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9 May 2022

A new edition of the International School of Cultural Heritage starts in May 2022. The program brings together Italian and foreign cultural heritage professionals to foster mutual learning and exchanging perspectives and best practices on innovative approaches and solutions to the daily practice of the care and management of the cultural heritage.

With a third edition dedicated to exploring the technologies for archaeology, twenty participants from eight countries of the Mediterranean area (Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and North Macedonia) take part in a spring intensive online training program, streaming on fad.fondazionescuolapatrimonio.it, and a fall fieldwork in Italy.

With three training modules that focus on different aspects of the relationship between digital technology and archaeological heritage, participants tackle this particularly relevant topic, at a time when the Italian scientific community is discussing priorities and strategies for the digitization of cultural heritage.

During twenty-one webinars, thirty speakers from Italian cultural institutions bring their perspectives on the different typologies of digital technologies available to professionals for the study and conservation of artefacts, archaeological sites and historical landscapes; on the implications related to the use of immersive technologies for the enhancement of cultural heritage; on the digital tools that can improve the user experience and the accessibility of the archaeological heritage.

For this international training program, the Fondazione works in close collaboration with the UNESCO Secretary and the UNESCO Permanent delegation of the partner countries. Also, for the definition of the program, the Fondazione is supported by three scientific partners: the CNR Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ISPC Istituto di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale; the IIT Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Cultural Heritage Technology Ca’ Foscari (CCHT@Ca’Foscari); the INFT Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, CHNet Cultural Heritage Network.

The Welcome session

The 2022 program opens on May 9th with a Welcome session and exceptional speakers: after the institutional greetings of Vincenzo Trione and Alessandra Vittorini, President and Director of the Fondazione, Paolo Toschi, diplomatic adviser to the Minister of Culture, and Lazare Eloundou Assomo, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, welcome the participants. Afterwards, Christian Greco, director of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, delivers a lectio magistralis entitled “Digital Revolution and Humanism“, with a focus on the close relationship between technology and humanism, the role of the digital humanist and museums in the digital transition and the importance of research in the digital field for continuous improvement of the museum experience.