History of the International Conference of Conservation-Restoration Studies

Participating Institutions

The first Conference of Conservation-Restoration Studies was organized in Split in 2004. At that time, Croatia had only two graduate programmes in conservation-restoration: one at the Arts Academy of the University of Split and the other at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb. The aim of the conference was to bring together students from these two higher education institutions to showcase their work. The teachers also benefited from the event, as it provided them with the opportunity to share experiences and discuss how study programmes can be improved. 

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In 2007 the newly established conservation-restoration study programme of the University of Dubrovnik joined the project. The Academy of Fine Arts and Design from Ljubljana has been a regular participant at the conference since 2006.

In 2014 five more non-Croatian institutions participated in the event, giving it an international character: the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Austria), the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (Germany), the Hungarian University of Fine Arts (Hungary), Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (Poland) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Poland). Over the years other institutions joined in: the Faculty of Restoration in Pardubice (Czech Republic), the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples (Italy).


Presenters, topics

From 2004 to 2019 the conference was held annually. In 2020 the decision was made to turn it into a biennial event.

The conference is held every time at a different Croatian university that offers a conservation-restoration study program (Split, Zagreb or Dubrovnik). It is open for public, and there is no registration fee.

The conference is open to all conservation-restoration students, regardless of their specialization or year of study, as well as to all fresh degree holders, as long as they come with a project on which they worked during their studies. In general, students present the projects that they took part in the previous academic year.

The students' work can be presented in the form of a lecture or with a poster. The topics vary from in-depth technical analysis to complex conservation-restoration treatments. The presentations are not subject to review on the part of the organizers, which implies that their eligibility and selection is at the discretion of the mentoring teachers.


Conference website

Until 2012 the papers presented at the conference were neither collected nor published. That year, the organizing committee decided to launch the conference webpage and to publish all materials online. Since 2014 the webpage is avalable in English.


Written by Sagita Mirjam Sunara (Department of Conservation-Restoration, Arts Academy of the University of Split) / Updated: March 26, 2021