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SEAHA Conference 2016

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“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


We are delighted to announce this conference on heritage science research, innovation and best practice in the interpretation, conservation and management of cultural heritage is being hosted at the University of Oxford School of Geography and the Environment on June 20–21, 2016.

Download the book of abstracts here


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.


Registration for the conference is NOW CLOSED

Registration Fees

Fees for the 2 day conference are as follows:

  • £120 full price
  • £60 concessions

The concession price is available to  students and anyone affiliated with a SEAHA CDT project or partner institution, please contact us if you have any queries regarding eligibility.

Please note that 1 day registration will be available for non-presenting delegates.


The conference will  showcase research through 29 podium talks and a poster session of 65, in addition to a morning of workshops and discussions. At the end of day 1, delegates will have the opportunity to attend a formal college dinner at St. John’s College. Concluding the conference will be a reception held in the Divinity School (pictured above), the University’s oldest teaching hall dating back to 1488.

For full details of the programme, please see the SEAHA 2016 Conference Programme


We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers will be presenting at the conference:

  • 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

For full details of keynote speakers, podium and poster presenters attending the conference, please see the Presenters Page.


For details of travelling to Oxford from London airports, by train, by coach or by car, please refer to the University website. The School of Geography and the Environment is centrally-located and accessible via any of these means of transport.

School of Geography and the Environment
University of Oxford
South Parks Road


There is a range of accommodation available in Central Oxford to fit different price ranges. By far, the most convenient is pursuing a room in an Oxford college, which balances location and cost. College rooms can be centrally searched on University Rooms Oxford. Please note that Egrove Park (Saïd Business School) is not located in the city centre, and would not make a convenient accommodation for the conference.

Richmond Hotel
25 Walton Crescent

from £78/night

Central Backpackers
13 Park End Street

from £19/night

Oxford Backpackers Hostel
9a Hythe Bridge Street

from £16/night

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
73 High Street



For all inquiries, please contact the committee at events@seaha-cdt.ac.uk


The conference is 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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Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology