OPTO-CH 2017 Workshop "Laser technologies in Cultural Heritage analysis, diagnosis and conservation"

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OPTO-CH 2017 workshop

June 19-24, 2017

IESL-FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Join us for an exciting journey to Crete to become acquainted with the latest developments on non-invasive optical technologies and explore their field applications in Cultural Heritage research and conservation


OPTO-CH 2017 workshop will introduce participants to applications of advanced laser-based technologies in Cultural Heritage (CH) science, diagnostics and conservation. Lectures from experts on modern laser diagnostic and analytical techniques, as well as on laser cleaning methodologies will be combined with practical demonstrations and laboratory hands-on sessions. Two days of field tests and experiments on-site at selected monuments in Crete is also foreseen.


Application deadline:  March 19, 2017

Notice of acceptance: March 22, 2017


OPTO-CH 2017 workshop: June 19-24, 2017


The lectures will introduce participants to the cultural background and conservation environment of the Eastern Mediterranean, and Crete in particular, and to the general concepts and principles of operation of each laser-based technique with emphasis on their analytical and diagnostic potential and applications. Selected examples and case studies will be thoroughly analysed to illustrate how optical technologies can be used in CH research and conservation. The last two days of the workshop are dedicated to field tests and experiments on-site at a selected monument in Crete in order to demonstrate the applicability of the techniques in practice.


  • Materials analysis with Optical Spectroscopy (LIBS, Raman, DR)
  • Optical coherence metrology for structural diagnosis
  • Imaging and mapping; multispectral, multi-photon and THz
  • Laser cleaning principles and methodologies


Soon to be announced


On 23-24 June 2017, a field trip to a selected monument in Crete is scheduled. The exact place and monument will be soon announced


-Concepts and issues in conservation research

-Binding media and painting techniques 

-Pigments and their identification

-Detecting color remains on historic stonework; an analytical challenge

-Photo-acoustic monitoring of laser cleaning

-e-tools for managing the use of analytical, diagnostic and conservation methodologies

-Discussion with the participants

Participants are invited to present cases studied they are involved in and discuss challenges that might be addressed by optical diagnostic techniques. 


Maximum number of participants: 15

The workshop concept relies on a) strong and effective interaction between participants and instructors and b) detailed practical demonstration and hands-on sessions. Therefore participants will be organized in three (3) groups of five (5).


The course fee applies as follows:

  • Individual fee (6 days workshop):                             € 500
  • Early-bird registration (paid by 10th April 2017):     € 400

The workshop fees include coffee breaks, specials (organized dinner and closing event), as well as the side-costs for the on-site campaign (transfer to the site and light lunch).

Travel, accommodation or subsistence expenses should be covered by the participants. Every effort will be made by us to provide information and guidance towards minimizing these costs from our side.









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