Following a degree in Architectural Arts Sebastiaan Godts obtained a Masters degree in the Conservation of Stone. In 2007, after his studies he worked as a restorer in private practice and completed an internship in the Conservation Department at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels.

In 2009 Sebastiaan obtained a grant for a twelve month Graduate Internship in the Field Projects Department at The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. After returning to Belgium he took up a position as Assistant Scientist at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) and in 2017 became Head the Monuments Laboratory.

He has recently obtained a grant from the Belgium science policy 'Belspo' within the BRAIN 2.0 framework for a joint PhD project (PREDICT) which he will carry out between 2020 and 2024 with the University of Ghent and Antwerp.

His specific research activities concern the conservation of monuments, sculptures and archaeological sites with a specialization in materials contaminated by soluble salts. On the side Sebastiaan is an active member of RILEM within the Technical Committee 271-ASC and a guest lecturer at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (KUL). He is an active board member and membership manager for the International Council on Monuments and Sites - Flanders-Brussels (ICOMOS) and voting member of the International Scientific Committee for Stone (ISCS).

Selected Publications

Godts, S. & De Clercq, C. (2020). Analysis of the Salt Content during Water Bath Desalination of a Polychrome Limestone Relief. In: Siegesmund, S. & Middendorf, B. (ed.): Monument future: decay and conservation of stone. – proceedings of the 14th international congress on the deterioration and conservation of stone – volume i and volume ii. Mitteldeutscher Verlag 2020.

De Clercq, H. & Godts, S. (2016). Rehabilitation of farmhouses and barns: limits of salt content. Applied Physics A (2016) 122: 831. DOI

De Clercq, H., Fontaine, L., Hayen, R. & Godts, S. (2014). Impact of the Indoor Climate on the Performance of Building Materials Contaminated with Salt Mixtures. Conservation & Management of Archaeological Sites, W. S. Maney & Son Ltd, Vol. 16 No. 1, 39–55. DOI

Godts, S., Hendrickx, R. and De Clercq, H. (2014). Crystallization behavior of sodium magnesium sulfate Na2Mg(SO4)2 in limestone. Hilde De Clercq (Ed.) SWBSS2014, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Salt Weathering of Buildings and Stone Sculptures, Brussels, 14-16 October.

Contact: Sebastiaan Godts