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Funding Opportunities

Listed below are several funding opportunities relevant to those researchers working in the heritage science field. Please note that there will be no further calls for funding under the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme. If you are interested in any of the following opportunities please contact the relevant organisations directly.


SEAHA Doctoral Studentships in Heritage Science – Recruiting now

The Centre for Doctoral Training Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology at UCL, University of Oxford and University of Brighton is delighted to be offering a number of exceptionally exciting doctoral studentships:

‘Comparison of painting lining methods for historic house environments’

An excellent opportunity for a student wishing to develop skills in a range of mechanical and spectroscopic techniques, including digital image correlation, dynamic mechanical analysis, nuclear magnetic resonance and near infrared spectroscopy. This project will be jointly supervised by UCL Department of History of Art , UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, EH Collections Conservation Team and LaVision UK Ltd. Please click above for full details.

‘Spectrally dependent light sensitivity of modern materials’

This is an exciting project for candidates looking to build knowledge and skills in material and polymer science, illumination technologies, radiometry, photometry and colorimetry, as well as the conduct of colour appearance experiments with groups of observers and statistical analysis of experimental data. This project will be jointly supervised by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Philips Research and the V&A. Please click above for full details.

‘Extracting epidemiological data from collections’

This is an exceptionally exciting project for candidates looking to explore the potential of state-of-the-art digitisation, data capture and analysis, modelling and computational image analysis methods. This project will be jointly supervised by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at UCL, The Getty Conservation Institute and English Heritage. Please click above for full details.

‘Strain modelling in historical tapestries’

This studentship will investigate cutting edge real-time in-situ tri-axial strain monitoring sensors to provide data to inform analytical modelling of tapestries using Finite Elements and explicit mathematical formulations together with modern Dynamic Equilibrium methods used in fabric simulations. The project will be jointly supervised by the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering , UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces and IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Please click above for full details.

'Hyperspectral imaging for heritage: From books to bricks'

This is an exciting project for candidates looking to build knowledge and skills in material science, spectroscopic techniques, product development (equipment and technique), and the use of non-standard software for visualising and interpreting hyperspectral data. The successful candidate will have a first or upper-second degree in engineering, material science, conservation science, chemistry, physics (or related aspects of science and/or engineering), and a keen interest in cultural heritage. Candidates with proven experience in the use of hyperspectral imaging in other fields may also be considered from disciplines such as geography, environment sciences, or astrophysics. This challenging interdisciplinary project will enable you to seek employment in any number of multidisciplinary environments: from academia to industry.

Application Deadline: 1 March 2015.

For more information on the projects, partners and supervisors, please visit:

www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/opportunities

The UK EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) is an 8-year initiative (2014-2022) to establish an infrastructure to meet challenges set by the heritage sector, industry and government. Working with heritage and industry partners, SEAHA students will create, innovate or use sensors, instrumentation, imaging, digital and creative technologies to improve our understanding of heritage, to develop science and engineering capabilities and to benefit the economy.
For more information on SEAHA, please visit:
www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk


Any enquiries should be emailed to:
Selina McCarthy
SEAHA Centre Manager
UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage
University College London
Central House
London
WC1H 0NN

manager@seaha-cdt.ac.uk 


New HERA Call - 'Uses of the Past'

The new HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) call ‘Uses of the Past’ was launched last week.

Funding of up to €1.2 million is available per project addressing the theme ‘Uses of the Past’ and projects must involve at least four researchers from four different HERA eligible countries. The application process will be in two stages and outline proposals must be submitted via the HERA website by 9 April 2015. Further info and details about UK researcher eligibility are all in the guidance documents:

http://heranet.info/hera-jrp-documents-1

If you have any queries, please contact any of the following:

Gemma Evans – g.evans@ahrc.ac.uk or 01793 416073

Jess Bacon – j.bacon@ahrc.ac.uk or    01793 416071

Lucy Parnall – l.parnall@ahrc.ac.uk or 01793 416093


Care for the Future


Funding for Research Networks and Fellowships is now available from AHRC under the emerging theme Care for the Future: Thinking Forward Through the Past, one of four priority themes identified by AHRC. The area of Cultural Heritage has been particularly highlighted in this funding initiative and it will therefore be of interest to researchers working within the heritage science domain.
Further details can be found on the AHRC website at http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Pages/careforthefuture.aspx


Signing the Memorandum of Understanding

National Research Council (CNR), Rome, signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between AHRC (UK) and the National Research Council (Italy), 11th February 2009. Seated from left:  Her Majesty's Ambassador to Italy Edward ChaplinCMG, OBE; CNR Vice President Professor Roberto de Mattei; AHRC Chief Executive Professor Phillip Esler and UK Head of Mission to Italy, Professor May Cassar, Director of the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme.


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