SoGE hosts 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology SoGE hosts 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology

Top: A full audience at the 2nd SEAHA Conference. | Below: The SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab, which has the capacity to take research equipment and engage with the public across the UK, set up outside the Rad Cam in Oxford.

On 20–21 June 2016 the School of Geography and the Environment hosted the 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA). The Conference is a student-led initiative of the EPSRC-funded SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training, of which the University of Oxford is one of the primary academic partners alongside UCL and the University of Brighton. It was chaired by Scott Allan Orr, one of the School's doctoral students.

Over 150 delegates attended the conference over two days, representing 75 institutions based in more than 20 countries. The programme included keynote addresses from three eminent individuals:

  • Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature
  • Dr Ewan Hyslop, Head of Technical Research and Science, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Prof Philippe Walter, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Structural Archaeology, Sorbonne Universités, CNRS, UPMC
  • The conference was an incredibly multi-disciplinary event, providing a platform for scientists, researchers, engineers, professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers, to engage and discuss emerging trends in the field. It was endorsed by the Institute of Conservation and the National Heritage Science Forum, with support from the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

    The conference also included breakout sessions that gave delegates the opportunity to discuss specialised topics, participate in hands-on demonstrations of novel techniques, and visit the University of Oxford's world-leading scientific and conservation facilities. The Book of Abstracts and programme are preserved on the conference webpage, where a subset of the presentation and posters presented will also be available in due course.

    The conference concluded with a reception in the fifteenth-century Divinity School—a perfect example of how the University of Oxford is truly a 'living laboratory' for heritage science.

    We are proud to announce that the 3rd International SEAHA Conference will be hosted by the University of Brighton on 19–20 June 2017.