Workshop on laser cleaning


Monday, 19th of September

The workshop will be devoted to practical aspects of utilization of lasers for removal of unwanted material from cultural heritage objects. It will be located at the Faculty of Conservation building, Lea Street 27-29.

  • 8:30 – 9:00 – Registration (Lea Street 27-29)
  • 9:00 – 10:00 – introductory lecture by Johann Nimmrichter (Bundesdenkmalamt Österreich, Wien) will concentrate on basics of laser operation, definitions, cleaning protocols in most popular cases e.g. stone cleaning, and safety instructions
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – first hands-on session (in two or three groups) with lasers
  • 11:00 – 11:30 – coffee break (exchange of groups)
  • 11:30 – 13:00 – second hands-on session
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:45 – second lecture (also by Johann Nimmrichter) devoted to more challenging applications
  • 14:45 – 16:00 – third hands-on session (more demanded objects)
  • 16:00 – 16:30 – coffee break (exchange of groups)
  • 16:30 – 17:30 – forth hands-on session (more demanded objects)
  • 17:30 – 18:45 – summarizing meeting with discussion and questions from the participants.
  • from 19:00 – welcome reception of the conference open also for workshop participants

For hands-on sessions the following lasers will be presented and provided for participants:

Materials and readings:

  1. All participants will receive a bi-lingual (Polish and English) text book on fundamentals of lasers and laser cleaning, written especially for art restorer (paper copy only)
  2. All participants will receive a manual: Cleaning Safely with  a Laser in Artwork Conservation (paper copy and as a pdf file)
  3. Participants are encouraged to refer to a Handbook on the Use of Lasers in Conservation and Conservation Science (available on-line only)

Notice, please, that effective July 13th, the registration to the workshop is closed due to the lack of more seats.

Location of

Location of the Faculty of Conservation building: J. Lea 27 street