Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

Match Day 2018

The unanswered question

05June2018 11:00 - 18:00


NICAS will organise a new edition of Match Day on 5 June 2018 in the Auditorium of the Rijksmuseum. The Match Day is meant to bring together researchers with an interest in cultural heritage to find answers and solutions to questions and problems in the fields of art history and conservation.

This edition of Match Day has the theme ‘The unanswered question’. The purpose of the day is to match art historians, curators, conservators or collection managers with unsolved problems or as yet unanswerable questions to researchers from the humanities and sciences to find solutions and answers together.

We would like to invite everyone who thinks they have that type of question or problem to present these with a pitch on Match Day. The pitches will be in English, and will be approximately 5 minutes in length; we urge presenters to keep their pitches short and to the point. We do not wish to present already elaborated project proposals with already fixed questions and methods. We are looking for open questions, inviting the audience to join in thinking about potential ways of finding solutions and answers, making new collaborations - 'matches' - possible.

In addition to the pitches, we will invite four keynote speakers, who will give presentations with examples of how science can stimulate art historical research and the conservation of cultural heritage. For those who do not yet know the research facilities of the Ateliergebouw, we will provide the possibility of guided tours in the building. More information about these tours will follow shortly.


You can click on the button below to view the final programme of Match Day 2018.

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