Keynote Speakers


Ana Miller

Panel: Biodeterioration

A.Z. Miller (AZM) is graduated in Conservation and Restoration by the Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL) and completed a Ph.D. degree in Conservation Sciences in 2010 at the FCT-UNL (Ph.D. fellowship awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology). AZM is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla (IRNAS-CSIC, Spain), benefiting from a Juan de la Cierva – Incorporación Fellowship awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Previously, she secured a 2-year Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to address her research at the IRNAS-CSIC on subsurface geomicrobiology, with major insights into biosignatures preserved in secondary mineral deposits from volcanic caves of Canary, Easter and Galapagos Islands, in a bid to understand the origin of life on Earth and possibly in other planets. Her main scientific areas of research are geomicrobiology, environmental microbiology, microbe-mineral interactions, biomineralization, biodeterioration and bioreceptivity of stone materials. Overall, AZM has 42 articles published in SCI journals and has participated in more than 75 contributions to national or international meetings and workshops, 7 of them as an invited speaker. In addition, AZM was Principal Investigator of 1 research project from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, 1 R&D contract signed with the University of Bordeaux, and has actively participated in 14 national and international projects funded in competitive calls.

 

Christine Gaylarde

Panel: Biodeterioration

Christine Gaylarde has recently retired from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, and is now an Honorary Researcher at Oklahoma University, USA. She is an environmental microbiologist specializing in the study and control of microbial biofilms. Most recently, this has included working on biofilms on buildings of historic and cultural importance, mainly in Latin America. She has been particularly interested in the effects of environment on the growth of fungi and cyanobacteria on the surfaces of both modern and historic painted or unpainted stone buildings. Her most recent publications are concerned with Next Generation Sequencing of microorganisms in biofilms on historic buildings in Brazil. She has been a member of the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society since 1982, is a former President of the Society and currently its Honorary Secretary, and is one of the editors of the journal “International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation”.

 

Domenico Pangallo

Panel: Protection and Treatment

Domenico Pangallo has a heterogeneous experience on the ecology of microorganisms, and in the use of various microbiological tools for the cultivation and the biochemical analysis of the isolated microorganisms from different environments. The microbiological knowledge is well coupled with a good experience in molecular methods, such as PCR-based approaches, DGGE fingerprinting and the more fashionable high-throughput sequencing for the study of complex environmental and food microbiota. His scientific interest includes also the investigation of microbial communities responsible for the deterioration of cultural heritage items. During the last ten years, his research group published several scientific studies focused on the biodeterioration of different kinds of historical materials (papers, photographs, parchment, wood, stone, synthetic polymers, textile, frescos, mummies). For a few years now, his group has begun to study alternative disinfection methods for archival objects and to use nanomaterials for the safeguard of cultural heritage items.

 

Flavia Pinzari

Panel: New Trends and Methodologies

Flavia Pinzari is a researcher at the “Consiglio per la Ricerca e la sperimentazione in Agricoltura”, an Italian Entity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for research in agriculture, agro-industry, and forestry. Main topics of interest are mycology, electron microscopy and microanalysis applied to natural and induced biodeterioration and biodegradation phenomena. She is currently involved in the study of soil biodiversity and microbial ecology, organic matter dynamics and decomposition. Between 2001 and 2012 she worked at the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage as head of the Biology and Microscopy laboratory. Her publications span over fungal and bacterial ecology, systematic and physiology, geomicrobiology and microbial community ecology.

 

Guadalupe Piñar

Panel: New Trends and Methodologies

Guadalupe Piñar graduated in Biology in 1992 and obtained her Ph.D. in Biology at the Spanish National Research Council, (CSIC), Granada, in 1999. Since 2002 she has been funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for several Projects and has been involved in Research Projects financed by the Spanish Ministry, Spanish Industry, Government of Andalusia and the European Commission. Has been awarded several grants such as the  “Elise-Richter”-Fellowship from the FWF (Austrian Science Fund, 2011), Hertha-Firnberg”-Fellowship from FWF (Austrian Science Fund, 2002-2010), a “Marie Curie”-Research Training Grant (European Community, 1999-2001), a Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture-Grant (1998-1999) and a CSIC-MAPFRE-Grant to perform Doctoral Thesis between 1994 and 1998. Has secured a teaching position at the Faculty of Life Sciences, Univ. Vienna (2003-2010) and since 2012 at the Univ. Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Is currently a senior researcher (since 2007) at the VIBT- Dep. Biotechnology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Her expertise includes the study of microbial communities by culture-dependent and culture-independent techniques; fingerprinting techniques and NGS analyses, biology and conservation of cultural heritage, biology of buildings and indoor environments and halophilic microorganisms.

