The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) launched on the 10th of March 2016, the newly approved projects on development of large-scale Pan-European research infrastructures. Among the six selected, E-RIHS (European Research Infrastructure on Heritage Sciences) has been chosen to answer the long-term needs of European research communities, recognizing Heritage Sciences as a top priority research topic in Europe.
Heritage Science is a cross-cutting domain that embraces a wide range of research disciplines while supporting the various aspects of tangible heritage conservation, interpretation and management. E-RIHS connects researchers in the humanities and natural sciences and fosters a trans-disciplinary culture of exchange and cooperation while offering access to a wide range of cutting-edge facilities, high-level scientific instruments, methodologies, data and tools for advancing knowledge and innovation in the study and preservation of heritage. E-RIHS will address issues such as:
• How can we apply science to our heritage?
• How can we better study and preserve our heritage?
• How can we help researchers work to advance knowledge about heritage and strategies for its preservation?
The Science and Technologies for Archaeological Research Center (STARC) of the Cyprus Institute is a partner in this ambitious endeavor. Along with other 17 European countries, Cyprus became a founding member of E-RIHS, which today gathers more than 80 of top Heritage Sciences research institutions and facilities in Europe.
The Cyprus Institute brings into E-RIHS its scientific expertise and advanced research infrastructure, consolidating and further developing its capacities matured in the last 7 years of successful implementation of EU projects such as STARLAB (a mobile infrastructure for Archaeological Sciences), ARIADNE (a research infrastructure for sharing archaeological datasets), ARCLAND (advancing the use of remote sensing and digital documentation in archaeology) or GRAVITATE (3D re-assembly and restoration of heritage objects).
E-RIHS recognizes the particularly important role The Cyprus Institute fulfills in the consortium, being its representative in the southeastern Mediterranean, one of the richest areas of Europe in terms of Cultural Heritage and thus functioning as a research hub for the entire region. As such, its crucial role will be to develop research, offer access to research infrastructure and provide periodic training to young or advanced researchers and students. More about the project