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Cultural Heritage: NTU's first Research Peak

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Nottingham Trent University present their first research peak – a new approach to sharing research which exemplifies excellence and impact

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Research peaks represent a new approach to defining, resourcing and promoting our research and enterprise at NTU. Drawn from across our strong research base, a peak is an area of research that exemplifies NTU’s core research hallmarks: high quality and readily understood impact. A peak is therefore an exemplar of our broader approach to excellence and impact.

NTU’s first research peak is Cultural Heritage. As a field of research and innovation at NTU with international and world-leading standing, Cultural Heritage demonstrates significant disciplinary breadth, bringing together scientific methods for analysing and preserving heritage with an understanding of the cultural context.

In this virtual event introducing Cultural Heritage, NTU's Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research & Enterprise and Pro Vice-Chancellor - International will be joined by the Peak's two lead researchers, Professor Gamal Abdelmonem and Professor Haida Liang, and by a number of research partners.

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See below for the launch event's full programme:

Time (GMT)Session

08:30 - 08:35

Cultural Heritage Research Peak Introduction

Professor Nigel Wright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research & Enterprise

08:35 - 09:05

Science for Heritage Research

Professor Haida Liang, Director, Imaging, Materials and Engineering Centre (IMEC)

Professor Liang will give an overview of the research carried out in the Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art history & Conservation (ISAAC) Lab. The ISAAC Lab develops cutting-edge mobile imaging and sensing instruments and associated new data science methods for non-invasive in situ investigation of cultural objects and historic sites. Interdisciplinary research that makes an impact on collection care, art history, history and archaeology is at the core of its mission. Through the ISAAC Mobile lab, it provides the heritage research community around the world access to its unique instruments and expertise. ISAAC Lab has so far collaborated with over 30 cultural organisations around the world. Examples of these collaborative projects will be discussed in the talk. We will also launch at this event, our new data analysis platform ‘AI for DIGILAB’ funded by AHRC for the analysis of spectral imaging data for the heritage science research community.

ISAAC Lab Website

09:05 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:35

Smart heritage preservation and virtual environments for world heritage sites: Global partnerships for research excellence

Professor Gamal Abdelmonem, Director, Centre for Architecture, urbanism and Global Heritage (CAUGH)

Professor Abdelmonem will present CAUGH research on the development of advanced virtual heritage technologies to record heritage sites with  a focus the humanitarian value of heritage preservation. He will also underline the Development of HeritageCAVE Framework and the use of Virtual Heritage Technologies and platforms to record world heritage in different parts of the world. Smart heritage Preservation can and should offer more democratised and equitable opportunities and economic viability to many communities across the globe. Professor Abdelmonem’s work challenges current top-down approach of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Programmes, shifting the focus from governments-led initiatives toward more community-led socio-cultural and economic partnerships in most needed and vulnerable communities in The Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

CAUGH Website

09:35 - 09:45

CAUGH Strategic Partners (Panel Commentary)

Professor Gad El-Qadi, President, The National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG), Egypt

Dr. Jigna Desai, Director, The Centre for Heritage Conservation (CHC), CEPT Research & Development Foundation, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Professor Huaping Shen, Head of Cultural Heritage Programme, School of Design & Art, Beijing Institute of technology, China

09:45 - 09:55


09:55 - 10:00

Vote of Thanks

Professor Cillian Ryan, Pro Vice-Chancellor – International

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