Big Research in Tiny Speeches
Conservation Talks: Big Research in Tiny Speeches is back for a second edition! This full-day conference focuses on academic conservation research conducted in Belgium, such as PhD and Master Thesis work. The concept is to give both conservation professionals and students the space to dynamically present their research in tiny, 10-minute speeches. 

The day will include access to the museum and interactive session dedicated to meeting, to posters and samples viewing. Conservation Talks provide attendees with the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience in a supportive atmosphere.


17 February 2022 

Postponement Note: Despite all our efforts to organise a quality event with all the sanitary measures, we are unfortunately forced to postpone Conservation Talks 2021 on February 17, 2022. We haven't taken this decision with a light heart, but government restrictions and the current public health situation do not seem to give us another option. We believe that interpersonal exchanges and meetings are key points of Conservation Talks, and thus we don't want to replace it with an online version of the event. 


The Comics Art Museum, Brussels

Rue des Sables 20 / Zandstraat 20 B-1000 Brussels


09:30 // Registration & Coffee/tea

10:15 // Welcome

10:25 // Session 1 - Cleaning

Going Against the Tideline: Comparing Gel Systems for Removing Water Stains on the Fabric of a Contemporary Painting | Eveline Vandeputte (UAntwerpen)

Study of the Removal of Soot Embedded in White Marble | Perrine Franco (ENSAV La Cambre)

The Use of Agar Gels for the Cleaning of Water-Gilded Surfaces | Sophie Kirkpatrick (ENSAV La Cambre)

11:00 // Guest Speaker 1 - Resilient Storage: Towards Sustainable Preservation Practices in Belgian Small-Scale Museums | Estelle    De Bruyn & Geert Bauwens (IRPA, KUL)

11:20 // Session 2 - Physical Compensation

Gap-Fillings on Wood Panels: Study of Paraloïd B72-B44 as a Filler Binder | Maya Goldberg (ENSAV La Cambre) 
The Visual Challenges of Lustreware Reintegration | Rosalie Compère (ENSAV La Cambre)
Cold-Lining by Reactivation of Lascaux® 498 HV: Research on Low Polarity and Toxicity Solvent Mixtures | Clémence Teitgen (ENSAV La Cambre)


12:00 // Lunch & Free visit of the Comics Art Museum


13:30 // Session 3 - Technical Art History

Study of the Adhesion of Copper Paintings, According to the Procedures of the Old Treatises | Océane Magnier (ESA Saint-Luc Liège)

A Study of 19th and 20th Century Grisaille Recipes from North-Western Europe | Flore Detry (UAntwerpen)

In the Land of Colours: A Material Technical Research on 'The Oyster Eater', Painted by James Ensor in 1882 | Annelies Ríos-Casier (UAntwerpen)


14:10 // Interactive session

Behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Comics Art Museum storage 


Filling Gaps in Acrylic Emulsion Paint Layers: Research of a Filler Soluble in Nonpolar Solvents | Marine Dandoy (ENSAV La Cambre)
Historical Zellige (14th-16th Century CE): An Experimental Study for the Development of Adapted Restoration Materials | Claire Dehon et al. (ESA Saint-Luc Liège)

The Collaboration Between the Artist and the Conservator: A Case Study of a Pop Art Sculpture Made of Plastics and Lights | Coline Ernould (ENSAV La Cambre)
The Efficiency of Multiple Solvent Gels for the Removal of Old Glass Bondings | Pauline Leen (UAntwerpen)
ARTPRESSE - The Digitisation of Belgian Magazines from the Interbellum (1919-1940). Case Study: The Pourquoi Pas? | Morgane Ott (ULiège/KBR), Sébastien Hermans (ULiège, KBR)
Baroque or Not? An Analysis of an Unconventional Marquetry Table | Nele Vanassche (UAntwerpen)
Methodology for Conserving Decorated Book Edges | Malou Van Peer (UAntwerpen)
Analysis and Cleaning of a Batch of Prehistoric Ceramics from Underwater Excavations at Han-sur-Lesse | Marielle Van Son (ESA Saint-Luc Liège)

Samples presentations | Eveline Vandeputte; Rosalie Compère; Clémence Teitgen; Océane Magnier; Coline Ernould; Marine Dandoy

15:10 // Session 4 - Towards a Less Invasive Approach

Deontological Controversies over Bath Immersion Desalination of Archaeological Human Remains | Inès Ligot (ENSAV La Cambre)

The Development of a Reversible Method for the Conservation of Wax Seals with Japanese Paper | Morgane Plateau, Justine Marchal, Lieve Watteeuw (KUL)

Into Thin Air: Atomic Oxygen Investigation for Eco-Conscious Non-Contact Removal of Carbon-Based Contaminants from Highly Sensitive Surfaces | Tomas Markevicius (UGhent)

15:45 // Guest Speaker 2 - The Périer-D'Ieteren Foundation: Sharing Knowledge, Encouraging Research and Investing in the Future | Sara Pallemaerts (Fondation Périer-D’Ieteren)


16:00 // Coffee/tea break

16:30 // Session 5 - Helping the Decision-Making

Conservation Research and Decision-Making about a Postmodern Chest of Drawers by Alessandro Mendini | Tirza Mol et al. (UAntwerpen)

Digital Toolbox: How to Make 3D Technologies More Comprehensible and Available for the Conservator-Restorer? | Lien Acke (UAntwerpen)

Proposal of an Identification Key for Adhesives Used in Conservation of Ceramics and Glass | Judith Ghistelinck (ENSAV La Cambre)


17:10 // Guest Speaker 3 - Sophie Simon (ICOM-BWB)


17:25 // Conclusion


17:35 // Drinks (to be confirmed)



Regular: €60,00

Reduced-price: €30,00 – Ticket for students, speakers and poster presenters.

Support: €105,00 – This ticket gives the opportunity to financially support the event by having your name (company or personal name) in the Book of Abstracts, under acknowledgments, in addition to the same access offered by regular ticket & our eternal gratitude! 

Registration fee covers documentation, lunch, coffee/tea break, visit of the museum.

Registration deadline: January 20th, 2022 – Limited number of participants.

The conference will be held in English.


Conservation Talks is organised by SHAKE in Conservation and co-financed by Fondation Périer-D’Ieteren and by ICOM Belgique/Wallonie-Bruxelles.


This event is scheduled with the collaboration of the conservation departments of ENSAV La Cambre, ESA Saint-Luc Liège and UAntwerpen.


SHAKE in Conservation would greatly appreciate support and sponsorship to help create a successful conference that will boost the development of heritage conservation in Belgium.

Conservation Talks 2022 is expected to attract more than 120 heritage students, professionals and experts from Belgium and neighbouring countries. The Book of Abstracts will be published on our website and other open-source platforms to maximise its visibility among an international community of conservation practitioners.

We welcome sponsors and partners to provide support for the general expenses of Conservation Talks 2022. 

We hope you will enjoy the opportunities offered by this event to promote your organisation or company and show its commitment to supporting Heritage conservation. See our sponsorship opportunities leaflet by clicking on the button below.