European perspectives

During FP7, research efforts focus on better assessing and understanding the mechanisms by which damage to cultural heritage occurs, and on finding the best possible measures and means to ensure that tangible cultural heritage is protected.

Particular support is given to the development of advanced methodologies, technologies and tools which can be applied to a wide range of cultural heritage assets and specific damage risks. T
he ERA-NET project NET HERITAGE will ensure a comprehensive overview of the status of cultural heritage research throughout Europe and provide help in coordinating the sector by allying different domains such as art, history, conservation, maintenance and restoration with architecture, chemistry, physics and engineering. The new Joint programming initiative (JPI) “Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe” will ensure a better coordination between the European Member States, Associated countries, and the European Commission regarding future calls for cultural heritage research.

For more information, read the Citizens’ Summary, “EU countries join their research programmes on cultural heritage” and the full text of the recommendation. The Council welcomed  the recommendations of the European Commission and encouraged the implementation of the JPI “Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe”.