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Physics Section     


07 - 10 December 2015
C2RMF, Palais du Louvre, Paris, France


Form A Particpation (pdf, word)
Form B Paper Submission(pdf, word)
Form C Grant Application(pdf, word)



The IAEA Technical Meeting entitled “INVESTIGATING HERITAGE MATERIALS WITH SAFER ION AND PHOTON BEAM EXPERIMENTS” will be hosted by the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des musées de France in Paris, France, in cooperation with IPANEMA (CNRS, ministère de la Culture et de la Communication), from 7 December  to 10 December 2015.

This event is a follow-up to the IAEA Consultant Meeting “Mitigation strategies for radiation damage on cultural heritage materials”, held in 2013 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.


Analytical techniques using intense photon and ion beams produced by particle accelerators and synchrotrons are increasingly being applied to study artefacts from our Cultural or Natural Heritages. The interest in these nuclear analytical techniques is firstly to be accredited to ‘non-destructive’ analysis, particularly when wishing to avoid sampling.  As a matter of fact, under irradiation at high flux visible or non-visible alterations might be induced, depending on the investigated materials and the experimental conditions. While radiation effects have been investigated for a long time in the fields of materials from life sciences, few studies have addressed the potential consequences on heritage objects, probably due to the complex and often composite nature and properties (optical, mechanical, chemical, etc.) of these materials.
Usually, “safe” measurement conditions are set during the analysis on the basis of the beam analyst team’s experience and careful application of controlled beam fluxes. Especially with the development of the nuclear instrumentation (e.g. high output ion source, focussed ion beams, 3D tomography and fast 2D scanning requiring long irradiation time, etc.) this approach can be perceived as being insufficient by heritage stakeholders like curators or archaeologists, which might limit further collaboration. Avoiding the debate on risks for creating damage during analysis might also lead to the development of taboos. Leaving the alteration processes at an atomic level unexplained, and possibly overestimated, would also be detrimental.

This IAEA technical meeting, co-organized by C2RMF and IPANEMA, will offer the opportunity to discuss and develop synergy on the topic of radiation effects between the heritage and experimental science communities. Holding the meeting at the C2RMF (, an institution whose mission is to investigate Art and Archaeology artefacts located within the Louvre Museum premises, will provide an excellent opportunity to bring together people from various scientific backgrounds. Additionally, access to accelerator-based instruments provided by the two organizing institutions, as well as the corresponding expertise and networks, provide additional benefits.

The C2RMF has 25 years of experience in the use of ion beams to study Cultural Heritage with the AGLAE accelerator facility ( Radiation damage of Heritage materials is a major concern and responsibility for the centre.

IPANEMA ( is a unique platform dedicated specifically to heritage materials and working on the development of advanced methods of material characterization in archaeology, palaeo-environments, palaeontology and cultural heritage research. IPANEMA provides support to access large-scale facility, namely the SOLEIL synchrotron source.

Both installations provide transnational access to the community through the IPERION CH (Integrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure ON Culture Heritage, program of the European Commission; therefore, the investigation and control of radiation effects are of paramount interest to these leading institutes in this context. It is planned that the discussions during the meeting will therefore shift from general considerations towards exploring the rules regarding specific categories or collections of objects and samples. New collaborative research programs with training actions will help understanding, predicting and mitigating in a more precise way the effects of irradiation.

In order to exploit the synergies with existing initiatives and increase its outreach world-wide, this technical meeting is an official meeting of the IPERION CH project. Project partners will present their results and be involved in working group discussions.


The purpose of this Technical Meeting is therefore to bring physicists, material scientists, archaeologists, conservators, palaeontologists and curators together with the following objectives:
• discuss the possible effects of radiation damage on heritage objects during ion and photon beam experiments;
• review the current status of the research and practical approaches used at different facilities;
• suggest safer procedures and improved practices for monitoring and mitigation strategies;
• recommend the scientific community and the IAEA on future collaborations, taking into account current initiatives such as the IPERION CH and ERIHS (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science) European initiatives.


The meeting will cover the following topics:

  1. Classification of radiation-sensitive heritage materials
  2. Current practices in radiation analysis of heritage items
  3. Monitoring radiation-induced modifications: real-time and long-term
  4. Identifying model samples and opportunities for joint testing program
  5. Development and recommendation of damage mitigation strategies

As distinct interaction processes and effects are involved, photons and ions will be considered separately in some of the working group discussions.


The meeting will have invited and contributed oral papers presented in sessions devoted to special topics, with subsequent discussions. It is expected that invited talks, as keynotes for the sessions, will be 40 minutes long, including a 10 minute discussion, while contributed talks will be 20 minutes long, including a 5 minute discussion. An electronic projector connected to a computer will be available for the presentations.
It is expected that the meeting will start at 9 a.m. on 7 December 2015 and finish by 4 p.m. on 10 December 2015. A summary session, open to a wider audience, will be held on 9 December 2015 to review the progress reported and conclusions drawn at the meeting. Policies and directions for future research will be also discussed and presented.
An optional visit to the IPANEMA laboratories and the PUMA beamline at Synchrotron SOLEIL, dedicated to ancient materials, is planned for 11 December 2015.
The working language of the meeting is English; no interpretation will be provided.

International Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC)



Mr Alessandro ZUCCHIATTI

Centro de Microanalisis de Materiales, Madrid, Spain
(ion beam methods expert)


MTA Atomki, Debrecen, Hungary
(ion beam application expert)

Ms Marika SPRING

The National Gallery, London, United Kingdom
(synchrotron application expert)


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford, USA
(synchrotron methods expert)


International Atomic Energy Agency
Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Vienna International Centre, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 2600-21706, FAX: +43 1 26007

C2RMF, Research Dpt
PSL Research University, Chimie ParisTech - CNRS, Institut de Recherche Chimie Paris, UMR8247
14 quai François Mitterrand, 75001 Paris, France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 20 54 13, FAX: +33 (0)1 47 03 32 46

USR 3461, CNRS, ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
L'Orme des Merisiers, BP 48 St Aubin, F-91192 Gif Sur Yvette, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 69 35 97 80


International Atomic Energy Agency
Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Vienna International Centre, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 2600-26393, FAX: +43 1 26007

Mr Michel MENU
C2RMF - Head of Research Department

Mr François MIRAMBET
C2RMF  - Deputy head of Research Department

C2RMF  - Research Department – head of AGLAE group

Mr Sebastian SCHOEDER
Synchrotron SOLEIL / IPANEMA – head of the PUMA beamline
Local Secretariat
C2RMF, e-mail:



The meeting will be held at the Palissy Auditorium of the C2RMF, Louvre Museum, Paris.
Please find information on how to get to the Louvre Museum here:

The detailed access map to the C2RMF can be found here:
The entrance is indicated “Accès site Carrousel” on the map.

A summary session, opened to a wider audience, on Wednesday afternoon will be held at the Dürer Auditorium of the Ecole du Louvre, a few meters from the C2RMF entrance.

For further information on transport and accommodation please visit:


About 40-50 people from IAEA Member States and international organizations are expected to attend. Participants should be persons actively involved in the topics of the meeting.
In order to participate in the meeting, these major steps must be completed:
(1) IAEA PARTICIPATION (Form A submission)
A participant will be accepted only if the Participation Form A is transmitted to the IAEA through the appropriate Governmental representative authority (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Atomic Energy Authority) by 12 October 2015. In case the participant intends to make a contribution a relevant abstract should be attached together with Form B.
A one page abstract must be submitted by 12 October 2015. The abstract may be text only or contain figures and graphics, but must only be one page. The abstract must contain the authors’ names, affiliation and email addresses. Acceptable file formats are Microsoft Word (preferred) or PDF. The filename should be in the following format: "lastname.firstname.filetype".
Please do not forget to indicate at the end of the abstract which topic you are contributing to.
The abstract shall be prepared according to the following instructions:
1) Page size: A4 (297mm by 210 mm) – vertical orientation
2) Margins 25mm all around
3) Layout:
         Title: single-spaced, 14-point size, Times New Roman Font, bold
         Authors: single-spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman Font
         Affiliation: single-spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman Font, italic
         Text: 1.5 spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman Font
         Length: one page
Authors must make sure that the files do not include copyrighted fonts or any other impediments for reproduction. The abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the International Programme Advisory Committee. Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their contributions via email by 30 October 2015.

Please submit the abstract electronically also directly to the meeting co-chairs:, and
Subject: IAEA TM on Heritage Materials


A Book of Abstracts will be compiled for free distribution during the meeting to every participant. A meeting report will be prepared during the meeting and distributed to each meeting participant.
If agreed during the meeting, then a scientific publication/special issue will be prepared based on some of the contributions after the meeting.
The costs for the organization of the meeting are borne by the C2RMF, IPANEMA and the IAEA.
No registration fee will be charged to participants attending the meeting.
As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay for participants’ travel and living expenses. However, limited funds are available to help meet the cost of attendance of selected specialists, mainly from developing countries with low economic resources. Generally, not more than one travel grant may be awarded to any one country.
If Governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their specialists, they should address specific requests to the IAEA Scientific Secretary at the International Atomic Energy Agency to this effect. Governments should ensure that applications for grants:
a) are received by the IAEA before 12 October  2015,
b) are accompanied by a duly completed and signed Grant Form C,
c) are accompanied by a duly completed and signed Form A, Form B and abstract fully
     relevant to the scope of the technical meeting.
Applications that do not comply with the conditions mentioned above cannot be considered.
Awards will be announced around 4 November 2015.


Participants who require a visa to enter France should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of France as soon as possible. A letter of invitation will be sent to the accepted participants around 4 November 2015. Letters of support from the Local Organizing Committee will be provided on request to the LOC Secretariat.
Information about visa can be found in this link:


Further information including the announcement and call for abstracts can be found under:


12 October 2015

Nominations to be sent to the IAEA and submission of abstracts according to the instructions above for selection.

12 October 2015

Request to the IAEA for financial support.

30 October 2015

Participants will be informed about the acceptance of their contribution.

4 November 2015

Grant awards.

4 November 2015

Letter of invitations are sent to the accepted participants by the IAEA.

7 December 2015

Meeting begins.