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International Symposium "Heritage, Science and Technologies"

par Bénédicte Charbonnel - publié le

Cultural and natural heritage is nowadays at the heart of our societies. Strengthening knowledge and interpretation of our past, making heritage more accessible and protecting it have a significant impact on social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and the well-being of citizens. Through tourism and creative industries, scientific research on heritage generates important economic spinoffs. Entire emerging research areas, new methodological developments and enhancement of interdisciplinary collaborations between experimental sciences, human sciences and environmental sciences contribute to a deep renewal of research on heritage materials (archaeology, cultural heritage, palaeontology).

In this framework, the “Heritage, Science and Technologies” International Symposium will be held from 13th to 16th February 2019 in the new Grand Auditorium of the Institut de France in Paris.

The Symposium is organized by IPANEMA and the French Académie des sciences, under the aegis of the Groupe interacadémique pour le développement (GID), in partnership with the Académie des Beaux-Arts (France), the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (France), the Académie des Technologies (France), the Académie algérienne des sciences et technologies (Algeria), the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italy), the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (The Netherlands), the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Austria), the Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien (Sweden) and the Royal Society (United Kingdom).


The detailed programme is currently being developed.

  • 13 Feb. 2019 : Professional meeting of the European infrastructure E-RIHS (European Research infrastructure on Heritage Science)
  • 14-15 Feb. 2019 : Scientific symposium Frontiers in Heritage Science, 350 participants. During 6 micro-symposia and 2 round tables, high-level speakers will provide a constructive synthesis of current work and future perspectives for research on heritage materials. This synthesis will be a valuable resource to define the strategic research agendas of participating institutions.
  • 16 Feb. 2019 : General public event, 1500 participants. Researchers, institutional actors and heritage professionals will dialogue with the public during four debates addressing current challenges and future prospects in the field of heritage, thus opening research to society.


Grand Auditorium
Institut de France
23 Quai de Conti,
75006 Paris - France


Registration will open in autumn 2018.

Scientific organisers

Loïc Bertrand, Denis Gratias, Philippe Janvier

International Scientific Advisory Committee

Michael Alram, Catherine Bréchignac, Henri-Paul Francfort, Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux, Nicolas Grimal, François Guinot, Kerstin Lidén, Isabelle Pallot-Frossard, Dominique Perrault, Antonio Sgamellotti, Abderrahmane Tadjeddine, Stéphanie Thiébault, John Wood

Local Organizing Committee

In addition to the scientific organisers : Christian Auboyneau, Bénédicte Charbonnel, Sophie David, Marion Doucet, Jean-Paul Itié, Jean-Luc Maslin, Pierre Salzi-Bouaziz, Nathalie Zajdman

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