Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

Managing Risk in Art Transport: current approaches and the potential of a Bayesian approach

Third Expert Meeting NICAS project ‘Scientific Reasoning in Art’

12Oct2018 10:00 - 15:00


This day is organized by the NICAS seed money project "Scientific Reasoning in Art: Evaluating evidence in paintings research using a Bayesian approach" (acronym: SciRe). It is the public session of the third and final expert meeting of the project, focusing on the transport of art objects.


Within the NICAS SciRe project, researchers investigate how the Bayesian framework can help clarify complex situations where the weight of evidence needs to be established. Introducing the Bayesian approach, a mathematical framework to calculate the probability of hypotheses based on various pieces of evidence, the SciRe project intends to strengthen the scientific basis for (art) historical and scientific studies of art.

While the SciRe seedmoney project focused on questions of provenance and attribution, we are widening our scope and start investigating how Bayesian decision models can lead to better-informed decision processes regarding the transport of art objects. This topic is the focus of this third expert meeting, of which the presentations are open to a larger audience (you!).

A detailed program for the public session will be posted soon, but we can tell you now that the day will include an overview of current approaches to risk management in the transport of art objects, an introduction into the Bayesian approach to decision making, and will finish with a plenary discussion on the questions and issues future research on this topic should focus on.


The programme for the expert meeting can be downloaded by clicking the button below.


The event will take place in Confreence Room B of the Ateliergebouw (Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam).


As the venue can only host a limited number of people, we kindly ask you to register by clicking the button below.

Attendance is free.


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