Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 29, 2014. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.
The Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research Gordon Research Conference will be held in conjunction with the Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research Gordon Research Seminar
. Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Please refer to the Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research GRS web page for more information.
This second Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research offers exceptional opportunities to discuss the latest research advances on the material components, degradation phenomena and conservation strategies for cultural heritage objects. The symposium will have particular relevance for the study and preservation of important artifacts of the past and present, but will also highlight how innovative analytical techniques and sampling approaches can advance discoveries and overcome the limitations to analysis posed by hierarchically complex and often irreplaceable materials.
The 2014 conference will highlight the disciplines involved and techniques employed to study material culture at the level necessary to adequately characterize both the structure and chemistry required for the design of novel restoration and preservation strategies and for critical interpretation. The session will demonstrate (a) how advances in analytical and imaging probes have afforded an unprecedented view of complex materials and (b) how such advances have led to innovative solutions for diagnosis of alteration mechanisms, treatment, and preventive conservation. Leading researchers representing chemistry, physics, biochemistry, materials science, art conservation, and archaeological science will participate in the discussion. The conference will explore diagnostic methods, modes of alteration, biodeterioration, prevention and treatment in conservation, along with the in-depth exploration of surface and 3-D transport phenomena. Understanding how these changes in molecular and hierarchical structucture will be used to develop predictive change in these complex materials will be a keystone of conference discussion and synthesis.
The Conference offers a unique format that fosters extended and in-depth interdisciplinary discussion and provides a fruitful environment for the genesis of new research ideas by a diverse community of scientists and conservators at the forefront of their fields. Emphasis is placed on extended discussions during the sessions and speakers, and discussion leaders and attendees have numerous opportunities to interact outside of the structured sessions.
Museum and academic attendees, large scale facility scientists, archaeologists, archaeometrists, conservators and curators, junior scientists and graduate students are encouraged to present their work in a poster format. The participation of young investigators is promoted through dedicated poster sessions, with selection of the best abstract for oral presentation during the special Thursday evening session. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows should also consider participating in the allied Gordon Research Seminar on Scientific methods in Cultural Heritage Research (July 26-27, same location) which is specially designed to stimulate interaction and discussion between junior scientists.
A list of preliminary session topics and speakers is displayed below (discussion leaders, where known, are noted in italics). The detailed program is currently being developed by the Conference Chair and will be available by March 27, 2014. Please check back for updates.
- Scientific Studies of Ancient and Historic Production: Putting Cultural Heritage Research in Context
(Barbara Berrie / Margaret W. Conkey / Ashok Roy)
- Conservation: The Problem of Condition - Diagnosis and Treatment
(Alison Murray / Matija Strlic / Maria Luisa de Carvalho / Piero Baglioni)
- Conservation: Modes of Alteration and Prevention
(Paul Whitmore / Jaap Boon / Jim Druzik)
- Advanced Analytical Methods of Promise for Cultural Heritage Applications
(Yeonhee Lee / Sergei Kazarian / Ester Ferreira / Demian Ifa)
(Mary Lou Florian / Archana Vasanthakumar / Valme Jurado)
- 3D Transport Phenomena
(Fenella France / Katrien Keune / Philippe Dillmann / Christian Amatore)
- Collagen-Based Materials: Characterization and Preservation
(Matthew Collins / Caroline Tokarski / Craig Kennedy)
- Surface Phenomena
(Silvia Centeno / Patrick Ravines / Gianluca Valentini / Stephen Elliott)
- Keynote Session: Scientific Research for Modern Art - Current Needs and Future Outlook
(Heinz-Eberhard Mahnke / Narayan Khandekar / Best Poster Presenters)