About this event

  • Date and time Thu 21 Oct 2021 from 11:30am to 12:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Senior Fellows Forum

We are delighted to welcome Professor Aviva Burnstock, Professor of Conservation, The Courtauld Institute of Art, to deliver the first of our Retired Fellows Society lectures in the 2021-22 academic year.

Professor Burnstock will introduce selected examples where the technical study of paintings contributed to questions about their making, materials and change, and the approaches that are taken for their conservation and display.

She will also illustrate how technical and scientific methods can inform historical questions related to paintings.

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Key speakers

Professor Aviva Burnstock

Professor of Conservation, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Speaker's biography

Aviva Burnstock is a Professor in the Department of Conservation at The Courtauld, London, where she took a PhD (1991) and a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings (1984). She was a Joop Los Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Physics (FOM/AMOLF) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2003-2005). 


From 1986-1992 she worked in the Scientific Department of the National Gallery, London after a year as a conservator in Australia with the Regional Galleries Association of New South Wales.  She has a BSc in Neurobiology from the University of Sussex, England. 


She has published widely in the field of painting techniques and materials and aspects of conservation practice.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Chair: Dr Richard Lansdown, Chairman, Retired Fellows Society, Royal Society of Medicine

The technical study of paintings

Professor Aviva Burnstock, Professor in Painting Conservation, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Close of meeting followed by lunch

For those who have pre-booked



Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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