New diagnostic tools and technologies provide new and detailed information about cultural heritage objects in ways that are as safe as possible for those objects.


This research area focuses on diagnostic innovation through development, refinement and integration of existing, new or evolving technologies into the museum and cultural heritage fields. It looks into ways to translate scientific and technological knowledge from other research fields (such as astronomy, mathematics, materials and structural engineering, physics, chemistry) into applications for cultural heritage research. These tools and technologies should consist primarily of minimally/non-invasive imaging, analysis and monitoring technologies. These methods and techniques should lead to a more detailed analysis of objects, producing information about the physical and chemical composition of objects in 2D and 3D. It is important to develop real-time monitoring methods that can aid preventive conservation and treatment. This research area also looks into making diagnostic tools more user-friendly and mobile.

Prof. dr. Joris Dik

Research lead