Professor May Cassar is the Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and the Bartlett Vice Dean of Public Policy. May was appointed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a member of its Science Advisory Council and recently to serve on the Department’s Challenge Panel as part of its review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. May was appointed as only one of two external experts for Historic England’s Science Review.
May currently directs the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, a multi-million pound UK Government investment to educate to doctoral level the next generation of heritage scientists. As the Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Science and Heritage Programme (2007-2014) and as Special Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry on Science and Heritage (2005-2006), May has led the resurgence of heritage science research activity in the UK over the last decade for which she has been recognised by the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association with the award of the Plowden Gold Medal in 2012.
Matthew Collins is Niels Bohr Professor of Palaeoproteomics at the University of Copenhagen and Professor of Archaeology at the University of York.
His research focuses on the persistence of proteins in ancient samples, using modelling to explore the racemization of amino acids and thermal history to predict the survival of DNA and other molecules. In particular, he is interested in developing technological solutions of direct practical application in the humanities.
Using a combination of approaches (including immunology and protein mass spectrometry) his research detects and interprets protein remnants in archaeological and fossil remains and he sees parchment as a most remarkable source of preserved animals skins documenting the history of a now lost craft.
Edonis Jesus leads and supervises the delivery of Building Information Modelling (BIM) operations for the Lendlease Consulting business unit.
She is a highly experienced architect with BIM and project management experience, with a deep understanding of integrated design approaches to the delivery of buildings with improved financial, environmental and social performance throughout their whole lifecycle.
Edonis founded and chairs BIM4Heritage, which is a special interest group established to champion Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the Historic Environment. She also sits on the UK BIM Alliance, and several other industry BIM committees.
Chris Jones is Head of Core Research Laboratories at the Natural History Museum, London, incorporating the Imaging and Analysis Centre (IAC), Conservation Centre, Molecular Biology Labs and the more recently formed Collection Management Systems. Chris trained as an earth scientist and has specialised in the application of electron microscopy (standard high vacuum, variable pressure and field emission SEM) for the imaging and analysis (EDX) of specimens ranging from naturally occurring samples from the Museum’s extensive collections through to materials and synthetics.
Prior to working at the Museum Chris worked in the Geology department at Oxford Brookes University and also spent eight years as an applications scientist in industry, working for Hitachi High Technologies, centred on the development of electron microscopy instruments and methods and their application in industry and academia.
Chris has published a number of peer reviewed papers ranging from ultrastructure in bryozoans through to the natural mineral pigments in works of art and contributed book chapters on the application of electron microscopy.
Chris Lintott is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long running Sky at Night program.
Nicola Masini is Senior Researcher and Responsible of seat of Potenza of Institute of Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of National Research Council (IBAM-CNR). He is also Professor of Architectural Restoration in the School of Architecture in Matera, Director of the Italian Archaeogeophysics Mission in Peru. His scientific activity has been developing along two main lines of research: Earth observation sciences for Archaeological research, and non-invasive sensing technologies for Architectural and Archaeological heritage conservation and management.
He authored and co-authored over 320 publications.
Currently, he is responsible for two H2020 Projects: ATHENA (H2020-TWINN-2015) aimed at creating a Remote Sensing Science Center for Cultural Heritage in Cyprus and GeoMOP (H2020-MSCA-IF-2016)
For additional information see his curriculum vitae.
Baroness Margaret Sharp
Chairwoman of the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into Science and Heritage
Baroness Margaret Sharp chaired the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into Science and Heritage which was seminal in stimulating renewed investment in research and training in Heritage Science in the UK.
Although the Committee reported over 10 years ago, she has remained involved in the area and is a member of the SEAHA Advisory Board.
Prior to entering the House of Lords in 1998, Baroness Sharp was for 20 years a fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex and wrote extensively about the development of science and innovation policy in both the UK and the EU.
Luca Pezzati is a physicist and an optics specialist. Since 1995 he is with INO-CNR (the National Institute for Optics of the National Reseach Council of Italy) where he is currently Senior Researcher. He started the Gruppo Beni Culturali (Art Diagnostic Group) of INO in 1998 and coordinated it for 14 years. He managed many research projects for CNR in the field of optical technologies applied to Cultural Heritage. He managed many research projects for CNR in the field of optical technologies applied to Cultural Heritage. He is a coordinator of E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (H2020- INFRADEV02-2016) and of the integrating activity project IPERION CH (H2020-INFRAIA-2014). He coordinated the National Node of DARIAH ERIC, DARIAH IT from 2013 to Nov.2016.
Sofia Olhede is a professor of Statistics, an honorary professor of Computer Science and a senior research associate of Mathematics at University College London. She joined UCL in 2007, before which she was a senior lecturer of statistics (associate professor) at Imperial College London (2006-2007), a lecturer of statistics (assistant professor) (2002-2006), where she also completed her PhD in 2003 and MSci in 2000. She has held three research fellowships while at UCL: UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Springboard fellowship as well as a five-year Leadership fellowship, and now holds a European Research Council Consolidator fellowship. Sofia has contributed to the study of stochastic processes; time series, random fields and networks. She is on the ICMS Programme Committee since September 2008, a member of the London Mathematical Society Research Meetings Committee, a member of the London Mathematical Society Research Policy Committee and an associate Editor for Transactions in Mathematics and its Applications. Sofia is also a member of the Royal Society and British Academy Data Governance Working Group, and the Royal Society working group on machine learning. Sofia is director of the UCL Centre for Data Science.