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E-RIHS - European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science

Heritage is a key component of the European identity. The study and preservation of cultural and natural heritage is a global challenge for science and the European society at large. The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) supports research on heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation and management. State-of-the-art tools and services will be provided by cross-disciplinary groups of researchers to cross-disciplinary users and scientific communities working to advance knowledge about heritage and to devise innovative strategies for its preservation. E-RIHS connects researchers in the humanities and natural sciences and fosters a trans-disciplinary culture of exchange and cooperation. E-RIHS pursues the integration of European world-class facilities to create a cohesive entity playing a connecting role in the global community of heritage science.

Fragmentation, duplication of efforts, isolation of small research groups put at risk the competitive advantage of European heritage science research, spearheaded so well in the past by its unique cultural heritage. The long‐term tradition of this field of research, the ability to combine science with innovation, and the support provided by EU‐funded projects and integrating activities such as EU‐ARTECH, CHARISMA and IPERION CH in conservation science, and ARIADNE in archaeology, represent the background of E-RIHS. E-RIHS exploits the synergy of the cooperation among the academy, research centres, museums and cultural institutions. Both the scientific and the socio‐economic importance connected with heritage science are nowadays evident. The research community has achieved the maturity necessary to make the leap towards a permanent European research infrastructure that will impact broadly on society and economy.

CyI Principal Investigator

Sorin Hermon
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Tel. +357 22208654


Additional Info

  • Acronym: E-RIHS PP
  • Center: STARC
  • Funding Source: H2020- INFRADEV-02-2016 Grant Agreement n.739503
  • CyI Funding: 104375.00 Euro
  • Funding Period: 36 months
  • Starting Date: 1/2/2017
  • End Date: 1/2/2020
  • Coordinator: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
  • Partners:
    Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium (Belgium), Ústav Teoretické A Aplikované Mechaniky AVCR (Czech Republic), Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut (Germany), Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain), Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (Spain), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities – ERIC (France), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece), Magyar Tudomanyos Akadémia Atommagkutató Intézet (Hungary), The Discovery Programme (Ireland), Israel Antiquities Authority (Israel), Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium – ERIC (Italy), PIN – Servizi didattici e scientifici per l’Università di Firenze (Italy), Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap-Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (The Netherlands), Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika W Toruniu (Poland), Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil (Portugal), Javni Zavod Republike Slovenije Za Varstvo Kulturne Dediščine (Slovenia), University College London (UK)

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