Paraskevi Pouli is a research scientist at IESL-FORTH, Photonics for Cultural Heritage group, in charge of developing novel laser technologies for restoration of art and antiquities. She holds a degree (Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece) and a Ph.D. (Loughborough University, UK) in Physics. Her research interests include the investigation of laser ablation mechanisms on Cultural Heritage materials, the development of laser-cleaning methodologies on a variety of conservation challenges and their monitoring through spectral imaging, holographic and laser spectroscopic techniques. Since 2001 she is responsible for the development of the prototype laser system and cleaning methodology employed for the conservation of the Athens Acropolis sculptures. In this context the Acropolis Museum and IESL-FORTH have been awarded the 2012 Keck Award by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) for their collaboration regarding the “laser rejuvenation of Caryatids opens to the public at the Acropolis Museum: A link between ancient and modern Greece”.

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