European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) Dissemination Day
Join the Imaging and Sensing for Archaeology, Art history and Conservation (ISAAC) Lab at this dissemination event for the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) initiative. Discover how the E-RIHS plays a connecting role in the global community of heritage science.
- From: Wednesday 27 March 2019, 10.30 am
- To: Wednesday 27 March 2019, 4 pm
- Location: Old Chemistry Theatre, Arkwright building, City Campus, Nottingham, NG1 4QF
- Booking deadline: Friday 22 March 2019, 11.00 pm
European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) is an initiative that supports research on heritage interpretation, conservation, documentation and management. Cutting-edge tools and services will be provided by cross-disciplinary groups of researchers to cross-disciplinary users and scientific communities working to advance knowledge about heritage and to devise innovative strategies for its conservation. E-RIHS connects researchers in the humanities and natural sciences and fosters a trans-disciplinary culture of exchange and cooperation. It pursues the integration of European world-class facilities to create a cohesive entity, playing a connecting role in the global community of heritage science.
E-RIHS is currently in its preparatory phase with a projected implementation phase to commence in 2021. At present there are 100 heritage institutions and facilities involved spreading over 16 countries, while 24 partners take part in the UK hub.
The initiative uses four platforms to categorise different types of research capability, or ‘facility’. The collection of these capabilities along with the unique expertise (technical and interdisciplinary research expertise), spread across the four integrated platforms (or ‘LABs’), make up the infrastructure which can include major research equipment (or sets of instruments), knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives and data, and e-infrastructures:
- ARCHLAB provides access to physical collections, such as objects, technical images, samples and reference materials, analytical data and conservation documentation, as stored in museums, galleries and research institutions.
- DIGILAB provides online access to digital tools concerning heritage and data, with the aim of making it FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable). This includes and enables access to searchable registries of datasets, reference collections, thesauri, ontologies etc., and supports data interoperability through the creation of shared knowledge organization systems.
- FIXLAB describes large-scale and medium-scale fixed facilities – e.g. synchrotrons, neutron and laser sources and other essentially immovable research facilities including the associated unique expertise.
- MOLAB is access to a comprehensive selection of advanced cutting-edge mobile analytical instrumentation for non-invasive measurements on objects, buildings, and sites, allowing the implementation of complex multi-technique diagnostic projects for in situ investigations. It describes the totality of the facility (i.e. it includes the mobile equipment, transport and fixed facility (lab) that supports the maintenance of the equipment, along with the unique expertise of the personnel) as one entity.
Wednesday 27 March 2019
Old Chemistry Theatre, Arkwright building
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee and Registration
11:00 - 11:05
Welcome from the Deputy Vice Chancellor
11:05 - 11:25
European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS)
11:25 - 11:45
Science and Heritage in the UK
11:45 - 12:15
Experiences from the European ARCHLAB transnational access programme
ARCHLAB in Operation
12:15 - 13:15
13:15 - 13:45
NTU ISAAC Mobile Lab
13:45 - 14:15
Archaeology Data Service
DIGILAB for museum science data
14:15 - 15:15
Diamond Light Source
Oxford Radio Carbon Accelerator Unit
Stable Isotope Lab
Organic Geochemistry Unit molecular and isotope facilities
15:15 - 15:35
15:35 - 15:45
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership
15:45 - 16:05
AHRC CDP heritage science PhD project pitch
16:05 - 16:15
AHRC Midlands4Cities (M4C) Doctoral Training Partnership
16:15 - 16:35
AHRC M3C heritage science PhD project pitch
16:35 - 17:35
Screening of ‘Mysterious Discoveries in The Great Pyramid’
A documentary film by Florence Tran to complement the Nature paper on the discovery of a big void in Khufu’s Pyramid by observation of cosmic-ray muons
This programme is available for download.
Participation is free but registration is required.
You may also be interested in our two-day, Science and Heritage Interdisciplinary Research Workshop, which aims to bring together those engaged in the study of heritage from different backgrounds (historians, curators, archaeologists, conservators and heritage scientists) to illustrate how science can address a wide range of research questions related to heritage objects and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the participants.
Further travel information can be found on our website.