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

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The Institut de France will host the World Meeting on Heritage, Sciences and Technologies from 13 to 16 February 2019. Organized by the Académie des sciences and IPANEMA, under the aegis of the Interacademic Group for Development, the World Meeting will be held in the prestigious venue of 3 Mazarine, the new auditorium of the Institut de France (Paris, France). It will include two main events, a scientific symposium and a day of round tables open to all audiences, accompanied by several satellite workshops in Île-de-France. More than 2000 people are expected to attend the entire Meeting.

14-15 February, Scientific Symposium Frontiers in Heritage Science :

It will bring together internationally renowned scientists in the field of heritage materials studies. High-level speakers will provide a constructive synthesis of current works and future perspectives for research on heritage materials. This synthesis will be a valuable resource for defining the strategic research agendas of participating institutions.

To register to the Scientific Symposium, please visit the dedicated website :

Side workshops and events

  • « Datable, pas datable », LMC14, CEA Saclay 12 Feb., 14.30
    Contact and registration : Valérie Setti and Lucile Beck
  • Third users’ meeting of the IPERION CH European network, C2RMF, 12 Feb., registration website
  • X-ray fluorescence mapping and musical instruments : Visit of the laboratory and of the collections of the Musée de la musique, Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris, 221 rue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, 12 Feb. 14.00 -17.00
    Contact and registration : Stéphane Vaiedelich
  • Press conference Google Arts & Culture, Institut de France, 13 Feb. morning (invitation only)
  • E-RIHS Scientific Strategy meeting, Institut de France, 13 Feb. afternoon (invitation only)
  • PictOu : étude de la technique picturale de Jean Baptiste Oudry, INHA, salle Jullian 1er étage, 2-4 rue des Petits Champs, Paris, 19 Feb. 14.00 - 16.00
    Contact and registration : Claire Betelu

16 February 2019, Day of round tables opened to all audiences Patrimoines, enjeux d’avenir, in French :

Scientists, institutional actors and heritage professionals will engage in a dialogue with the public at four round tables addressing current challenges and future prospects in the field of heritage and thus opening up research to society.

To register to the Day of round tables, please visit the dedicated website :


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 better understand our history and to promote dialogue between cultures. Through sectors such as tourism and the creative industries, scientific research on heritage generates significant economic benefits. These sectors are a source of new jobs at different levels of training in various fields like heritage restoration, the dissemination of research results in museums or instrumentation.

Research on heritage materials (palaeontological, archaeological and cultural heritage materials) is currently undergoing a profound renewal. New research themes 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, particularly in imaging (3D scanners, lasers, large-scale facilities, etc.) or data sciences, or applications to "new objects" such as ancient proteins (proteomics) and highly altered heritage materials. Through its interdisciplinarity, heritage research is revolutionizing the ways in which experimental sciences, the humanities and environmental sciences collaborate.

These new scientific questions will be at the heart of the World Meeting on Heritage, Sciences and Technologies. This Meeting is part of the Interacademic Development Group’s mission to mobilize knowledge for co-development. A strong emphasis will be placed on the Mediterranean region and on new heritage jobs. The World Meeting is also being held as part of the development of the E-RIHS infrastructure (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science). It is supported by the European Commission (E-RIHS PP and IPERION CH projects), the Minsitère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères, the Ministère de la Culture, the CRNS, the Île-de-France Region (DIM Matériaux anciens et patrimoniaux), the University Paris-Saclay, Google Art and Culture, Total Foundation and SwissLife Foundation.

Partner Academies

Académie des sciences (France), Académie des beaux-arts (France), Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres (France), Académie des technologies (France), Académie algérienne des sciences et technologies (Algérie), Österreichische Akademieder Wissenschaften (Autriche), Académie nationale des sciences, arts et lettres (Bénin), Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti (Croatie), Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italie), Lebanese Academy of sciences (Liban), Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademievan Wetenschappen (Pays-Bas), Académie des sciences de Lisbonne (Portugal), Akademie věd Českérepubliky (République tchèque), Royal Society (Royaume-Uni), Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien (Suède).


Au 3 Mazarine, auditorium de l’Institut de France
3 rue Mazarine
75006 Paris – France

Le 3 Mazarine

Built above the medieval ramparts of Philippe Auguste and located under the glass roof where money had been minted since 1789, "Au 3 Mazarine" aims to become one of the main places of expression and transmission of knowledge in France. Its contemporary aesthetic blends harmoniously into the architectural ensemble of the former Collège des quatre nations. Its advanced technologies will provide an ideal setting for the World Meeting on Heritage, Sciences and Technologies.

Scientific Organizers

Loïc Bertrand, Denis Gratias, Philippe Janvier

International Scientific Committee

Michael Alram, Daniel Asmar, Catherine Bréchignac, Jelena Dukic, Jean-Pierre Ezin, Henri-Paul Francfort, Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux, Maria Grever, Nicolas Grimal, François Guinot, Kerstin Lidén, Isabelle Pallot-Frossard, Tatjana Petrasova, Dominique Perrault, Antonio Sgamellotti, Abderrahmane Tadjeddine, Stéphanie Thiébault, John Wood

Local Organizing Committee

Christian Auboyneau, Loïc Bertrand, Philippe Boncour, Bénédicte Charbonnel, Marion Doucet, Denis Gratias, Dalila Hebbadj, Jean-Paul Itié, Philippe Janvier, Tsiory Razafindrabe, Pierre Salzi-Bouaziz.

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