Science, and in particularly chemistry, plays an important role in the sustainable preservation of our cultural heritage through the investigation of ancient materials with the aim of understanding their technologies and degradation process. State-of-the-art analytical instrumentations and methods, which are always being improved, allow access to information from surviving works of art and provide the tools for the diagnostic and protection of Cultural Heritage.
EuCheMS, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (http://www.euchems.eu/about-us/what-is-euchems/) aims to nurture a platform for scientific discussion and to provide a single, unbiased European voice on key policy issues in chemistry and related fields. The EuCHEMS Working Party on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage (ChemCH) was initiated with the 2010 International EuCHEMS congress promoting dialogue on the role of chemical science and technology for Cultural Heritage. Since then, the ChemCH conference has been organised every other year, with previous editions in Ravenna in 2010, Istanbul in 2012, Vienna in 2014 and Brussels in 2016 . The 5th ChemCH was held in Bucharest in 2018.
Heritage Science has been a proud supporter of the ChemCH conferences since the journal was founded. As with the two previous conferences, a selection of the most significant contributions of the 2018 edition were compiled in this special issue.
Edited by Dr Elena Badea