12 mai 2018
Sciences and Technologies applied to Heritage Conservation
Contributions of scientific research to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, have been fruitful and productive. This discipline appeared in the late eighteenth century, with the application of empirical procedures and results, improving substantially with the constitution of specialized technical workgroups in the 60s, with specific objectives and procedures.
Nowadays, the need of creating, supporting and developing cultural heritage conservation scientific and technical groups is out of debate in any world-class conservation center. Therefore, in countries supporting the protection of cultural heritage, a qualified scientific body has successfully been integrated and consolidated as part of cultural heritage protection procedures.
However, scientific specialization in cultural heritage is not an established discipline in terms of training programs, since its role has not been properly communicated and valued., there are no dedicated scientific degrees related to heritage conservation in Spain, even though many other include contents that may have an application in this field. In consequence, there is a real need to get to know and organize training activities related to technical and scientific contribution to restoration and conservation of cultural heritage for curators, restorers and managers, among others.
Strengthening the bonds between the two already mentioned fields, Science and Culture, should be a priority for Public Administrations. In this context the Spanish National Research Plan in Cultural Heritage promotes every two year this Congress.
Being 2018 the EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE, this edition will enhance the international dimension of the Congress. To achieve this, European research groups, professionals explaining the state of the art of European cultural heritage research and trans-national research projects will be part of this year’s program.