The Commission Recommendation (2010/238/EU) of the 26th of April 2010 encourages Member States to "develop a common strategic research agenda establishing medium to long-term research needs and objectives in the area of preservation and use of cultural heritage in the context of global change". The process of the JPI aims to improve interdisciplinary cooperation between the sciences, art and the humanities for the benefit of citizens. It is foreseen that the JPI will organise joint work programmes and future calls for proposals for cultural heritage research, when appropriate, in coordination with the EC.
Theme Environment (including climate change) (2011)
The specific Sub-activity "Protection, Conservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage, including Human Habitat" under the Activity "Environmental Technologies" has targeted technologies for the environmentally sound and sustainable management of the human environment including built environments, urban areas, landscape, as well as the protection, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage from environmental pollution.
Furthermore, within the Public-Private Partnership on "Energy-efficient Buildings" (EeB), solutions for improving the energy efficiency of historic buildings in urban areas are going to be developed.
Theme: CHARISMA: Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures: Synergy for a multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration
Science is important in the conservation of cultural heritage. Sophisticated instruments allow conservators and restorers to identify the materials and methods used by the original artist, while modern materials and test methods ensure that work done today respects the principles of durability and compatibility. Following on from the EU-ARTECH project, CHARISMA brings together 21 leading European art conservation bodies. Its goal is to optimise the use of infrastructures through a coordinated programme of transnational access, joint research and networking activities.
The potential of cultural heritage for stimulating jobs and economic growth, improving social and territorial cohesion and defining new types of artistic careers, must used in a more efficient and engaging way. This is why it is important to develop new creative and innovative tools and methods, in order to preserve cultural heritage and pass it on to future generations of Europeans.