TUM-CU Program for Non-Destructive Testing of Cultural Heritage

Project Partner:

Cairo University, Egypt

Project Description:

The TUM-CU Program for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) of Cultural Heritage initiated by the Chair of Non-Destructive Testing at the TU Munich and the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University aims at development of expertise and skill transfer from the German team to the Egyptian team in the field of non-destructive testing of objects of cultural heritage. Both partners were able to work together successfully in a previous DAAD project “Deutsch-Ägyptische Fortschrittspartnerschaft: Kurzmaßnahmen” which laid the foundation for this project. Based on the trust and partnership built during the short term measurements called “Non-Destructive Techniques for the Preservation of Egyptian Cultural Heritage (57562241)” we wish to deepen our collaboration and implement a long term exchange of skills and knowledge. In this new proposal, we want to establish a Summer- and Winter School program combining research and teaching aspects in the field of cultural heritage and non-destructive testing. We aim to hold a Summer School each summer in Munich and surroundings and a Winter School each winter in Cairo. Students and doctoral students from the two partner universities will participate equally.

Start: 01.01.2021

Duration: 2021-2023

Funding: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Project Number 57588006.

TUM Participants:

Chair of Non-destructive Testing: Prof. Christian U. Große, Johannes Scherr, Johannes Rupfle, Polina Pugacheva, Jochen Kollofrath

Chair of Conservation-Restoration, Art Technology and Conservation Science: Dr. Clarimma Sessa



The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) report on a lecture given by Prof. C.U. Große while in Egypt as part of the lighthouse project “Clusters of Scientific Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa” (COSIMENA) at the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir. (link to the DAAD news report "Non-Destructive Testing in Cultural Heritage and Other Applications").