SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training


SEAHA Conferences

SEAHA conferences, organised annually from 2015-19, were led by an elective SEAHA student committee and hosting rotated between the three university partners. Our conferences brought together over one hundred heritage science students, academics, and professionals every year to hear about the latest heritage science research in the field and from SEAHA CDT.

SEAHA Conference 2022
Exploring the Frontiers of Heritage Science, online event

7-8 September 2022


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The theme of the 2022 conference was "What is next for heritage science?" Scientific research in heritage is evolving fast, growing in complexity, impact, diversity of topics and disciplinary approaches. In the middle of this dynamic landscape, the two-day conference offered a moment to pause and observe the surroundings, asking: what lies at the frontiers of our current knowledge?

The conference included sessions on heritage buildings and collections, natural heritage and landscapes, and engagement with heritage. It offered a range of keynote talks by international speakers and PhD researchers from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology, as well as many opportunities for debates and discussion.

A special in-person networking event for PhD students and postdocs was part of the conference. The free event provided an opportunity for Heritage Science PhD students and early career researchers in this field to meet with each other in a convivial environment to discuss problems, find solutions, and discover potential new collaborators.

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SEAHA Conference 2019
Bridging the Gap between academic, practice and policy, University of Oxford

1-3 April 2019


The theme of the 2019 conference was ‘Bridging the Gap’ and through this the conference committee aimed to explore the transition of research into policy and practice; closing the gap between the academia and practitioner in the heritage sector. 

In addition to podium and poster presentations, this event featured four thematic workshop sessions based on built heritage management, imaging and non-contact technology, artificial intelligence and the heritage of landscapes. Each workshop provided SEAHA working groups a platform to showcase their research through practical demonstrations and focused discussion. 

Presentations and posters were accessible to a cross disciplinary audience and fell into the following broad categories: pioneering heritage science, embracing new technology, stakeholder communication and engagement, and monitoring and conservation management.

A special lunchtime keynote event was held where Professor Mary Ryan of Imperial College London and the Brookhaven National Laboratory was the guest Keynote speaker. Professor Ryan delivered the lunchtime address in the historic surroundings of the University of Oxford’s Brasenose College Dining Hall and addressed the conference theme, covering some of her experiences working between academia and the public face of heritage science.

Conference Commitee

Co-chairs: Richard Grove, Alexandra Bridarolli, Danae Pocobelli, Anna Edmonds
Committee: Yinghong Wang (Abstracts and Submissions Officer) Sarah Hunt (Diversity and Access Officer) Blen Gemeda (Special Interest Group Liaison Officer) Isabella del Gaudio (Student Board Liaison Officer)
With support from Heather Viles, Julie Eklund, and Robyn Parker.

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SEAHA Conference 2018
Collaborating with Industry, University College London 

4-6 June 2018

 Heritage science is a cross-disciplinary field in continuous growth, and this year SEAHA decided to focus on collaboration with industry. The conference served as a platform for scientists, researchers, engineers, professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers to engage with one another and review emerging trends in the field.  This ongoing dialogue over global issues serves as the determinant of the research and technological applications utilised by heritage scientists. 

One of the conference’s themes was that public participation and benefit is enhanced by the optimisation of resources and technology made available by broadening and deepening scientific research, which also serves to strengthen the field of heritage science.

In organising this conference, we were particularly keen to expand the sector and community by supporting transdisciplinary conversations and collaborations.

Furthermore, during the conference, SEAHA was delighted to collaborate with ICOM-CC in organising a roundtable for emerging professionals, where the role of and challenges facing heritage science in a cross-disciplinary field was stressed.

Conference Committee

Co-chairs: Yun Liu, Dzhordzhio Naldzhiev
Committee: Richard Grove (Abstract evaluation), Gavin Leong (Communications), Isabella del Gaudio (Dissemination), Antanas Melinis (Finance), Jenny Kim (Logistics), Morana Novak (Registration), Ida Ahmad (Sponsorship and exhibitor liaison), Frida Vonstad (Sponsorship and exhibitor liaison)

Sponsors: Analytik, Heritage Science Journal, Headwall, National Heritage Science Forum

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SEAHA Conference 2017, University of Brighton

19-20 June 2017 

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 Our third conference focused on breakout sessions, which included workshops on a variety of different techniques used in heritage science research, such as white light 3D scanning, micro light fastness testing, non-conventional photogrammetry, infrared thermography, multispectral and hyperspectral imaging, computer vision techniques, assessing the risk of climate-induced physical damage, and designing for research impact. 

