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Participate in the World Meeting "Heritage, Sciences and Technologies" at the Institut de France !

par Bénédicte Charbonnel - publié le , mis à jour le

Cultural and natural heritage is at the heart of our societies. Making this heritage more accessible to all, protecting it and knowing it better are essential to a better understanding of our history and to promote dialogue between cultures. Through sectors such as tourism and creative industries, scientific research on heritage generates significant economic benefits. Research on heritage materials (palaeontological, archaeological and cultural heritage materials) is currently undergoing a profound renewal. New research topics are emerging, such as the study of ancient environments, which provides a better understanding of mechanisms such as fossilization and the impact of societies on their environment. This renewal also involves the development of new methods, especially in imaging (3D scanners, lasers, large instruments, etc.) or data sciences, or applications to "new objects" such as old proteins (proteomics) and highly altered heritage materials. Through its interdisciplinarity, heritage research is revolutionizing the ways in which experimental sciences, human sciences and environmental sciences collaborate.

These new scientific questions will be at the heart of the World Meeting "Heritage, Sciences and Technologies" which will take place from 13 to 16 February 2019 on the occasion of the opening of the new auditorium of the Institut de France in Paris. It is also part of the development of the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS).


The detailed programme is currently being developed.

  • 14-15 Feb. 2019 : Scientific symposium Frontiers in Heritage Science. 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 : Public round tables, 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.
  • These events will be accompanied by large-scale satellite meetings : IPERION CH users’ meeting (12 Feb.), E-RIHS network meeting (13 Feb.), etc.

The world meeting is organized by IPANEMA and the French Académie des Sciences, under the aegis of the Inter-Academic Group for Development (GID). Several Academies around the world are associated with this exceptional event : in France, the Academies Beaux-Arts, Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, and Technologies, and the Academies of Science of Algeria, Austria, Benin, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The world meeting is supported by the European Commission and the Île-de-France Region.


Au 3 Mazarine
Auditorium of the Institut de France
3 rue Mazarine
75006 Paris - France


Registration will open in autumn 2018.

Scientific organisers

Loïc Bertrand, Denis Gratias, Philippe Janvier

International Scientific Advisory Committee

Michael Alram, Daniel Asmar, Catherine Bréchignac, Jelena Dukic, Jean-Pierre Ezin, 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, Philippe Boncour, Bénédicte Charbonnel, Sophie David, Marion Doucet, Jean-Paul Itié, Pierre Salzi-Bouaziz, Nathalie Zajdman

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