European Doctoral Course “Sciences and materials of cultural heritage. Global climate change and cultural heritage”

22 - 27 October 2007, in collaboration with Paris XII University, in the frame of the Master “Matériaux du Patrimoine bâti et culturel dans l’Environnement”, Paris VII and XII Universities,



22 October 2007:

  • May Cassar, Adaptation strategies of Cultural Heritage to climatic change.
  • Cristina Sabbioni, The Noah's Ark EC-Project: objectives and main results.
  • Anda Ionescu, Modelling methodologies applied to weathering of materials and mapping of Climate Change.

23 October 2007:

  • Dario Camuffo:

1- Sea level rise and sinking Venice: documentary evidence for the past centuries.

2- Indoor microclimate changes: the impact of global warming and the demand for comfort.

  • R. Lefèvre: The Stock of Materials at Risk in Paris, Venice and Rome.

24 October 2007:

  • Clara Urzì: Biocolonization and Biodegradation today and further evolution.
  • Clara Urzì, Anne Chabas, Tiziana Lombardo: Materials and weathering at Villa Rufolo and Cathedral Museum.

25 October 2007:

  • Marco Verità: Ancient and modern glass: nature, properties, weathering in the present and possible evolution in the future.
    • Elisabeth Marie-Victoire: Concrete: nature, properties and weathering in the present and future.

26 October 2007:

  • Milos Drdacky: Consequences of natural disasters on Cultural Heritage.

27 October 2007:

Visit to the Royal Palace of Caserta


The scientific community now widely agrees on the fact that human activities are disturbing the fragile climatic equilibrium of our planet. The character of Cultural Heritage is closely related to the climate and the urban landscape and the built heritage have been designed with the local climate in mind. The stability of Cultural Heritage is, therefore, closely tied to its interactions with the ground and the atmosphere.

The major aim of the 2007 Ravello Course has been to ensure that young European students are informed about these important problems and will be able in the future to undertake rigorous ongoing scientific monitoring of changes in conditions of Cultural Heritage.