Tripartite and NICAS

The tripartite partners, working in the Ateliergebouw on the Museumplein in Amsterdam – the UvA Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage Department, the Rijksmuseum and the Cultural Heritage Agency – are important partners in the newly set up Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). The institute is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific research (NWO) and the fifth partner is the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The institute stimulates innovative interdisciplinary research that unites conservation, science and art history. The areas of knowledge considered include material dynamics, diagnostics, conservation treatment and a new type of art history. Main themes are the origin of the artwork and the life of the artwork through time. The call for proposals has recently opened; see in focus research.
For more information see the NWO website.

Metamorfoze programme

The UvA Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage Department is an official partner of the Metamorfoze Research Programme, situated in the National Library (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) in The Hague. The programme is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences (OCW) and is the national programme for the preservation of paper heritage since 1997. A major activity of the Metamorfoze Programme is to finance preservation projects, in particular projects with a focus upon material of Dutch origin, scholarly libraries, regional historic centres and museums and research institutes, for example. The Metamorfoze Programme is coordinated by Bureau Metamorfoze, who also organise workshops, informative sessions and congresses, besides advising on the proposals and execution of the projects awarded.
For more information, please see the Metamorfoze website.


Several European Universities in the field of Conservation and Restoration research work together in the group called: ACoRE. This group initiated regular meetings with the intention to formulate shared ideas and theories regarding the nature of conservation research in general and at PhD level in particular. In this way, ACoRE builds upon the foundations published in the ENCoRE Clarification Paper 2001  and in the 2011 E.C.C.O. document about competences for access to the conservation-restoration profession. ACoRE stands for “Applied Conservation Research” and the group consists of the University of Amsterdam, Fachhochschule Köln, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Universitat Politècnica de València and the Università di Torino.

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

The UvA Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage Department holds a joint research fellowship with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. The intention of this partnership is to exchange researchers specialised in the field of the technical examination of art. As a result, researcher Marco Cardinali from the Berlin Max Planck Institute, spent the month of March 2015 at the UvA Conservation and Restoration Department. Dr. Cardinali is an Italian art historian and co-founder of Emmebi Diagnostica Artistica in Rome. He has scientifically examined major works of 16th and 17th century Italian painting, such as the Farnese Gallery of Annibale Caracci and several works by Caravaggio. On March 30th 2015 Dr. Cardinali gave a lecture at the UvA on the topic, ‘Caravaggio in the Contarelli Chapel, Technical discoveries and stylistic change’. In this lecture he presented the results of his recent technical examination of the famous paintings of St Matthew in the San Luigi dei Francesi, also offering a better understanding of the stylistic revolution that took place in Caravaggio’s work of 1600.
For more information about this Max Planck Institute, please see the website.