Session 1 - Conservation Sciences and Research


Joana Lia Ferreira (Department of Conservation and Restoration, NOVA School of Science and Technology)

Joana Lia Ferreira holds a PhD in Conservation Science (2011) and is Assistant Professor at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of the NOVA School of Science and Technology. She is engaged with the preservation of the Estate of the Portuguese leading artist Ângelo de Sousa (1938-2011), which includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and film, his library and archives. JL Ferreira is the PI of three funded projects, "HERIT-AGES. Plastic and Glass ‘Ages’ for whom? Exploring new avenues for valuing and preserving heritage for the future", "Plastic Paints in Art: the impact of manufacturing processes on their long-term stability" and "PlasCO2 - Green CO2 Technologies for the Cleaning of Plastics in Museums and Heritage Collections''. The study of materials technology and its impact on the preservation of contemporary art, and the conservation policies involved in collections management, are her main research interests. 


Austin Nevin (Courtauld Institute of Art; IIC)

Dr Austin Nevin is the Head of Conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art which offers 3-year MA degrees in Easel Painting and Wall Painting Conservation. He is a wall painting conservator and conservation scientist, and obtained his PhD at the Courtauld in collaboration with IESL-FORTH (Greece) on the study of protein-based binding media. Austin has worked at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. His research focuses on the analysis of paintings and materials, as well as the development and assessment of conservation treatments. He has published extensively on the development of methods of analysis and their application to the study of pigments, paintings, and plastics. He is a Vice President of the IIC and an editor of Studies in Conservation.


Catherine Smith (Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies; University of Otago)

Dr Catherine Smith is a Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology Programme, an Associate Investigator in the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, and a member of the Indigenous Science Research Theme at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Her research focus is analysis of pre-contact Māori textiles and developing innovation in provenancing, materials investigation, and textiles conservation. She is currently co-PI (with Dr Donna Campbell and Mrs Ranui Ngarimu) of a Te Apārangi Royal Society of New Zealand project ‘Whakaarahia anō te rā kaihau! Raise up again the billowing sail! Revitalising cultural knowledge through analysis of Te Rā, the Māori sail’. This project brings together Māori weaving practitioners and materials science approaches to explore the intersections between Mātauranga Māori and Western science. Through exploring textiles, Catherine aims to illuminate the relationships between people, plants and culture in New Zealand.


Cátia Wesołowska (Gdansk National Museum) - CANCELLED

Currently Head of Conservation at The National Museum in Gdansk. Lectures at universities in Poland and abroad, and is actively involved with ICOM-CC and local conservation groups. Co-organises conservation seminars and strives to bring together professionals in the field to discuss, share and promote conservation. PhD candidate at Birmingham City University, connecting the practice of metalwork and enamelling with conservation of contemporary works of art. Studied Conservation of decorative surfaces at London Guildhall University (1993-1996) and Fine metals Conservation at West Dean College (2001-2003). Worked in London for a private conservation practice, in Buenos Aires with a team of conservators (1998-2001); then back in London as a Senior Metals Conservator at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2003-2009). Other research interests include enamels on metal and twelfth-century copper alloys. Previously assistant network leader for the ENAMEL group (ICOM-CC) from 2008 to 2018; assistant coordinator to ICOM-CC Metals working group from 2015-2020.


Hwang HyunSung (National Museum of Korea) 

Dr. Hwang Hyun-sung directly handles the restoration of earthenware, ceramics, and glass at the National Museum of Korea, and scientific analysis of various conditions discovered in the conservation process. Simultaneously, he selects restoration methods, applies conservation materials, and investigates production techniques. He is a ceramic material restorer and conservation scientist who obtained a PhD from Chung-Ang University in a scientific study of Korean copper-red ceramics. He has been teaching conservation science at Chung-Ang University graduate school for a long time, and more recently, is giving a lecture on conservation and scientific analysis of earthenware and ceramics at Kongju National University. He served as vice chairman of the Korea Ceramic Culture Association and is currently an educational director and a thesis judge of the Korean academic journal in charge of cooperation and support at the Korea Cultural Heritage Conservation Science Association. His research focuses on investigating and researching the phenomena encountered in the process of conserving ceramic materials using scientific research methods. He was recently awarded the Very Best Paper Prize by the Korean Cultural Heritage Conservation Science Association in 2020 for his recent work on the formal Features of the ancient tiles chimi (Ridge-end tiles) and a paper published by the Gilt-bronze Incense Burner of Baekje through the Incense-Burning Experiment. Written books include “The Conservation and Restoration – Pottery · Ceramics”.

