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Bertrand Lavedrine

Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections / MNHN
Paris, France
Bertrand Lavédrine received the doctoral degree from the Faculty of Humanities, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, with the thesis in Art and Archeology, and got a Master degree in organic chemistry. In 1983, he was appointed to carry-out scientific researches on the preservation of photographic artifacts at the “Centre de Recherches sur la Conservation des Documents Graphiques” (CRCDG) - a national research institute under the umbrella of the CNRS, the ministry of Culture and the National Museum of Natural History - in Paris, and became director in 1998. From 2003 to 2007, he was appointed as the director of the conservation training program at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Since 2007, he his professor at the National Museum of Natural History part of Sorbonne-Universités and head of the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation in Paris, which gathers 50 scientists organized in three research teams: preventive conservation of collections (Centre de recherche sur la conservation des collections), preservation of historical monuments (Laboratoire de recherche des monuments historiques) and preservation of musical instruments (Laboratoire du musée de la musique). Past professional responsibilities on international committees include; member of the ICOM- Committee for Conservation board; coordinator of the ICOM-CC Photographic record group; Association des amis de Jacques Henri Lartigue board; SFIIC (Section Française de l’IIC) board, ARSAG board etc. He has authored numerous papers and 4 books on preservation topics with particular focus on photographic collections and the History of the Autochrome process. Some of those books are now available in French, English, Spanish and Russian. He has participated in EC research projects, most recently he was coordinating the POPART project (for the preservation of plastic objects in museum collections) and instigator for the LiDO (A light dosimeter for monitoring cultural heritage) EC research project.  He his teaching collection preservation and conservation science at the university of Paris I and at the National Institute for Cultural Heritage (INP) where he is coordinating the science program.  He is involved in some international initiatives funded by the Mellon and/or the Getty foundation such as the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative, the Hermitage initiative or the ICCROM training programs (COLLASIA or SOIMA).

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