In the Science4Arts research programme (2012-2018), museums and universities, conservators, curators, humanities researchers and scientists are developing a new perspective on the research and conservation of works of art and historic objects. The programme is an initiative of NWO and builds on the knowledge and insights of previous NWO-programmes MOLART and De Mayerne. Science4Arts plans to make a substantial contribution to the conservation profession. In addition to scientific research, the programme aims to build an interdisciplinary and strongly collaborative community of experienced researchers in order to create a framework for future professionals. Research in Science4Arts is focused on changes that art works and historic objects undergo. This involves chemical and physical changes, but can also relate to new meanings that works of art acquire over time.