Chair: Prof Anya Hurlbert
Professor of Visual Neuroscience, Dean of Advancement, University of Newastle. Scientific Trustee National Gallery.
Anya Hurlbert graduated from Princeton University in 1980 with a BA in Physics, followed in 1981 by a Part III Diploma in Theoretical Physics and in 1982 an MA in Physiology from Cambridge University, where she held a Marshall Scholarship. In 1989, she received a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT, where she studied with Tomaso Poggio and Peter Schiller, and in 1990, an MD from Harvard Medical School. She then held a Vision Research Fellowship at Oxford University in Andrew Parker’s lab, before joining Physiological Sciences in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University in 1991 as a lecturer.
She has been acting Head of the Division of Psychology, Brain and Behaviour (Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering) in 2003, and interim Head in 2007, helping to create the new School of Psychology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. In 2004, she co-founded the Institute of Neuroscience with the late Professor Colin Ingram, and was co-Director of the Institute until 2014. In 2012, she established the Centre for Translational Systems Neuroscience with a Capital Award from the Wellcome Trust.
Senior Conservation Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute.
James Druzik spent 31 years as a Senior Scientist after joining the Getty Conservation Institute in 1985. His early interests have included image processing (Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and the origin and fate of anthropogenic oxidant air pollutants and particulates in museum environments and their methods of control, in close collaboration with Glen Cass (Caltech). In 2002, he began a large multi-disciplinary research program examining new strategies for safer museum lighting in with Carl Dirk of the University of Texas at El Paso. Also in 2002, he assembled his first of three microfading instruments, later adapting the technique to several portable versions. With Stefan Michalski, he published guidelines for assessing solid-state lighting in museums in 2012, an updated version soon to be available on the website of the Canadian Conservation Institute. For the last six years he has worked closely on museum lighting with the U.S. Department of Energy’s solid-state lighting program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Prof Ronier Luo
Professor of Colour and Imaging Science, Leeds University
Global Expertise Professor, Zhejiang University Chair Professor, National Taiwan University of Science and technology. Vice-President of International Committee for Illumination (CIE).
He received his PhD in 1986 at the University of Bradford in the field of colour science. He has published over 500 scientific articles in the fields of colour science, imaging technology and LED illumination. He is a Fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, and the Society of Dyers and Colourists. He is also the Chief Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Colour Science and Technology published by Springer in December 2016.
Dr Sergio Nascimento
Associate Professor, University of Minho.
Sérgio Nascimento graduated in Physics and has a PhD in Color Science. He is Associate Professor with Aggregation of Physics at Minho University, Portugal, where he teaches Optics, Vision Sciences and Color Science. His research focus on colorimetry and color vision, in particular, applications of spectral imaging, color rendering and color in art. He has published more than 100 research articles on color vision and related topics. He is member of the Board of Directors of the International Color Vision Society and topical editor for colour vision of the Journal of the Optical Society of America A.
Conservation Scientist, National Gallery, London.
Joe Padfield’s research covers a number of different specialities, examining aspects of preventive conservation, generating & sharing digital images, general image processing, web development, data management & integration systems development, documentation systems, along with examining database development, open-linked data, RDF triple stores and the semantic web.
His main research interests include the examination of museum lighting, specifically investigating how the introduction of new types of lights, like LEDs, effects how we can compare, contrast and select appropriate lighting for use within museums.
Boris Pretzel, Head of Science, Conservation and Collections Management, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).
Boris heads the Science Section (spanning physics, chemistry, materials science, and preventive conservation) in the Conservation and Collections Management division at the V&A. The group’s work encompasses conservation, preservation, curatorial, scholarly and technical aspects pertaining to the Museum’s broad collection and its buildings, helping preserve and enhance the collections and ensure that these remain undiminished for future generations. Boris’ responsibilities cover a broad range of strategic heritage science issues relating to the storage, display and preservation of artefacts. Research interests include the interaction of artefacts with environments, lighting, colour perception and measurement, and materials analysis, as well as the modelling, analysis, and interpretation of complex data. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Cultural Heritage, European Chair and former President of IRUG (the Infrared and Raman Users Group, www.irug.org), former Coordinator of ICOM-CC Preventive Conservation Working Group (2008 – 2014), and External Examiner for the Northumbria University postgraduate conservation courses. He is a chartered scientist (CSci), a chartered physicist (CPhys), and a member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP).
Vice President, International Institute for Conservation.
David Saunders is an honorary research fellow at the British Museum, where he was Keeper of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research from 2005–2015, after 20 years in the Scientific Department at the National Gallery, London.
His research interests include the deterioration of museum objects, particularly pigments and painted surfaces, focusing on the effect of light on the deterioration of cultural heritage objects. He has published widely on this subject, both in the specialist literature and in more general texts, including the 1994 and 2015 CIBSE guides on museum and art gallery lighting. He was a guest scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute in 2015–2016, researching a book on museum lighting.
He is a syndic of the Fitzwilliam Museum, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and vice president of the International Institute for Conservation.
Prof Andrew Stockman
Steers Professor of Investigative Eye Research.
Professor Stockman gained his Ph.D on Experimental Psychology from University of Cambridge supervised by John Mollon at the Craik Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, with his thesis on human color vision. He was a Senior Research Scientist UCSD funded by three successive National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, and two successive National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. His research interests broadened to include aspects of vision science other than colour vision, including flicker and flicker interactions, rod vision, visual sensitivity, visual adaptation, electrophysiology, postreceptoral organization, and molecular genetics. In 2001, he was appointed the Steers Professor of Investigative Eye Research at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, and have been an Honorary Consultant of Moorfields Eye Hospital since 2004. Here, he have continued my basic (non-clinical) research, but have broadened my remit to include clinical research. He runs the Colour & Vision Research Laboratories within the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
He is a member of VSS, ARVO, OSA, ICVS, AVA and the Colour Group (Great Britain ). He was Chair of the Colour and Vision technical division of the Optical Society of America, and am a Fellow of that society. He is also a member of two standards committee of the Committee Internationale de l’Éclairage (CIE), whose task is to choose new colour standards. He is an editor of Vision Research and Optics Express.
Panos Andrikopoulos, Chair, Organising Committee, is a PhD researcher at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage researching psychophysiological responses to light of museum visitors. Panos is also a lighting scientist at ACT Lighting Design and a Lighting Lecturer at Brunel University.
Daniel Garside, secretary and treasurer to the event, is a PhD researcher at UCL working on the topic of colour vision in museum environments. He also teaches on the topics of colour science, photographic engineering and 3D scanning/printing.
Anna Pokorska, Submissions Secretary, is PhD researcher at the UCL Institute for sustainable Heritage studying light sensitivity of modern materials. Her previous background is in conservation with a specialism in decorative surfaces.
Carolien Coon is a Phd Researcher at UCL ISH and research assistant on the Horizon 2020 Nanorestart Project. She has a keen interest in the conservation of contemporary art with her current research focus on the photostability of novel modern materials developed for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). She is developing a methodology for the use of microfading as a tool for accelerated photodegradation to quickly assess the stability of new RP/AM polymers.
Brendan Keely, secretary SLL
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