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Pillar 2: Heritage science

Pillar 2 "Heritage science" is dedicated to scientific research in support of the federal - cultural, scientific and historical - heritage and in particular the heritage in Belgian Federal Scientific Institutions  (FSIs), as well as the heritage on which the FSIs deploy their expertise. The potentially involved heritage is of a diverse nature: material / tangible and intangible / digital, of national or international origin.

The aim of the pillar 2 is to mobilise and develop the scientific expertise on "heritage science", namely scientific research to support conservation, access (including new ICT tools), interpretation and management of heritage, especially with a view to scientific exploitation and social valorisation. This approach, often interdisciplinary, is at the crossroads of a wide range of knowledge and expertise, from fundamental sciences to humane and art sciences.

The research aims to support:

  • the preservation and management of heritage and collections, with a view to exploitation, mainly scientifically, through the development and / or testing of best practices of techniques and methods, of sampling, of digitisation or other management and preservation methods, documentation, classification, identification and access to the information and / or access to material from the collections;

and / or

  • its placement in social, artistic, historical, geographical, environmental, health, scientific, technical, political, archaeological, linguistic, literary, musical, economic or cultural context, in a synchronized or diachronic perspective.

The implementation of this pillar is done both via thematic and non-thematic calls. The research projects will be carried out by an FSI or will be coordinated by an FSI in collaboration with universities and other research institutions: the projects therefore also have as a challenge to fit into the global strategic priorities of the FSIs, in terms of their scientific expertise and / or their mission with regard to public service.

Committees members


Thematic and non-thematic projects (bottum-up) of the call 2019

AFRISURGE - Transformative Heritage: politics, peacebuilding and digital restitution of cultural heritage in contemporary Northeast DRCongo

Thematic project
Keywords: Customary authority, Resurgence, Digital restitution, DRCongo

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 851.314€
  • Coordinator: Vanhee Hein (MRAC-KMMA)       
  • Promotors: Titeca Kristof (UA), Van Bockhaven Vicky (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Feys Véronique

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

ARTPRESSE - Intermedial study of Belgian art as a networked structured as seen through the lens of the mass media magazines in the interbellum years

Thematic project
Keywords: Belgium, Magazine, Art, Photography, Media

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 712.514€
  • Coordinator: Lemmers Frédéric (KBR)   
  • Promotors: Baetens Jan (KU Leuven), Bawin Julie (ULg), Delville Michel (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Calvo Del Castillo Helena

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

BCCM GEN-ERA - BCCM collections in the genomic era

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Culture collection, Microorganisms, Genomics , High-Throughput Sequencing, Bioinformatics

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 297.545€
  • Coordinator: Becker Pierre (Sciensano)
  • Promotors: Baurain Denis (ULg), Declerck Stephan (UCL), Rigouts Leen (ITG), Vandamme Peter (UGent), Wilmotte Annick (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Vancauwenberghe Maaike

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

BePAPER - Belgian Art on Paper in a European Perspective. 1918-1950

Thematic project
Keywords: Art on paper, Avant-garde studies, Museum collection, Networks and dissemination, Open data, Art and cultural history

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 650.798€
  • Coordinator: Rossi-Schrimpf Inga (MRBAB-KMSKB)
  • Promotors: Bru Sascha (KU Leuven), Draguet Michel (ULB), Truyen Frederik (KU Leuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Calvo Del Castillo Helena

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

BESOCIAL - BESOCIAL: towards a sustainable social media archiving strategy for Belgium

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Social Media, Web Archiving, Preservation, Digital collections, Digital humanities, Belgian newspapers

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 441.750€
  • Coordinator: Vandepontseele Sophie (KBR)
  • Promotors: Mechant Peter (UGent), Michaux Benoit (UNamur), Watrin Patrick (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Jamart Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

CT-CEPH - A fresh look at Devonian, Early Carboniferous and Latest Cretaceous to Paleogene nautilid cephalopods from Belgium: major steps in nautilus evolution revealed by micro-CT and nano-CT scanning of RBINS-RMCA type collections

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Type collections, µCT, Evolution, Digitisation efforts, Cephalopoda

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 170.898€
  • Coordinator: Mottequin Bernard (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: Goolaerts Stijn (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Vancauwenberghe Maaike

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

DATA-KBR-BE - Facilitating Data-level Access to KBR Collections for Open Science

Thematic project
Keywords: Open Science, Data Management, Digital Humanities, Contemporary Belgian History and Cultural Life, Digital Text Analysis, Digital Cultural Heritage

