Welcome to inArt 2016

In the early years of conservation of works of art, the restoration mainly relied on the skills of the craftsman. It took several years for the scientific and technical knowledge to be brought together and establish a new era on approaching preservation of cultural heritage.

The contribution of natural sciences, especially physics and chemistry, to characterize and document artistic materials is widely recognized. Generally, these applied sciences contribute to a deeper understanding of cultural heritage artefacts and shed light on different aspects related to the origin of the work of art or its chronology. They also help to identify and document materials, objects and decaying mechanisms.

The main aim of the conference is to merge humanities with cutting-edge scientific research. Therefore, it tries to bring together people with different scientific backgrounds (chemists, physicists, geologists, art historians, restorers, archaeologists, etc.) and create a forum for continuous discussion.

The conference tries to create a bridge of communication between interdisciplinary units in the field of archaeometry.

The topics to be addressed within the conference sessions are (amongst others):

  • New technological developments
  • In vitro experimental set-ups and degradation mechanisms
  • In situ experiments and mobile instrumentation
  • The need on non-invasive and non-destructive analysis
  • Imaging techniques
  • Environmental issues on the preservation of art and archaeological objects

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we kindly invite you to the international symposium of inArt that will be held in the beautiful city of Ghent, Belgium.


Peter Vandenabeele
Conference chair