Use of Microbes in the Conservation and Restoration of Art Objects - a joint symposium with CUSO

20 January 2014

A joint symposium with CUSO Doctoral Program in Microbial sciences .


Organizers: Pilar Junier , Edith Joseph, and Daniel Job (University of Neuchâtel)


To present the most recent advances in biotechnologies applied to cultural heritage.

To discuss novel methodological approaches in the field.


Recent studies have clearly demonstrated the potential of exploiting the unique properties of some microorganisms for developing alternative eco-friendly and sustainable treatments for the preservation of cultural heritage.

However, the use of biotechnologies in conservation-restoration represents a novel strategy: in the design of such biological treatments, criteria should thus be carefully defined taking into account conservation-restoration ethics.

The 1-day symposium plans to bring together experts in conservation science and biology to discuss advances in the area as well as to allow Swiss young scientist to discover this novel field.


Dr. Francesca Cappitelli , Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Jean-François Loubière (jean.loubiere (AT) wanadoo.fr), AMONIT

Dr Edith Joseph , Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland

General information

Dates :  20 January 2014

Schedule : 8.55 - 17.00

Location: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building C (Animalerie), room C001

Credit point : 0.5 credit point (Scientific activity, DP)

Evaluation : Full attendance and active participation

Information : Please contact the scientific organizers Pilar Junier, or Edith Joseph

Travel expenses : participants in the CUSO doctoral program in Microbial sciences and Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class).

  • For  CUSO doctoral program in Microbial sciences participants: see information on the web site.
  • For Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology participants who are not member of a CUSO University. Please send the original tickets (no copies) with the reimbursement form  to Christiane Bobillier. No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.



This workshop is free and opened to all PhD students.  Post-docs and master students are welcome.

Online registration on the web site of the CUSO doctoral program in Microbial Sciences

Deadline: 15 January 2014

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 20) .