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Issue 49 of the research*eu results magazine: Preserving our cultural heritage

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Issue 49 of the research*eu results magazine: Preserving our cultural heritage
There is no denying the huge value that cultural heritage holds for Europe’s economy and society. But as time flies, political priorities change and budgetary issues increasingly push governments to reduce their expenditure, there is a real risk of seeing the preservation of this heritage pushed onto the back burner — ultimately resulting in invaluable losses.

Since the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU has been expected to ensure that the continent’s cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced. A number of policies and programmes were developed: Some EUR 3.2 billion and EUR 1.2 billion were invested via the European Regional Development Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, respectively. Around EUR 100 million of research funding was granted under FP7, and an equal budget is foreseen for 2016 and 2017 under the Horizon 2020 programme. As pointed out by the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on Cultural Heritage, ‘Not only is [cultural heritage] at the heart of what it means to be European, it is being discovered by both governments and citizens as a means of improving economic performance, people’s lives and living environments.’

This first 2016 issue of the research*EU results magazine is dedicated to this newly found power of cultural heritage, through the presentation of project results that raise hope of a more in-depth analysis, better conservation and more effective transmission of findings — notably thanks to new information and communication technologies.

Other topics in this edition include the following highlights:

- EU-funded stem cell breakthrough offers hope to liver patients
- Neanderthal bones reveal their secrets
- Research facility network catalyses Europe’s biomass potential
- Greening concrete with sustainable raw materials
- Toolbox to guide online developers around the cloud
- New composite material techniques promise efficient manufacturing
- Quality surveillance video
- Improved ephemerides of natural satellites

The research*eu results magazine is the main source of information for all findings related to EU-funded science projects. It covers a large spectrum of topics including biology and medicine, environment, energy, transport, ICT, industrial technologies, social sciences and space. It is published 10 times per year in English.

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Source: Based on information from the research*eu results magazine n°49

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