Invited Speakers:


Valentina Ljubic Tobisch, Freelancer conservator and consultant in the field of conservation and restoration as well as museological and preventive conservation tasks,  Austria

Iva Gobić-Vitolović, Head of the Conservation and Restoration Department at the  State Archives in Rijeka, Croatia 

Roger S. Wieck, Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, United States

Rasha A. Shaheen, Senior Photographs and Paper Conservator at The Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt











Valentina Ljubić Tobisch holds an academic title in physical chemistry from the University of Vienna and a master's degree in metal conservation from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. From 2003 to 2017 she worked at the Technisches Museum Wien, Austria, where she was head of the conservation department from 2005. From 2010 to 2013 she was Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia. From 2017 she worked as a freelance conservator and consultant in her private practice Art / Conservation / Science. She was awarded the TÜV Austria Science Prize for developing the strategy for treating museum objects containing asbestos. In 2021 the Austrian Academy of Sciences granted her a four-year research project in the field of early photography and electrotyping. She is currently employed at the X-Ray Center of the Vienna University of Technology.


Iva Gobić Vitolović is the Head of the Conservation and Restoration Department at the State Archives in Rijeka (Croatia) and a senior conservator for paper and book materials. She received a BA degree in Fine Arts at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka, Croatia and an MA degree in Book Conservation at the Restoration Department of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She advanced professionally through internships in the Netherlands (Dutch Royal Library) and Slovenia (Archives of the Republic of Slovenia), and through conferences and professional training programs in Japan, China, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Croatia and Slovenia. She is the author of scientific and professional papers in the field of preservation of archival and library materials.


Roger S. Wieck is the Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.  He has also worked as a curator at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and at the Houghton Library of Harvard University.  In a career spanning nearly forty-five years, Mr. Wieck has curated over fifteen major exhibitions of illuminated manuscripts.  These shows have explored such topics as Books of Hours, medieval fashion, the Eucharist, the Renaissance artist Jean Poyer, and concepts of medieval time.  He has written twenty books on medieval illumination. 


Rasha Ahmed Shaheen is Senior Conservator of paper and photographs at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt, and a Member of the Committee for Documentation, Preservation and Conservation of Heritage Archive for all Egypt museums. She is delegating in Coptic Museum to preserve and conserve of manuscripts, museum records, and special photographic archive. 2015-2020 she was the director of the Conservation Department at Egyptian Textile Museum, Cairo, Egypt. 2011. Worked in Management of Restoration of Coptic Museum, as a specialist conservator and acting archaeological and architectural documentation. 2005 Mandate to the work of Public Administration for Restoration Museums and monuments of the Greater Cairo, as a specialist conservator,. In 2003 she was the supervisor of conservation and preservation work- Mandate to carry out excavations of Tal Alalamih – Bella Center – Kafr el-Sheikh. Worked in Management of Conservation of Kafr el-Sheikh, as a conservator, 2002. Worked in Public Administration to the Monuments of Lower Egypt, as supervisor of conservation and preservation, 1997. She did her research at Helwan University. She has published more than 15 research articles, and book chapters in the Culture Heritage field. She is a member in ICOM-CC and IIC. She editor in AUCTORES Journal Pollution and Public Health. She participated in a Director of Conservation Department at Egyptian Textile Museum. eight conferences and symposiums in the field of culture heritage.