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HS Academy Webinar 01/2022: Understanding laser interactions with materials in Heritage Science

Fundamentals and novel methodologies for characterization and conservation


The webinars are organized by the HS Academy, a collaborative initiative between IPERION HS (www.iperionhs.eu) and E-RIHS (www.e-rihs.eu). The two European projects integrate facilities of recognized excellence in Heritage Science, offering access to a wide range of high-level scientific instruments, methodologies, data, tools and training opportunities for advancing knowledge and innovation in the field.

This webinar will provide an overview of pioneering laser ablation studies, that constitute the basis for laser cleaning applications, and of the parallel development of analytical methods based on laser spectroscopy and imaging techniques that have been adequately refined and adapted to the needs of heritage materials.



January 11st, 2022 at 3 pm (Rome time zone) – add to the calendar

You will learn

  • recent studies and innovative on laser interaction with materials in the field of Heritage Science
  • possible application to real conservation problems

Key topics we’ll cover
Laser interactions

45 minutes (30 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)


Marta Castillejo, Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano (CSIC) – She obtained a PhD degree in Physics from Complutense University of Madrid in 1984. She is a Senior Research Scientist at Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano, CSIC, in Madrid, where she acts as Coordinator of the CSIC Interdisciplinary Platform “Open Heritage: Research and Society”. Her scientific activity encompasses a wide range of aspects of Laser Physics and Photonics, including fundamentals of laser-matter interactions and applications in Nanoscience and Heritage Science. She has authored more than 210 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered more than 45 invited talks worldwide. Her record of international collaborations includes participation in numerous projects funded by EU framework programs, the coordination of bilateral program exchanges with Academic European Institutions and her activities as Academic Visitor at University Cergy-Pontoise, Observatoire de Paris Meudon in France, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology of Harvard University, Blackett Laboratory of Imperial College London and Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR. She has long experience in training young scientists by lecturing in various Doctorate and Master Courses and by supervising PhD Thesis. Marta Castillejo has been involved in the development and growth of European Research Infrastructures, including LASERLAB Europe, IPERION CH, PARTHENOS and the ongoing IPERION HS that precedes the launch of the future European Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS). She acts as permanent member of the scientific committee of the international conference series Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks (LACONA), Non-destructive and Microanalytical Techniques in Art and Cultural Heritage (TECHNART), SPIE International Symposium on Optical Metrology (O3A) and Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA), all contributing to the impact of an international community of scientists and conservators on the success of lasers for applications in heritage and archaeology.

Registration form for Webinar 01/2022