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Safeguard of Cultural Heritage: A Challenge from the Past for the Europe of Tomorrow

Location Florence, Italy
Date 11 - 13 July 2011
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Cultural Heritage is formed by all material and immaterial evidence of the cultural identity of a population. Within this definition, in Europe like in any other part of the world, many values determine a complex relationship between objects, symbols, personal and collective identities.

Both material and immaterial Cultural Heritage need to be preserved, and such patrimony needs to be transmitted to the future. To such purpose Science and Technology, in all their branches, can play a crucial role for helping the conservation of both material and immaterial assets, understanding material degradation, developing products and techniques for preservation.


  • To highlight the scientific research being carried out in Europe in the field of Cultural Heritage;
  • To present results and ongoing activities of COST Actions dealing with Cultural Heritage;
  • To suggest strategic guidelines along which future research in the field of Cultural Heritage is likely to develop and should be oriented.


  • Introductive general session;
  • More technical thematic sessions aiming towards the preparation of synthetic final documents containing proposals;
  • Poster session(s).

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Agostino Paravicini Bagliani Honorary President of the Union Académique Internationale aisbl (CH)
  • Prof. Luigi Dei University of Florence (IT)
  • Prof. Marco Fioravanti University of Florence/COST Action IE0601 (IT)
  • Prof. Magda Antonioli Corigilano Bocconi University (IT)
  • Prof. Xavier Greffe Sorbona University, Paris (FR)
  • Dr. John Havermans Chair Action D42 (EnviArt) (NL)
  • Prof. Mario Santana Quintero International Center for Conservation - University of Leuven (BE)
  • Prof. Saverio Mecca University of Florence (IT)
  • Dr. Tone Marie Olstad Norwegian Inst. for Cult. Her. Research/COST Action IE0601 (NW)
  • Prof. Bas Pedroli Director UNISCAPE
  • Prof. Vincent Serneels Univ. of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland (CH)
  • Dr. Thierry Goger TUD SO COST Office (BE)
  • Dr. Caroline Whelan COST Science Officer Materials, Physical & Nanosciences (BE)


University of Florence

  • Prof. Marco Bellandi Pro-vice chancellor Knowledge Transfer
  • Prof. Elisabetta Cerbai Pro-vice chancellor Scientific Research
  • Prof. Carlo Sorrentino Delegate Communication
  • Prof. Anna Benvenuti
  • Dr. Emiliano Degl'Innocenti
  • Dr. Isabella Gagliardi
  • Prof. Marco Fioravanti
  • Prof. Mauro Agnoletti
  • Prof. Marco Benvenuti
  • Prof. Pilario Costagliola
  • Prof. Alberto Del Bimbo
  • Prof. Carlo Alberto Garzonio
  • Prof. Grazia Tucci
  • Prof. Luciana Lazzaretti

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