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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 

Note: This event, which was scheduled to take place on 25 February 2021, has been postponed to 17 February 2022.  


The Comics Art Museum, Brussels

Rue des Sables 20 / Zandstraat 20 B-1000 Brussels


There are two requirement for all participants to this kind of events: wear a mask covering your mouth and nose - FFP2 masks are strongly recommended to all participants who are medically vulnerable ; present a Covid Safe Ticket (or the European equivalent if you are not Belgian) at the registration desk on the morning when you arrive > you can find the conditions for obtaining a valid CST on 


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 Wooden Surfaces | Sophie Kirkpatrick (ENSAV La Cambre) 

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


11:10 //  Guest speaker 1 - Resilient Storage: Towards Sustainable Preservation Practices in Belgian Small-Scale Museums | Estelle De Bruyn (KIK-IRPA) & Geert Bauwens (KUL)


11:30 // Session 2 - Towards a Less Invasive Approach

Deontological Controversies over Conservation Treatments 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 (KUL), Justine Marchal, Lieve Watteeuw (KUL) 


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


13:30 // Session 3 - Technical Art History 

Historical Zellige (14th-16th Century CE): An Experimental Study for the Development of Adapted Restoration Materials | Claire Dehon et al. (ESA Saint-Luc Liège) 

A Study of 19th-century Grisaille Recipes | 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

Poster session* & Samples presentations**


15:10 //  Session 4 - Structural and Visual 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® 498HV: Research on Low Polarity and Toxicity Solvent Mixtures | Clémence Teitgen (ENSAV La Cambre) 


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) 

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


17:00 //  Guest speaker 3 - The International Council of Museums | Alexandre Chevalier (ICOM-BWB)


17:10 //  Conclusion



Filling Gaps in Acrylic Emulsion Paint Layers: Research of a Filler Soluble in Nonpolar Solvents

| Marine Dandoy (ENSAV La Cambre) 

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 Illustrated Magazines from the Interbellum | Morgane Ott (ULiège/KBR), Sébastien Hermans (KBR) 

Early 18th century or Not? An Analysis of a Remarkable Marquetry Table | Nele Vanassche (UAntwerpen) 

Analysis and Cleaning of a Batch of Prehistoric Ceramics from Underwater Excavations at Han-sur-Lesse | Marielle Van Son (ESA Saint-Luc Liège), Meriam El Ouahabi (ULiège)

Samples presentations**

Eveline Vandeputte; Perrine Franco; Rosalie Compère; Clémence Teitgen; Coline Ernould; Marine Dandoy

We will take various measures to increase safety:
- hydro-alcoholic gel dispensers will be provided
- because of the exiguity of the storage, we will not be able to offer the behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Comics Art Museum storage to all participants: we will put a registration sheet for the tour at the registration desk (first come / first-served basis)
- during the lunch, we might divide the participants in two groups: one visiting the museum while the other is eating



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: February 7th, 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.

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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.

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