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A strategic development of Science for Heritage, Art & the Humanities research at NTU

Unit(s) of assessment: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory

Research theme: Global Heritage

School: School of Arts and Humanities; School of Science and Technology


The recent establishment of European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) on the European Roadmap is a boost to the research in heritage science. E-RIHS will bring together heritage science experts to support research on heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation and management. It will consist of national infrastructures of recognised excellence, physically accessible collections and archives and virtually accessible heritage data.

Addressing the Challenge

The aims of this proposal are to strengthen and broaden the scope of Science for Heritage, Art & the Humanities research through new collaborations between Science & Technology and the other disciplines within NTU and with external partners; to prepare and raise the profile of NTU as a provider for European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS), i.e. both and; and also to enrich the impact linked to the Global Heritage Research Theme from History to Science and Engineering through collaborations with regional, national and international partners in the heritage sector

To achieve the above aims, we propose to scope for new collaborations between science & technology and heritage related disciplines; conduct pilot studies for promising projects between internal and external partners and also promote NTU ISAAC mobile lab service to the heritage community.


The research lead for this project is Professor Haida Liang, from the School of Science and Technology. Professor Liang is Head of the Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC) research group. Her areas of research include the development of advanced optical imaging and spectroscopic instruments for non-invasive and non-destructive examination, applications of physics (particularly imaging and optics) to art conservation and archaeology, as well as astrophysics.

Making a Difference

The Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art history & Conservation (ISAAC) research lab is well recognised internationally for its instrument developments and interdisciplinary research in heritage science and has collaborated extensively with over 30 partners in the museums and heritage communities internationally. The project intends to extend such collaborations and bringing in more colleagues to collaborate in heritage research.

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