Illuminating Cultural Heritage: from research to preservation

September 6, 2020 12:00 - 1:30


Cultural heritage surrounds us everywhere and contributes in shaping the identity of every nation.
It is very important to ensure the right preservation of the cultural heritage as it represents the history of society, which contributes to education, the economy, cultural awareness and more. Taking into account several factors such as the weather, components of the elements and their change through the years, the development of innovative ideas is a major pillar for Cultural Heritage management.
During the session we explore how our ancestors produced objects that we admire for their beauty and functionality, what materials have been used and which environmental factors degrade them, what lies beneath a painting and in fact, what was the paint be made off. Mysteries like these and others will be discussed, and it will be shown how large scale infrastructures such as synchrotrons and neutron sources are helping to solve those riddles. We will celebrate the translation of knowledge from fundamental physics and materials science into cultural heritage: our panel is made of experts both in cultural heritage and in physics, taking about some of our treasured objects and what we have learned about them.

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