Welcome to inArt 2020

NEW UPDATE July 15th 2020

    Dear inArt 2020 participants,

   Following the survey on opportunities to participate in the conference at the end of September, despite many positive responses to maintain participation, many people are not sure whether they will be able to travel in September. It seems therefore that the audience is rather small and that international representation is limited to a small part of Europe. Beyond that, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the prospects in the coming months to ensure a convivial in-person conference.

     For all these reasons, the Scientific and Organising Committees have decided to postpone the 2020 edition of inArt to spring 2022 in Paris.

     Despite this postponement of the conference, the editors of the EPJ+ journal offer us the possibility to maintain the thematic issue in connection with the conference. All authors of abstracts accepted and confirmed in the initial planning of the conference can therefore submit a paper to EPJ+. The deadline for paper submission is October 15th, 2020. The inArt 2020 website provides details of the recommendations and the procedure for the submission of articles.

     We would like to thank all the authors of abstracts for the quality of the work that was proposed for presentation at inArt 2020. We hope to see you all in Paris in 2022 for stimulating presentations and fruitful exchanges.

The inArt 2020 (and soon 2022) organising committee

All registrations already paid will be refunded. The procedures will be communicated shortly.


Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 4th International Conference on Innovation in Art Research and Technology (inArt 2020) to be held in Paris, on April 14-17, 2020 (new dates: 30 September - 3 October 2020).

Previously InArt conferences took place in Evora - Portugal in 2013, in Ghent - Belgium in 2016 and in Parma - Italy in 2018.

The conference inArt 2020 aims to gather professionals from all the disciplines concerned by the study and the preservation of cultural heritage materials: chemists, physicists, geologists, biologists, conservation scientists, conservators, historians, archaeologists, etc. Ancient materials require interdisciplinary approaches and the development of specific analytical methodologies due to their complexity and heterogeneity, the need for non-invasive analyses and limited sampling, or to simulate alteration processes. The conference wish to stimulate discussions between the participants around three main topics related to the scientific analysis of ancient artefacts: knowledge of the manufacturing techniques and materials; understanding of their degradation processes and the use of innovative conservation strategies; and the development of new methodologies and data treatments for their study.

The topics to be addressed within the conference sessions can be related to the following 3 main thematic sessions with various sub-themes (amongst others):

  • Comprehension of materials and techniques involved in Cultural Heritage

         - Identification approaches

         - Circulation of materials and manufacturing techniques

         - Dating and chronological approaches

  • Degradation mechanisms and conservation strategies

         - Characterisation of degradation products

         - Impact of the environment on the degradation or protection of the objects

         - Experimental aging simulation and modelling

         - Diagnosis of conservation states, documentation of objects (including numerical approaches)

         - Cleaning, stabilisation and protection

  • Technological developments and data analysis

         - In situ experiments and mobile instrumentation

         - Imaging techniques

         - Coupling of analytical methods and data fusion


On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we kindly invite you to this edition of inArt that will be held in the Campus des Cordeliers of Sorbonne University in the centre of Paris (France).


Ludovic Bellot-Gurlet, Conference chair

Delphine Neff, Conference co-chair



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