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Online course on microbial infestation

From: Angela Weyer <weyer<-a>
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
"Microbial Infestation of Objects of Art and Cultural Heritage"
by Prof. Dr. Karin Petersen and Barbara Hentschel M.A.

Next course: 22 September - 23 November 2014

The focal point of this course is presenting different methods of
detecting and analyzing microorganisms encountered in objects of
cultural heritage.

Essentially the courses are divided into modules.  This allows
judging the scope and content of the courses to help estimate the
time and work involved.

The first one is an introduction into microbiology.  It allows
students with no corresponding background to learn the basics of
microbiology and thus to be able to follow the course.  This is of
particular importance for non-university implementation, as
microbiology in the conservation of cultural objects has not been
pursued much outside the university.

The second module, which is smaller, is more practice oriented: it
explains the different sample-taking techniques and which types of
sample material are suited for which analyses and tests.

The third module contains various methods of detection and analyses
of microorganisms that pose a threat to cultural objects.  The user
learns not only easy to use analyses techniques but also very
specific and modern specialist ones.

Moreover, the course provides a reading list, an extensive glossary
and links to other internet sites on the same topics.  The course
should rather explain you the possibilities of your available
sources.  Our aim is to enable you first to decide which method will
be effective and to decide afterwards whichever equipment or
procedure is needed.

The authors: Prof. Dr. Karin Petersen teaches microbiology at the
Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Conservation at the
University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Hildesheim/Holzminden/Gottingen.  One of her special subjects is the
examination of microbic infestation of objects of art and cultural
heritage, the resulting damages and the related health risks for

Barbara Hentschel has graduated in Conservation and Restoration at
the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/ Holzminden/
Gottingen.  At the Hornemann Institute she is responsible for the
concept and the implementation of the microbial infestation course.

For further information see


Dr. Angela Weyer
Director of the Hornemann Institute
HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Hornemann Institute
Kardinal-Bertram-Strasse 36
31134 Hildesheim
+49 5121 408179
Fax: +49 5121 408185

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