Event Poster

This webinar will be held on zoom. The structure of the event will be two 20 minute presentations followed by audience Q&A. Please register to be sent the joining instructions. You can pre-submit questions for the Q&A section when registering.

This webinar is part of the series

Science & Engineering Research for Cultural Heritage

The theme discussed in this webinar will be:

“The use of laser cleaning in conservation”(Dr Marina Sokhan)


“Historic artefacts: when do you want it?”(Dr Michael Paraskos)


Dr Marina Sokhan presenting “The use of laser cleaning in conservation” is Head of Conservation Studies at City and Guilds of London Art School and an Imperial College alumnus, having completed her PhD in “The Surface Analysis of Laser Cleaned Museum Materials” at Imperial in 2006, with her research conducted in collaboration with the Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum.

Dr Michael Paraskos presenting “Historic artefacts: when do you want it?” is Manager for the Adult Education Programme at Imperial College and a lecturer in art history in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communications. He also teaches architectural history on the Conservation and Historic Carving degree programmes at City and Guilds of London Art School.

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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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