What is E-RIHS?

E-RIHS is the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science, with the objectives of heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation, and management based on advancing sharing across disciplines

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Mission

Tangible cultural and natural heritage are key components 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.

Vision

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.

E-RIHS national hubs

National hubs operate at national level in diverse legal frameworks and represent national associations of partner facilities.

Getting continuity with the experience of IPERION CH, several national research infrastructure initiatives supporting the E-RIHS core mission have started to be implemented.

National hubs reinforce the commitment of the E-RIHS community to create and enlarge a pan-European research infrastructure.

Currently, the national hubs sharing the objectives of E-RIHS are active in Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden and United Kingdom.

At the moment, 24 national nodes including partners beyond Europe are participating in the H2020 project IPERION HS (Integrating Platform for the European Research Infrastructure on Heritage Science), funded by the European Commission under G.A. 871034.

Watch this space for more information on the Malta National Node

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