YOCOCU 2024 Istanbul

15-17 October 2024

Call for Abstracts



The ninth edition of YOCOCU is aimed to promote constructive, critical and interdisciplinary conversations on the challenges emerging in cultural heritage bridging ancient traditions, challenges and problems and future scenarios. YOCOCU 2024 wants to be a source of inspiration and ideas underpinned by a wealth of experience, evidence and good practices gathered across all levels of cultural heritage, from the professional to the academic researcher to the citizen. The aim is to contribute to achieve successful knowledge integration, benefit from the diversity of point of views to realize a matrix puts forward a large number of experiences and how the cultural heritage  can be translated into a common voice and action.

Important Deadlines
Abstract Submission Process

Submission deadline: July 03, 2024

Notification of acceptance: July 20, 2024.

Registration: presenters must be registered and have paid the registration fee by July 25, 2024; otherwise, the abstract will be removed from the program.

*Registration fees*
In regards to contributions received before July 25, 2024

Local researchers: 0 euros
Students: 0 euros
Other attendees: 50 euros

Abstract Structure

Abstracts must be comprised of four distinct sections:

  • Introduction: Describes previous research and the rationale for the current study
  • Method: Describes how the study was conducted
  • Results: Describes the results of the study
  • Conclusion: Summarize the study and discusses its implications

After July 21st, registrations will incur an increased cost

YOCOCU members: free (how to become a YOCOCUer: https://www.yococu.com/it/registrazione/)

YOCOCU 2024 will speak about: 

  1. Experiences in the museum.

  2. Traditional and innovative products in terms of methodologies, applications and materials for the conservation of Cultural Heritage.

  3. Application of the physical and biological sciences to archaeology, anthropology and art history

  4. Innovation and Research in the field of Conservation and Recovery of archaeological and architectural heritage

  5. New strategies in conservation and valorisation of archaeological sites and buildings.

  6. Conservation of urban art and design materials

  7. Interpretation and presentation of Cultural Heritage (exhibition design).

  8. Education and Cultural Heritage
    Natural risk assessment for the protection of Cultural Heritage.

  9. Green chemistry and sustainable conversation and valorisation

The discussion will be divided in three days with the following main topic


Subtopics: (Topics to be discussed and expected papers)


Summaries and papers are expected on the conservation and restoration of works made from different materials or discussions on traditional materials and techniques currently in use. These should address integrating them with modern technology to transmit cultural heritage to future generations.

Under this topic, papers should answer the following questions:


What are the traditional conservation methods specific to the culture, applied to organic and inorganic material groups from their production, considering deterioration processes that may accelerate due to various factors, with case studies on identification, detection, methods, and practices?

Can traditional and innovative approaches in cultural heritage conservation be reconciled? Is it possible to sustainably preserve and transmit cultural heritage to future generations by combining the strengths of both approaches, integrating them with modern technology and digital tools?

Will conservation efforts using these reconciled methods contribute to combating the climate crisis? How will they contribute?

  1. Comparison between traditional and new methods and technologies for restoration
  2. Ancient tradition and new materials
  3. New solutions for historical issues in conservation
  4. Awareness of heritage conservation
  5. Education for heritage conservation

Subtopics: (Topics to be discussed and expected papers)


Preserving cultural heritage may face various challenges arising from cultural, economic, environmental, social, and administrative factors. Collaboration at national and international levels, educational programs, sustainable financial models, and increased societal awareness are crucial steps in overcoming these challenges.


Challenges in preserving cultural heritage, including issues in conservation education and field-related problems, are expected to be addressed in paper abstracts and papers, along with innovative solutions.


2.1. Challenges/Issues/New Proposals in Conservation Education

2.2. Issues/Challenges in the Pre-application Process and Decision-Making Process

2.3. Issues/Challenges in Implementation

2.4. Social, Cultural, and Economic Issues/Challenges


Subtopics: (Topics to be discussed and expected papers)


Preserving cultural heritage in the future involves various scenarios shaped by cultural, technological, environmental, and social changes. The realization of these scenarios depends on various factors, and continuous updating and improvement of cultural heritage conservation strategies may be necessary.


On the other hand, humanity is currently experiencing the Anthropocene Epoch, identified as a new era dominated by human activities shaping the planet’s history and posing a threat to the preservation of cultural and natural assets.


Some possible future scenarios related to the preservation of cultural heritage are listed below. Participants are expected to submit paper abstracts and papers on these topics.


3.1. Digital Preservation and Virtual Reality

3.2. Artificial Intelligence-Supported Conservation

3.3. Green Conservation

3.4. Conservation Restoration Resilient to Climate Change and Natural Disasters

3.5. Conservation Restoration in the Anthropocene Epoch

3.6. Increased Societal Awareness

3.7. Increased Community Participation

3.8. Development of International Collaborations and Increased Global Conservation Projects

3.9. Advancements in Education and Increased Awareness

3.10. Cybersecurity in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

3.11. Cybersecurity and Preservation of Digital Assets – Audiovisual Works

3.12. Integration of Conservation and Sustainable Development