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Ile-de-France Region declares "Ancient and Heritage Materials" a Key Research Sector

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On 15 December 2016, the Regional Council of the Ile-de-France Region presented the Key Research Sectors it will fund for the 2017-2020 period. “Ancient and Heritage Materials” is among the nine selected Key Research Sectors.

The originality of this research network resides in its strong multidisciplinary dimension as it rests on the close collaboration between Human and Social sciences, Physico-Chemical sciences, Environmental sciences and Information sciences, while integrating economic and social players in the area of cultural and natural heritage and its valorisation.

Coordinated by Loïc Bertrand (IPANEMA), Etienne Anheim (EHESS) and Margareta Tengberg (AASPE), the network gathers :

  • more than 70 laboratories (from CNRS and research and higher education institutions in Ile-de-France) ;
  • several museums (Louvre, National Archaeological Museum, Quai Branly museum) ;
  • companies in the field of instrumentation, graphic design, restoration and conservation, and cultural mediation.

The three SATT (societies for accelerating technology transfers) of the Region are associated to the project.

The network is structured in five thematic axes : "Objects : Provenance, Chaines operatoires, Practices", "Fossils and Witnesses of ancient life", "Paleoenvironments and Taphonomy", "Artists Materials and Materiality of Artworks", and " Alteration and Conservation" ; and three transversal axes : "Safe Analysis", "Signal, Calculation and Statistics" and "Usages, Archives and Reflexivity". The innovation dimension is organised along four directions : Instrumentation, Big data and Multimedia, Museums and Restoration, and Training.

Such an interdisciplinary network aims at placing the Region at the forefront of research, innovation and dissemination in the fields of Heritage Sciences and Ancient Materials. It will contribute to the evolution of scientific methods and practices used to study ancient materials and to the emergence of breakthrough technologies.

The members of its Scientific Steering Committee are :

  • Loïc Bertrand (IPANEMA)
  • Etienne Anheim (EHESS)
  • Margareta Tengberg (AASPE)
  • Dominique Blamart (LSCE)
  • Serge Cohen (IPANEMA)
  • Cynthia Colmellere (CentraleSupélec, IDHES)
  • Christiane Denys (ISYEB)
  • Agnès Desolneux (CMLA)
  • Philippe Dillmann (LMC IRAMAT et NIMBE)
  • Julien Gargani (GEOPS)
  • Charlotte Guichard (IHMC)
  • Jean-Paul Itié (Synchrotron SOLEIL)
  • Pauline Lemaigre-Gaffier (DYPAC)
  • Isabelle Pallot-Frossard (C2RMF)
  • Laurianne Robinet (CRC)
  • Isabelle Rouget (CR2P)
  • Mandana Saheb (LISA)
  • Isabelle Sidéra (Pré-Tech)
  • Laurence de Viguerie (LAMS)
  • Dan Vodislav (ETIS)

What is a Key Research Sector ?

A Key Research Sector is funded for 4 years. The grant allocated is redistributed to the members of the network through project calls for and enables to support doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships, seminars, equipment…
Through labelling Key Research Sectors, Ile-de-France Region aims to increase the scientific outreach and the attractiveness of the laboratories of the region, while supporting major research projects on specific topics.