Francesco Caruso er ny førsteamanuensis i gjenstandskonservering

Caruso ser konservatoren som en brobygger mellom humanisten og naturviteren. Han har tidligere arbeidet i London, Brüssel og Zürich.

Francesco Caruso. (Foto Ellen Evju Jahr)

Francesco Caruso er fra Italia og tok mastergraden i 2005, doktorgraden i 2011 og sin undervisningsutdannelse i kjemi ved Universitetet i Palermo i 2015. I løpet av doktorgradsarbeidet var han på utvekslingsopphold ved Victoria & Albert Museum i London i 2009, og som Erasmusstudent ved The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) i Brüssel i 2010. Caruso var postdoktor ved ETH i Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) under ledelse av professor Robert J. Flatt i perioden 2011-2016.

Caruso trekker frem at denne stillingen ved IAKH gir han en unik mulighet til å følge sin store lidenskap for konserveringsvitenskapen. Hans visjon er at konservatoren skal være en brobygger mellom humanister og naturvitere.

Forskning og undervisning i samarbeid med arkeologer og historikere på IAKH

Caruso presenterer sin forskning og sine visjoner om undervisning på engelsk:

To me, conservation science is the most beautiful and unique branch of materials science. Therefore, I see my research duties as a great opportunity and challenge to apply the knowledge and experience I have of different materials and analytical techniques. At IAKH, I intend to develop research lines that will contribute to the understanding of the chemical and physical interaction of heritage and conservation materials with the surrounding (indoor/outdoor) environments.

I am also particularly excited by the possibility of implementing advanced statistical methods. In line with a relatively recent report that appeared in the Economist, 2013, I believe that modern research in conservation science (and research in general) should take advantage of statistical tools (e.g. chemometrics, design of experiments) for obtaining robust and reliable studies.

I plan to work closely with the archaeologists and historians of IAKH in future collaborative research. Furthermore, I have been devoting a substantial part of my time to education, since before the beginning of my academic career. I have always tried to couple my academic activity with work (and research) on education and I aim at authoritative teaching, as arduous and challenging as this might be. Authoritative teaching gives the same value to the instructor, the student, and the content of the taught discipline.

I have had the chance (and good fortune) to live in four different countries (Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, and the UK), and to regularly travel abroad for work. I love collaborating with diverse people and I believe that working in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment, like UiO, provides great opportunities for tackling work problems in an original way.

Av Olaf Christensen
Publisert 3. okt. 2016 13:15 - Sist endret 6. okt. 2016 09:05