This booklet is intended as an introductory textbook for students and end-users interested in knowing more about the exciting developments in this high-tech area of conservation and conservation science. Their teachers are invited to use the texts and photographic materials for educational purposes, while the conservation scientist might appreciate the short reviews of applications and of the science underlying the described processes.

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We thank the COST G7 action coordinator Renzo Salimbeni and all the enthusiastic authors for their unlimited support in this project.
Manfred Schreiner
Institute of Science and Technology in Art
Academy of Fine Arts
A-1010 Vienna

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Matija Strlič
University College London
Centre for Sustainable Heritage
The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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