SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training


SEAHA Conference 2022: Exploring the Frontiers of Heritage Science

Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September 2022

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What is next for heritage science? Scientific research in heritage is evolving fast, growing in complexity, impact, diversity of topics and disciplinary approaches.

This event is free and ONLINE    See the full programme of speakers and talk titles below.

Conference Information

Open to:     All

Availability: Yes

Cost:           Free

Organiser:  SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training seaha-manager@ucl.ac.uk

In the middle of this dynamic landscape, this two-day conference offers a moment to pause and observe our surroundings, asking: what lies at the frontiers of our current knowledge? The conference will include sessions on heritage buildings and collections, natural heritage and landscapes, and engagement with heritage. It will offer 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.

The conference is ONLINE.

Keynote speakers:

Eric Breitung, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Jake Ciborowski, University of Brighton, UK
Fenella France, Library of Congress, Washington, USA

Conference schedule

Wednesday 7th September

09.45 – 10.00:    Welcome by Professor May Cassar, CBE (UCL)
10.00 – 10.30:    Nicholas Crabb (SEAHA student): "Evaluating contemporary digital technologies for the reconstruction and mapping of archaeological resources in alluvial environments"
10.30 – 11.00:    Anna Edmonds (SEAHA student): "3D immersive audio experiences for public engagement in urban outdoor heritage sites"
11.00 – 11.30:     Richard Higham (SEAHA student): "Simulating trenching for archaeological evaluation: Comparing the variability of results and dealing with the problem of false negatives "
11.30 – 12.00:    Keynote speech by Jake Ciborowski (University of Brighton)
12.00 – 12.30:    Blen Taye (Winning submission to the PhD and early career researcher networking event) "The need to make research data more accessible"
12.30 – 13.00:    Athina Petsou (Winning submission to the PhD and early career researcher networking event) "Communicating with different disciplines"
13.00 – 15.00:    Lunch break
15.00 – 15.30:    Mike Kelly (SEAHA student): "What does transparent research look like?"
15.30 – 16.00:    Antanas Melinas (SEAHA student): "Accelerating to slow down: Improving conditions for the safe storage of early glass"
16.00 – 16.30:    Robin Talbot (SEAHA student): "Historic churches and sustainability – finding faith in net-zero targets"
16.30 – 17.00:    Keynote speech by Eric Breitung (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
17.00 – 19.00:    In-person networking event for Heritage Science PhD students and early career researchers

Thursday 8th September

09.00 – 09.30:    Keynote speech by Fenella France (Library of Congress)
10.00 – 10.30:    Tim Baxter (SEAHA student): "Managing marine wildlife on maritime built heritage"
10.30 – 11.00:    Daire Browne (SEAHA student): "Monitoring water transport kinetics in porous building materials using cavity ring-down spectroscopy"
11.30 – 12.00:    Sam Woor (SEAHA student): "The sands of time: luminescence dating, palaeoenvironments and archaeology in South East Arabia"
12.00 – 13.00:    Panel discussion with SEAHA alumni (Alexandra Bridarolli, Lucie Fusade, Mark Kearney, Keats Webb) chaired by Josep Grau-Bove (UCL)
13.00:                 Conference ends