Research project “ART-RISK – Artificial Intelligence Applied to Preventive Conservation” celebrated in Seville, Spain

More than 30 people, mostly professionals from the heritage and research sectors, participated in the Local Award Ceremony for the ART-RISK – Artificial Intelligence Applied to Preventive Conservation project, winner of a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2021 in the category Research. The festive event took place on 19 November at the University Pablo de Olavide of Seville (Spain), which led the research project.

The Researcher of the University Pablo de Olavide (UPO), Pilar Ortiz, receiving the commemorative plaque for the European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards

Antonia Jimenez, Vice Chancellor of Research at the University Pablo de Olavide of Seville, presented the Awards plaque to the team of researchers who were responsible for the project. Gemma Contreras, Head of the Valencian Institute of Conservation, Restoration and Research, Juan Jose Primo Jurado, Head of Andalusian Historical Heritage Institute, Antonio Rodríguez Babio, Episcopal Delegate for the Cultural Heritage of the Archdiocese of Seville (Spain), and Enrique Bocanegra, Representative of Hispania Nostra, each contributed to the ceremony and underlined the huge impact and importance of the work of the entire ART-RISK team. Enrique Bocanegra especially focused on the importance of research such as ART-RISK, which allows for risk and vulnerability analyses of monuments, and which is therefore of high public and political significance.

During the ceremony, it was announced that the ART-RISK researchers will continue their work in the conservation of cultural heritage with a new project titled FENIX. FENIX will focus on climate change, fires, resilience and emergency response for heritage. The first implementation of this project will take place in the spring of 2022, in collaboration with the Valencian Institute of Conservation, Restoration and Research at the Fine Arts Museum of Valencia.

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