International Convention Center for Cultural Heritage Preservation IZKKThe Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC
The Fraunhofer ISC has been involved in the development and adaption of restoration methods and materials designed for use in the conservation of cultural heritage for many years now, with very successful results. The Institute also carries out related work in the field of environmental monitoring by developing products and methods that are designed for tasks such as measuring and evaluating the environmental impact of industrial processes. Reaffirming Bronnbach's importance in the field of cultural heritage preservation, the ISC decided in 2008 to establish the International Convention Center of Cultural Heritage Preservation IZKK in close collaboration with the Main-Tauber administration.With its focus on promoting knowledge-sharing, research and the pooling of resources, the IZKK defines itself as an educational institute and contributes to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's principles of sustainability. Housed in a living monument, Bronnbach Abbey, the Center aims to revive interest of its research. The modern conference rooms in the historical 12th century abbey building enable the IZKK to offer a broad range of seminars, training courses and conferences to an international customer base. In 2011, for example, the IZKK was chosen to host the third edition of GLASSAC, an international conference on glass science in art and conservation.The Center's target audience includes restorers, architects, master craftsmen, plasterers, artists, curators and other professions involved in cultural heritage preservation. In terms of its research activities, it fosters intensive cooperation and dialog with universities of science and applied science, research institutes, museums, offices and agencies responsible for cultural heritage preservation.