The Eu-ARTECH program is developed through the following activities:
Networking is devoted to promote exchange of knowledge, to diffuse good practices in conservation and to define common work-parameters to improve the comparability of results and quality of research. The activity is divided in two parts:
Sharing knowledge and resources - which has the objective to diffuse the best analytical procedures and to promote the adoption of standards.
Methods and materials in conservation - where the participants are called to exchange information on used materials and methods in conservation and promote the definition of recommendable procedures.
Access is offered to two specific resources:
I - AGLAE, a single high-level infrastructure located in Paris at the Flore Pavilion of the Palais du Louvre (CNRS-C2RMF), where non-destructive elemental composition studies are carried out with high sensitivity and precision, in a unique environment of art-historians, restorers and scientists having a large expertise on artwork studies and conservation;
II - MOLAB, a unified group of joint infrastructures, located in Firenze and Perugia (UNI-PG, CNR-ICVBC, OPD, INOA), where a unique collection of portable instrumentations, together with competences on methods and materials, is available for in-situ non-destructive measurements. The access is devoted to artwork studies and/or evaluation of conservation-restoration methods, directly in a museum room, or on the scaffold of a restoration workshop or in an archaeological site.
Eligible countries are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, plus the Associated Countries of the EU: Switzerland, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway and Candidate Countries of the EU: Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.
Joint research activities are devoted to improve the performances of the participating infrastructures and the quality of the access offered to the scientific community. It is divided in two parts:
JRA1: Development and evaluation of new treatments for the conservation-restoration of outdoor stone and bronze monuments;
JRA2: New methods in diagnostics: Imaging and spectroscopy.