The CHEMCH organising committee is pleased to announce the following Plenary lectures and speakers:

*The Title of the Plenary Lectures will be announced soon*

Session 1: Advanced diagnostic techniques applied to cultural heritage

Dr. Costanza Miliani, National Research Council (CNR) institute of Heritage Science, Naples (IT)

Plenary Lecture Title: Making the invisible visible by hyperspectral imaging



Costanza Miliani is Director of the CNR Institute of Cultural Heritage Science, author of more than 160 papers (H index= 47) on Heritage materials science. PI of regional, national and European research projects in the field of Heritage Science, she is currently the coordinator of the MOLAB European mobile platform that provides access to non-invasive mobile laboratories for researchers working in Heritage Science and coordinator of the Italian node of E-RIHS (European Research Infrastructure in Heritage Science).



Session 2: Data processing for cultural heritage investigations

Prof. Haida Liang, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham (UK)

Plenary Lecture Title: Large scale analysis of heritage materials – the future


Professor Haida Liang is Distinguished Professor at Nottingham Trent University, Department of Physics of Maths, Head of Imaging and Sensing for Archaeology, Art history and Conservation (ISAAC) Lab, and Director of Imaging, Materials and Engineering Centre (IMEC). She studied Physics at University of Sydney followed by a PhD in Astrophysics at Australian National University. She continued her research in astrophysics at CEA and IAS in France and at the University of Bristol before changing her research career to heritage science after a brief period at the National Gallery in London. ISAAC Lab is focussed on the development of non-invasive imaging, spectroscopy and remote sensing instruments and data science methods for cultural heritage research and practice, as well as interdisciplinary research in art conservation, history and archaeology, which led to the recent Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Advancing Cultural Heritage Science. Her research interest also includes interdisciplinary research in historical global connections including both the terrestrial and maritime Silk Roads.

Session 3: New materials and methods for the conservation of cultural heritage

Prof. Giuseppe Lazzara, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Palermo (IT)

Plenary Lecture Title: Halloysite nanotubes for smart materials in conservation of cultural heritage


Giuseppe Lazzara is full professor at the Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Palermo, Italy.  He received his PhD degree in Chemistry in 2007. He was Postdoc at the Chemistry Department, Lund University (Sweden). He is involved in several projects on halloysite clay nanotubes for drug delivery and materials for conservation of cultural heritage. Lazzara has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed international journals with 7000 citations, an edited book and 2 patents in the field of nanomaterials for cultural heritage.

Session 4: Interaction and degradation of cultural heritage and Preventive Conservation

Prof. Matija Strlič, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana (SLO)

Plenary Lecture Title: Historic material variability: from ‘controlled’ degradation studies to apps


Matija Strlič is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at University of Ljubljana and Professor of Heritage Science at University College London, and the Lab lead. His main research interests are the development of heritage science infrastructure, including instrumentation and methodology, as well as modelling of heritage materials, environments, values and decision making. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers and is Editorial Board Member of Heritage Science, Polymer Degradation and Stability and Studies in Conservation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the International Institute for Conservation.

Session 5: Relevant case studies

Prof. Katrien Keune, University of Amsterdam, Conservation & Science Department of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)

Plenary Lecture Title: Operation Night Watch: large-scale and integrated research project of Rembrandt’s Masterpiece "The Night Watch"


Katrien Keune PhD, chemist, is head of Science at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and professor by special appointment of Molecular Spectroscopy at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum science department focuses on three research themes, namely non-invasive imaging techniques, degradation studies and preventive conservation. Her group at the University is specialized in chemical processes in heterogenous complex paint materials.