• July 6 - 8, 2016
    4th International Congress Chemistry for Cultural Heritage
  • July 6 - 8, 2016
    4th International Congress Chemistry for Cultural Heritage
  • July 6 - 8, 2016
    4th International Congress Chemistry for Cultural Heritage
  • July 6 - 8, 2016
    4th International Congress Chemistry for Cultural Heritage



History and Scope

Background and Content

The science, and in particular chemistry, plays an important role in the sustainable preservation of our cultural heritage through the investigation of ancient materials with the aim of understanding their technologies and degradation process. State of the art analytical instrumentations and methods, which are always improved, allow access to information from surviving works of art and provide the tools for the diagnostic and protection of Cultural Heritage.

EuCheMS, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (http://www.euchems.eu/about-us/what-is-euchems/) aims to nurture a platform for scientific discussion and to provide a single, unbiased European voice on key policy issues in chemistry and related fields. The EuCHEMS Working Party on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage (ChemCH) was initiated with the 2010 International EuCHEMS congress promoting dialogue on the role of chemical science and technology for Cultural Heritage. Since then, the ChemCH conference is organized every other year with previous edition in Ravenna (IT) in 2010, Istanbul (TR) in 2012 and Vienna (AT) in 2014. The 4th conference ChemCH2016 will build on the legacy of these past symposia.

ChemCH2016 will be held in Brussels and will include the following issues and topics:

Chemical imaging
Modern art materials
New materials and methods in C/R
Development of non-invasive methods
Sample treatment
Alteration phenomenon: chemical interaction of environment and art works
Multi & trans-disciplinary studies of CH (case studies)
Chemometrics for interpretation
Spectroscopic & chromatographic method development


Important Dates / Deadlines

February 28, 2016Extended deadline for abstract submission
April 8, 2016 Early bird Registration
End of March 2016Notification of Acceptance (oral or poster presentation)
April 30, 2016Final Program
July 5, 2016Pre-registration + welcome reception at KIK-IRPA
July 6 - 8, 2016CHEMCH2016 Conference
July 7, 2016Conference dinner
July 9, 2016Extra-conference activity - Study and restoration/conservation of van Eyck's Ghent altarpiece. Guided tour of the MSK museum and the St Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent
July 1 - October 15, 2016Submission of Manuscripts for Publication in a special themed issue of "Heritage Science"