Tours of Brighton, the SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab and the Conservation, Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum were also organised for attendees. The conference concluded with an evening reception at the Brighton Museum.

Three keynote speeches were given by Dr Robert van Langh, Head of Conservation and Scientific Research at the Rijksmuseum and Chair of NICAS (Netherlands Institute for Conservation and Arts and Science), Mrs Katy Lithgow, the Head Conservator at the National Trust, and Prof May Cassar, the Director of UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and SEAHA. 

Conference Committee

Co-chairs: E. Keats Webb, Sarah Hunt
Committee: Danae Phaedra Pocobelli (Communications and Registration), Morena Ferreira (Budget and Registration), Natalie Brown (Publicity), Andy Wade (Workshops and Exhibitors), Hannah Duggan (Special Committee)

Sponsors: This conference was endorsed by the Institute of Conservation (ICON) Heritage Science Group and the National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF). 

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SEAHA Conference 2016, University of Oxford

June 20-21 2016

The conference showcased research through twenty-nine podium talks and a poster session of sixty-five, in addition to a morning of workshops and discussions. Breakout sessions included insights into publishing, spectrometry, a smell walk of Oxford, white light 3D scanning, SEM in materials characterisation and conservation, physical investigation tools, microfading testing, and smartphone adaptation for low-cost sensing. Tours of Oxford and the conservation departments at the Ashmolean museum and Bodleian libraries were also arranged for attendees. 

To get the full Oxford experience, delegates had the opportunity to attend a formal college dinner at St. John’s College. The conference was concluded with a reception held in the Divinity School, the University’s oldest teaching hall dating back to 1488. 

Different aspects of heritage science were addressed by three keynote speakers: Sir Philip Campbell, the Editor-in-Chief of Nature, Dr Ewan Hyslop, the Head of Technical Research and Science at Historic Environment Scotland, and by Prof Philippe Walter, the Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Structural Archaeology at Sorbonne Universités.

Conference Committee

Chair: Scott Orr
Committee: Cerys Jones (Communications and Media), Hayley Simon (Communications and Media), Sarah Hunt (Abstracts), Vladimir Vilde (Budgets and Registration), Lucie Fusade (Logistics), Alexandra Bridarolli (Special Committee), Martin Michette (Special Committee), Anna Pokorska (Special Committee)

Sponsors: The conference was endorsed by the Institute of Conservation and the National Heritage Science Forum, with support from the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

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SEAHA Conference 2015, University College London

14-15 July 2015

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 Following the full cycle of creation of data, the development of data into knowledge and of knowledge to enterprise, this conference embraced the themes of Materials, Environmental and Digital Research. We were particularly keen to attract presentations focusing on collaborative work between academia and heritage institutions. 

The keynote speakers included Dr Steve Trow, the Director of Heritage Protection for Historic England, Dr Sean O’Reilly, the Director of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, and Nancy Bell, the Head of Collective Care at The National Archives and the Co-Chair of The National Heritage Science Forum. 

The conference had three sessions that focused on digital heritage, the environment and materials. It comprised 3 keynote talks, 20 presentations and 75 posters. A round table discussion focused on the future of heritage science and included Professor David Arnold, Professor May Cassar, Kate Frame, Robin Higgons, Scott A. Orr and Professor Heather Viles. 

Conference Committee

Chair: Lucie Fusade
Committee: Natalie Brown (Committee Member), Danny Garside (Committee Member), Yun Liu (Committee Member), Scott A. Orr (Committee Member), Bettina Sacher (Committee Member), E. Keats Webb (Committee Member)

Sponsors: The conference was a joint event of SEAHA, the EU FP7 Marie-Curie Action Project: Initial Training Network on Digital Cultural Heritage (ITN-DCH) and of the Heritage Consortium. The SEAHA conference was organised with endorsement by the National Heritage Science Forum.

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