Training Schools
TS Coordinator: Prof. Jon Hardeberg (NO)

Training Schools within the framework of the Action topic are aimed at:
• Widening the knowledge of the Action activities.
• Providing intensive training on a new and emerging subject.
• Offering familiarisation with unique equipment or know how in one of the laboratories of the Action.
Training Schools are not intended to provide general training or education. Those attending a Training School are typically – but not exclusively – young researchers from across Europe. Furthermore, Training Schools may also cover appropriate re-training as part of life-long learning. A Training School can also take the form of an Early Stage Researchers (less than PhD + 8 years) network created as a "think tank". COST support covers organisation of the school and participation support to both trainers (including external experts) and trainees.

Duration: between three days and two weeks
Eligible costs: local organiser (see local organiser support), Trainers (travel and substistence for trainers – same as for participants to COST meetings, Trainees (individuals grants, decided by MC but cannot exceed the normal reimbursement rates of COST
Local Organiser: Request for a TS has to be sent via the Chair to the MC after MC approval of the programme and the list of paid participants to the Grant Holder
Trainers and Trainees: Register on the e-COST application

Invitation Flyer for the Warsaw Training School 2013 and Application form.

Invitation Flyer for the Florence Training School 2014.

Invitation Flyer for the Szeged Training School 2015.

Invitation Flyer for the Germolles Training School 2016.

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Participants of the Training School in Germolles.

2016 Training School in Germolles

The fourth and last COSCH Training School (TS) "Testing easy accessible spatial and spectral imaging techniques: application to wall paintings documentation and conservation" was organized by Sarl Germolles, a private company that runs Château de Germolles (06-08 April 2016) located at Mellecey (FR).

The main objective of this Training School was to demonstrate how easily accessible spatial (photogrammetry and highlight reflectance transformation imaging – H-RTI) and spectral (technical photography) imaging techniques can be used to visualise and document artworks effectively, and provide technical and conservation information.

After a visit of Château de Germolles, the local organiser and leader of COSCH Germolles case study presented briefly the COSCH Action and the most recent outcomes of the case study. The 17 trainees (both Cultural Heritage professionals / students interested in applying innovative imaging techniques and imaging experts / students interested in matching these techniques to conservation needs) were then introduced to the three selected imaging techniques: photogrammetry, technical photography and highlight reflectance transformation imaging.

On the second day, the trainees worked in small groups to practice each imaging technique selected on specific topics related to Germolles case study. They acquired, processed, analysed, archived, and managed data. During a debriefing meeting, the results were discussed in terms of use, application, and limitations.

On the third day, each group of trainees presented the data collected the day before. The next talks were devoted to the merging of data: the tools to use and their application on Cultural Heritage, in particular on Germolles wall paintings.

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The feedback from the participants was very positive. They all appreciated to work in small multidisciplinary teams on a real case study with experts that knew well the wall paintings investigated. The approach of the techniques was considered to be straightforward. All participants were very active and keen in exchanging their knowledge and expertise.

Information Information

COSCH final book



Digital Techniques for Documenting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

"The essays in this collection are transformative, moving beyond basic collaboration and skilfully contextualizing both scientic knowledge in the humanities and humanities knowledge in the sciences. Doing so not only heightens the quality of the research, but heightens understanding, redrawing traditional lines between disciplines and redening what it means to truly collaborate and to be a scholar in the digital age."-Bill Endres, University of Oklahoma 
In this unique collection the authors present a wide range of interdisciplinary methods to study, document, and conserve material cultural heritage. The methods used serve as exemplars of best practice with a wide variety of cultural heritage objects having been recorded, examined, and visualised. The objects range in date, scale, materials, and state of preservation and so pose dierent research questions and challenges for digitization, conservation, and ontological representation of knowledge. Heritage science and specialist digital technologies are presented in a way approachable by non-scientists, while a separate technical section provides details of methods and techniques, alongside examples of notable applications of spatial and spectral documentation of material cultural heritage, with selected literature and identication of future research. 
This book is an outcome of interdisciplinary research and debates conducted by the participants of the COST Action TD1201, Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage, 2012–16, and is an Open Access publication available under a CC BY-NC-ND licence.