About the institute

The Institute of Heritage Science is an interdisciplinary institute whose mission is to pursue scientific excellence and encourage innovation in the knowledge, conservation and use of cultural heritage through collaborative research involving humanities, experimental sciences and technological applications.

With over 180 researchers, technologists and technicians from various disciplines and a strong propensity for interdisciplinarity, ISPC is the CNR’s hub for research, innovation, training and technological transfer of the cultural heritage strategic area, open to collaboration in national and international networks of expertise.

The macro areas of activity of ISPC concern priority research and infrastructural themes for the sector of reference:

  1. Understanding of the tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage;
  2. Diagnostics and conservation of Cultural Heritage;
  3. Management, enhancement and sustainable use of Cultural heritage;
  4. Research infrastructures, technological districts, and competence center for Heritage Sciences.

ISPC contributes to higher education in collaboration with Italian and foreign universities through operational agreements and training projects, involves doctoral and post-doc students in research activities, welcomes university students for dissertations and internships.

ISPC is committed to promoting the use and enhancement of knowledge and technologies developed to contribute to the economic and cultural growth of society. The transfer of knowledge and technologies is in particular towards the cultural and creative production system (regional, provincial and municipal administrations, superintendencies, libraries, museums, SMEs) with which ISPC develops tools and models of co-creation through scientific collaboration agreements.