01.04.2009 -

Sixteenth International Course on Stone Conservation (SC09)

© ICCROMCourse Stone Tour visit 2009

Dates: 16 April – 3 July 2009. Place: Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Partners : ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) UNESCO-BRESCE Università IUAV di Venezia ( IUAV), Italy Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), United States Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici di Venezia e Laguna, Italian Ministry for Culture Soprintendenza Speciale per Patrimonio storico, artistico, etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Venezia e dei comuni della gronda lagunare, Italian Ministry for Culture

In many regions of the world stone has been the predominant material used for building and artistic purposes. The conservation and maintenance of architectural and decorative stone is a core activity in such regions. Factors such as climate change, pollution, use demands, lack of maintenance, and inappropriate past treatments are challenges for the conservation of stone buildings, structures and objects. The decline in traditional building techniques, craft practices and repair methods is also threatening our ability to sustain stone structures and objects into the future. These conservation issues require a multidisciplinary approach that involves professionals, craftspeople, policy makers and owners.

The International Course on Stone Conservation was created in 1976 by ICCROM, UNESCO, and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici e Storici di Venezia to address these issues. Following the successful implementation of 15 courses from 1976 to 2003, a period of review and evaluation was carried out to ensure the course would continue to meet the needs of conservation professionals in the field.  The course is now being relaunched to reflect recent advances in practice, science, and technology, including the integration of practical methodologies for stone conservation.

Objectives and programme The course adopts a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach and is designed for professionals involved in the conservation of historic stone structures and artifacts. The primary goal of the course is to improve the practice of stone conservation internationally.  This goal will be achieved through providing participants with a holistic understanding of the decay and deterioration of stone, disseminating effective conservation methodologies, and ensuring a practical understanding of appropriate repair methods and long-term management strategies. Through lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, demonstrations, site visits and field exercises, participants will discuss and engage in current state of the art methodologies as they pertain to all phases of stone conservation.  Group fieldwork exercises at a worksite will provide participants with the opportunity to address actual work scenarios where multidisciplinary solutions and collaboration are required. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to draw upon their collective expertise from various specializations to help them arrive at more effective conservation solutions. 

The course will be divided into six main units over eleven weeks. These units will include topics such as: conservation ethics and principles;conservation approaches and management systems;material sciences for analysis, identification and conservation;understanding decay mechanisms, diagnosis of problems and their causes;diagnostic techniques;repair, conservation and preventative treatments and materials;managing stone conservation projects, including working with multidisciplinary teams.

The course may include a preparatory phase prior to arrival in Venice. This preparatory phase would be comprised of assigned readings which would prepare participants with some common base knowledge and an opportunity to familiarize themselves with some of the key literature that will be used throughout the course. The preparatory phase would be conducted in participants’ home countries.   

During the course, participants will be expected to play an active role through contributing to discussions, exercises, and presentations reflecting their own professional experience.

Participants The course is designed for a maximum of 20 participants. The course is open to archaeologists, architects, conservator-restorers, conservation scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in stone conservation, preferably with at least five years of practical working experience in the field.

Preference will be given to heritage conservation professionals in the public sector, trainers of conservation professionals, and those in a position to disseminate the knowledge gained during the course with a wider audience. The selected participants will be comprised of international conservation professionals as well as Italian university graduates and Superintendence officers working in the field of heritage conservation.

Teaching team Teaching staff will be composed of an international group of recognized heritage conservation professionals who will represent a diverse array of perspectives based on their specialized expertise and their regional contexts.  

Language The course will be conducted in English. Candidates must have a thorough technical knowledge and command of English. A certificate of language proficiency is required.

Certificate A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course and have attended at least 90% of all course activities.

Course fee: 1,300 € (Euro)

Travel, accommodation and living expenses Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Venice. In order to cover accommodation and living expenses in Venice during the course, participants should plan for a minimum allowance of € 3,850 for the entire period.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies. The course organizers may be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to selected candidates who have been unable to secure funding.

Application Please fill out the ICCROM application form and send it together with a full professional Curriculum Vitae (in English) to the contact address below:  Email applications are welcome.  In the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy.

Stone Course 09
13, Via di S. Michele
I-00153 Rome, ITALY
Tel: 39 06 585 531
Fax: 39 06 5855 3349

Application deadline
Applications must be received by ICCROM by 14 September 2008 to ensure inclusion in the selection process.


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