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XVIII International Conference on Science, Arts and Culture


Veli Lošinj, Croatia, 23th - 28th September 2018

The theoretical, methodological and research competences required in the field of cultural heritage science are continuously interacting with the changing diagnostics, restoration and conservation needs, and this crystallizes in innovative proposals and approaches. One of the most common outcomes is the increasing number of thematic meetings, organized on specific topics and dedicated to different materials, artistic techniques, paleontological fields or historical periods. Several conferences are also dedicated to topics of increasing interest such as novel non-invasive techniques, innovative technologies for in situ investigation, refinement of dating techniques and forgery-identification techniques, development of complete systems to monitor conservation spaces. Cultural heritage scientists are now routinely sending proposals to large scale facilities (synchrotrons, free electron lasers, neutron and laser laboratories) for experiments that need particular requirements. This, in turn, paves the way to new international collaborations, especially when the political borders do not coincide with a difference between different artistic and cultural expressions between neighbouring countries.

The conference will bring together scientists with widely diverse backgrounds with the aim of discussing fresh results obtained in the field of Cultural Heritage Science and will encourage new international collaborations. It will be an ideal continuation of previous meetings on cultural heritage organized by ECSAC in 2006 and 2007, of several congresses and thematic meetings organized by the Italian Archaeometry Association (AIAr) since 1997, and several workshops and schools held at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) between 2005 and 2015. The conference will be the XVIII International Conference on Science, Arts and Culture, a series dedicated to Paolo Budinich, who played a major role in the establishment of the ICTP and in the subsequent creation of SISSA and other international institutions which make up the so called "Trieste system". For this reason the conference venue is Veli Lošinj, Croatia, the town where Budinich was born.
The conference will take place from 23th to 28th September, 2018, and is organized by ECSAC (the European Center for Science, Art and Culture), with the scientific support of the Italian Archaeometry Association (AIAr) and the sponsorship of several Italian and Croatian Institutions, and of the International Institutions in Trieste.

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