Welcome to EPISCON
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:
The Effect of Linseed Oil on the Properties of Lime-based Restoration Mortars
The Effect of Vibrations on the
Biofilms on Exposed Monumental Stones: Mechanism of Formation and Development of New Control Methods
Human Life and
The Effect of Preservative Interventions on the Chemical-Physical and Structural Characteristics of Panel Paintings
New Methodologies for in-situ non Invasive Spectroscopic Analyses of the 20th century Synthetic Painting Materials
Transmission and Reflection (ATR) Far-Infrared Spectroscopy Applied in the Analysis of Cultural Heritage Materials
Durability of Crystalline Monumental Stones in terms of their Pore-Space Structure and Hydraulic Properties
Understanding Plastic Surfaces: Evaluating Methods for Cleaning Art Objects Comprised of or Containing New or Degraded Plastics
Impact of Multipolluants on Modern Cement Built Heritage
Archaeological Baltic Amber: Degradation Mechanisms and Conservation Measures
Kinetics of aging of face-mounted photographs
On the Degradation Mechanisms under the Influence of Pedological Factors through the Study of Archaeological Bronze Patina
Study of the Building and Decorative Materials and Technique used in Hungarian Roman sites.
Durability of Monumental Stones Treated with Siloxane-Based Water Repellents
Study of Materials and Technology of Ancient Floor Mosaics' Substrate
Physical and Mineralogical Changes of Monumental Stones Exposed to Diffferent Conditions: Stone-Testing in-situ and under Laboratory Conditions
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.
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.