Biodeterioration of cultural properties by microbes such as fungi, bacteria, algae and lichen is one of the most serious issues in conservation of cultural properties in both outdoor and indoor environments. Japan also experienced severe disaster by the earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku area in March 2011. Huge amounts of cultural properties and documents were severely affected by the tsunami, and microbial deterioration was observed. In this symposium, we would like to discuss issues of biodeterioration from a variety of aspects and share information on both historical and recent topics. In addition to oral presentations by invited speakers from Japan and overseas, poster presentations are called for. Participation of many people, including staff who are engaged in conservation, researchers and students who are interested in conservation, is welcomed.
Secretariat of the International Symposium
Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques
National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo.
13-43 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8713 Japan
Fax: +81-3-3822-3247 Tel: +81-3-3823-4875
Chairperson of a committee
Nobuo Kamei (Director General, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo)
Kosuke Takatori (Tokyo University of Agriculture)
Yoko Katayama (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)
（National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo）