Dear colleagues and Friends of the PortASAP COST Action (CA 16215),


Application process for the Training School is now open; there are currently places for 5 trainees, additional trainees will be placed on a waiting list and accepted if public gathering restrictions in Slovenia change. Applications should be sent by email to The application should contain your name, country of residence, if you are an early career investigator (ECI: a researcher whose career spun less than 8 years between the date of the PhD/doctorate (or similar experience) and the date of involvement in the COST Action), CV and a motivational letter to explain your interests and why you would like to participate in this event. The deadline for submission is the 20th May 2021.

The organising committee will select the candidates, and the final selection will be validated by the PortASAP Chair. The following criteria will be considered: motivation letter, geographic diversity, and gender balance. Early career researchers and researchers from inclusiveness target countries are particularly encouraged to apply.



The analysis of heritage objects must respect a certain number of principles: it must be as minimally invasive as possible and be carried out in situ if possible, as objects are often difficult to transport to laboratories/other institutions due to safety reasons and their fragility. Numerous tools have been developed for this purpose. Commercial portable X-ray fluorescence analysers are some of them, but they are considered too expensive by most professionals. Besides object analysis conservation professionals are also concerned with monitoring the environment surrounding the objects. While commercial monitoring systems vary in price, they all vastly exceed the price of the sensing components and can be financially inaccessible particularly for smaller institutions or when a larger quantity of sensors in various locations is needed.

The goal of the training school is to address various aspects of Cultural Heritage documentation: monitoring and object analysis using tools that are in line with the PortASAP Action philosophy (portable, low cost, easy to use and if possible open source or open access). The training school will be an opportunity for wider dissemination of some of the tools tested by the Task Force members.



Trainees will have their travel expenses supported by the PortASAP COST Action and will also receive a flat rate daily allowance (accommodation and meal subsidies) of 167 €.


Kind regards,

Organising committee:

Eva Menart (organiser, TF leader, National Museum of Slovenia)

Nataša Nemeček (organizer, TF member, National Museum of Slovenia)

Christian Degrigny (TF co-leader, WG 3 leader, Haute Ecole Arc Conservation-restauration, Neuchâtel, Switzwerland)

PortASAP COST action coordinator:

Guillaume Erny (Chair PortASAP)


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