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Breakout Sessions

These sessions were organised for delegates participating in the 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology on the morning of Tuesday 21 June 2016.

SESSION A (9.30-10.30)

A-1           PRESENTATION: Insights into Publishing

Samuel Winthrop, Chemistry Central, SpringerOpen

This session will look at why publishing research is important, what’s involved in the publishing process, and what publishers actually do in all this. I’ll also look at data and ways that data and results can be presented and shared in online publishing (i.e. new innovations in article publishing such as moving or 3D figures, ELNs etc.).

A-2           WORKSHOP: Spectrometry in heritage science

Adrian Waltho, Analytik

Spectrometry in heritage science, showing how light measurement can reveal hidden information in heritage artefacts and guide best practice for display and conservation. Applying the latest scientific analysis techniques to ancient artefacts unlocks secrets hidden from human eyes for centuries!

A-3           WORKSHOP: Smellwalk of Oxford

Cecilia Bembibre, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (SEAHA CDT)

Every day we experience hundreds of smells. A smellwalk is an exploration of the olfactory environment (the ‘smellscape’); a tour where your nose gets priority.  This event will focus on the smellscape of Oxford, gathering qualitative data on odour description. In pairs, we’ll become aware of smells on a guided route, considering their sources, intensity, notes and comparing personal responses.

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella or waterproof clothing.

A-4           WORKSHOP: Introduction to white light 3d scanning with hands-on training

Dr. Dirk Rieke-Zapp, AICON3D (dirk.rieke-zapp@aicon.de) 

After a brief introduction in the theory and practical applications of white light scanning, participants can work hands-on with a white light/ fringe projection system. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples for scanning (please contact the organizer before the workshop if you plan to bring an object).

A-5           WORKSHOP: SEM in materials characterisation and conservation

Chris Doherty, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA), University of Oxford

This session will be a hands-on demonstration of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) on various heritage materials, from the Song Dynasty Imperial porcelains to 9000 year-old plasters from Anatolia. This will be interpreted with discussion on common challenges and potential opportunities for applying SEM in cultural heritage.

A-6           WORKSHOP: Physical investigation tools for cultural heritage

Shirley Underwood, Proceq                

Proceq produces a wide of tools that can be used to investigate the material properties of movable and built heritage, which will be demonstrated and discussed.

A-7           WORKSHOP: Microfading testing (MFT) a tool for object and collection surveys

Dr. Jacob Thomas, Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg; Carolien Coon,Bettina Sacher, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage

A short introduction to MFT instrumentation variants will be given with a discussion of the pros and cons of the different MFT designs. Different applications (object and collection surveys as well as research applications) will be discussed. A retro-reflective MFT designed by the workshop leader will be demonstrated.

A-8           WORKSHOP: Smartphone adaptation for low-cost sensing in heritage science

Katrin Wilhem, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford 

This workshop will explore the potential to exploit smartphone technology for use in heritage science for scientific analysis and environmental monitoring. 

A-9           TOUR: Conservation Department, Ashmolean Museum

This session will bring participants into the conservation facilities of the Ashmolean Museum, the world’s first university museum.

A-10         TOUR: Conservation Department, Bodleian Libraries

This session will grant participants access to the newly-refurbished conservation studios of the Bodleian Libraries, recently refurbished as part of the reopened Weston Library (formerly known as the New Bodleian building).

A-11         TOUR:  Research Laboratory for Archaeology & the History of Art (RLAHA) and Radiocarbon dating

The Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA) is dedicated to the development and application of scientific methods to the study of the past. A tour of the radiocarbon chemistry laboratories explaining the various methods of chemical pretreatment of samples for radiocarbon dating with a discussion on how to select the best samples for dating or to ask any other questions you may have.

A-12         TOUR: Oxford – a heritage walk

Prof. Heather Viles, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford 

The centre of Oxford contains a wealth of cultural heritage resources, and provides an ideal venue for an exploration of the challenges facing built heritage in a busy urban centre in the 21st century. The tour will also provide an introduction to Oxford building stones and their deterioration and conservation.

 

SESSION B (11.00-12.00)

B-1           DISCUSSION: EU Membership and UK Science

Prof. May Cassar, Director of SEAHA CDT and UCL Institute for Sustinable Heritage; Prof. Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy, UCL; Dr. Adam Cooper, Lecturer in Social Science and Public Policy, UCL

The 2nd International SEAHA Conference brings together researchers from around the globe, but includes a particularly strong presence from the United Kingdom and Europe. The Conference is taking place immediately before the UK holds a national referendum on whether or not to remain in the European Union. The ramifications of the vote for scientific research and, by association, heritage science research and collaborative projects in the UK, European, and global contexts will be discussed.

B-2           PRESENTATION: Insights into Publishing

Samuel Winthrop, Chemistry Central, SpringerOpen

This session will look at why publishing research is important, what’s involved in the publishing process, and what publishers actually do in all this. I’ll also look at data and ways that data and results can be presented and shared in online publishing (i.e. new innovations in article publishing such as moving or 3D figures, ELNs etc.).

B-3           WORKSHOP: Microfading – a brief introduction into a non-destructive method to detect light sensitive objects

Thomas Prestel, Technical University of Dresden

A short introduction into the basic principles of colour measurement is given together with an illustration of the setup of the Micro-Fading-Test-System (MFT). A typical MFT-measurement will be carried out live.

B-4           WORKSHOP: Spectrometry in heritage science

Adrian Waltho, Analytik

Spectrometry in heritage science, showing how light measurement can reveal hidden information in heritage artefacts and guide best practice for display and conservation. Applying the latest scientific analysis techniques to ancient artefacts unlocks secrets hidden from human eyes for centuries! 

B-5           TOUR: Oxford – a heritage walk

Heather Viles, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford 

The centre of Oxford contains a wealth of cultural heritage resources, and provides an ideal venue for an exploration of the challenges facing built heritage in a busy urban centre in the 21st century. The tour will also provide an introduction to Oxford building stones and their deterioration and conservation.

B-6           WORKSHOP: Introduction to white light 3d scanning with hands-on training

Dirk Rieke-Zapp, AICON3D (dirk.rieke-zapp@aicon.de)

After a brief introduction in the theory and practical applications of white light scanning, participants can work hands-on with a white light/ fringe projection system. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples for scanning (please contact the organizer before the workshop if you plan to bring an object).

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