Conservation Science Education Online: Inaugural Conference

Start Date

Tuesday June 14, 2022

End Date

Thursday June 16, 2022


8:15 am - 1:00 pm


via Zoom

This virtual conference is designed to allow international educators in the field of Cultural Heritage Science to showcase innovative teaching strategies, case studies, and laboratory exercises that they have found to be successful in their teaching, breaking boundaries in making science more relevant to students. The Final Program (5MB) is now available and includes the conference schedule, the abstracts of the eight speakers, and the titles for the poster presenters.

The conference is intended to elicit module contributions for the web-based resource Conservation Science Education Online (CSEO). Educators in different international locations have unique teaching challenges and therefore the educational materials need to be relevant and adaptable. Participants will present modules based on their unique methodologies for conveying complex topics to students.  Attendees would then join the presenters for discussion and provide suggestions on how to improve modules prior to submission.

The conference will include pre-recorded presentations from both invited speakers and poster presenters, as well as the posters themselves.  This material should be viewed before the conference, as the live sessions will be devoted to discussions of the invited talks and posters.

Posters for the conference are available for download.

Final Conference Outline

(all times are listed in ET)

Day 1 (June 14)

  • 8:15-8:30 - Opening Remarks: Welcome & Introduction to CSEO
  • 8:30-10:30 - Discussion Session 1 of Invited Panelists: Overarching Theme: Learning Scientific Language through Examples with Meaning
  • 10:30-10:50 - Pause for Refreshments
  • 10:50-13:00 - Discussion Session 1 of Poster PresentersOverarching Theme: Finding Relatable Examples - Threshold Concepts, Teaching Methods, Research and Teaching to Non-Conservators

Day 2 (June 15)

  • 8:30-8:35 - Opening Remarks: Welcome
  • 8:35-10:35 - Discussion Session 2 of Invited PanelistsOverarching Theme: Theory to Practice - Engagement through Training
  • 10:35-11:35 - Pause for Refreshments and Breakout Sessions

Day 3 (June 16)

  • 8:30-8:35 - Opening Remarks: Welcome
  • 8:35-10:35 - Discussion Session 2 of Poster PresentersOverarching Theme: Shifts in Teaching and Self-Reflection - Social-Media, Pandemic, E-Learning and Teaching Strategies
  • 10:35-10:55 - Pause for Refreshments
  • 10:55-11:45 - Comments from Moderators and Closing Remarks

Invited Speakers

  • Giovanna Di Pietro, Professor, Department of Conservation of Works of Art, Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland.
  • Patricia Gonzales, Department of Science, Chemistry Section, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru.
  • Maggi Loubser, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, Tangible Heritage Conservation, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Austin Nevin, Head of Conservation, Courtauld Institute of Art, UK.
  • Anupam Sah, Head of Art Conservation, Research, and Training, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai, India.
  • Arzu Sardarli, Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Indigenous Knowledge & Science, First Nations University of Canada, Canada.
  • Jana Sasakamoose, Master’s student, Indigenous Knowledge & Science, First Nations University of Canada, Canada.
  • Erich Uffelman, Bentley Professor of Chemistry, Department Head, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Washington and Lee University, USA.
  • Shuya Wei, Professor, Institute of Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China.
Speakers for the 2022 Conservation Science Education Online conference.
Clockwise from top left: Anupam Sah, Giovanna Di Pietro, Erich Uffelman, Patrician Gonzales, Shuya Wei, Jana Sasakamoose, Arzu Sardarli, Austin Nevin, and Maggi Loubser, the invited speakers for the 2022 CSEO conference.


  • Edgar Casanova-González, CONACyT Researcher, National Laboratory of Sciences for the Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico.
  • Laura Fuster López, Professor, Department of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.
  • Gregory Dale Smith, The Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA.
  • Maartje Stols-Witlox, Programme director and associate professor, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands. 
Moderators for the 2022 Conservation Science Education Online conference
(l-r) Edgar Casanova-González, Laura Fuster López, Gregory Dale Smith, and Maartje Stols-Witlox, moderators of the 2022 CSEO conference.

Registering and Attending the Conference

The deadline for registering to attend the conference is June 1. There are no conference registration fees. If you wish to attend the conference, please register by emailing your name, title, affiliation, position, and if willing, your area of teaching in the field of Cultural Heritage to:

The conference participants registered so far come from around the world, as shown by the following map.

Map of registered attendees for the 2022 CSEO Conference


  • Alison Murray, Associate Professor of Conservation Science, Queen’s University, Canada.
  • Rebecca Ploeger, Associate Professor of Conservation Science, Buffalo State College, USA.
  • Aaron Shugar, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Conservation Science, Buffalo State College, USA.
  • Kyna Biggs, Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science and Preventive Conservation Department, Parks Canada, Canada.
Organizers for the 2022 CSEO Conference
(l-r) Alison Murray, Rebecca Ploeger, Aaron Shugar, and Kyna Biggs, organizers for the 2022 CSEO conference.

Organizing Institutions

Conference is graciously sponsored by The Kress Foundation and the Department of Art History & Art Conservation, Queen’s University.



Technology provided by the Smith School of Business.

Technology for the 2022 CSEO conference is provided by the Smith School of Business, Queen's University.

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