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EPISCON - European Ph.D. in Science for Conservation

The conservation and preservation of cultural heritage is an interdisciplinary field requiring close cooperation between conservator-restorers, archaeologists, (art) historians, collection managers and museum curators on the one hand, and conservation scientists on the other. While the natural sciences, as well as engineering, play a critical role in the proper selection of conservation materials, methods and strategies, scientific research in conservation is often conducted by scientists who originally come from outside the cultural heritage field. These scientists thus lack the affinity with the cultural heritage and conservation fields necessary to fully understand and communicate the significance, but also the consequences of their work, to non-technical colleagues.

In order to promote the synergy between the cultural heritage field, and the natural sciences and engineering, the European Community's Marie Curie programme is funding the project EPISCON - European Ph.D. in Science for Conservation. The goal of EPISCON is to develop the first generation of "true" conservation scientists in Europe. This goal will be attained by providing education, training, and research opportunities in the field of science for the conservation of cultural heritage to young scientists.

To that end, 16 three-year fellowships are being offered by ten EPISCON partners’ host institutions within the European Community. These fellowships include funding of an intensive six month training at the University of Bologna-Ravenna Campus (ITALY) in all aspects of the conservation of cultural heritage, followed by a two and a half year research project at one of the host institutions. The quality of the training will be recognised by the participating countries and an attempt will also be made to formally recognise the PhD by partner Universities.

THE FELLOWSHIPS HAS STARTED IN SEPTEMBER 2006

THE PROJECT WILL END IN OCTOBER 2009

the EPISCON consortium has already selected 16 research fellows

here they are:

name

nationality

master degree

host institution

research project

Eva

Eva

Čechová

Czech Republic

Chemical Technology

AUTH

The Effect of Linseed Oil on the Properties of Lime-based Restoration Mortars

Patricio

Chiriboga

Ecuador

Mechanical Engineering

ICN

The Effect of Vibrations on the
Condition of Sensitive Paintings: Mechanical Modeling

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Oana-Adriana

Cuzman

Romania

Environmental Management

ICVBC

Biofilms on Exposed Monumental Stones: Mechanism of Formation and Development of New Control Methods

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Mikiko

Hayashi

Japan

Human Life and
Environmental Science

UAIC

The Effect of Preservative Interventions on the Chemical-Physical and Structural Characteristics of Panel Paintings

Kenza

Kahrim

Canada

Chemistry

UNIPG

New Methodologies for in-situ non Invasive Spectroscopic Analyses of the 20th century Synthetic Painting Materials

Elsebeth

Elsebeth Langholz

Kendix

Denmark

Chemistry

UNIBO

Transmission and Reflection (ATR) Far-Infrared Spectroscopy Applied in the Analysis of Cultural Heritage Materials

Timea

Kovacs

Hungary

Geology

UNIOVI

Durability of Crystalline Monumental Stones in terms of their Pore-Space Structure and Hydraulic Properties

Clara

Morales

Spain

Chemistry

SoC

Understanding Plastic Surfaces: Evaluating Methods for Cleaning Art Objects Comprised of or Containing New or Degraded Plastics

Izabela

Ozga

Poland

Medical Physics

UNIBO

Impact of Multipolluants on Modern Cement Built Heritage

Gianluca

Pastorelli

Italy

Natural Science

Soc

Archaeological Baltic Amber: Degradation Mechanisms and Conservation Measures

 

Delphine

Pouilley

France

Chemistry/
Material Science 

ICN

Kinetics of aging of face-mounted photographs

Marta

Quaranta

Italy

Chemistry

UAIC

On the Degradation Mechanisms under the Influence of Pedological Factors through the Study of Archaeological Bronze Patina

Anna

Ruggeri

Italy

Geology

HNM

Study of the Building and Decorative Materials and Technique used in Hungarian Roman sites.

Ana-Bogdana

Simionescu

Romania

Biomaterials Engineering

UNIOVI

Durability of  Monumental Stones Treated with Siloxane-Based Water Repellents

 

Vincenzo

Starinieri

Italy

Geology

AUTH

Study of Materials and Technology of Ancient Floor Mosaics' Substrate

Magdalini

Theodoridou

Greece

 Civil Engineering 

ELTE

Physical and Mineralogical Changes of Monumental Stones Exposed to Diffferent Conditions: Stone-Testing in-situ and under Laboratory Conditions



GRANTS

The fellowship grants cover: living, mobility, travel and career exploratory allowances according to the EU standards. Medical health insurance is not included in the grant although some EU countries provide it automatically.

MOBILITY

The nationality of the fellow must be different from the country in which the Host Institution is located. In the case of holding dual nationality, the researcher will be able to be hosted by the EPISCON Institution from the country of her/his nationality provided s/he has not resided there during the last 5 years. At the time of appointment, the legal residence/main activity of the researcher may not have been in the country of the host Institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the appointment.