There is an increasing interest for preventive conservation strategies and a need is felt to direct research interest towards the need expressed by the practitioners and educators. The preventive conservation approach including the need for monitoring and maintenance is based on a commonly accepted understanding that prevention is more effective than curing. 2 Seminars on PREventive COnservation and Monitoring of the Architectural Heritage will be organised with the input of 9 partners from 6 European Countries, which have a specific professional or research experience with conservation. Each seminar will accept up to 50 participants, for 20 of them a grant is available.
The seminars aim at:
1. Sharing and analysing, amongst professionals, post-graduate students and researchers from all over Europe and countries at the Mediterranean Sea, the good practices based on many years of professional experience with preventive conservation developed by Monumentenwacht in Flanders and The Netherlands;
2. Sharing research results that address issues of which preventive conservation strategies can benefit; vast amount of valuable research results from EC and other research projects can contribute to support the importance but also the development of tools to strengthen this approach (examples: Damage Atlas, Masonry Damage Diagnostic System, RECORDIM initiative).
3. Identifying research strategies at the European level through gathering of researchers, practitioners and professionals that will promote preventive conservation and that will strengthen preventive conservation oriented organisations to improve the effectiveness of their work.
4. Generating and publishing (on internet and in publications) lasting reference materials for researchers, for professionals and authorities on preventive architectural conservation based on the outcome of the seminars. This could contribute to the development of training module for the future.
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