2014 Workshop

November 18-21, 2014
Getty Villa
2014 XRF Boot Camp for Conservators
The GCI and the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) at Yale University are pleased to announce the second jointly-organized XRF Boot Camp.

Focusing primarily on qualitative analysis and the use of handheld instrumentation, the 2014 Boot Camp will provide in-depth training in the principles of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy through interactive lectures paired with laboratory activities involving hands-on instrument use, data processing and interpretation.

The application of XRF to the study of core material groups in cultural heritage collections will be emphasized throughout the Boot Camp and illustrated with examples from collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the UCLA Fowler Museum.

The fourth day of the XRF Boot Camp will focus on the challenges commonly encountered in the analysis of archaeological and ethnographic objects, in particular dealing with inhomogeneous compositions and/or multilayer coatings such as corrosion products on metal alloys, heavy metal elements and composition of degraded glass matrix.

Eighteen participants will be selected. The workshop is open to active users of handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometers or conservators whose institutions or businesses are in the process of acquiring such instruments. The workshop focuses on qualitative analysis to provide participants a solid foundation on which to build their analytical repertoire. Applications from scientists who are relatively new to the use of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and archaeologists with some experience will be considered. The workshop will be conducted in English.
The cost is USD $500 payable within 30 days of acceptance. Participants are responsible for all travel and lodging expenses associated with the workshop.
How to Apply
Open the application file* and save to your computer using your family (last) name as the file name (example: Smith_XRF2014). Send the completed application (and any additional documents) to xrf@getty.edu with "XRF" in the subject line.

Upon submittal you will receive an immediate auto confirmation followed by a personalized response within one week. Please contact xrf@getty.edu if you do not receive a confirmation. Application deadline is 1 August 2014.

Final selection of applicants will be made by GCI and IPCH according to the eligibility criteria outlined above. For questions about the workshop or the application process, please contact xrf@getty.edu.
Maggi Loubser, Group Chief Chemist, PPC Cement Ltd., South Africa
Alexander Seyfarth, Senior Global Product Manager for Handheld XRF,Bruker AXS
Nancy Odegaard, Professor, University of Arizona, and Head of Preservation, Arizona State Museum
Anikó Bezur, Wallace S. Wilson Director of Scientific Research, Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Karen Trentelman, Senior Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute
Lynn Lee, Assistant Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute

The XRF Boot Camp is part of the Research into Practice Initiative.

*Application Note
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or above to complete the form. Download latest version. Some Mac users may experience difficulty and may need to use a Windows-based PC to complete. If you continue to have difficulty, please contact our offices. Please do not send paper copies.

Last updated: June 2014