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[20-24 June 2011, Belgium] 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.

The first NARNIA training course was held at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in Brussels (Belgium) between the 20th and 24th of June 2011. The first NARNIA training course was a combined training activity that consisted of courses and a training program in the form of a workshop. The aim of this training activity was to introduce the research fellows of WP3 to optical and chemical techniques of glass analysis. In particular the research fellows and other attendees were trained in UV-VIS-NIR, Raman spectroscopy and SEM-EDS with an application of these methods to their own person research projects. Moreover, during this training event, issues of surface treatment, samples processing and analysis, and glass material properties were raised and discussed thoroughly.

More than 40 people including archaeologists, chemists, physicists and conservators coming from various countries, such as Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France, the UK and the USA, attended the training course. The theoretical part of the workshop consisted of lectures by prominent scientists, including Prof. P. Colomban from Sorbonne Université – Paris, Prof. K. Janssens from the University of Antwerp, Prof. P. Degryse from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Dr. L. Wouters from the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Belgium, and Dr. W Meulebroeck and Ing. K. Baert both from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The lectures addressed issues related to the analytical study of ancient glass, Raman spectroscopy, X‐ray beam analysis, the isotopic analysis, scanning electron microscopy and optical spectroscopy. The lectures were followed by lab demonstrations and hands-on experiments.

Additional information

Host Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Dates: June 20-24th, 2011
Location: Brussels – Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Campus Etterbeek
Trainers: external speakers: Prof. P. Colomban; Prof. K. Janssens; Prof. P. Degryse; Dr. L. Wouters; VUB people involved: Prof. K.Nys; Prof. H. Terryn; Prof. H. Thienpont; Ing. K. Baert; Dr. W. Meulebroeck
Open to the public: Yes
No. of places available:  max 25 participants
Fee: free course

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