Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS)

Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS)

The Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS) is a new innovative interdisciplinary research center housed in the Ateliergebouw in Amsterdam, uniting art history, conservation and science. The center, initiated in collaboration with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), will work in cooperation with the Rijksmuseum (RM), the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

Research at NICAS

Broadly, the Center aims to foster innovative research unifying three different disciplines: art history, conservation, science. The major themes are taken from the vision statement in the white paper booklet Science for Arts of the Netherlands.

Knowledge Areas

  • Material dynamics
  • Diagnostics
  • A new type of art history
  • Conservation treatments

Major Themes

  • Origin of the artwork
  • Life of the artwork through time

Board members

NICAS is headed by a Board with members from all lead partners:

  • RM: Taco Dibbits (chair)
  • RCE: Cees van 't Veen
  • UvA: Frank van Vree
  • TU Delft: Dirk Jan van den Berg
  • NWO:

Members of the scientific working group

  • Arian van Asten (Netherlands Forensic Institute, University of Amsterdam)
  • Maarten van Bommel (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, University of Amsterdam)
  • Joris Dik (Delft University of Technology)
  • Rob Erdmann (Rijksmuseum, University of Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Robert van Langh (Rijksmuseum, chair)
  • Noushine Shahidzadeh (University of Amsterdam)
  • Ron Spronk (Queen's University, Radboud University Nijmegen)

More information

Avital Lievendag, communications NICAS, +31(0)70 3 44 06 06,