 

Katja Sterflinger-Gleixner

Panel: Conservation Policies and Entrepreneurship

Katja Sterflinger studied microbiology at the Carl von Osssietzky-University in Oldenburg (Ger) where she finished her Ph.D. on fungal deterioration of antique marbles in the Mediterranean area in 1995. She holds the venia docendi for “Geomicrobiology” and started her work at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) in 2000. She is the head of a working group focussed on extremophilic microorganisms – especially black fungi – and on biodeterioration of cultural heritage. In addition to her scientific work, Katja Sterflinger works as a consultant for the Ministry of Care of Monuments in Austria and Switzerland and as a consultant for restorers and building companies. Katja teaches “geomicrobiolgy” and “mycology” at the BOKU and gives courses on  “microbiology for restorers” at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna. Since 2012 she is the head of the BOKU-Extremophile Center, a core facility that is specialized in whole genome and transcriptome sequencing of fungi and bacteria. Katja Sterflinger published more than 200 articles in journals, books and in conference proceedings.

 

Patricia Sanmartín

Panel: Protection and Treatment

BSc in Chemistry in 2004 and Ph.D. in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry in 2012, both from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Worked with Prof Mitchell at Harvard University and Prof Cappitelli at the University of Milan, as principal investigator (PI) in the BioRemoGraf project (2012-15), which focused on the implementation and development of a biological method for removing graffiti from construction materials by using microorganisms. She is currently the PI of Light4Heritage project (2016-2018), aimed at developing innovative and safe strategies based on urban ornamental lighting to inhibit/enhance growth of microorganisms and chromatically integrate biological colonization on built structures. She also participates in research projects concerning the impact of climate change on biofilm formation on stone cultural heritage and the application of optical and color techniques in petrology and biogeochemistry, soil biology, and materials conservation. All of these studies have been conducted in collaboration with international and multidisciplinary teams in the framework of 48 projects and contracts (10 as PI). Her research trajectory, therefore, is concerning the development and implementation of non-invasive methods for the conservation and cleaning of historical and cultural heritage built in stone, based on color measurements, urban ornamental lighting and bioremediation and biocleaning processes.

 

Thomas Warscheid

Panel: Conservation Policies and Entrepreneurship

Thomas Warscheid is a Geomicrobiologist and a scientist in microbiology of materials. Is a court-appointed expert for “microbial impacts on building materials” and Head of the consultant laboratory „LBW-Bioconsult“ for applied microbiology in Wiefelstede, Germany which is focused on indoor hygiene, microbial infestation of building materials and coatings as well as biodeterioration of cultural heritage.
Warscheid completed his University-Studies in Biology in Konstanz and Saarbrücken and PhD-Studies at the “Carl-Von-Ossietzky-University” in Oldenburg with special emphasis on the microbial-induced deterioration of mineralic materials. Has taken numerous teaching roles since 1984 at the University of Trier, University of Oldenburg and Institute for Marine Chemistry and Biology also in Oldenburg. Is nowadays responsible for the Lectureship at Technical University of Munich and University of Applied Science Erfurt for “Microbiology in Conservation” at the Department for Architecture/Restoration.
Has worked as a consultant for building and material protection for BIOGEMA-Consulting between 1990 and 1994 and for the Laboratory Bode-Warscheid between 1994 and 2002.  Assumed the role of head of the Microbiology Division at the Material Testing Institute in Bremen between 1995 and 2002.
Warscheid is also a member of a number of societies such as the VAAM (German Society for general and applied Microbiology), ICIF (International Commission of Indoor Fungi Netzwerk Schimmel (President), the GHUP (German Society for hygiene, environmental and preventive medicine), IBBS – International Biodeterioration Society (Council Member), IBRG (International Biodeterioration Research Group), DECHEMA – German Society for Chemistry and Biotechnology, KOBE (Center of Competence for Building Construction and Energy), BAKA (Federal Society for Building Renovation) and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites). Is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal “International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation”.
His current research activities are focused on the ecophysiology of material-immanent microorganisms as well as treatments and prevention of biodeterioration; the development of biotechnological applications for algae in air cleaning and wastewater treatment, biodeterioration of wall-paintings (Lascaux, France; Alexandrovo, Bulgaria; Ateni, Georgia), natural stones (Angkor Vat, Cambodia; Borobudur, Indonesia; Madara Horseman, Bulgaria; Ouro Preto, Brazil; Milet, Turkey; Lahore, Pakistan), historical glass paintings (LRMH Champs s/ Marne, France), archives (ZMK Hannover) as well as orgues (Schleswig-Holstein and Hessen) and the Development of biotechnological methods in the conservation of stone materials (i.e.denitrification, biocalcite) and biocidal treatments (i.e. algal and fungal contamination).