Session 2 - Conservation and Restoration


Elis Marçal (Arterestauro - Conservação de Bens Culturais Lda; ECCO)

Since 1996 works as a freelancer conservator-restorer in state museums, heritage sites, churches and other cultural heritage institutions as well in private collections, being the owner and manager of a company on Conservation-restoration of Cultural Heritage since 2012. Elected to ARP - Associação Profissional de Conservadores-restauradores de Portugal and E.C.C.O.’s  committee in 2012, holding the position of treasurer from 2013 to 2017. Since 2014 is the group referent on the "NACE and ISCO codes for the Conservator-restorer" project. Delegate of E.C.C.O.'s on the EU - Voices of Culture project and OMC working group on “Skills, training and knowledge transfer for traditional and emerging Heritage professions” in 2017 and 2018. Member of E.C.C.O.'s delegation at the CDCPP (CoE) Plenary Session since 2019. In 2020 was elected president at E.C.C.O,’s General Assembly, being its representative in JPI’s Cultural Heritage Advisory and Scientific Board. Currently works as Project manager and researcher in "CHARTER - Cultural Heritage Actions to Refine Training, Education and Roles".


Carmen Royo Fraguas (Centro Nacional de Conservación y Restauración of Chile)

Carmen Royo Fraguas studied conservation and restoration in ESCYRA, the school of conservation-restoration of cultural property in Aragon (Spain), and specialized in sculpture. With a Diploma Course in Cultural Management from the Catholic University of Chile, currently she is a master’s candidate in Diagnosis of the state of preservation of the Historical Heritage at Pablo de Olavide University (Spain). In 2015 she started working as an associated conservator restorer in the intervention area of the Built and Sculpture Heritage Unit of Centro Nacional de Conservación y Restauración of Chile, becoming part of the permanent staff four years later and since 2020 working as the programmes coordinator of the unit. She worked on the conservation and restoration of artifacts made of different materials, specially polychrome and gilded wood sculptures. She also collaborated as a co-researcher in multidisciplinary projects providing the point of view of material history studies of sculptures.


Mamta Mishra (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage - INTACH Conservation Institutes) 

Dr. Mamta Mishra is working as a Director at INTACH Conservation Institute, Lucknow since 1987. She has a rich experience of 34 years in the field of Conservation and Restoration. Besides working as a Director she is engaged as a Coordinator of Manuscript Conservation Centre under National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi, Wall Painting Directory and Lime Testing Unit projects at ICI, Lucknow. She is a Lifetime Member of I.A.S.C., New Delhi and ICBCP, Lucknow. She is also engaged as an Examiner and Visiting Faculty in the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Museology in Lucknow University. She has worked with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 3 weeks in 1995 under an exchange program. She has undergone training in conservation from Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London in 1989 as well as 1998. She completed her PhD in 2018 and M.Phil 2004 in Applied Arts. She worked in the field of conservation of various types of artifacts such as manuscripts, rare printed books, miniature paintings, scrolls, maps, paintings, textiles, flags. She has coordinated various conservation projects across India and International. She has been conducting training programs (national as well as international), seminars, delivered lectures, presented papers in conferences as well as online on various topics. Has published articles in Newsletters as well as booklets. Has received Awadh Gaurav Samman, BhartiyaNariSamman in the field of conservation and certificate of Nomination of 2nd Flo Women Award of U.P. Has prepared various conservation proposals and project reports including preliminary, detailed and completion).


Mónica Sanchez (University of Alicante)

Conservator-Restorer of wooden objects by the ESCRBC-School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property- in Madrid (Spain) and specialized in Virtual Restoration. She got a MA Degree in Virtual Heritage by the University of Alicante, where she is working since 2016 together with Patrimonio Virtual, a multidisciplinary team that has implemented innovate technologies for digital conservation in all its phases. Her experience in 3D modeling and photorealistic texturing of objects and decorative arts for virtual restoration and reconstruction has allowed her to work in different conservation and digitisation projects in national museums and institutions of Spain like the National Museum of Decorative Arts (Madrid) and United Kigndom. Also she has collaborate in diverse virtualization projects, highlighting the Roman Villa of l'Albir (Alicante). In addition, she has taken part in events such as the Virtual Heritage Network Ireland, where she hold the presentation "Blender at the Service of Virtual Heritage Conservation" in 2017, and the Blender Conference with "Blender For Virtual Restoration" in 2018, an international symposium where she has met great professionals both in the field of Cultural Heritage and the 3D industry.


Sandra Šustić Cvetković (Šibenik Department for Conservation of the Croatian Conservation Institute)

Sandra Šustić Cvetković received BA in conservation-restoration of easel paintings and polychrome wood from the Arts Academy of the University of Split in 2007 and a PhD in Art History from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2016. Currently she is the Head of the Šibenik Department for Conservation of the Croatian Conservation Institute and Associate Lecturer at the Department of Conservation-Restoration at the University of Split. Her research interests include the conservation of paintings, historically informed reconstructions, and history of conservation practice. She held several workshops and demonstrations related to the subject of retouching paintings at the Escola Profissional e Artística Árvore, Porto, at Portal de São Domingos, Lisabon, Portugal, as well as at University of Urbino, RECH5, Urbino, Italy. She was a visiting researcher at the FCT, NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal in 2017 and 2018 within the Erasmus+ program. She was awarded AMAC-UK academic scholarship for a research project at the Royal Museums, Greenwich, UK in 2017. From 2017-2019 she was involved with the TransCultAA project founded by HERA. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International meetings on retouching of cultural heritage (RECH).

