The goal of this project is to develop cellulose structures as aqueous suspension adhesives for bonding cultural artefacts made of wood.


  • Lead school Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Materiality in Art and Culture 
  • Research unit Conservation Techniques
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020
  • Project management Dr. Thomas Geiger
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Karolina Soppa
  • Project staff Andreas Hochuli
  • Partner Eidgenössische Materialprüfanstalt EMPA
    Gebert Rüf Stiftung

Course of action

Restorers from the Bern University of the Arts HKB and wood researchers from Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, are working together to systematise wood adhesion, to simplify decision processes by creating an appropriate toolbox, and at the same time to develop a more environmentally friendly material and reduce the use of products in restoration practice that are hazardous to one’s health.