Cultural heritage active innovation for next-gen sustainable society

Extended partnership


Acronym: CHANGES


CHANGES aims at promoting cross-disciplinary research and synergies to support the development of innovative long-term strategies for the interpretation, understanding, preservation, and valorization of tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage. CHANGES promotes the development of the twin digital and green transition heritage-based solutions, and intends to reduce social and economic inequalities.

The extended partnership consisting of 11 Universities, 4 Research Institutions, 3 Schools of hight education, 6 Enterprises, 1 Center of Excellence: a multi-technological and transdisciplinary ecosystem for education, research, technology transfer related to humanistic culture and cultural heritage.

CNR takes part in the CHANGES project through the Institute of Heritage Science (ISPC) as lead institute together with the Institute for Applied Mathematics “Mauro Picone” (IAC); the Institute for Computational Linguistics “A. Zampolli” (ILC); the National Institute of Optics (INO); the Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB); the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC); the Institute of Information Science and Technologies “Alessandro Faedo” (ISTI); the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Technologies “Giulio Natta” (SCITEC); the Institute “Opera del Vocabolario Italiano” (OVI).

CHANGES project is organized in 9 thematic functional spokes, widening the full range of activities of the innovation partnership and representing the building blocks of the innovation system in Cultural Heritage:

Spoke 1 “Historical Landscapes, Traditions and Cultural Identities”
Building a multidisciplinary investigation model able to support the action of protection, valorization and sustainable transformation of historical landscapes.
Leader UNIBA
CNR key person: Giuseppe Scardozzi, CNR ISPC
CNR ISPC Groups&Labs : Phoenician and Punic Research Group | Prehistory and Protohistory Research Group | Archaeology, Settlements and Environment Research Group | Archaeological Mapping Lab

Spoke 2 “Creativity and Intangible Cultural Heritage” 
Supporting creative ecosystems in developing new practices and sustainable creative production as an accelerating factor of regenerating processes in urban landscapes.
Leader UNIMI

Spoke 3 “Digital Libraries, Archives and Philology”
Promoting the use of advanced techniques in the field of digital imaging, preservation, recognition and fostering the accessibility of textual, text-image sources, and tangible and intangible linguistic heritage.
Leader UNINA
CNR key person: Simonetta Montemagni, CNR ILC

Spoke 4 “Virtual Technologies for Museums and Art Collections”
Enhancing tangible and intangible cultural heritage objects in museums and art collections by using innovative virtual technologies.
Leader UNIBO
CNR key person: Sofia Pescarin, CNR ISPC
CNR ISPC Groups&Labs : DHiLab

Spoke 5 “Science and Technologies for Sustainable Diagnostics of Cultural Heritage”
Developing innovative approaches, integrated applications and IT tools to deepen our understanding for identification, knowledge, conservation and transmission as well as data gathering and analysis of tangible Cultural Heritage.
Leader CNR: Francesco Paolo Romano, CNR ISPC
CNR ISPC Groups&Labs : XRAYLab | Geophysics Lab | RES-DATA Lab | Heritage Materials Science | Raman Spectroscopy Lab | DHiLab

Spoke 6 “History, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage”
Elaborating a common operative language (methodologies, norms, operative practices) among subjects involved in various capacities in the processes of restoration, conservation, maintenance, management of Cultural Heritage.
Leader UNICT

Spoke 7 “Protection and Conservation of Cultural Heritage against Climate Changes, Natural and Anthropic Risks”
Defining tools for risk prevention, preventive maintenance, disaster risk management, identification of strategies for climate change adaptation.
Leader UNIFI
CNR key person: Cristiano Riminesi, CNR ISPC
CNR ISPC Groups&Labs : Novel Approaches and Technologies for Heritage Conservation | CPC Group

Spoke 8 “Sustainability and Resilience of Tangible Cultural Heritage”
Actions and activities related to knowledge, assessment, actualization and management of tangible cultural heritage and urban cultural ecosystems.
Leader UNIVE

Spoke 9 “Cultural resources for sustainable tourism”
Developing an ecosystem which can foster social growth according to multi-ethnic, multicultural, participatory and fair principles, as well as sustainable cultural tourism.
Leader UNIRM1
CNR key person: Tommaso Ismaelli, CNR ISPC
CNR ISPC Groups&Labs : GRAL | MediMit | Open Data Group | Heritage Materials Science | Ancient Near East Research Group

Project information

  • Funded by: Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca
  • Call: PNRR: Missione 4 – Componente 2 “Dalla ricerca all’impresa” – Investimento 1.3 Partenariati estesi a Università, centri di ricerca, imprese e finanziamento progetti di ricerca
  • Start date: 1 December 2022
  • End date: 30 November 2025
  • ISPC Scientific coordinator: Costanza Miliani
  • Project Leader: Sapienza University of Rome
  • Partners: Università degli studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (UNIBA); Università degli studi di Milano (UNIMI); Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II” (UNINA); Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (UNIBO); Università degli studi di Catania (UNICT); Università degli studi di Firenze (UNIFI); Università “Ca’ Foscari” di Venezia (UNIVE); Università degli studi “Roma tre” (UNIRM3); Università degli studi di Torino (UNITO); Università degli studi di Bergamo (UNIBG); Università Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli (UNISOB); Opificio delle Pietre Dure (OPD); Istituto centrale per il restauro (ICR); The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI); Fondazione Sicilia (FOSI); Società Cooperativa Culture (COOPCULTURE); Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (ANL); Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS); Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana – Treccani; Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo; Centre of Excellence Lazio Technological District for Cultural Heritage and Activities (CoE DTC Lazio); Engineering; Edilco S.R.L;
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News & Eventi

Bandi a cascata SPOKE 5

“Science and Technologies for Sustainable Diagnostics of Cultural Heritage”

Deadline: 27 maggio 2024

Scarica il bando

Evento di presentazione dello SPOKE 5 e dei bandi a cascata

“Science and Technologies for Sustainable Diagnostics of Cultural Heritage”

20-21 febbraio 2024

Napoli, CNR ISPC sede centrale

Kick-off meeting CHANGES

24 - 25 January 2023