ISCS title


standing stoneWeathering of a Lewisian Gneiss monolith,
Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.


Welcome to the web pages of the International Scientific Committee for Stone (ISCS). Our purpose is to promote knowledge about the preservation and conservation of inorganic porous building materials (IPBM), such as natural and artificial stones. For more details of our activities, see our Goals, Workplan and Statutes (or select these topics from the drop-down menu).

This website was developed in 2013 and includes information from an earlier website kindly hosted on behalf of the ISCS by le Laboratoire de recherche des monuments historiques (LRMH), Champs-sur-Marne, France.

14th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone in Göttingen 7th-12th September 2020

The University of Göttingen and the University of Kassel are  delighted to be hosting the 14th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone "MONUMENT FUTURE: DECAY AND CONSERVATION OF STONE", in Göttingen.

The Congress is a quadrennial event that is the main networking and dissemination focus for practitioners and researchers who work on stone deterioration issues in cultural heritage conservation. It attracts around 300 delegates and publishes proceedings that contain over 150 contributions. It truly represents and captures the state-of-the-art in the field of stone conservation.

Registration and the Call for Abstracts has opened. The deadline for abstract submission is 1st July 2019. Full details can be found at

Any queries should be directed via the updated website or by contacting:
Prof. S.Siegesmund: