Application deadline: April 29, 2018
Notice of acceptance: May 03, 2018
OPTO-CH 2018 HERACLES summer course: July 02-06, 2018
WORKSHOP SERIES OUTLINE:
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.
T O P I C S
A. LECTURES ON LASER ANALYSIS AND CONSERVATION:
- 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.
B. POLITEIA II LECTURES:
- 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.
Optical technologies offer unique prospects as regards conservation and diagnostics in Cultural Heritage, yet their use in real-life conservation treatments is rather sporadic and far from routine, despite a number of brilliant applications, for example, the Athens Acropolis conservation campaigns. Among the main reasons for the rare use of lasers in conservation practice is the lack of training opportunities.
The OPTO-CH series of summer courses have as main goal to present advanced optical technologies in Cultural Heritage (CH) science and conservation to scientists and young conservation professionals within a training setting that will combine lectures from experts with practical hands-on experimental sessions that will enable participants to get a real feeling on how to use a number of advanced optical tools for analysis and characterisation of materials and surfaces.