Symposium in biotechnologies for the preservation of art and built heritage - a joint course with CUSO

24 March 2017

Course in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Program in Microbial Sciences

Organiser: Prof. Edith Joseph, University of Neuchâtel

Flyer (3Mo)


Microorganisms are often considered as harmful for cultural heritage. Indeed, microorganisms are a major cause of degradation on cultural artefacts, both in the case of outdoor monuments and archaeological finds. Biodeterioration, microbial corrosion or bioweathering thus greatly contribute to irreversible changes and loss of valuable heritage.

Therefore, conservation strategies are mainly devoted to controlling microbial biofilms and reducing their impact.

Recent advances in our understanding of microbial metabolic activities had led to revolutionary biologically-derived technologies to restore and protect artworks and monuments.

In this symposium we will study those advances and discuss clear examples that are applied currently in the field.


Katja Sterflinger, University of Natural Resources and Life Science Vienna, Austria

Anna Rosa Sprocati, ENEA, Italy

Mónica Albini, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Morning : symposium

Afternoon: demonstration of technologies


General information

Date: 24 March 2017

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue:  University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des Sciences, Emile-Argand 11, UniMail, building B, room B217

ECTS: 0.5 (Scientific activities)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact  Prof. Edith Joseph or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Christiane Bobillier

Registration fee: free

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions

For participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Microbial Sciences and Doctoral Program in Molecular Sciences in the Context of Life and Material Sciences: see web sites.

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE (no attestation will be sent by mail)


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students, however until 30 January 2017 priority is given to Doctoral Program participants of CUSO "Microbial Sciences", "Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology", and "Molecular Sciences in the Context of Life and Material Sciences".
  • Post-docs are welcome as long as places are available.
  • Maximum number of participants: 10

Registration through the CUSO Doctoral Program in Microbioal Sciences closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 20).

Deadline: 6 March 2017