Why do children believe in Santa Claus, and how could Christmas rituals bring us closer together in the current pandemic crisis? By exploring the fundamental causes and consequences of cultural rituals, ERC grantee Harvey Whitehouse at the University of Oxford could provide answers to these questions. His research seeks to help policymakers tackle major global challenges such as COVID-19, terrorism and climate change.
What holds Europe together? In the face of economic instability, shifting political trends and a global pandemic, this question comes to mind more and more often. ERC grantee Anelia Kassabova is part of a team of four researchers who, in 2019, won a Synergy Grant to investigate this issue and find what really ‘unites us in diversity’.
When you think of the Renaissance period in Europe, what springs to mind? Perhaps the Medici family in Italy where the Renaissance is said to have begun, or the discovery of the ‘New World’ by Europeans like Christopher Columbus or Abel Tasman. But have you heard of the Jagiellonians?
New insights into how the great Gothic vaults were constructed helps restorers of the future When we think about fascinating architectural work, vaulted ceilings may not necessarily be the first elements to spring to mind. However, they were key to limiting interior damage when a fire broke out beneath the roof of the Notre-Dame of Paris in April of this year. While medieval stonemasons seemed to know very well what they were doing, today their techniques are still not completely understood. The challenge of restoring Notre Dame presents an opportunity for their mystery to finally be unravelled.
“Once lost is lost", one may think, especially if the piece of forgotten patrimony is an opera from 1850 that is “incomplete, too fragmented and irretrievable”, according to the experts. Except for Dr. David Trippet: like an art restorer holding fine paintbrushes, he has dedicated three years of intensive research to retrieve the unborn opera, bringing the music and libretto back to life 170 years later.
The term "Cultural Heritage" might bring to mind particularly scholarly research, rather than cutting-edge science. But the "Fair of European Innovations in Cultural Heritage" aims to prove exactly the opposite: its research community is alive and well, and keeping up with the latest technologies.
Applied theatre tells a story not for the purposes of entertainment but for social, economic, political or therapeutic reasons. Prof. Matthias Warstat, funded by the ERC, wants to know more about the growth and impact of this form of theatre across the world.
Neglect, pollution, natural hazards and climate change are all playing their part in the damage to cultural heritage. This non-renewable resource, in all its diverse physical forms, needs safeguarding for future generations. EU-funded research projects have been carefully investigating the preservation and the sustainable management of these valuable assets to increase their overall resilience. Innovative solutions and techniques, assessment systems, mitigation strategies, risk management models, disaster prevention, quick damage assessment, ICT tools and guidelines have been some of the major results successfully delivered by both FP7 and H2020 projects in the field of cultural heritage.
Vernachlässigung, Umweltbelastung, Naturgefahren und der Klimawandel tragen alle zur Schädigung des kulturellen Erbes bei. Diese nicht erneuerbare Ressource muss in all ihren verschiedenen physischen Formen für zukünftige Generationen bewahrt werden. EU-finanzierte Forschungsvorhaben, einschließlich der Vorhaben, die in diesem neuen CORDIS Results Pack vorgestellt wurden, haben die Erhaltung und nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung dieser wertvollen Kulturgüter sorgfältig untersucht, um ihre allgemeine Widerstandsfähigkeit zu erhöhen. Innovative Lösungen und Techniken, Bewertungssysteme, Minderungsstrategien, Risikomanagementmodelle, Katastrophenvorbeugung, eine schnelle Schadensbewertung sowie IKT-Tools und -Leitlinien gehörten zu den wichtigsten Ergebnissen, die sowohl im Rahmen der RP7- als auch der H2020-Projekte im Bereich des kulturellen Erbes erfolgreich erzielt wurden.