HSS Forum 2021

Sara Norrehed at the Swedish National Heritage Board’s cultural heritage laboratory is studying X-ray images on a crucifix. Photo: Linnea Ronström (CC BY)

This year’s HSS Forum was a collaboration between the Department of Conservation at the University of Gothenburg and the Swedish National Heritage Board.

The forum’s aim is to highlight heritage science in Sweden and increase its visibility as a research area, while shedding light on current issues and initiatives within the field. Through this, the forum intends to promote and increase collaboration between different organisations and research disciplines.

The conference highlighted current interdisciplinary cultural heritage projects in Sweden and beyond, and served as a meeting place for a broad representation of professionals in the cultural heritage field. The conference was conducted digitally in English, and was organised through half-day sessions focusing on short presentations, talks, discussions and digital poster sessions.

Conference Report 2021

Programme and links to videos from the presentations

Day 1, November 30
Welcome and opening of the conference
Joakim Malmström, Director General, Swedish National Heritage Board and Stefan Nilsson, Convenor of Heritage Science Sweden network, Swedish National Heritage Board

Keynote speaker
Is this a 12th century joke? When science accidentally intersects material culture
Matthew Collins, University of Copenhagen

Session: Science in archaeology
Old wood in a new light
Anton Hansson, Lund University

What the genome from the 35,000 year old Peştera Muierii woman can tell us
Mattias Jakobsson, Uppsala University

Human and animal mobility in western Sweden during the Stone Age, based on strontium isotopes
Karl-Göran Sjögren, University of Gothenburg

Poster session and discussion: From object to impact
Analysis of ancient DNA: expanding the toolbox
Magnus Lundgren, SciLife Lab Uppsala University

Built Colonial Heritage – UNESCO’s Neocolonial Tools?
Elsa Bane, Uppsala University

Lessons learned from the Armour paint system–for long-lasting protection of weather-exposed ferrous substrates (not available)Arja Källbom, Gothenburg University

Augmented Reality and Rock Carvings in the Nordic Context
Aliisa Råmark, Gothenburg University

Effects of four consolidants on egg-white paint and their ageing
Angela Caira, Gothenburg University

Are hydro-gels a suitable cleaning option for water-gilded surfaces
Ana Vega Ramiro, Gothenburg University

Timber on top
Ylva Sandin, RISE

Day 2, December 1
Session: From object to impact
From object to impact – The role of research infrastructure for a knowledge-based value chain in Heritage Science
Margaretha Andersson, Uppsala University

Poster session and discussion: From object to impact
Wake up, sleeping beauty
Kathrin Hinrichs Degerblad, Alissa Anderson, Åsa M. Larsson, Swedish National Heritage Board

New adsorbents for cultural heritage applications: A SIFT-MS study
Elyse Canosa, Chalmers University of Technology

Modelling the degradation of Cadmium pigments
Elena Castagnotto, University of Genoa, Italy

IPERION HS and upcoming projects with Swedish partners
Marei Hacke, Swedish National Heritage Board, Charlotta Bylund-Melin, Lucrezia Milillo, Stavroula Golfomitsou Gothenburg University

Session: Diagnostics and documentation
Mapping dynamic light –thoughts on strategies and vizualisations for sunlight in museum settings
Maria Franzon, National Historical Museums and Thomas Hagaeus, Hagaeus Bygghantverk AB

Development of NIR tool for the analysis and surveying of film collections
Thea Winther, National Archives

What was in Alfred Nobels old bottles?
Sara Norrehed, Swedish National Heritage Board

Identification of pigment samples in a Swedish colour chart from 1680 (not available)
Cecilia Rönnerstam, Nationalmuseum

Session: Innovation and outreach
The importance of networking
Viktor Lindbäck, Swedish National Heritage Board

New ways of interpreting “Bulverket”, a 12th century lake building
Peter D’Agnan, CHAB Archaeology & Building conservation Ltd

Dynamic collections: Material engagement in the digital space
Fredrik Ekengren and Nicoló Dell’Unto, from the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University

Day 3, December 2
Session: Innovation and outreach
Research and innovation program at the Swedish Transport Administration
Ylva Stenqvist Millde and Nina Karlsson, Swedish Transport Administration

Re-assessing the past: Case Ågesta Nuclear Plant
Magdalena Tafvelin Heldner, National Museum of Science and Technology

“Borrow a researcher” is a simple concept that works!
How to make research appealing to the general public and through Science festivals?
Julia Brink, Research Friday VA (Public & Science)

Session: Pieces of a puzzle, infrastructures for heritage science in Scandinavia
How to make Heritage Science research data FAIR: a case study
Åsa M Larsson, Laila Kitzler Åhfeldt and Marcus Smith, Swedish National Heritage Board

CHARTER, the European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance
Gunnar Almevik, University of Gothenburg

Panel discussion: Pieces of a puzzle, infrastructures for heritage science in Scandinavia
Panellists: Matthew Collins, University of Copenhagen, Lavinia de Ferri, University of Oslo, Gunnar Almevik, University of Gothenburg, Åsa M Larsson, Swedish National Heritage Board, Marei Hacke, Swedish National Heritage Board

Moderators for the conference and the panel discussion: Stavroula Golfomitsou and Elyse Canosa, from the department of Conservation at the University of Gothenburg

Posters presented at this years conference