SEAHA Conference 2016

Conference Committees | Exhibitors | Presenters | Breakout Sessions

“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


The 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology was hosted by the University of Oxford School of Geography and the Environment on June 20–21, 2016. The conference is an annual event that is quickly becoming an integral component of the community invested in research, innovation and best practice in the interpretation, conservation and management of cultural heritage.

Download the Book of Abstracts (PDF, 1.5 MB).

At the request of the authors, a subset of posters and presentations have been made available online.


Heritage science is a cross-disciplinary field connecting science and the humanities. The conference aims to provide a platform for scientists, researchers, engineers, professionals, practitioners, 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.


The conference showcased research through 29 podium talks and a poster session of 65, in addition to a morning of workshops and discussions. 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 (pictured above), the University’s oldest teaching hall dating back to 1488.


The conference was lead by three fantastic keynote speakers, who each addressed different aspects of heritage science:

  • Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature – Heritage science and the citizen
  • Dr Ewan Hyslop, Head of Technical Research and Science, Historic Environment Scotland – Current environmental challenges in heritage management: putting the research into practice
  • Prof. Philippe Walter, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Structural Archaeology, Sorbonne Universités, CNRS, UPMC – Using non invasive chemical analysis with mobile instruments to understand artist’s motivations


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The conference was organised by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA CDT) and 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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The interior of the Divinity School.
Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

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