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NICAS Match Day 2019

woensdag 24 april 2019 - 16:50

Netherlands Institute for Conservation+Art+Science+ (NICAS) nodigt alle leden uit voor Match Day 2019; NICAS on demand - Seed money projects. Ook nodigt NICAS jullie uit om te overwegen een pitch te houden:

We are pleased to invite you to participate in our annual Match Day on 20 May 2019 in the Rijksmuseum Auditorium, organised by the Netherlands Institute for Conservation+Art+Science+ (NICAS).

NICAS is a research institute founded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Rijksmuseum (RM), the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), the Faculties of Humanities and Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Our mission is to facilitate research that results in better understanding, access and preservation of our cultural heritage. Our approach is multidisciplinary: art historians, conservators and scientists work closely together to make sure that research challenges are approached from all sides. For more information you can visit our website.

The activities of NICAS are meant to benefit for the entire cultural heritage field in the Netherlands. The knowledge that results from our research is all the more valuable if it flows back to the field and contributes to greater knowledge and improved management of heritage collections.

NICAS is now launching two initiatives that will hopefully involve the Dutch heritage field more closely in achieving our goals.

NICAS On Demand
The founding partners of NICAS have agreed to make research and beam time available in order to answer interesting object-related questions from the field. Museums in the Netherlands are invited to present objects that they feel would benefit from in-depth scientific investigation. Important questions to answer in this pitch are:

  • Why you think this object needs scientific examination?
  • Is there a problem related to the material stability of the object, or an unanswered art historical question?
  • What data and information do you hope to receive from the scientific examination?
  • How is research into this object relevant for future research into cultural heritage?

Based on the available expertise and equipment, the NICAS Scientific Working Group will invite museums to submit an official request and make a ranking. NICAS will be able to grant only a limited number of requests each year, but will collaborate closely with museums to ensure that as many museums as possible will be able to benefit from the available expertise.

NICAS seed money projects
This year, NICAS will open a call for proposals for NICAS seed money projects. This call will be for small projects with a maximum run time of one year. Applicants can request a small grant from NICAS that can be used to execute an exploratory research project that preferably has the potential to be scaled up into a full research project if successful. The full details of the application procedure will be published prior to the Match Day.


The NICAS extended Scientific Working Group will rank the proposals and decide on funding.


We invite cultural heritage professionals and researchers working with museum collections to present a short pitch about interesting object-related questions that they feel would benefit from in-depth scientific investigation. We do not yet expect fully prepared project proposals to be presented; the pitches can be first ideas, exploring possible routes of inquiry. We would like to ask you to consider submitting a pitch, but at least attend the day and distribute this invitation amongst your colleagues. We have asked the scientists within our network to be present in the audience, to reflect on the posed questions from their expertise and to offer potential solutions and collaboration.


Everyone can register for the day using this link (a more detailed programme will be announced shortly). If you intend to pitch a subject to the audience you can check the box in the registration form. It is not necessary to submit the pitch during the registration process; we will send you information on how to submit your abstract and PowerPoint presentation in due time.

We hope to see you on 20 May!

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