Stefan Simon

Stefan Simon is since 2005 Director of the Rathgen Research Laboratory with the National Museums Berlin. Trained as heritage scientist, Simon earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. He has broad experience in trans-disciplinary research and served as Council Member and Vice President of ICCROM. From 2008-2018 he has been President of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee for Stone. 


As Inaugural Director of Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Director of the Yale’s Global Cultural Heritage Initiatives (2014-2019), Stefan Simon prioritized the advancement of sustainable conservation strategies triggered by global climate change and the green museum debate. 

At NEMO’s European Museum Conference 2023, Stefan Simon will be part of the panel "Part of the Problem" on Monday, 20 November. 

Look up ! It´s about us, not about the climate

Presentation abstract

Climate crisis has arrived in our European museums. It manifests itself in increasing risk scenarios such as severe weather events, but also in the ecological footprint, which undermines our very own mission, the sustainable preservation of cultural heritage.

Taking into account the gray energy contained in new buildings, the trend to build more and more museums over recent years is at odds with the need to reduce the use of our resources. Another obstacle on the way to becoming more climate-friendly is excessive air conditioning.

It is about time for museums in Europe to finally “look up” and realign their priorities.