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 498.976€
  • Coordinator: Lemmens Frederic (KBR)
  • Promotors: Van Hulle Dirk (UA), Verbruggen Christophe (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Calvo Del Castillo Helena

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

DeepSun - Interconnection and valorisation of long-term solar datasets via deep learning

Thematic project
Keywords: Digital heritage, Deep learning, Solar activity, Astronomical databases, Open access

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 556.847€
  • Coordinator: Delouille Veronique (ORB-KSB)
  • Promotors: De Vleeschouwer Christophe (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Jamart Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

DIGICOLJUST - Colonial Violence, Subaltern Agency and Shared Archival Heritage: A Digital Platform of Colonial Judiciary Sources

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Colonial History, Military Justice, Belgian Congo, Shared Heritage, Colonial Violence

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 314.902€
  • Coordinator: Tallier Pierre-Alain (AGR-ARA)
  • Promotors: Henriet Benoit (VUB), Lagrou Pieter (ULB), Lauro Amandine (ULB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Jamart Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

HOME - Human Remains Origin(s) Multidisciplinary Evaluation

Thematic project
Keywords: Human Remains, Legal & Ethic, Colonization , History, Repatriation, Anthropology

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 880.940€
  • Coordinator: Semal Patrick (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: Couttenier Maarten (MRAC-KMMA), de Broux Pierre-Olivier (USL-B), Delvaux Luc (MRAH-KMKG), Desmyter Stijn (NICC-INCC), Louryan Stéphane (ULB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Vancauwenberghe Maaike

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

ICHIE - Interconnectivity of large Carnivores, Humans and Ice Age Environments

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Late Pleistocene, Stable-isotope analyses, Large carnivores including domesticated dogs, Climatic fluctuations, Neanderthals and Upper Palaeolithic Modern Humans, Extinctions

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 179.816€
  • Coordinator: Germonpré Mietje (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: Boudin Mathieu (IRPA-KIK)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Feys Véronique

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

LORD - Lordship and State Formation in the County of Flanders, 15th – 18th C.

Thematic project
Keywords: State formation, Seigneurie, Archives, Legislation, Taxation, Lordship

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 698.515€
  • Coordinator: Verfaillie Joke (AGR-ARA)
  • Promotors: Buylaert Frederik (UGent), Lambrecht Thijs (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Calvo Del Castillo Helena

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

NaPol-Intel - Nationalizing Police Intelligence in Belgium (1918-1961): Democratization Processes and Bureaucratic Knowledge Practices

Thematic project
Keywords: History, Belgium, Archives, Police, Intelligence, Bureaucratization

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 602.732€
  • Coordinator: Amara Michaël (AGR-ARA)
  • Promotors: De Koster Margo (UGent), Rousseaux Xavier (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Jamart Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

POSTWAREX - The ultimate punishment: military justice and the executions of death penalties for collaborators after the Second World War in Belgium (1944-1950)

Thematic project
Keywords: Legal history, Penal law, Social history, Archives of the military justice system

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 293.351€
  • Coordinator: Luyten Dirk (AGR-ARA)
  • Promotors: Horvat Stanislas (ERM-KMS)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Jamart Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

RETROPOLLEN - Reconstructing four decades of spatio-temporal airborne pollen levels for Belgium to assess the health impact

Thematic project
Keywords: Pollen, Surface air pollution, Chemistry Transport Model, Health, Pollinosis

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 830.894€
  • Coordinator: Delcloo Andy (IRM-KMI)
  • Promotors: De Guchtenaere Ann (Zeeprev), Hendrickx Marijke (Sciensano), Hutsemékers Virginie (CELINE-IRCEL), Michils Alain (ULB), Nawrot Tim (UHasselt)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Feys Véronique

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

SURA - Unlocking the Photographic Archives of the Pioneering Years of Egyptology at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels

Thematic project
Keywords: Historical pre-digital photos, Egyptology, Archaeology, Valorisation of unexplored heritage, Metadata, Digital imaging

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 297.567€
  • Coordinator: Claes Wouter (MRAH-KMKG)
  • Promotors: De Meyer Marleen (KU Leuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Calvo Del Castillo Helena

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

TOCOWO - In support of the international travel of ethnographic collections: Identification of wood on Congolese objects using micro- an sub micron Tomography

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Wood anatomy, African artefacts, Conservation, Travelling exhibitions, Micro-CT and sub-micron CT, CITES

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 218.732€
  • Coordinator: Genbrugge Siska (MRAC-KMMA)
  • Promotors: Beeckman Hans (MRAC-KMMA), Van den Bulcke Jan (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Calvo Del Castillo Helena

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra