Prof. JoAnn Cassar

Prof. JoAnn Cassar

Prof. JoAnn Cassar



Room 207
Built Environment Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2866
Prof. JoAnn Cassar is Full Professor and Head of the Department of Conservation and Built Heritage within the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta, and Deputy Dean of the Faculty. She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (FIIC), Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS), Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem, FRSC) and Chartered Scientist (CSci). She is a Board member of the Maltese national agency for museums, conservation practice and cultural heritage -Heritage Malta. She has been carrying out research on stone characterization, deterioration and conservation for over thirty years, including specifically on the Maltese Prehistoric Megalithic Temples. She is currently leading projects, within the Department, on the Conservation of the Great Siege Cycle of Wall Paintings at the Palace of the President of the Republic (Valletta, Malta) – with Ms Jennifer Porter from the same Department; on an evaluation of the behaviour of the shelters over the Prehistoric Megalithic Temples of Malta - with Heritage Malta, on the behaviour of traditional and modern local roofs - with Dr Charles Galdies, Institute of Earth Systems. She is also leading Malta’s participation in the transnational project IPERION HS and spearheading, with local Heritage organisations, Malta’s participation in E-RIHS - the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science. She has directed the nomination, and acceptance, of Malta’s Globigerina Limestone as a Global Heritage Stone Resource by the IUGS. She has lectured widely in foreign universities, has given numerous presentations at international conferences and is a regular reviewer for scientific and cultural heritage journals. She has over seventy scientific publications on conservation-related topics to her name, and is the co-editor of seven books.
  • Conservation education
  • Conservation science
  • Climate change and cultural heritage
  • Earth observations for cultural heritage
  • Conservation of archaeological sites
  • Deterioration and conservation of building materials

CASSAR, J., 2019. Impacts of climate change on archaeological heritage, with a case study from Malta. In: N.C. VELLA, A.J. FRENDO and H.C.R. & VELLA, eds, The Lure of the Antique. Essays on Malta and Mediterranean Archaeology in Honour of Anthony Bonanno. Peeters, pp. 87-100.

CASSAR, J., 2019. Research activities by Ing. Gennaro Tampone on the Megalithic Temples on Malta - an insider's view. Bollettino degli ingegneri della Toscana, Italy, 1-2, pp. 3-13.

CASSAR J., CEFAI S., GRIMA R., STROUD K., 2018. Sheltering archaeological sites in Malta: lessons learnt. Herit Sci (2018) 6: 36, 6(36),.

CASSAR J AND STANDING J R, 2017. Geomaterials: aggregates, building stone and earthworks: papers from 50 years of QJEGH. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Thematic set: QJEGH 50th Anniversary Review Paper(Online first), pp.

BECHERINI, F., CASSAR, J., GALEA, M. and BERNARDI, A., 2016. Evaluation of the Shelters over the Prehistoric Megalithic Temples of Malta: Environmental Considerations. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75(14),.

CASSAR J., TORPIANO A., ZAMMIT G., MICALLEF A.., 2016. Proposal for the nomination of Lower Globigerina Limestone of the Maltese Islands as a “Global Heritage Stone Resource”. Episodes Vol. 40, No. 3 DOI: 10.18814/epiiugs/2017/v40i3/017025, , pp. 221 - 231.

CASSAR, J., 2016. Climate Change and Archaeological Sites: Adaptation Strategies. In: R.-. LEFÈVRE and C. SABBIONI, eds, Cultural Heritge  From Pollution to Climate Change. 1st edn. Italy: Edipuglia, pp. 119.

CASSAR, J., 2016. The Historic and Archaeological Heritage: Pollution and Non-Urban Sites. In: P. BRIMBLECOMBE, ed, Urban Pollution and Changes to Materials and Building Surfaces. 2nd. edn. World Scientific, pp. 255.

CASSAR J., GRIMA, R. (EDS), 2014. Approaches to Industrial Heritage. What works. Malta: The Farsons Foundation. University of Malta.

CASSAR, J., WINTER, M. G., MARKER, B. R., WALTON, N. R. G., ENTWISLE, D. C., BROMHEAD, E. N. AND SMITH, J. W. N., ed, 2014. SP391 Stone in Historic Buildings: Characterization and Performance. London: Geological Society.

CASSAR, J., WINTER, M.G., MARKER, B.R., BROMHEAD, E.N., SMITH, J.W.N., TOLL, D.G., WALTON, N.R.G., ENTWISLE, D.C. and AND DIJKSTRA, T.A., Introduction to the Stone Cycle and the Conservation of Historic Buildings. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, November 2013, v. 46, p. 363-366, First published on November 7, 2013, .

CASSAR, J., GALEA, M., GRIMA, R., STROUD, K., TORPIANO, A., 2011. Shelters over the Megalithic Temples of Malta: debate, design and implementation. Environmental Earth Sciences Special Issue DOI: 10.1007/s12665-010-0735-8.i, .

CASSAR, J., MARROCCHI, A., SANTARELLI, M.L., MUSCAT, M., 2008. Controlling crystallization damage by the use of salt inhibitors on Malta's limestone. Materiales de Construcction, 58(289-290), pp. 281-293.

  • ARC3021 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Archaeology
  • BLH3421 - Traditional Building Materials
  • BLH5311 - Heritage Building Materials and Technology
  • BLH5331 - Deterioration and Conservation