Session 3 - Preventive Conservation and Management


Hélia Marçal (Department of History of Art, UCL Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences)

Dr Hélia Marçal is a Lecturer in History of Art, Materials and Technology. Prior to this appointment, she was the Fellow in Contemporary Art Conservation and Research of the research project Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum, at Tate, London (2018-2020). She is the Coordinator of the Working Group on Theory, History and Ethics of Conservation of the Committee for Conservation of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-CC) since 2016. She has published about conservation theory and ethics, embodied memories and the body-archive, and public policies of participation and stewardship of cultural heritage, having been awarded the Taylor & Francis and ICON Outstanding Contribution Award in 2017. Her recent book project looks at current forms of activist performance to interrogate the wider politics of conservation of cultural heritage in the public sphere.


Jenny Williamson (National Library of Wales; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery)

Jenny Williamson ACR FIIC is a paintings conservator working at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; and as an independent consultant. She is particularly interested in working with other professions to explore different aspects of conservation. Her recent projects include a collaboration with an artist to create a conservation-intervention exploring notions of subjectivity in conservation, and a collaboration with scientists, art historians and curators, to develop an exhibition “Indigo: Collections, Conservation, Chemistry” funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and trained as a painting conservator at the Courtauld Institute. She was Vice-chair on the Board of Trustees at Icon (2016-2020); a founder member of the Environmental Sustainability Network at Icon; has co-organised conferences in Wales on ethics, aesthetics and decision making and was part of the steering group developing a National Strategy for Conservation in Wales.


Mohamed Waheed Ali (National Museum of The Egyptian Civilization)

Mohamed Waheed Ali ElMorsi is the Executive Manager of the Conservation Centre at the National Museum of the Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) - Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in EGYPT. He is Head of the Receiving Artifacts Unit and Manager of Silicate objects conservation lab at NMEC and he takes part as a Conservator and member of the excavation team in many archaeological missions in Egypt. He graduated from the Faculty of Archaeology, Conservation Department, Cairo University in 2009 and his cumulative grade was very Good with Honors and in 2021 his Master’s double degree in Museology from the University of Würzburg, - Germany and Helwan University - Cairo. In 2018, Mohamed participated in the Open SESAME Ancient Materials Training School organized by the IPANEMA ancient materials research platform at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus. And in 2021 He participated in the Cyprus Institute Summer School "Ancient Landscapes: Raw materials and Natural Resources", Pedoulas, Cyprus. In 2015, he attended workshop about New Methods of Conservation Treatments and Organization of Museum exhibition at The National Museum in Tiblisi, GEORGIA.


Natasha Herman (Redbone Bindery Book Conservation; STILT® Book Cradles)

Natasha Herman co-founded and is sole proprietor of Stilt® where she brings her knowledge of the preservation of antiquarian books as well as her craft and engineering skills to the design, development and production of book support products. Natasha has been conserving and restoring antiquarian books at her company Redbone Bindery for collectors, booksellers & libraries since 1996. She has taught ethics and approaches to conservation/restoration as guest lecturer at the National Library of Australia, the Auckland City Library in New Zealand, the Canadian Museum of History and National Gallery, the University of Amsterdam post-masters conservation program, the Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam and the Royal University of Groningen. Natasha sits on the board of directors for the Northern Dutch Association of Conservators and the Dutch Conservation Register advisory committee. She is a member of The Central College of Experts in Restoration Quality with the Foundation of Recognized Monument Quality Restoration Care.


Robert Waller (Protect Heritage Corp.)

Robert Waller is President and Senior Risk Analyst with Protect Heritage Corp., a firm dedicated to helping institutions and organizations improve heritage management.  His career included 33 years with the Canadian Museum of Nature serving periods as Chief of Conservation and as Managing Director of the Collection Services Division.  He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba, a Ph.D. in Conservation on cultural property risk analysis from Göteborg University and Professional Accreditation with the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators.  His research interest is risk analysis approaches to rational decision making for collection management and preservation.  Author of numerous papers and book chapters on conservation, Robert Waller has taught, lectured, and served as a consultant at museums and universities throughout North America, Asia, Europe and elsewhere.  A Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation, he received the Carolyn Rose Award in 2010 from the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections for lifetime achievement and, in 2016, the Sheldon and Caroline Keck award for education of conservation professionals from the American Institute for Conservation. 


Sara Abram (Fondazione Centro Conservazione e Restauro "La Venaria Reale" - CCR)

Art historian, she graduated from the University of Turin and later earned her PHD at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, where she carried out a research project focused on the relationship between cultural heritage and urban societies. Project Development and Fundraising Department Manager at CCR from 2006 to 2020, she had the responsibility of building national and international partnerships for the definition of interdisciplinary research and training programs. Among them: study, conservation and restoration of the Compasso d’Oro Historical Collection of Milan (2010-2013); the acquisition of archival collections linked to the history of contemporary art (Fondo Galleria Martano) and to the history of conservation (Pinin Brambilla Archive); "The Arte Povera and its transmissibility to the future" project, with the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (2018). In 2019, she coordinated the CCR Strategic Plan based on Internationalization, Innovation and Culture, which included the launch of the Young Professionals Forum. Since may 2020 she holds the position of Secretary General of the CCR.