Where art and science meet

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Event Structure

  • Welcome and housekeeping rules by IMSE Co-Directors Professor Amparo Galindo and Professor Nic Harrison
  • Presentation by Sarah Healey-Dilkes Senior Sculpture Conservator at the V&A Museum
  • Presentation by Internal Speaker
  • Panel discussion with Q&A
  • Closing thank you from IMSE Co-Director


(Chair) Professor Sian Harding, Professor of Cardiac Pharmacology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and Director of the Imperial Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Centre – Professor Sian Harding chairs the Imperial Artworks Group in Imperial College London. The group consults with the College community to identify individuals and groups whose images might be portrayed, and advise on locations for new works of art and portraits that could be commissioned.

Sarah Healey-Dilkes, Senior Sculpture Conservator at the V&A Museum – She has worked on the V&A’s large scale refurbishment projects for the Medieval and Renaissance, European Galleries and more recently the Cast Courts. The projects include the conservation of both immoveable monumental artworks in stone, stucco and plaster, to more portable sculpture. She has an interest in both the V&A’s contemporary and historic collections and is routinely involved with the preparation of the collection for exhibitions, loans and display. She was awarded Accreditation by ICON in 2012 and is an Assessor for the Conservation and Collections Care Technicians Diploma (Level 4) run collaboratively by the V&A and ICON. Since graduating in conservation studies from the City & Guilds of London Art School (1990) she has worked at the British Museum and now combines part-time work at the V&A with running a private conservation practice based in Cambridge.

Professor Mary Ryan, Imperial College London, Vice-Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering – Her research spans diverse application areas including: energy materials (batteries, magnetocaloric cooling devices, photovoltaics, fuel cells and catalysis); nanomaterials for bio-sensors and therapies; the mechanisms that lead to human and environmental toxicity associated with nanostructures, and the potential of nanomaterials for environmental remediation (in particular for nuclear waste). She was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2015 and is a Fellow IoM and of the Institute of Corrosion.

Professor Pier Luigi Dragotti, Imperial College London, Professor of Signal Processing – Professor Dragotti was Technical Co-Chair for the European Signal Processing Conference in 2012, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing from 2006 to 2009, Elected Member of the IEEE Image, Video and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee as well as elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Theory and Methods Technical Committee and of the IEEE Computational Imaging Technical Committee. His research interests include sampling theory, wavelet theory and its applications, sparsity-driven signal processing with application in image super-resolution, neuroscience and field estimation using sensor networks.

Anne Barrett, Imperial’s Archivist and Corporate Records Manager Anne is the Chairman Centre for Scientific Archives, a cataloguing charity for scientists personal papers; Chairman Archives for London and a Founding Committee member for the charity AIM25 (Archival cataloguing consortium London ). She is part of numerous heritage committees and organisations such as: The National Archives HE Archives Programme, UNESCO UK Memory of the World Documentary Heritage Committee, BSI and ISO, and International Council on Archives Scientific Universities Section. She is also the author of the book “Women at Imperial College Past, Present and Future”.

Geraldine Cox, Imperial College London, Artist in Residence in PhysicsArtist Geraldine Cox works with physicists to find resonant new expression for the beautiful things we have discovered and inspires others to do the same: children construct mobiles celebrating atoms, dancers absorb and emit light, grown-ups cut intricate paper photons for a giant collage of sunlight, and in mesmerising paintings of 30,000 pieces, Geraldine reveals connections between two entangled particles.

Geraldine has degrees in physics and fine art and began her project called ‘Finding Patterns’ in 2011 at Imperial College London with an ‘Artist in Residence Award’ from the Leverhulme Trust. Since then, her work has grown to involve scientists from other universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and University College London. In 2020 she received the American Institute of Physics ‘Andrew Gemant Award’ for articulating deep physics concepts through visual arts and other media, reaching a remarkable range of people in innovative ways and sharing her passion for the expression of physical truths”.

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About Science and Engineering Research for Cultural Heritage

A Network of Excellence connecting scientists & engineers with conservators & heritage professionals to find solutions to cultural heritage problems. The artworks, artefacts and structures inherited from the past have a powerful impact on our society, so the conservation of our cultural heritage is fundamental for future generations. This shared cultural heritage requires intervention to stabilise and prevent further degradation of often unique artefacts. This degradation results from use, ageing, unpredicted events, environmental conditions, and poorly chosen previous restoration treatments whose details are often unknown. Scientists and engineers can assist greatly by identifying the changes in the materials, the mechanisms of degradation, and predicting how the object will respond to conservation and display. This knowledge enables conservators to make informed choices about suitable treatments, so the conservation of cultural heritage is truly interdisciplinary.

About The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering

The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) is one of Imperial College London’s Global Institutes, drawing on the strength of its four faculties to address some of the grand challenges facing the world today. The Institute’s activities are focused on tackling problems where molecular innovation plays an important role.

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