Published on June 7, 2021 Updated on June 22, 2021

Two holders of the International Chair in 2012

As part of its Advanced Studies Institute (IEA), the University of Cergy-Pontoise has created an International Research Chair designed to welcome international Researchers of very high level for long periods (6 to 9 Months).

Every year the chair is assigned to a different personality while affording the University of their expertise and their network, the scientist holders of the chairs are responsible for driving a thematic cycle, multidisciplinary science program, working closely with the units research of the topics.

In 2012, the Advanced Studies Institute continues to expand by organizing 3 thematic cycles and welcoming 2 leading researchers on our international chairs.


Holder of the International Chair 2012 "Biomaterial"

Director of the Canada Research Chair in Biomaterials and Bioengineering for the Innovation in Surgery, Professor at the Department of Materials Engineering at Laval University, Scientist at the University Hospital Research Center, Diego Mantovani is a recognised specialist in biomaterials. At the frontier between engineering, medicine and biology, his works aim to improve the clinical performances of medical devices for functional replacement, and to envisage the next generations of biomaterials to develop artificial organs enhancing the quality of the life of patients.



Holder of the International Chair 2012 "Heritage"

Eric Doehne is a heritage scientist specializing in historic materials, such as ancient pigments, ceramics and stone. He holds a B.S. in geology from Haverford College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of California, Davis.

Eric is the O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art Conservation at Scripps College, in Claremont, California where he teaches several interdisciplinary courses as part of a new major in Art Conservation. This program is the first undergraduate major in Art Conservation on the West Coast of the United States. A staff scientist and consultant for the Getty for many years, Dr. Doehne is also the International Chair at the University of Cergy Pontoise for the project in French cultural heritage preservation.

Eric Doehne has coauthored the book “Stone Conservation:  An Overview of Current Research, 2nd Edition” with Clifford Price at University College London.

Dr. Doehne works at the intersection of science, art and technology on the composition, behavior, and treatment of inorganic materials. He has characterized material from the Sistine Chapel, the Dead Sea scrolls, Tiwanaku, Chumash Rock Art, the Laetoli Footprints (3.6 mya), and the First Photograph (1826).

Projects include Magnesian Limestone in collaboration with English Heritage and Desalination of Porous Building Materials, a European Commission project. He is a guest lecturer at UCLA in archaeological conservation and at USC in the historic preservation program. Dr. Doehne established his career at the Getty Conservation Institute (1988-2010) and has gone on to found an international consultancy:  Conservation Sciences, specialized in applying science to art conservation. Clients include The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, English Heritage, The American Research Center in Egypt, The Getty Conservation Institute, and private clients.

Dr. Doehne’s particular interest is the role of salinization and soluble salts in the deterioration of buildings, wall paintings, and sculpture. His research subjects have included stone conservation at the Maya site of Copán, Honduras; evaluation of conservation treatments for historic masonry in South Australia and New Orleans; geochemical studies of the ancient marble quarries of Thassos, Greece; and the technology of ancient glazes and pigments, such as Coral Red and Maya Blue. Eric is known for his pioneering work with the environmental scanning electron microscope, his research monitoring rates of stone weathering in the lab and on monuments in the field using time-lapse imaging, and the “Doehne” method for X-ray correction in ESEM/EDS analysis. He has also served on the editorial boards of the IIC’s journal Reviews in Conservation and the journal Scanning.