Conference program

Preliminary program

The conference is planned from 2nd to 6th of September 2019.

Activities will mainly take place between 9.00 and 17.30. Two 30-minutes coffee breaks will be planned each conference day (1/morning and 1/afternoon). Lunch break will be taken every day between 13.00 and 14.00

The official language will be English.

Conference sessions

Plenary sessions

Plenary (thematic) sessions will be introduced by keynote speakers (if possible conservation professionals) who will provide an overview of the topic considered. Talks on specific subjects will follow. Keynote lectures will be 30 minutes, while the following talks will be 20 minutes. 10 minutes of question time will be included after each talk.

Young Conservation Professionals session

We believe that the inclusion of students and new graduates in Metal 2019 is essential as they represent the next generation of conservators and conservation scientists. A dedicated Young Conservation Professionals session is foreseen allowing 8 selected students or new graduates in metal conservation around the world to present their MA, MSc research project or current conservation project . This session will be managed both by a member of the organising committee and students from the training programme of HE-Arc CR. Presentations will last 10 minutes and will be followed by 5 minutes of questions.

Poster session

The poster session will be preceded by flash presentations by each author to introduce their poster. Flash presentations will last 5 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions. Drinks and canapés will be offered during the poster session, allowing the participants to have a light meal.


On-site sessions

Three to four on-site sessions held in parallel will cover a specific topic, include presentations, and be accompanied by a visit of a cultural heritage site (museums, technical tour of outdoor metal sculptures).

If the session takes place at a museum, a technical visit of the permanent collections and conservation workshops will be organized. The curators of the museum, as well as objects conservators of HE-Arc CR, will animate the discussion around a selection of objects. Public transport will be organised for the trip to and from the institution.

If planned, the technical tour of outdoor metal artworks will be organized with metal conservators. It will be the occasion to see the first cases of in situ application on copper-based artworks of the biopassivation process (“biopatina”) developed since 2006 in Neuchâtel. A discussion will follow about eco-friendly and suitable solutions for the preservation of metal artefacts. Public transport will be organised for the trip.

During the conference, we will give a chance for all participants to express themselves. Therefore roundtables will be held during the on-site sessions, discussions will be favoured during the visits to HE-Arc CR workshops, and optional technical talks will be proposed at lunch time. Our goal is to encourage multidisciplinary exchanges during the conference week.