E-RIHS.si Information Day
An infrastructure hub has recently been established in Slovenia to support the interdisciplinary domain of scientific research of heritage.
With the consortium agreement signed between the National Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia and the University of Ljubljana in May 2019, Slovenia became a member of a handful of other European countries that have already established such infrastructure nodes and established a leading role for its heritage scientific community. The infrastructure will, when it opens its doors in 2022, offer access to its laboratories, collections and knowledge, all of which are necessary for successful understanding, management and sustainable use of cultural heritage. Discussions with the national stakeholders from both the science and the heritage sectors are underway.
“The strategic advantage of heritage science is in the way that it links knowledge, its international character, its interdisciplinarity and its relevance to society” said Professor Dr Jurij Svete, dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Ljubljana. To illustrate this, he stressed that researchers from the two founding institutions of E-RIHS.si have already contributed to European projects with a total budget in excess of €75 million.
The node is part of a distributed infrastructure with its seat in Florence, Italy but with a global vision and Slovenian experts advise on further development of the infrastructure. The interdisciplinarity of heritage science is a reflection of the diversity of heritage itself, and for E-RIHS to succeed, knowledge and skills are necessary from many different fields of expertise: fundamental sciences, technology and engineering, while at all times being directed by the needs of the conservation sector, arts and humanities. It is only through such collaboration that a broader societal impact can be ensured.
Dr. Polonca Ropret, E-RIHS.si National Coordinator, reinforced this by saying: “Through its national node, the development of heritage science in Slovenia will decidedly contribute to the holistic understanding of cultural heritage in the country and ensure its conservation as well as its sustainable use.” In the immediate future, and also via scientific research, the Slovenian heritage sector will thus become ever better linked with colleagues from more than 18 European countries. The reverse also holds: through the node, global researchers will have access to interdisciplinary facilities in Slovenia.
Dr Polonca Ropret, E-RIHS.si National Coordinator
Professor Dr Matija Strlic, Chair of E-RIHS.si Programme Board