Author(s): Prof. José Ignacio Álvarez
Paper category: Proceedings
Book title: Proceedings of the 5th Historic Mortars Conference
Editor(s): José Ignacio Álvarez, José María Fernández, Íńigo Navarro, Adrián Durán, Rafael Sirera
ISBN: 978-2-35158-221-3
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-222-0
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 1-1
Total Pages: 1
Language : English

Abstract: It is my pleasure to write this preface on the occasion of the 5th Historic Mortars Conference and to welcome you to Pamplona, and, in particular, to the University of Navarra. The HMC series reaches a good number and takes us the opportunity to look back, remembering the previous editions in Lisbon, Prague, Glasgow and Santorini. I would like to thank the effort and underline the success of my colleagues who were at the head of the previous editions: Rosário Veiga - who had the intuition and good judgment of promoting the first edition -, Jan Válek, John Hughes and Ioanna Papayianni. Without forgetting Caspar Groot, who, as former chairman of successive RILEM Committees on historic and repair mortars, encouraged and contributed to the success of the previous events.
Thanks to the effort of all of them and their respective teams, we can confirm that HMC’s are fully consolidated as a one-of-a kind forum to deal with historic mortars, renders and grouts, the variety of their compositions and raw materials, diverse methodologies of study, archeological sites, dating, preservation, durability, obtaining of repair materials and testing methods, consolidation, and even the upgrade of the repair mortars by nano-technology.
This HMC 2019 gathers 140 scientific and technical high-levelled contributions of participants from the five continents with a wide range of topics that enrich the final outcome of the event. The profitable exchange between the science advances and the practice taking place during the Conference is supported by contributions focused on a more theoretical scientific point of view combined with those works more oriented towards real applications, including case studies, assessment of the state of conservation of some ancient materials or monitoring of the effectiveness of some rehabilitation procedures and repair materials.
The old Kingdom of Navarre offers you a thriving, avant-garde community with a great natural and cultural diversity. In good connection with the framework of the Conference, the preservation and restoration of the Built Heritage is made reality in Navarra. The institution Príncipe de Viana of the Government of Navarra takes care of the vast Architectural Heritage, part of which is ascribed to the Way of Saint James, which passes through these lands.
I take for granted that the University of Navarra, is a venue where the great eagernesses devoted to this conference bear fruit. I must thank many people who have made this event possible: those responsible for the University itself, the sponsors for their invaluable help and my colleagues of the Department of Chemistry who have cooperated in the organization.
Finally, the success of this HMC 2019 stems from the know-how and competence of these people below that are gratefully acknowledged: the members of the Scientific Committee for their intense work and constructive criticism of all the submitted contributions, Prof. Antonia Moropoulou for delivering such a remarkable inaugural lecture, Leopoldo Gil Cornet for being an unbeatable guide to observe good practices of restoration, the chairpersons and, of course, all the speakers and participants.

Online publication : 2019
Publication type : full_text
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