Announcement: 1st International SEAHA Conference

By using and developing science to understand, manage and communicate the human story expressed through landscape, buildings and artefacts, heritage science encourages the humanities and sciences to collaborate and strengthen each other.” -UK National Heritage Science Strategy

1st International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), University College London, 14-15 July 2015

This is the first international conference on heritage science research, innovation and best practice in the interpretation, conservation and management of cultural heritage.  Heritage science is a cross-disciplinary field connecting science and the humanities. The conference aims to provide a platform for scientists, engineers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers, to engage and discuss emerging trends in the field.  There is an ongoing dialogue over global issues, which define the research and technological applications of heritage scientists.

Conference Call and Topics

Following the full cycle of creation of data, the development of data into knowledge and of knowledge to enterprise, this conference will embrace the themes of Materials, Environmental and Digital Research. We particularly welcome presentations focusing on collaborative work between academia and heritage institutions/industry.

We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations and posters within the scope of the call. Abstracts should be submitted through the online Abstract Submission Form.


Registration for the SEAHA Conference will be available soon.

  • Regular fee: £120
  • Concession fee: £60 (students, CDT SEAHA partners)

The fee includes refreshments during breaks, evening and closing reception events. All conference materials will be available online, including a Book of Abstracts. Please arrange your own travel and accommodation. The maximum number of participants is 150, so please book your place early.

Important Dates

  • 20 April 2015 – Abstract submission deadline
  • 1 June 2015 – Notification of accepted oral and poster presentations
  • 14 July 2015 – Conference start



Conference Venue

The conference venue will be the J.Z. Young Lecture Theatre in the Medical Science & Anatomy Building (Gower Street), University College London, UK. 

About the Organizers

Supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, University College London, University of Oxford and University of Brighton created the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA). Co-developed with more than 50 heritage, research and industrial partners, SEAHA addresses the scientific and engineering research needs of the arts, heritage and archaeology sectors by engaging heritage, industry, academia and the public. This is the first of what will become an annual conference organized by SEAHA.

Please check the SEAHA website regularly for updates. 

SEAHA Vacancy

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Science and Heritage to undertake teaching, research and related activities within the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, in particular to support the delivery of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) a collaboration between UCL, the University of Oxford and the University of Brighton. The SEAHA Lecturer will take a lead in coordinating the CDT’s student cohort activities and in managing the UK’s first Mobile Heritage Science Laboratory and in building the Institute’s overall level of public engagement. For full details and to apply, click here: http://tiny.cc/2o54rx.

CLOSING DATE:  8th February 2015

Arius Technology donates 3D Scanner to SEAHA

Russel painting in Arius 3D scannerUCL’s successful EPSRC bid for a Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) has attracted keen industry and heritage support, especially among museums.

Arius Technology, the high-resolution scanner manufacturer, is donating a start-of-the-art 3D colour scanner to the new Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, hosted at UCL.

This next generation technology – with improved resolution and colour depth compared to previous scanners – will allow the Centre to build on UCL’s world-leading research in 3D scanning, led by Professor Stuart Robson, Head of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) and on the university’s outstanding capabilities in heritage museum technologies, developed by the  UCL Petrie Museum.

Speaking about the donation, Director of SEAHA, Professor May Cassar said:

“The generosity of Arius Technology demonstrates great confidence in our ground-breaking endeavour to train the next generation of heritage scientists.”

“This state of the art 3D colour scanner will make a major contribution to the development of the skills base of our students by marrying cultural heritage research with cutting edge technology.”

The full article is available from UCL News.

Image:The painting ‘beach scene’ by Walter Westley Russell, UCL Art Collection (Acc. No.5535) under the Arius3D colour laser scanner.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology