Oxalate conference – call for papers

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This first announcement is a call for expressions of interest in presenting a paper and/or displaying a poster at the Third International Conference on Oxalate Films associated with works of art… International Conference on “Oxalate Films on Rocks and Works of Art”.

by Alan Watchman

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Oxalate conference – Dr Alan Watchman call for papers


Oxalate conference announcement
call for papers, Cairns (Queensland, Australia) 29 – 31 August 2005

Oxalate conference announcement – call for papers, Cairns (Queensland, Australia) 29 – 31 August 2005.
This first announcement is a call for expressions of interest in presenting a paper and/or displaying a poster at the Third International Conference on Oxalate Films associated with works of art… International Conference on “Oxalate Films on Rocks and Works of Art”
International Conference on

Oxalate Films on Rocks and Works of Art
Cairns Colonial Club Resort, Far North Queensland, Australia
29 – 31 August 2005

This first announcement is a call for expressions of interest in presenting a paper and/or displaying a poster at the Third International Conference on Oxalate Films associated with works of art. The Australian conference follows two previous international meetings held in Milan, Italy in 1989 and 1996, which addressed the formation and conservation issues of natural and anthropogenic films containing calcium oxalate salts. Encouragement is given to students by way of a special session devoted to the presentation of recent postgraduate studies and in the use of poster displays.
The organisers advise that the conference will be held at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort, in Far North Queensland, Australia, from 29-31 August 2005.
The AURA Inter-Congress Symposium (on rock art) of 2005 will be held on 1 September at the conclusion of the Third International Conference on Oxalate Films associated with works of art. Both conferences will be at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort, Cairns Queensland, Australia.
Cairns is located in Far North Queensland, Australia in close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the wet tropical rainforest and the magnificent Aboriginal rock art of the Laura and Chillagoe regions. It is also a playground for holidaymakers and sports fishing enthusiasts. In September the weather should be perfect: warm sunny days (26-28ºC), cool evenings (18-20ºC), fresh breezes and low humidity (65%).
The topics of the conference address the formation, environment, microbiology, conservation and dating of oxalate minerals in films on natural rock surfaces and on various works of art. Techniques for sampling, microanalysis, restoration and conservation, synthetic production, microbiological control, monitoring, and age determination are welcomed and will be programmed in specific sessions. Session chairpersons will be nominated from the range of papers submitted. Session programming of topics and their duration will be based on the titles of the papers received in the expressions of interest.

Deadlines

For sending expressions of interest for papers and posters: 31 August 2004

  • Titles and Abstracts:31 December 2004
  • Final text copies and illustrations of papers31 May 2005
  • Final notification of posters 31 July 2005

Initial registration is by a form, which can be obtained from Dr Alan Watchman  and should be returned to the organisers by 31 August 2004. Further information is on a web site:

http://car.anu.edu.au/oxalates/index.htm (dead link).


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