• It focuses on the establishment of a network of stakeholders in the field of development of materials for the CH conservation. It intends to intensify the collaboration between academic institutions and industry in Europe and to facilitate the link between providers and users.
  • It also focuses on the advanced instrumentation for the characterization of the structural and dynamic properties of new materials. It intends to support the development of “ad hoc” new analytical tools and the continuous exchange of methods and information with investigators in the field of analytical chemistry and physics.
  • Collaborative projects and activities will be established with international bodies in the field of CH conservation and valorisation (COM(2012)497). The cluster intends also to create connections with forthcoming and ongoing cluster (e.g EMMC, NANOSAFETY, EMCC) and to improve the cooperation with Social Sciences and Humanities
  • It is seeking to develop a network of conservators, both from the public and private sector in order to deepen discussion and share knowledge on the practice, theory and ethics of CH conservation.
  • It aims also to collect their needs and propose specific case studies to find “ad hoc” solution.
  • It aims to stimulate debates on validation protocols for the novel materials and their best application.

It intends to increase the cooperation across international boundaries to foster and support CH professionals in their work with the development of advanced conservation methods.

This includes:

• debates on practices that concern the conservation of CH collections;

• joint work with higher learning institutions;

• identify deteriorated movable and/or immovable tangible heritage requiring conservation approaches that differ significantly to those used ordinarily.

  • It intends to support the introduction on the market of new materials and methodologies, also through the creation of spin off companies and SMEs.
  • It also intends to provide a guidance to conservators and conservation institutions.

Key activities are:

• to create an European repository which collects all open-access information and results obtained within EU-funded projects;

• to provide a database of materials, analytical tools and practices;

• to support the creation of an information system for laboratories;

• to provide a background for establishing and standardizing good practices in CH conservation.

It intends to guarantee a continuing high-level training courses system on the use of new materials and products in the conservation field (e.g. workshops on the application of methodologies and the use of nanosystems).

  • WG6 foresees the involvement of representatives from European, national and regional agencies in order to stimulate debates and influence policies and practices
  • It seeks to play a major role within the discussion and preparation for the next (9th) Framework Programme which will cover the period 2021 – 2027.