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IPERION CH Report Summary

Project ID: 654028
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IPERION CH (Integrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure ON Cultural Heritage)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

IPERION CH took up the challenge of integrating national infrastructures to establish a unique European research infrastructure for restoration and conservation of Cultural Heritage, encompassed today by the project E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science, in the ESFRI Roadmap 2016. IPERION CH is offering access to a wide range of high-level scientific instruments, methodologies, data and tools for advancing knowledge and innovation in the preservation of cultural and natural heritage. In the coming years, IPERION CH cutting-edge facilities will continue providing transnational access and more services to its community of users, and at the same time the networking activities will help to fulfil all the conditions necessary to establish E-RIHS.
IPERION CH consortium consists of 23 partners from 12 Member States plus one in the US, together with a large network of affiliations and collaborations. IPERION CH is also affiliated to DARIAH ERIC, the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, and participates in the project PARTHENOS, clustering the research infrastructures for humanities.
Integrated trans-national access platforms. IPERION CH makes world-class scientific tools and knowledge available to heritage scientists through three integrated Trans-National Access platforms:
• ARCHLAB: access to specialised knowledge and organized scientific information – including technical images, analytical data and conservation documentation – in datasets largely unpublished from ten large archives of prestigious European museums, galleries and research institutions.
• MOLAB: access to an impressive collection of advanced mobile analytical instrumentation for non-invasive measurements on precious, fragile or immovable objects, archaeological sites and historical monuments. The MObile LABoratory allows its users to implement complex multi-technique diagnostic projects, permitting the most effective in situ investigations.
• FIXLAB: access to large-scale facilities (synchrotrons, neutron sources, accelerators) uniquely also having expertise in CH, for sophisticated scientific investigations on samples or whole objects, revealing their micro-structures and chemical compositions, giving essential and invaluable insights into CH historical technologies, materials, alteration and degradation phenomena.
Periodic competitive, peer-reviewed calls for TNA are open to the academic, heritage sector and industrial research communities, supporting the complex multi-disciplinary research in heritage science.
IPERION CH Joint Research Activities are focused on advancing diagnostics for improving access services and tools available to researchers and professionals in Heritage Science across Europe. IPERION CH JRA address the current needs of the research community, aiming to: (a) advance techniques and instruments for non-invasive stratigraphic analyses, (b) integrate analytical techniques in new portable instruments and imaging devices, optimizing mobile diagnostics, (c) advance diagnostic techniques for efficient monitoring of deterioration and conservation treatments, (d) improve methods for analyses of organic components in historical and archaeological samples, (e) unify digital tools and protocols for storing, re-using and sharing multi-format scientific cultural heritage data.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The activities of IPERION CH at its 18th month are fully complying with the project timeline. The project flow is steady and under control.
WP1. All project bodies were duly established and operate as expected. The Quality Plan of the project is also established. Risks were addressed as proposed and counter measures taken, based on documented procedures. KPIs were computed and a first KPI dashboard released.
WP2 worked to develop an enhanced integration of key IPERION CH activities. The first users meeting of the three TNA platforms (ARCHLAB, MOLAB, and FIXLAB) was held in Madrid within the framework of the YOuth in COnservation of CUltural Heritage international conference, having over 300 attendees from 38 countries. The data management plan (DMP) was delivered (D2.1) and the first international bilateral meeting of IPERION CH was planned, for Dec. 2016 in Washington DC.
WP3, WP4 and WP5. The three platforms of IPERION CH started regularly their TNA services.
Peer-review panels were established. The announcement of calls for proposals were diffused periodically, targeting potential users. Three calls for access were issued until now. The TNA services are ongoing, with several important projects already completed.
Joint Research Activities (JRA) in WP6, WP7 and WP8 are going at full speed. At M18 only preliminary results are available, even if some deliverables were already completed and the planned milestones reached. JRA activities in IPERION CH follow many complex research lines and cover a very wide number of disciplines, aimed at advancing the capacities of the services provided. It’s impossible to give a brief account of all the research tasks ongoing.
WP9. Several IPERION-CH branded international events were successfully accomplished within the WP program. Strong networking activities and close scientific multi-disciplinary collaborations are the rule within the IPERION CH advanced community.
WP10. The organization of the first IPERION CH training camp was completed and the first Doctoral Summer School was held in Madrid. The observatory on research and education is being organised in cooperation with ICCROM (
WP11. Communication and dissemination plans were completed. Under development now is a Web tools for fostering technology transfer to the industrial partners.
WP12. The work in this WP was seminal in winning the ESFRI position for E-RIHS. A possible legal framework and a draft business plan were developed. Cooperation with national initiatives – inside and outside Europe – is ongoing.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

IPERION CH is committed to creating a fertile environment in order to overcome fragmentation, rationalize resources and foster break-through discoveries, advancing knowledge and the international role of European Heritage research. IPERION CH is fulfilling its declared missions: the project is serving its research community of users, while at the same time pushing the state-of-the-art of its tools and services and advancing the level of integration among its members beyond the status of an integrating activity project and into a permanent European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science. With E-RIHS entering the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap, a key point in the mission of IPERION CH has been achieved, thanks to its successful networking and cooperation activities.
IPERION CH access and research is accompanied by high-level actions for training, dissemination, communication and knowledge/technology transfer aimed at the global heritage community, with special attention paid to SMEs competitiveness and growth, and to social and cultural innovation. Local communities are engaged as major players in the organization of the onsite Training Camps, raising awareness about heritage science applications. The consortium foresees promising scientific and technological advancements that can also foster innovation potential and eventually lead to broader impact through involvement of SMEs.
The impact of IPERION CH will extend beyond the end of the project, as most of its activities will be continued in the wider and long-term framework of E-RIHS

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