Successful workshop on 'Crystallization in Porous media'

CRYSPOM IV organised by the UvA Institute of Physics

24 June 2014

The fourth international workshop on Crystallization in Porous media, CRYSPOM IV, was this year held in Amsterdam, organised and sponsored by the UvA’s Institute of Physics together with the Rijksmuseum. The goal of this meeting series is to bring together leading researchers in the exact sciences with conservation scientists.

The crystallization of salts in stones is of great importance for the conservation of old buildings and stone statues. The line-up of speakers included many well-known experts from academia, industry (French Petroleum Institute and Shell), cultural heritage institutions, and heads of scientific and conservation departments.

Because of the importance of the topic for the conservation for our cultural heritage (also important for the city of Amsterdam), the workshop was held in the historical room of the governing board of the Oost-Indisch Huis followed by a visit of the ‘Atelier’ building of the Rijksmuseum and a dinner at the historical building of the West-Indisch Huis.

CRYSPOM IV group picture

Group picture of the workshop participants. Some of the keynote lecturers in the front row are wearing their custom-made wooden shoes, a token of the organisers' appreciation.

The CRYSPOM workshop was kicked off in 2008 by Dr. Noushine Shahidzadeh, now associate professor at the Institute of Physics, with the primary goal of providing ample opportunity for fruitful discussion and dialogues between experts from different fields and to stimulate international collaborations between the different disciplines on a given topic, in the spirit of the famous Solvay meetings at the beginning of the 20th century. The local organising committee of this year's successful edition consisted of Dr. Julie Desarnaud, Marthe Schut, Dr. Noushine Shahidzadeh (chair), Rita Vinig, and Bart Weber, all members of the Soft Matter group at the Institute of Physics.