IPERION HSIntegrating Platforms for the European Research Infrastructure ON Heritage Science

On October 6th, 2021 the IPERION HS community discussed hot topics for building transatlantic cooperation in training, networking initiatives and digital collaborative solutions for the #heritagescience community.

The European and American partners from the US, Mexico and Brazil presented upcoming international conferences and suggested new ideas to strengthen the collaboration.


Cooperation theme 1: Training and Dissemination

Moderated by Matija Strlič, the first session explored the cooperation theme on “Training and Dissemination” and possible, future joint initiatives within the IPERION HS project to produce a framework for online training and dissemination modules.

Jose Louis Ruvalcaba is the coordinator of the LANCIC (Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias para la investigación y la Conservatión del Patrimonio Cultural. He presented training initiatives on Heritage Science in Mexico, focussing on a convergent approach with national institutions.


JoAnn Cassar is a conservation scientist and Deputy Dean at the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta. Her talk focussed on promoting multidisciplinarity in the Arts and Humanities, both in training and in practice.


The young researcher from the University of Ljubljana, Tjaša Rijavec, gave her view as an early-stage researcher on the Training and Engagement Needs in heritage science and suggested an internationalisation of the curricula.



Cooperation theme 2: International Networking Initiatives in the Pandemic Times

The second session has been moderated by Luca Pezzati, the coordinator of the IPERION HS project and Director of Research at the INO-CNR. The focus was on international networking initiatives in the Pandemic Times. The panellists discussed on how to plan outreach initiatives to international institutions to strengthen the Heritage Science global community.

Luiz de Souza, Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and Coordinator of LACICOR – Conservation Science Laboratory, gave an overview on the perspectives of integrating activities on Heritage Science in South America.

Thiago Puglieri presented both ANTECIPA, the National Association for Research in Heritage and Technology in Brazil, and the plan for webinars and workshops on heritage science in Brazil.



Cooperation theme 3: Opening Heritage Science Data at the Global Level

Sorin Hermon, Associate Professor at the Cyprus Institute and chair of the DIGILAB Working Group, presented the last two speeches on digital cooperation.

Joseph Padfield, principal scientist at the National Gallery of London, introduced digital tools for collaboration. In particular, he showed semantic models and a tool for cross-collection image presentation.


Catherine Patterson, scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, presented a collaborative tool, Arches for Science, an open-source software platform for cultural heritage data management.

Three main goals were pointed out:
  • Organising transatlantic conferences, workshops, and webinars to offer the heritage science community the opportunity to learn about heritage, methodologies, and techniques from different continents and exchange different scientific experiences
  • Organising international schools, masters, and courses for students or young researchers to promote a new, international generation of heritage scientists
  • Tightening cooperation between the European and American/ Latin American partners to create and foster the HS Academy webinars as an opportunity for the heritage science community to learn more from one another
  • Opening Heritage Science data at the global level and sharing new digital solutions and collaborative tools.