UT representation at TechnArt 2019: Analytical techniques in cultural heritage conference

Photo: Pilleriin Peets

Anu, Signe, Pilleriin, Eliise

From 7th to 10th of May 2019 four members of UT Analytical Chemistry group – Dr Signe Vahur, Dr Anu Teearu-Ojakäär, PhD students Pilleriin Peets and Eliise Tammekivi – attended the 7th international TechnArt conference in Bruges, Belgium. TechnArt is a place to present and discuss the newest results of the usage of analytical techniques in the field of cultural heritage. It is the biggest conference among its kind as it was also seen in TechnArt 2019, where the number of participants was over 400! The conference included three parallel oral presentation sessions, two poster sessions with almost 300 posters, a visit and dinner at the Halve Maan Brewery and an excursion with a boat trip in the historical city center of Bruges, that has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage.


Some of the most interesting talks included the presentation by Dr Abbie Vandivere from The Hague about the

Photo: Signe Vahur

Anu presenting her poster

analysis of the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (Johannes Vermeer, approx. 1665) and the difficult conservation of the remains of the warship Mary Rose (warship of the English navy under the command of King Henry VIII, sank in 1545) by Dr Eleanor Schofield from the Mary Rose Trust/Imperial College. Another interesting topic was addressed by Dr. Lucia Toniolo who gave a talk on the conservation and monitoring issues of historical architecture, also addressing the hazard of climate change. However, with four days and three parallel oral sessions filled with presentations by the top scientists and conservators of the world, it is almost impossible to highlight all of the interesting and inspiring talks.


Photo: Signe Vahur

Pilleriin presenting her poster

What is also noteworthy, TechnArt 2019 was the conference, where the attendance by the Cultural Heritage group (working in UT Chair of  Analytical Chemistry) members was the highest! Anu presented her poster „Analysis of resinous materials“, where ATR-FT-IR, SEM-EDS, GC-MS and ESI-FT-ICR-MS methods were combined for the analysis of the embalming materials obtained from two human mummies originating from Egypt

Photo: Pilleriin Peets

Eliise presenting her poster

and now exhibited at the University of Tartu Art Museum. Pilleriin presented her poster „Attenuated total reflectance and reflectance approaches for analysis of textile fibers with FT-IR spectroscopy“. This study showed, that both mentioned approaches are suitable and very useful methods for the identification of natural and synthetic fibers. Eliise presented her poster „Comparison of derivatization methods for the quantitative gas chromatographic analysis of oils“ where four widely used derivatization methods for the analysis of heritage samples were compared on the basis of absolute quantification.


Overall, TechnArt 2019 gave the members of our Cultural Heritage group the possibility to introduce their scientific work results, hear the inspiring lectures and have fruitful discussions in the magical historic city of Bruges.

Photo: Pilleriin Peets

Last modified: May 20, 2019