Organized by the C2RMF and IPANEMA (Institut Photonique d’Analyse Non-destructive Européen des Matériaux Anciens), under the aegis of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), this high scientific level meeting aims at bringing together experts in both natural sciences and humanities concerned in heritage studies based on intense ion and X-ray beams. A panel of experts nominated by 30 countries will gather from the 7 to the 10 December 2015 at the Palissy auditorium of the C2RMF. On the 9 December afternoon, a conference at the Dürer Auditorium of the École du Louvre will provide an account of the meeting to a wider audience.
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The meeting has the following objectives :
discuss the possible radiation damage induced in heritage objects during experiments and its recovery.
review the present knowledge on damage creation and the currently retained solutions to minimize them.
suggest safer procedures, improved monitoring practices and mitigation strategies.
provide guidelines to the scientific community and foster future collaborations in the framework of the IAEA.
This event is a follow-up of the Consultant Meeting entitled ’Mitigation strategies for radiation damage on cultural heritage materials’ held in 2013 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Outcomes from the meeting were published in Trends in Analytical Chemistry .
Executive summary (December 21st, 2015)
The Technical Meeting entitled ‘Investigating heritage materials with safer ion and photon beam experiments’ was held in Paris from December 7 to 10, 2015. It was co-organised by the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF), and IPANEMA (CNRS, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication), under the aegis of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). 18 countries were represented with more than 70 international experts from Natural and Human Sciences active in the field of Heritage Science. This Technical Meeting was a follow-up of the Consultant Meeting entitled ’Mitigation strategies for radiation damage on cultural heritage materials’ held in 2013 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
Through keynote contributions, plenary and working group sessions, round tables, and an open conference, the different aspects of radiation damage and its mitigation in Heritage studies have been the core of the meeting. The main topics covered were : classification of radiation-sensitive heritage materials, current practices in radiation analysis of heritage items, monitoring radiation-induced modifications (real-time and long-term), identification of model samples and opportunities for joint testing program, and damage mitigation strategies. As one of the results of the working groups, specific recommendations for the scientific community have been stated. The main suggestions are to create a common terminology in the matter of radiation damage, enhance exchanges about the specific impacts, integrate international institutions, create guidelines and documentation to be disseminated among specialists and a broader public, and organise formal and non-formal training activities in the field of safer beam experiments in heritage studies.
Information regarding registration is posted on the C2RMF and IAEA website :
In order to exploit the synergies with existing initiatives and increase its outreach, this technical meeting is an official meeting of the IPERION CH project, the Integrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure On Culture Heritage. Project partners will present their results and be involved in working group discussions.
 L. Bertrand, S. Schöder, D. Anglos, M. B. H. Breese, K. Janssens, M. Moini, and A. Simon. Mitigation strategies for radiation damage in the analysis of ancient materials. Trends Anal. Chem., 66:128–145, Mar 2015.