Topics for HMC 2019

The proposed topics for this edition of the Conference are:

  • Characterization of historic mortars and masonry structures. Sampling and test methods.

  • Historic production, processing and application of mortars, renders and grouts. Lime technologies.

  • Mortars in archaeological sites. Construction history. Archaeometry. Dating of historic mortars.

  • Historic renders and plasters. Gypsum-based plasters and mortars. Adobe and mud mortars. Rammed earth constructions. Natural and Roman cement mortars. Assessment.

  • Conservation issues concerning mortars, plasters, renders and grouts. Diagnosis. Decay and damage mechanisms. Case studies.

  • Preservation. Consolidation materials and techniques. Development of new products. Preventive conservation.

  • Repair mortars and grouts. Requirements and design. Compatibility issues. Durability and effectiveness. Adequacy of testing procedures.

Besides, in order to facilitate the co-ordination of potential contributions under the same area of interest, some thematic sessions have been suggested as described below. This does not imply that your contribution(s) should necessarily fall within any of those areas and should not prevent you from sending a communication of a different category within the general frame of HMC 2019, as it always has been the case in the HMC meetings.


Thematic Session 1:
Earth-based plasters and mortars on archaeology and historic constructions

Chaired by:  Paulina Faria (Associate Professor, NOVA University of Lisbon)

  • Characterization of archaeological and historic construction old earth plasters

  • New earth sacrificial plasters for archaeology protection

  • Earth mortars for stone masonry repair 

  • Earth mortars for old earthen construction repair (adobe masonry, rammed earth, cob walls)

  • New earth-based plasters for historic constructions

  • Protection and consolidation of earthen plasters and mortars


Thematic Session 2:
Use of nanotechnology for high performance mortars

Chaired by: Maria Stefanidou (Director of the Laboratory of Building Materials, AUTH)

▪ Nanoparticles adding special properties to mortars such as:

- hydrophobicity,



-durability to salts or ageing cycles

-restrictions and problems to their use

▪Nanotechnologies for monitoring mortars



-TEM/SEM etc.


Thematic Session 3:
Gypsum-based plasters and mortars in historical constructions

Chaired by:  Teresa Freire (Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, LNEC)

Gypsum is among the most ancient materials that were used in the construction of human dwellings. With this session, it is intended to bring together experts on the topic under analysis, to promote discussion and to maximize scientific interaction.

If you study, or work, on this theme, you are very welcome to submit an article to the session. You are also welcome to disclose the session to anyone you know that might be interested.

The topics covered are:

  • Characterization studies - methodology and experimental results

  • Use in archaeological sites

  • Repair solutions/poducts for decorative plasterwork, plastered surfaces, masonry mortars, joint mortars, ...

  • Studies on composition, physical and mechanical properties, compatibility, durability

  • Protection and consolidation

  • Anomalies; Diagnosis; Interventions; Repair solutions; Case studies

  • Technology of production and application


Thematic Session 4:
Functional mortars for the conservation of historic and modern cultural heritage structures

Chaired by:  Ioannis Karatasios (Researcher, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, NCSR "Demokritos". Athens, Greece)

This session will deal with the design, development and evaluation of modern conservation mortars that incorporate new functionalities, such as:

  • self-healing,

  • insulation,

  • self-sensing,

  • self-cleaning, etc.

For the restoration and rehabilitation of both historic and modern (20th century) structures and architectural monuments.

Moreover, theoretical papers on the specific needs and particular requirements of mortars for rehabilitation of cultural heritage architecture will be encouraged.

Potential contributors in this thematic session could be researchers working in the field, as well as engineers, architects and historians working on the conservation of modern architecture.

Submission of abstracts:

Acceptance of abstracts: 

Submission of full papers:

Review of full papers:

Submission of reviewed full papers:

19th – 21st June 2019