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Stefan Michalski

Canadian Conservation Institute
Senior Conservation Scientist
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
STEFAN MICHALSKI Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute Hon. B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics, Queen’s University, Canada, 1972 For 35 years, Stefan has researched and provided advice on both collection preservation and object treatments. He has published over 60 articles and several critical reviews. Topics include physics and design of suction tables, the physics of varnish removal from paintings, the physics of consolidation, the effects of light, the effects of incorrect temperature and of incorrect humidity, risk management. He was the first coordinator of the new ICOM-CC Preventive Conservation Working Group in 1993. In 1994 he developed the CCI Framework for Preservation of Museum Collections, and the Light Damage Slide Rule Calculator. He was lead author for the humidity and temperature specifications in the “Museums, Galleries, Archives and Libraries” chapter of the ASHRAE Applications Handbook, (editions 1999 to 2011) and author of the CCI Technical Bulletin # 23 Guidelines for Humidity and Temperature for Canadian Archives. He was on the committee for Control of Damage to Museum Objects by Optical Radiation, CIE 157:2004, CIE and provided all the data on colorant sensitivities to light. In 2005, he received the Harley J. McKee Award from the Association for Preservation Technology International, given to “individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of preservation technology.” At the invitation of ICOM and UNESCO he wrote “Collection Preservation” in Running a museum: a practical handbook, 2005, available in 5 languages. In partnership with ICCROM and Instituut Collectie Nederland ( now RCE), he developed and taught the three week course Reducing Risks to Collections (8 times 2003-2014). He was an invited member of the British Standards Institute steering and working committees for PAS 198:2012 Specification for environmental conditions for cultural collections. In 2013 he developed the Light Damage Calculator, on-line at www.cci-icc.gc.ca. He is currently working on a book on the museum environment with Jim Druzik of the Getty Conservation Institute.