Research Partners

In addition to the UCL, University of Oxford and University of Brighton providing academic training and research, SEAHA also has numerous research partners. While research is certainly performed across the range of partners, heritage as well as industrial, SEAHA is also keen to engage with universities and research institutions specifically interested in the development of knowledge. This enables SEAHA students to build their networks, while it also provides the collaborating institutions with access to the SEAHA network, its activities, expertise and infrastructure.

Please contact the SEAHA Manager if interested in becoming a research partner in SEAHA.


Whether it’s noise-cancelling microphones in the 1930s, the first transatlantic television transmission in the 1950s, Ceefax in the 1970s, digital radio in the 1990s and HD TV in the 2000s, or the challenge to ‘broadcasting’ brought about by the internet and interactive media, BBC Research & Development has led the way with innovative technology and collaborative ways of working.

Catholic University Leuven

KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven works together actively with its research partners at home and abroad.

City University Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong is a public research university located in Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon which was originally founded in 1984 as City Polytechnic of Hong Kong and became a fully accredited university later in 1994.

Centro Fermi

Centro Fermi is a research institute devoted to interdisciplinary studies. It aims to integrate knowledge generated in different fields, and to promote discussion among scientists from different areas of expertise, in order to promote the objective of what Enrico Fermi would have liked to have achieved in Italy: a centre dedicated to frontier research in physics and its application for the benefit of humankind. To accomplish what was Fermi’s dream, the Centro selects young talents who are offered scholarships which enable them to carry out advanced research. A second mission of Centro Fermi is dissemination of the scientific culture, another important point in Enrico Fermi’s vision of physics. Several projects and events are organized in this line of activity. Two examples: a museum dedicated to Enrico Fermi to be developed in the newly refurbished historical site of via Panisperna and the project “Extreme Energy Events (EEE) – Science inside Schools” which involves ~100 high school institutes spread throughout Italy.

Columbia University

Columbia University in the City of New York, commonly referred to as Columbia University, is an American private Ivy League research university located in the Morningside Heights neighbourhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.

C2RMF – Louvre 

The Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF) is the national research centre in France responsible for the documentation, conservation and restoration of the items held in the collections of more than 1,200 museums across France. C2RMF also carries out extensive scientific studies and data recording for these collections, and is active both nationally and internationally in the field of cultural heritage conservation and analysis.

Diamond Light Source

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

Fraunhofer Institute

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Its research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment.

Google Cultural Institute

The Institute makes available exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world for visitors to explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.

National Physical Laboratory

The National Physical Laboratory is the national measurement standards laboratory for the United Kingdom, based at Bushy Park in Teddington, London, England. It is the largest applied physics organisation in the UK.

National Research Council of Italy

The Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI) is an institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). The Institute is committed to producing scientific excellence and to playing an active role in technology transfer. The domain of competence covers Information Science, related technologies and a wide range of applications.

National Technical University of Athens

NTUA is the oldest educational institution of Greece in the field of technology (1836). The personnel of the 9 Schools include 550 professors and lecturers, 140 scientific assistants and 1000 administrative and technical staff. The total number of undergraduate students is about 15000 and the postgraduate students 2000.

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering comprises more than 45 laboratories which support education and research on Electric Energy, Information Technologies, Telecommunications, Biotechnology, Economics.

The main activities of the Lighting Lab of NTUA are the following: 1) Lighting education of students (course “Lighting technology“), 2) Training of engineers on lighting and rational use of energy, 3) Quality assurance tests on lighting fixtures, 4) Research that is mainly oriented towards rational use of energy in lighting installations, utilization of daylight, lighting control systems, energy audits of lighting installations, measurement of road and tunnel lighting, power quality in lighting systems.

UCL Museums and Collections

UCL Museums and Collections is comprised of four public museums and 10 teaching and research collections which together reflect a broad range of subjects, including earth sciences, engineering, physics, natural history and pathology.  The aim of UCL Museums and Collections, in coordination with the UCL Public Engagement Unit, is to raise awareness of, and promote participation in, UCL’s research through collections. As a highly accessible teaching resource, UCL Museums and Collections play an unparalleled role in the University’s ethos of opening up and transforming education.

University of Fayoum

Fayoum University is a public university located in the Egyptian city of Al Fayoum in northern Egypt. It is established as an independent campus with 2,000 faculty members and enrolment of about 25,000 students. The city of Fayoum is an oasis located approximately 63 miles southwest of Cairo.

University of Gothenburg

The Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is active in areas of research that span a broad field of knowledge and issues relating to planning for and executing the conservation and development of the cultural environment. The department’s organizational strategy brings groups within the field of heritage conservation together in a single department. We conduct our research along thematic cross-disciplinary lines to develop a complex understanding of the processes that influence cultural objects and their contexts. Our task is to understand, explain, evaluate, and reflect, but also to create better professional and social practice. Our research spans perspectives from the humanities to the social sciences and natural sciences.

University of Ljubljana

The University of Ljubljana is the central and the  largest institution of higher education in Slovenia as it comprises 23 faculties and three art academies. Also, it constitutes the largest combined research  infrastructure in Slovenia, employing 30 percent of all of its registered researchers. The heritage science research  has a particularly strong presence at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology and at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. The research is mainly focused on the studies of degradation of heritage materials, on the development of analytical methods used in the characterization of material heritage, and  on the studies on  heritage conservation.

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Established in 1982, the University of Rome Tor Vergata has rapidly become the focal point of interdisciplinary forefront research and one of the most dynamic teaching and research complexes both at national and international level.

Tor Vergata currently offers 112 degree courses (three-year, graduate Master’s degree, single-cycle) and 31 PhD courses. Due to its international vision 11 courses and most PhD courses are offered in English. 12 PhD programs grant a joint degree with foreign Universities. Current program in Heritage Science includes: research in ancient DNA and optical dating, paleo-genetics and evolution, biodegradation of archaeological sites, analysis of materials with optical and particle probes on sites and at neutron and synchrotron radiation large scale facilities.

The University hosts the Tor Vergata Policlinic, a complex integrated Hospital-System of Care, Training and Research that represents a reference point for the health-care of the whole region.

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Monitoring the environment at the Tower of London using prototype wireless sensing networks in collaboration with Senceive Ltd. and Historic Royal Palaces

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