Dr. Emma Richardson Appointed Director of Research

May 12, 2021

Dr. Emma Richardson Appointed Director of Research

IPI is thrilled to announce that Dr. Emma Richardson will start her role as Director of Research in July 2021. Emma is the first to hold this new leadership position, responsible for guiding IPI’s research agenda. Emma brings extensive research and leadership experience in the applied sciences, and an impressive professional record in higher education with a focus on cultural heritage. Prior to her appointment at IPI, she held the position of Group Lead for Analytics and Modelling within the Department of Data Science, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK National Measurement Institute. Before joining NPL, she was Associate Professor of Materials and Head of the Material Studies Laboratory in the Department of History of Art, University College London. She has also held posts as Research Fellow at the Getty Conservation Institute and Conservation Research Scientist at The National Archives UK, working with diverse museum and archive collections.

As Emma prepares to join IPI this summer, she shared the following: “with the Image Permanence Institute playing such a pivotal role in developing the field of preservation science, I am honoured to be taking up this new position and for the opportunity to help guide IPI’s next chapter. IPI is ideally positioned within a cross-disciplinary academic institution and I look forward to harnessing this through collaborations across the social and physical sciences with a view to shaping and evolving preservation practice.”


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