11th LACONA Conference on Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks
Krakow, Poland, 19th to 23rd September 2016

The biennial LACONA conference gathers together researchers, conservators and conservation scientists, companies, architects, decision-makers and experts in laser-based techniques for the conservation of cultural heritage to share their latest projects and experiences. Accounts (both case studies and scientific reports) devoted to applications of coherent light in the restoration and examination of works of art and cultural heritage monuments are welcomed.
The conference was preceded by a 1 day workshop devoted to practical aspects of the use of lasers in conservation/restoration

Next Lacona 12 Conference was held in Paris in September 2018 and the next one will be held in Florence in 2021. See the conference websites for details.

Conference Topics:

  1. Developments in laser removal of unwanted substances on culturally-important objects and monuments
  2. Coherent light-based methods for imaging, documentation and examination of objects and structures:
    • - 3D documentation, stratigraphic and depth-resolved methods,
    • - holography,
    • - interferometry,
    • - shearometry,
    • - vibrometry,
    • - new instrumental and technological developments.
  3. Case studies where laser-based methods have been used for conservation-restoration, documentation or analysis.
  4. Laser-based spectroscopic techniques for analysis and monitoring, such as:
    • - Raman spectroscopy,
    • - Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS),
    • - Laser-Induced Fluorescence spectroscopy (LIF) and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM),
    • - advanced non-linear imaging microscopy,
    • - terahertz spectroscopy and imaging,
    • - new spectroscopic and imaging techniques.
  5. Other projects or programmes in which coherent light technologies have been applied to the preservation of cultural heritage.

Abstracts and Proceedings

The Book of Abstracts can be downloaded from here.

The book of Conference Proceedings is available for free download. See Proceedings page for details.

Cleaning Safely with a Laser in Artwork Conservation - a textbook prepared during COST G7 action "Artwork Conservation by Laser" distributed to the workshop participants



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All photos are also available as Power Point presentations:



The Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow

The Interacademic Institute of Conservation and Restoration of Art, Warsaw/Cracow.

National Museum in Krakow


Conference office:

Malgorzata Walczak, PhD;

Academy of Fine Arts,

ul. SmoleĊ„sk 9,

31-108 Krakow, Poland

E-mail: mwalczak@asp.krakow.pl