The Institut für Diagnostik und Konservierung an Denkmalen in Sachsen\r\nund Sachsen-Anhalt e.V. (IDK) which could be translated like “Institute for diagnosis and conservation on monuments in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt” is a non profit society founded more than one decade ago in 1996. It is a cross national institution of the two federal states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. The main objective is the bridging of natural science knowledge and expertise into monument conservation and vice versa to work on complex conservation problems preferably with natural science techniques. The IDK performs investigations rooted in natural sciences and technical engineering, has a consultant function in this field and coordinates scientific projects in cultural heritage preservation mainly on monuments.
Main competences lay on stone and mortar conservation, restoration of historic masonry and building climatic tasks. The IDK carries out projects with the monuments services as well as with free lance working architects and restorers.