EMABM is a biennial conference with an international assembly of delegates, who have the opportunity to exchange the latest results in the microscopy of modern and historic building materials and microscopy techniques. It also operates as a location for networking and the preparation of new research projects and cooperation. Although EMABM is a »Euroseminar« delegates from countries outside Europe traditionally participate.
At this year’s EMABM there were five invited speakers, and 40 other participants presenting papers; in total, there were 83 participants from around Europe, and from Japan. The conference took place in Ljubljana at three locations: City hotel, ZAG and the Conservation centre. The conference also included two workshops, the first about Raman spectroscopy, which was held at the Conservation Centre, and the second about geopolymers, held at ZAG. On the final day of the conference there was a technical excursion to the Skocjan Caves, on the Karst, and to the Slovenian coast, where delegates were able to visit a restoration site with a Roman mosaic, at Simonov zaliv, and the Church of St. Mary of Health in Piran, where severe damage to the latter’s building materials has been caused by salt crystallization. The event was sponsored by ZAG and Carl Zeiss, and included in the International Year of Chemistry. More about the topics of the conference and its organization can be found on: http://emabm2011.zag.si