Analytical Spectroscopy in Art and Archaeology at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 23, 24, 25 and 26 September 2013.


Welcome to the webpage of the international conference TECHNART 2013, jointly organized by TECHNART and ICOM-CC Scientific Working Group. The goal of TECHNART 2013 is to provide a scientific forum for analytical and conservation scientists to advance and apply analytical spectroscopic techniques to materials in art and archaeology. Materials are interpreted in a broad sense implying paint media, pigments and dyes, stones, metals, glass, ceramics, resins, wood, textiles and synthetic materials.

The local TECHNART 2013 organizing committee will work together with the Scientific Research Working group of ICOM-CC in the program organization in order to build bridges between the conservation and the analytical sciences.

TECHNART 2013 is hosted at the Rijksmuseum and will take place on 23, 24, 25 and 26 September 2013 in the Rijksmuseum auditorium in Amsterdam. This conference will take place directly after the conference of Painting Techniques 2013 which will be hosted in the Rijksmuseum as well during 18 to 20 September 2013.

Special Conference Topics in relation to Cultural Heritage Issues:

  • Correlative microscopy: combining microscopic and spectroscopic techniques;
  • Advances in non-invasive spectroscopic techniques;
  • Imaging 2 and 3D analytical techniques using X-rays, Neutrons, Electrons and Light;
  • Microanalysis of organic constituents using mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy;
  • Progress in proteomics and immunological approaches to characterize proteins in works of art and - archaeological objects.

Call for Papers and time table

Accepted abstracts have been notified.

Conference Program



Guidelines Oral presentations (pdf)
Guidelines Poster presentations (pdf)

Themed series of papers in Heritage Science journal

All presenters are invited to contribute their papers for publication in Heritage Science – a new open access journal. Submitted manuscripts should present original scientific research or a review in the context of cultural heritage and conservation studies.

All manuscripts are previewed by the scientific committee, and forwarded to the journal if considered suitable. All manuscripts are subsequently rigorously peer-reviewed. On publication, articles are freely and permanently accessible online, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

Members of the Editorial Board are attending Technart 2013, and Heritage Science is an Exhibitor – they will be pleased to meet you at their stand.

Information about submission to Heritage Science will be published on a later date.


Registration is closed.

For registration fees, see below.

The registration fee includes a book of abstracts with a conference programme booklet, refreshments and lunch, complimentary 6-day entrance to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

Please note: There are no student tickets available anymore. There was a limited number of student tickets (30), which has been reached.

Registration fees

  • Regular participant: € 400

  • ICOM member: € 350

There are no student tickets available anymore. There was a limited number of student tickets (30), which has been reached.

Cancellation fee: € 220

Single Day Participation: €150

Painting Techniques and TECHNART 2013
A combined registration for both Painting Techniques 2013 and TECHNART 2013.

  • Regular participant: € 700
  • ICOM members: € 650


Local organizers

Robert van Langh (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
Jaap J. Boon (JAAP Enterprise, Amsterdam)
Apas Zwart (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

Local scientific committee

Prof. Dr. Joris Dik (Delft University of Technology, Delft)
Prof. Dr. Jaap J. Boon (JAAP Enterprise, Amsterdam)
Dr. Klaas-Jan van den Berg (Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), Amsterdam)
Dr. Katrien Keune (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam)
Dr. Maarten van Bommel (Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), Amsterdam)

International Scientific Committee

Prof. Demetrios Anglos (IESL-FORTH and University of Crete, Greece)
Prof. Dr. Bruno Brunetti (University of Perugia, Italy)
Prof. Dr. Maria Luisa de Carvalho (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Prof. Dr. Marta Castillejo (CSIC, SPAIN)
Prof. Dr. Rene Van Grieken (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Dr. Andreas Germanos Karydas (International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria)
Dr. Oliver Hahn (BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research, Germany)
Dr. Izumi Nakai (Tokyo University of Science, Japan)
Dr. Austin Nevin (National Research Council, Italy)
Dr. Stanislaw Piorek (Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA)
Dr. Phillipe Walter (CNRS, France)
Dr. Žiga Šmit (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Travel and Accommodation

Several hotels are situated in the vicinity of the conference venue in the Amsterdam city centre. These are also within easy reach of the railway station and the major tourist venues. Participants are requested to contact the hotels directly about rates and reservations. A few hotels are listed below:

Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken
Park Plaza Hotel (4-star)
Best Western Hotel Apollo (3-star)
Park Hotel (4-star)

Participants are free to make their own accommodation booking at any other location. The following website can be useful in this respect:

Addresses and links

Contact information:
Mail address: Hobbemastraat 22, 1071 ZC, Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)20 674 7000

Practical information about the Venue

Practical information (pdf)

Links to previous Technart conferences (2007, 2009, 2011)

Lisbon 2007
Athens 2009
Berlin 2011

Related conference

The conference Painting Techniques hosted by the Rijksmuseum will take place in the week prior to TECHNART, on 18, 19 and 20 September 2013.

Attendees are encouraged to consider to register for both meetings (registration links will be available soon).

Exhibitors and Sponsors

This conference will be made possible by the generous contribution of:

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Migelien Gerritzen Fonds