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Summer School at IESL-FORTH: OPTO-CH 2019 "Lasers in the analysis, diagnosis and conservation of Cultural Heritage”

Jun 07, 2019

For the 7th consecutive year, FORTH’s Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) organized the Summer School "OPTO-CH 2019" entitled "Lasers in the analysis, diagnosis and conservation of Cultural Heritage", during the week of 3-7 June. This year's Summer School focused on new Technologies in Research, Study, Documentation and Access to Information related to Cultural Heritage and Monuments and took place within the framework of the National project POLITEIA II (MIS 5002478).

The participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the research performed by the "Photonics for Heritage Science" team of IESL-FORTH and the techniques developed for on-site applications at the monuments, to participate in specially designed laboratory hands-on sessions and to attend lectures from experts of this scientific area. At the same time, they were informed about the research carried out by the scientific partners of the project.

The summer school was attended by 20 students, young scientists and professional conservators, selected after evaluation, from around the world, including students from the University of Crete and conservators from various Ephorates of Antiquities and other departments of the Greek Ministry of Culture.

On Tuesday, 4th of June, the lecture "Precious Metal Objects from the Minoan Cemetery of Petras: Luxury and Magic" took place, performed by the invited researchers Susan C. Ferrence (Director of Publications INSTAP Academic Press, University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Alessandra Giumlia-Mair (Archaeometallurgist, AGM Archeoanalisi, Merano, Italy). On Thursday 6 and Friday 7 June, the summer school activities focused on the results of POLITEIA II and included lectures given by researchers, members of the project consortium, while participants were able to attend on-site demonstrations of portable analytical and diagnostic instruments in the Byzantine Temple of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in Fodele, in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Heraklion.

The POLITEIA II project is a multidisciplinary approach where 6 Institutes of FORTH collaborate. The work carried out falls within the following areas of research and applications:

• Science and technology for analysis, detection and intervention (e.g. analytical methods, remote sensing of archaeological sites, laser cleaning of artworks etc.)

• Intangible cultural content (books, archives, databases)

• Tangible cultural heritage (museum objects, monuments, sites)

After 1.5 years of progress, the POLITEIA II project is currently in its most critical phase, aiming to evaluate, test and implement the results of the interdisciplinary research, carried out so far by the consortium of participating institutions, for the study and the protection of Cultural Heritage.

The detailed summer school program at


Dr. Paraskevi Pouli, IESL-FORTH,

Prof. Dimitrios Anglos, University Of Crete, Department of Chemistry and IESL-FORTH,