The research collaboration Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation, CATS  was made possible in 2011 by a considerable donation from the Villum Foundation and the Velux Foundation. The core activities of this project period was diveded in to 7 Work Packages (WP), out of which 4 are projects that rely on in-depth research, 1 concerns the setting up of a shared research database, and 1 is focused on the dissemination of the activities of CATS. The last Work Package concerned the actual establishment of the research centre.