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Next week we will kick of the third edition of the online student conference ConNext: ConNext 2023. For four consecutive weeks students from conservation training programmes around Europe will present their object treatments and research within the field of wood, furniture and related materials conservation. A wide array of objects and materials will be discussed: from painted surfaces to objects damaged by flood and from polyurethane foam upholstery to non-invasive techniques for examining dyes and colourants.

Participating institutes
University of Amsterdam (NL), University of Antwerp (BE), Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences of the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences (DE), University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim (DE), the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (DE), the University of Lincoln (UK), West Dean College (UK), Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (PT), University of Dubrovnik (HR), Institut National du Patrimoine (FR), École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre (BE).

All ConNext sessions are open to all and free to follow, no registration is needed. All sessions start at 19:00 with a keynote speaker and end around 21:00. You can join the online platform 15 minutes before the start of each session.

For more information contact Sophie Glerum (

Session dates and links to the online ConNext platform

4 April 2023 – Session 1: Disaster recovery

19:00 – 19:20: Keynote by Mounir Bouchenaki (Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO)
19:20 – 19:40: Keynote by Nadine Thiel (Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln) and Christiane Hoffrath (University of Cologne)
19:40 – 19:50: Q&A
19:50 – 20:00: Break
20:00 – 20:15: Paper by Katja Schüller (Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences of the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences) – Conservation of a Flood Damaged Object with Coloured Coatings.
20:15 – 20:30: Paper by Mario Sebastian Wolter (Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences of the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences) – The mechanical removal of sediment sludge on paper fragments of a wooden object – The restoration of a flood-damaged trunk from Ahrweiler.
20:30 – 20:35: Poster by Emmeline Verheij (UAntwerp) – Assessing the bioremediation properties of BioORG for the preservation of documentary heritage.
20:35 – 20:50: Paper by Josipa Vodopika (UoD) – Conservation-restoration treatments on the lady's table from the library of summer villa Skočibuha.
20:50 – 21:00: Q&A and farewell

11 APRIL 2023 – Session 2: Understanding and treating woorden supports

19:00 – 19:20: Keynote: to be announced
19:20 – 19:35: Paper by Marta Mandić (UoD) – Conservation-restoration of an overpainted 18th-century neoclassical cantilever mirror frame.
19:35 – 19:50: Paper by Désirée Kosel (FHP) – Under Pressure: Applying vacuum pressing for the restoration of a baroque tabletop split in two and warped.
19:50 – 20:00: Q&A
20:00 – 20:10: Break
20:10 – 20:25: Paper by Maria Mafalda (IPT) – Loss Compensation: A comparative study of materials for volumetric reconstruction.
20:25 – 20:40: Paper by Ana Fonseca (IPT) – A pedagogical suitcase for wood sculpture.
20:40 – 20:50: Q&A and farewell

18 april 2023 - Session 3: Binders, Adhesives and Consolidants

19:00 – 19:20: Keynote by Nanke Schellmann (freelance conservator)
19:20 – 19:35: Paper by Pia Neitemeier (HAWK) – The adhesive strength of gelatine in comparisonto conventional hide and bone glues.
19:35 – 19:50: Paper by Ana Oñate Muñoz et al. (ENSAV) – Bonding historical leather bookbindings – A comparative study in search for alternatives to wheat starch paste.
19:50 – 20:00: Q&A
20:00 – 20:10: Break
20:10 – 20:25: Paper by Nora Stanislawski (Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences of the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences) – The Senftenberger-Ei of the designer Peter Ghyczy-Development of restorative measures for joining hard foam on the example of a broken garden chair.
20:25 – 20:40: Paper by Amy Dixon and Jamie Rees (UoL) – Examination and treatment of two 15th century wooden roof angels ofthe Church of St. Edith, Grimoldby, Lincolnshire, UK.
20:40 – 20:55: Paper by Kirstin Friese and Antonia Gerstner (FHP) – Art historical and technological examination of four wooden architectural elements from the German Historical Museum Berlin.
20:55 – 21:05: Q&A and farewell

25 April 2023 - Session 4: Surface phenomena: Understanding and treating surfaces

19:00 – 19:20: Keynote by Emmanuelle Mercier (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, KIK-IRPA, Brussels)
19:20 – 19:35: Paper by Mafalda Afonso (IPT) – Several faces throughout the time – Decision processes during the treatment of a Baroque polychrome wood sculpture.
19:35 – 19:50: Paper by Luisa de Sousa (HAWK) – Zwischgold: characterization and use in medieval wood sculpture in the Lüneburg region.
19:50 – 20:00: Q&A
20:00 – 20:10: Break
20:10 – 20:25: Paper by Aspasia Kopsida (UvA) – Looking for synthetic dyes on wooden substrate with the use of themulti-spectral camera Crime-lite® AUTO: a preliminary research.
20:25 – 20:30: Poster by Pauline Natusch (HAWK) – Surface phenomena of transparent coatings on wood.
20:30 – 20:45: Paper by Abi Tudor (WDC) – Reconstruction of missing decoration on an Anglo-Indian Sadeli workbox from the early 19th Century.
20:45 – 20:55: Q&A and farewell