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Special Issue "Application of Advanced Technology in Cultural Heritage Preservation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 23 March 2024 | Viewed by 356

Special Issue Editors

Optics Department, Faculty of Optics and Optometry, University Complutense of Madrid, 28037 Madrid, Spain
Interests: color; lighting; light damage; 3D scanning; virtual photonic restoration
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Dpto. de Ingeniería y Gestión Forestal y Ambiental, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: Lighting; optical design; color; natural light; solar energy; vision

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The role of cultural heritage (CH) in society is of major importance because it is what allows people to understand what we are and what we did in the past.

Technologies and scientific progress play a major role in promoting cultural heritage; light is the main optical resource to demonstrate cultural heritage but other technologies are essential to cultural heritage preservation. The scientific community, the industry and the countries must lead a battle to maintain and preserve CH. In this way, the Horizon Europe strategic plan defines the main orientations for the research and innovation investments in 2021–2024 for the European Union. Cluster 2, ‘Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society’ aims to meet EU goals and priorities for enhancing democratic governance and citizen participation, the safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage and respond to and shape multifaceted social, economic, technological and cultural transformations.

The aim of this Special Issue is to show technologies related to cultural heritage in the way it is used to show, preserve, characterize and add value to concepts such as cultural heritage.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Cultural heritage preservation technologies;
  • Digital technologies for sustainability;
  • Photonic restoration;
  • Light and damage;
  • Hyperspectral image acquisition and processing;
  • Light-based technique characterization (optical microscopy, FTIR, Raman, X-ray, etc.);
  • Color and visual implications. 

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Alvarez Fernandez-Balbuena
Dr. Berta García Fernández
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • light damage
  • cultural heritage
  • curator
  • optical analysis
  • lighting and color

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