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[16-20 April 2012, Belgium] Combined workshop: (1) Optical study of ancient glass with a focus on UV-VIS-NIR and Raman Spectroscopy and (2) Chemical study of ancient glass with a focus on SEM-EDX




Dear (ancient glass) researcher,

We shall organise a second NARNIA workshop in Brussels on interdisciplinary research of archaeological and historical glass from the 16th until the 20th of April 2012. The workshop has both a theoretical and an experimental component.

Theoretical part:

We are pleased that we have the opportunity to organise the theoretical component in the scope of Europe’s largest conference on Photonics (SPIE Photonics Europe – Square Brussels Meeting Centre Brussels, Belgium). This implies that the papers will be published in proceedings that will be included in the Web of Science.

This conference section, which will take place between the 16th and 17th of April 2012, is focused on methods and methodologies for the study, documentation and conservation of ancient glasses. Submissions can target on studies where analytical tools and measurement techniques are applied to specific archaeological and art historical questions. This includes but is not limited to the use of SEM-EDX (EPMA), LA-ICP spectrometry, PIXE, XRF, Raman spectroscopy, UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy, luminescence, isotope analysis, X-ray diffraction and Xanes.

If you want to contribute to this event, we expect an abstract of maximum 300 words to be submitted before the 1st of March 2012 to Dr Wendy Meulebroeck via e-mail (

The conference paper (6-12 pages – following the SPIE manuscript format see template in attachment) must be uploaded by the 2nd of April 2012 on the SPIE website (details will follow once the abstract is received). In addition, we would like to ask you to forward this message to other colleagues who might be interested to present their research during this event.


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The Proceedings of this conference are published in the SPIE Digital Library along with nearly 300,000 papers from other outstanding conferences and articles from SPIE Journals.

Experimental part:

Title: Combined workshop on:

(1) The optical study of ancient glasses with a focus on UV/VIS/NIR- & Raman spectroscopy.

(2) The chemical study of ancient glasses.

Content: In the second part of the workshop lab demonstrations will be given (SEM-EDX, UV/VIS/NIR & Raman spectroscopy) and the participant has the opportunity to perform hands-on experiments with the available optical spectrum analyzers (own material can be studied).


Registration for both the theoretical and the experimental part is free of charge but is compulsory

For registration please click below

Contact person: Dr Wendy Meulebroeck,



A limited amount of student and professor rooms is available at reduced costs. For more information about accommodation please visit For room booking  please contact Mrs Bernadette Callebaut, email:


The organising committee,

Prof. Dr. Hugo Thienpont & Dr. Wendy Meulebroeck, Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Applied Physics and Photonics Department – Brussels Photonics Team B-Phot

Prof. Dr. Karin Nys, Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Department of Art Studies and Archaeology – Mediterranean Archaeological Research Institute MARI

Prof. Dr. Herman Terryn & Kitty Baert, Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Department of Electrochemical and Surface Engineering, Materials and Chemistry – Electrochemical and Surface Engineering SURF

Additional information

Host Organisation:   Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Dates:   16-20 April 2012
Location:  Brussels (theoretical part: The Square Conference Centre; experimental part: VUB labs campus Etterbeek)
Open to the public: Yes
No. of places available: only limitation for the experimental part: max. 20
Fee: Free

Training course program:  day 1 & 2: theoretical part, day 3-5: lab demonstrations and hands-on experiments

For registration please click below

Contact person: Dr Wendy Meulebroeck,

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