The causes of deterioration cultural heritage are both abiotic and biotic. Among the latter, insects can be particularly dangerous to all the objects with an organic substrate.
Knowledge of their functional morphology, biology, physiology, cycle, ethology, and mode of attack represents the basis on which monitoring techniques and control methods can be developed.
Notwithstanding the immense value represented by cultural heritage and the losses caused by insects activity, little entomological researches and study has been done on this specific subject.
Promoting a connection between those who are working on cultural heritage pests is one of CPBC's (Centre for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage from harmful organisms) main tasks.
The Meeting will be an opportunity to come together to present recent advances achieved and to encourage a multidisciplinary approach to open problems, favouring contacts between scientists involved in fundamental and applied research, and to propose new aspects to be investigated.