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Basic information

6th interdisciplinary ALMA conference focused on research, technology, history and conservation/restoration of the fine art

Topic: Painting as a story

Date: May 31 – June 3 2017

Place: Augustinian Monastery, Mendel square, Brno, Czech Republic

Website of the conference:

Conference registration, in the case of any problems, do not hesitate to contact us.

Accommodation: Special prices have been negotiated in several hotels. List of recommended hotels and their location is available here

Venue: All necessary information for your trip to Brno are available here

Preliminary program: Program has just  been published. See here

Contact e-mail:

Download event poster here

Important news

The organizers, thanks to IUCr financial support can provide bursaries to students or young scientists who will attend the Meeting. The first requirement for obtaining a bursary is the submission of an regular abstract. Also an age limit of 35 applies.

For the first time the conference is held in Brno – the capital of South-Moravian region.

For the first time the conference is co-organized together by Czech and Slovak partners.

For the first time the conference hosts CrysAC Workshop focused on pigment degradation.

For the first time the conference enters the tandem with regular international meetings on “X-ray and other techniques in investigation of the objects of cultural heritage” held in Krakow at the end of May every even year. The date was, therefore, postponed from the traditional November of an even year to May/June of an odd year to achieve regular annual periodicity of these two alternating international conferences in the Central European region.


Organizing institutions

Academy of Fine Art in Prague (AFA)

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v.v.i. (IIC)

Masaryk University in Brno (MU)

Moravian Gallery in Brno (MG)

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (SUT)

Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (AFAD)

Czech and Slovak Crystallographic Association (CSCA)


Conference focus

Paintings change even after being painted. Significant changes affect their identity and authenticity. The conference will focus on interdisciplinary case studies observing the transformation of paintings in time and from any perspective. Topics for discussion will mainly be:
(i) the processes of material degradation,
(ii) „life stories“ of artworks in the light of historical vs. analytical facts,
(iii) restoration and preservation of modern art

Important deadlines

Call for abstracts and registration opening: 7 November 2016

Abstract submission: We still accept abstracts for poster presentations only

Submission for financial support (for presenting students): still open

Decision of acceptance: 31 March 2017

Early-bird registration: 30 April 2017

Date of the conference: 31 May - 3 June 2017

Full-paper submission for to be published in the conference proceedings Acta Artis Academica 2017: no later than June 30, 2017