The conference schedule and a related press article written by Nathaniel Herzberg and published in Le Monde on 8th June2016 can be downloaded at the end of this summary.
The meeting took place on May 31st, a little after the integration of E-RIHS (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science) into the international ESFRI roadmap (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure) and into the French roadmap 2016 that were both announced in March 2016.
The preparation phase of E-RIHS aims at establishing the sustainable infrastructure that supports research on material, cultural and natural heritage, its interpretation, preservation, documentation and management, associating existing competences and providing state-of-the-art tools and services to interdisciplinary research communities. In this framework, the panellists have presented the scientific project of the infrastructure, the contributions in terms of tools and competences, and the new stakes about interdisciplinarity, such as the reflective approach, data management and conservation. More than 50 French laboratories were represented (see list below) and numerous active discussions with the public have been led throughout the day.
The conference was opened by Marie-Christine Labourdette, director in charge of Museums at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and by Jacques Dubucs, scientific director of the human and social sciences sector of the science and innovation branch of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
The opening session was held by Bruno Brunetti, who recalled the evolution of all the European projects that address the multiple dimensions of material heritage studies (LABS-TECH, EU-ARTECH, CHARISMA, IPERION CH). He also gave a panorama about techniques that are provided and being developed in the frame of those projects. High importance was given to the interdisciplinary approach, which is the only way to tackle objects without neglecting their complexity.
The French E-RIHS coordinators have then presented the institutional and scientific dimensions of E-RIHS, as well as the potential paths for a consolidated position of France amongst their European partners.
During two panel discussions, leading edge tools for the study of cultural and natural heritage have been presented : large scale infrastructures (synchrotron, ion beam analyses, 14C measurements), mobile tools (e.g. several spectroscopy techniques), etc. Here again, the contributors insisted on the relevance of interdisciplinarity to better collaborate among access providers, to improve access procedures for potential users and to develop knowledge about ancient materials.
The main discussions with the public were focusing on the need for training (vocational training, training for researchers and doctoral students, training for the use of an instrument), the promotion of E-RIHS among the laboratories, the link between E-RIHS and the universities, the project’s financing (tools and methods, addressing especially Structural Funds), data access, and the development of new tools. The interest of creating an ’integrated operational chain’ that fosters easier access to laboratories, instruments or available tools privileging a coherent and concrete approach, has been stressed.
Maria Douka, advisor for Research Infrastructures, EU and International Cooperation at the Cabinet Office of the Greek Alternate Minister for Research & Innovation, contributed at the end of the conference. She reminded that the launch of a European research infrastructure is a long and dynamic process that requires efficient coordination between the implicated parties and access providers. In Greece, due to its richness in cultural heritage, ’scientific diplomacy’ and the creation of regional research infrastructures together with Mediterranean partners have been identified as tools to enable new international partnerships.
The closing speeches were held by Gabriel Chardin, committee director (TGIR) at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and by Maryline Laplace, chief coordinator of research and innovation activities and policies at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
This launch day of E-RIHS has opened a series of information conferences and open discussions that will henceforth be organized once a year to give regular updates about the advancing of the project.
Besides, a mailing list of all people interested in E-RIHS will be set up and a newsletter will periodically be published. Finally, thematic working groups linked to the European project will be created.
Figures about the launch day
‒ 201 registered participants.
‒ Representatives of French Ministries (Higher Education and Research ; Culture and Communication), local authorities (Région IDF), and several international scientists (IT, BE, DE, HE, UK).
‒ Laboratories and institutions of CNRS, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, universities, and other organisations/research institutes (Inria, CEA, INRAP, BRGM, Synchrotron SOLEIL). 22 universities from Île-de-France region (Paris-Sud, UPMC, UVSQ, CentraleSupélec, Cergy-Pontoise, Créteil, ENS Cachan, EHESS, EPHE, Ecole nationale des chartes, Evry, INALCO, Nanterre, Paris I), from other French regions (Aix-Marseille, Bordeaux, Grenoble Alpes, Lille, ENS Lyon, Toulouse, Tours, Reims), and from EU.
‒ Representatives of several museums : MNHN, musée du Louvre, centre Georges Pompidou, musée de Cluny, Cité de la musique, musée de l’Orangerie, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, musée Picasso), and other heritage institutions : Centre des monuments nationaux, Institut national du patrimoine, Fondation des sciences du patrimoine, archive services.
‒ 53 laboratories* ; many of them have been represented by a board member :
*AASPE, AGORA, Arc’Antique, ArScAn, C2RMF, CESR, CICRP, CNP, CR2P, CRC, CREAM–LACNAD, CSNSM, DAVID, DYPAC, EAE, ETIS, GEGENAA, GEMaC, HALMA, HNHP, ICSN, IDHES, IDRIS, ILL, ILV, IMPMC, IN2P3, Institut Jacques Monod, Institut Néel, IPANEMA, IRAMAT, LAMOP, LAMPEA, LETIAM, LISA, LISL, LMC14, LPMS, LPPI, LRMH, LSCE, MAP, MCAM, Musée de la musique, NIMBE, Orient & Méditerranée, PACEA, PALGENE, PHENIX, SATIE, SOLEIL, TRACES, Trajectoires
‒ Several private structures (restauration, analyses, editing).
Press article written by Nathaniel Herzberg, Le Monde
- Loïc Bertrand
- Isabelle Pallot-Frossard
- Sophie David
- Susanna Holowati
- Irini Paltani-Sargologos
The E-RIHS launch day was organised on May 31st 2016 by the laboratory IPANEMA (Ancient materials research platform) and the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF).
The conference has been supported by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, CNRS, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and the European project IPERION CH.