ratification of international conventions, lobbying
politicians, and the development of risk management conservation
programs that include the various legal issues.

The conference sessions on Tuesday, February 27, 2007  and on
Wednesday, February 28, 2007  will deal with the development of
innovative diagnostic techniques for the study of metal objects;
scientific studies of Mediterranean indoor museum metals collections
that identify the chemical, physical and behavioral properties of
substances that constitute or affect metal objects; and the
development of new materials such as corrosion inhibitors, coatings,
and barrier films for the protection of metal objects housed
indoors. Papers are also invited to review past and/or current
conservation practices of metal objects from a Mediterranean

Scientific Program: Invited lectures, contributing oral and poster
papers, and panel discussion sessions are featured.  Papers
associated with the CSSIM will be published in conference
proceedings after regular peer reviewing. The deadline for
submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations is August
1, 2006. After review, the chosen abstracts will be invited to
present their presentations and posters. Full text of accepted
papers must be submitted by October 1, 2006. Accepted oral
presentations and extended poster abstracts will be reviewed and
published as conference pre-prints.

All sessions will be in English.

For more information see


A scientific committee has been formed for each of the two
respective professional groups PROMET and LIC. Each committee will
select their respective presentations from the abstracts submitted
to the PROMET project pertaining to the theme of Conservation
Strategies for saving indoor metals collections and LIC pertaining
to the theme of Re-aligning the Legal Vision.

Sessions of the Conference
Call for Abstracts:

    1.  Conservation-Restoration Studies of Historical and
        Archaeological Metals collections from the Mediterranean

            *   Ancient versus modern metallurgical techniques
            *   Destructive factors for indoor collections
            *   Chemical and physical methods for characterization
                of metal objects
            *   Past and/or current conservation practices of
                metallic objects.

    2.  Conservation-Restoration search for new protection materials
        and diagnostic techniques for metallic collections

            *   Innovative diagnostic techniques for metallic
            *   New coatings for conservation of metals
            *   New corrosion inhibitors for conservation of metals
            *   New barrier films for conservation of metals.

    3.  Legal Issues in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

            *   Illegal trafficking of cultural heritage
            *   Repatriation, development of adequate cultural
                heritage state laws
             *  Formulation and ratification of international
             *  Lobbying politicians
             *  Development of risk management conservation programs
                which address legal issues

M.A. Harith (Chair) and
V. Argyropoulos (Co-Chair)

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:59
                 Distributed: Wednesday, June 14, 2006
                       Message Id: cdl-19-59-006
Received on Tuesday, 6 June, 2006

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