YOCOCU 2014 Youth in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage 23-25 June 2014 | Agsu, Azerbaijan
What is YOCOCU?
YOCOCU (YOuth in COnservation of CUltural heritage) was born in 2008 with the aim to realize a network among young professionals and researchers, working in different fields of Cultural Heritage.
YOCOCU has soon become an extraordinary symbol of union where young students, researchers and professionals, ali animated by common goals, meet to tel! their own stories, to give their inputs to research and cultural growth in the different fields of Cultural Heritage: chemistry, physics, biology, restoration, archaeology, architecture.
In YOCOCU young professionals, students and researchers are called to increase and strengthen their consciousness to be the main actors of the present and future society and the power for the development of new knowledge. This is the reason of YOCOCU: everyone works together for a collective interest and show this in a unique meeting, free and open to all.
The past three editions (Rome 2008, Palermo 2010 and Antwerp 2012) have made YOCOCU a network for interdisciplinary and international collaborations.
YOCOCU is a history made up of several chapters, each one with its own author and its specific topic.
YOCOCU: an efficient collision!
In chemistry for a collision to be efficient, i.e. breaking atomic bonds allowing the formation of new molecules and compounds, the reagents have to collide with an energy that is proportional to the bond strength and a direction that depends on the molecular geometry. This is what happened during YOCOCU 2012...
YOCOCU Network: Ask an Expert
The “Ask an Expert” intended to be a place where all can go to find answers to conservation doubts. If you have specific questions about your conservation project, or science applied to the conservation, or more general about the field, our team of volunteer young professionals can help. Every month, a team of three Yococu young professionals answer to questions about specific topics on conservation. Next month, there will be a new team and a new topic. Our Expert don't want to do your work, they just offer suggestions, guidance and troubleshooting. This month, the topic is “inorganic nano materials formulations and nano biocides in cultural heritage” and our experts are:
Andrea is a Conservation Scientist (Syremont S.p.a), with a PhD in Applied Science to the Protection of Environment and Cultural Heritage. His research activities are focused to the application of chemistry to the conservation of Cultural Heritage, in particular: the development and the standardization of lighting systems and to carry out new methods to the conservation of inorganic materials. Currently, he is developing a research aimed at studying new consolidants and nano-antifouling materials for underwater stone structures. Moreover, his interests cover the public understanding of science
Mauro La Russa
Researcher in the University of Calabria , Department Biology, Ecology and Earth Science. His research activities are: conservation of stone materials; study of underwater degradation processes; application and evaluation of protective products (organic coating and nano-powders) on stone materials; process and products of degradation and alteration of building stones in particular black crust trough new methodological approach through LA-ICPMS, study of pigments and binder used in the painting and canvas. Mauro has partecipated in seven competitive research projects with national or regional funding, being the coordinator in two of them. Co-author of one patent: Antimicrobic mortar for cultural heritage
Simone is a postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), and visiting scientist at the University of Antwerp. He obtained a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Antwerp, after a MSc in Technology for Cultural Heritage at the University of Torino. His interests cover the micro- and nano-characterization of cultural heritage and environmental/biological materials, by means of X-ray techniques and laser ablation ICPMS.
Silvestro Antonio Ruffolo
Silvio is a Research Fellow at University of Calabria , Department Biology, Ecology and Earth Science. His research is dedicated to the formulation and characterization of nanostructured materials for stone conservation. Others scientific activities are: application and evaluation of protective products on the stone materials trough different analytical techniques and provenance studies of archeological marbles.