The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science Implementation Phase (E-RIHS IP) culminates in a public event on the 24th September 2024, at Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence, marking a significant milestone for E-RIHS. 

The public event is organized by the E-RIHS IP project coordinator, the Institute for Heritage Science of National Research Council of Italy, to celebrate two decades of E-RIHS access and its significant impact on the cultural heritage field and the European research infrastructure ecosystem. Since its first European-funded project in the early 2000s, E-RIHS has steadily grown. In 2016, it was included in the ESFRI Roadmap, and now it is nearing its major objective: to be established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). This legal status will enable E-RIHS to be recognized as a unique organization that plays a significant cohesive role in the global heritage science community. 

During the morning session, E-RIHS IP partners, representatives of the National Nodes, key stakeholders and prominent institutions will present the main outcomes of the project dedicated to further evolving and expanding the research infrastructure as well as providing a legal frame for establishing the ERIC. They will discuss future perspectives and the global, European, national, and regional impacts of E-RIHS. 

The afternoon session will focus on the role of E-RIHS within the digital research infrastructure ecosystem. It will address the ongoing efforts to synergize E-RIHS with other European long-term initiatives, thus maximize its competitiveness and impact on a large scale. 

Through the years, E-RIHS has consistently fostered international cooperation, strengthened dialogue, and consolidated the heritage science community across Europe and beyond. The event will highlight these efforts with updates from partner institutions and networks and discuss the sustainability and socioeconomic impact of E-RIHS. 

Join us in celebrating the achievements of E-RIHS and exploring its future directions. 

To participate, please register at the following link https://forms.office.com/e/cbt18L7ttH 

About E-RIHS: E-RIHS is a pan-European distributed infrastructure committed to advancing heritage science. It integrates expertise, data, and cutting-edge technologies from leading European facilities to support the interpretation, conservation, documentation, and management of cultural heritage. By integrating the excellence of its National Nodes, E-RIHS avoids duplication and creates valuable synergies, ensuring it continues to maintain its leading position in the field. E-RIHS strives to preserve the significance and accessibility of heritage as a source of socioeconomic and environmental sustainability for current and future generations. E-RIHS focuses its services on tangible heritage materials, aiming to uncover the complex cultural and historical layers within them. This approach ensures the protection of the physical condition and the intangible meaning of cultural heritage. 

Website: https://www.e-rihs.eu/ 

For more information about the event, please contact co@e-rihs.eu.