OPTO-CH 2018 meets HERACLES EU project

Skip Navigation Links


OPTO-CH 2018 meets HERACLES EU project

 July 02-06, 2018

 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 with emphasis to resilience against climate events



 The aim of OPTO-CH 2018 summer course is two-fold:

 a)     to introduce participants to applications of advanced laser-based technologies in Cultural Heritage (CH) science, diagnostics and conservation.

 b)     to inform them on the latest developments of the H2020 EU project HERACLES research as regards the effective resilience of Heritage monuments against climate events

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. In parallel, experts researching on advancing the level of heritage monuments resilience (analysis and understanding of materials’ degradation mechanisms, synthesis of new protective materials, in-situ diagnosis and monitoring as well as ICT technologies) will present the HERACLES concept.

The summer course will conclude with one day of field tests and experiments on-site at the Venetian fortress of Heraklion “Rocca a Mare”.



Application deadline:  April 29, 2018

Notice of acceptance: May 03, 2018

OPTO-CH 2018 HERACLES summer course: July 02-06, 2018



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. Furthermore, the basic concepts and research conducted so far within the H2020 EU project HERACLES will be presented with emphasis to the safeguarding of CH monuments from the effects of the Climatic Change. The summer course will conclude with a field tests and experiments on-site at the Venetian fortress of “Rocca a Mare” in the port of Heraklion, one of the HERACLES test-beds.




  • Materials analysis with Optical Spectroscopy (LIBS, Raman, Diffuse Reflectance)
  • Optical coherence metrology for structural diagnosis
  • Imaging and mapping; multispectral, photoacoustic and THz
  • Laser cleaning principles and methodologies

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


  • The HERACLES project concept and vision
  • Development of operative protocols for analysis and monitoring
  • Synthesis of new materials for the protection HERACLES  test-beds
  • The HERACLES platform



 On 06 July 2018, on-site demos will take place at the Venetian fortress of Heraklion “Rocca a Mare” / Koules, one of the four test-beds of HERACLES project.



 Maximum number of participants: 20

 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 four (4) groups of five (5).

 Participants will be selected on the basis of their merit and background.



 The course fee is covered by the H2020 EU project HERACLES (GA 700395).

 Travel, accommodation or subsistence expenses should be covered by the participants. 







Free Hit Counter
Free Hit Counter

Download Course Flyer