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EPSRC Reference: EP/L016036/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology
Principal Investigator: Cassar, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Arnold, Professor D Freestone, Professor IC Viles, Professor H
Grau-Bove, Dr J Weyrich, Professor TA Terras, Professor MM
Evans, Dr R Robson, Professor S Tiedau, Professor U
Strlic, Professor M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Analytik Ltd BBC Breuckmann GmbH
British Library Centre for Res & Restor of Museum of Fra City University of Hong Kong
Diamond Light Source DigiCave Fraunhofer Institut (Multiple, Grouped)
Gilden Photonics Ltd Google Historic Bldgs & Mnts Commis for England
Historic Royal Palaces Historic Scotland Jason Burges Studio
LaVision UK Leica Geosystems Lexical Computing
Lichtblau Metropolitan Museum of Art National Maritime Museum
National Museum of Denmark National Physical Laboratory NPL National Research Council (CNR) Italy
Natural History Museum Opus Instruments Owlstone Limited
Pointstream Proceq Qi3
ScanLAB Projects Senceive Ltd Smithsonian Institution
Studio of Cinematic Architecture Tate Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK)
Teraview Ltd The Getty Conservation Institute The National Archives
The Rijksmuseum The Workers TIGA The Ind Game Dev Assoc Ltd
Victoria and Albert Museum VISUAL ACUITY LIMITED Zentrum Fur Bucherhaltung
Department: Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources
Organisation: UCL
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 April 2014 Ends: 31 May 2024 Value (£): 4,779,213
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Sports and Recreation
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Oct 2013 EPSRC CDT 2013 Interviews Panel M Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The EPSRC Collaborative Doctoral Training Centre in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (CDT SEAHA) will create a sustainable world-leading training hub producing leaders in the cutting-edge domains of measurement and sensing, materials characterisation, interaction technologies, digital technologies and new ventures. The graduates from the programs will not only create new scientific and engineering knowledge and fill skills gaps in these domains but have a deep understanding of the ethical, practical, economic and social imperatives of the deployment of this knowledge in the arts, Heritage and Archaeological sectors.

University College London, University of Oxford and University of Brighton will work as a team bringing together highly complementary supervisory capacities in order to fill the skills gap in the cycle of data creation, data to knowledge and knowledge to enterprise by pushing the state-of-the-art in metrology, sensing, spectroscopy, materials characterisation, modelling, big data mining, crowd engagement, new interaction technologies, digital technology and business skills. Partnering with globally renowned (national and international) heritage organisations representing a world class, broad range of forms of heritage and the arts, the student cohorts will be trained and developed in fully engaged cross-disciplinary environments, challenged by research questions addressing complex materials and environments. The most advanced scientific tools and approaches, some to be developed in collaboration with the Diamond Light Source and the National Physical Laboratory, will be deployed to answer questions on its origin, date, creation, conservation and composition of objects and materials. In addition to the fundamental physical science approach, the students will, in an innovative cohort approach to training and development, explore ways of engaging with presentation and visualisation methods, using pervasive mobile, digital and creative technologies, and with qualitative and participatory methods.

This approach will engage the sensors and instrumentation industrial domain, as well as creative industries, both high added value industries and major contributors to the UK economy. The CDT will have a transformative effect on public institutions concerned with heritage interpretation, conservation and management, generating substantial tourism income. Without the CDT, some of the most dynamic UK sectors will lose their competitive edge in the global arts and heritage market.

The CDT was created with the close involvement of a number of stakeholders crucially contributing to the development of the training programme based on the cohort teaching approach. The added value of this approach is in that creativity is unleashed through the promotion of excellence in a series of cohort activities, in which the Partner institutions intensively collaborate in teaching, placements, supervision, networking and organisation of public engagement events.

The particular added value of this CDT is the high potential for engagement of the general public with science and engineering, while promoting responsible innovation conscious of ethical and social dimensions of arts, heritage and archaeology.

The CDT SEAHA builds on the highly successful AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme at UCL which mobilised the UK heritage science sector and repositioned it at the forefront of global development. The CDT will represent a step-change in capacity building; it will propel a young generation of cross-disciplinary scientists and engineers into highly challenging but hugely interesting and rewarding careers in the heritage sector, in SMEs, and public institutions and equip them with translational and transferrable skills that will enable them to thrive in the most complex research and entrepreneurial environments.

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