The Cyprus Institute was invited by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission to present its expertise and activities in Research and Communication of Cultural Heritage in the context of a high-level meeting on the theme "Scientific Support for Growth & Jobs: Cultural and Creative Industries", held in Brussels on the 24th of October 2013. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth addressed the meeting and visited the CyI exhibition together with JRC Director General Dominique Ristori expressing their interest in the capacity of 3D technologies to significantly contribute to the educational experience of students for history, archaeology and cultural heritage and as triggers for creative industries in the cultural heritage domain. JRC Director highlighted the importance of CyI contribution to the event in view of the planned signing of a Collaboration Agreement between CyI and JRC.
The Cyprus Institute presented the work of its Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC) and the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) in two main aspects of current trends in Cultural Heritage: Cultural Creative Industries and Virtual Collaborative Environments as key enablers of interdisciplinary education, enriched cultural experience and tourism, as well as, the enhancement of European cultural identity. CyI presentation focused on the contribution of 3D technologies, digital imaging, computational applications and digital libraries to the above, through a series of case studies that highlighted the range of the Cyprus Institute's research in Cultural Heritage and Archaeology and exemplify the value of inter-disciplinary approaches and cross-sectors collaboration.
The event offered an excellent opportunity for the Institute to network, present and promote its work at a high level European Commission meeting. Needless to say that the very invitation to the important event is a clear recognition of the high-level research work of the Cyprus Institute which was was represented in Brussels by STARC Assistant Professors Sorin Hermon and Nikolas Bakirtzis accompanied by graduate student Panayiotis Kyriacou.