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Men and Books

“Men and Books: From Microorganisms to Megaorganisms”

28.04. – 01.05.2014

Venue: Bildungshaus St. Hippolyt (AT)

Eybnerstraße 5, 3100 St. Pölten

The conservation of written documents is the essential precondition for any type of research. Equally, research activities are the quintessential prerequisite for advancing society. This interdependence and close correlation between research activities and social progress will be made visible on the example of Research on Protestantism within the conference “Men and Books: From Microorganisms to Megaorganisms”. Moreover, the rationalisation and clarification of the the pressing need for research in the field of conservation of written documents will form a major topic within this conference. Though microorganisms clearly are the main conflicting enemy when it comes to archival material and the stocks of libraries, decades of research have not yet proved capable of coping with these difficulties. A wide range of substances used to control the infestation of microorganisms, especially and primarily ethylene-oxide, are toxic to humans and highly controversialy discussed. Within this conference further focus will be put on the topics of

  • how digitization offers new solutions but also effects new challenges,
  • new developments in the field of preservation and conservation research activities as well as
  • codicological research results will be presented.

The conference is open to archivists, librarians, conservators and everyone who is interested in preserving our European heritage.

There is no conference fee.


Registration for the conference closed on 06 April 2014. Please contact us at kerstin.muff[at]icar-us.eu if you still would like to participate in the conference.


Click >>> here to view and download the conference programme.

Poster presentations

The conference will be accompanied by a selected collection of posters. Click on the author’s name below to view their poster abstract. The authors are happy to answer any questions on their topic during the conference.

  • Anna Nowicka (Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, PL): The influence of the Bookkeeper preparation onto oil painting layers deposited on a paper support
  • Bernhard Gallistl (Diocese Hildesheim, DE): Codex and Room. The St. Albans Psalter
  • Darejan Gogashvili (Georgian National Museum, GE): The conservation of the 10th century Georgian manuscript
  • Magdalena Grenda (Warsaw Rising Museum, PL): Report on Pest Management methods used in Polish herbaria and other Polish institutions owning herbaria items- halfway through
  • Sylwia Popławska, Izabela Zając and Władysław Sobucki (Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, PL) The Conservation Problems in Eliza Orzeszkowa’s Artistic Herbarium as a New Research Direction
  • Claudia Benvestito (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, IT) and Paola Bottega (IT) 3 in 1 Preservation Box for Scrolls


The Bildungshaus St. Hippolyt also offers rooms for accommodation. When making reservations, please use the subject Men and Books. Please mail to: hiphaus[at]kirche.at.

Bildungshaus St. Hippolyt: Single rooms (incl. breakfast): 38, 70 EUR

Further possibilities:

Excursion to Altenburg – Krems an der Donau – Göttweig

As an extended offer of the conference, there will be an excursion on 01 May 2014 to Horn, Altenburg and Göttweig. Each destination will contribute additional examples from practice within the context of the conference’s main focus.

Click here for details on the excursion’s programme.

The fee of 15 EUR for the bus transfer will be collected at the conference registration desk.

Organizer Archive of the Diocese of St. Pölten in cooperation with ICARUS (International Centre for Archival Research) and the ERC (European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation)Logoreihe