Sorbonne Abu Dhabi leads global heritage preservation efforts – Travel And Tour World

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (SUAD) recently concluded a pivotal event that spanned from February 26 to March 21, marking a significant stride in heritage restoration efforts, particularly focusing on the Notre Dame Cathedral’s rehabilitation post-fire. This series of events, incorporating a conference and an engaging exhibition, underscored SUAD’s dedication to fostering innovation and excellence in the preservation of cultural heritage, enhancing its role as a leader in global heritage conservation initiatives.

The conference, which took place on February 26 and 27, became a melting pot of expertise, connecting researchers from France and the UAE with their counterparts across the Arabian Peninsula. Engaging over 25 professionals, the discussions delved into the intricacies of Notre Dame’s restoration process, from the immediate measures taken after the fire to the detailed archaeological studies that followed. A notable aspect of these discussions was the emphasis on leveraging digital technologies and scientific data management in cultural heritage conservation, highlighting its indispensable role in the UAE and beyond.

A highlight of the event was the photography exhibition by Patrick Zachmann, a renowned French photojournalist from Magnum Photos Agency, which depicted the complexities involved in heritage restoration. The exhibition offered attendees a unique Virtual Reality (VR) experience and holographic displays, immersing them in the meticulous restoration efforts of historic sites. This exhibition stood out for its innovative use of holographic technology on an archaeological artefact’s restoration, signaling a major breakthrough in heritage and restoration research facilitated by SUAD.

Professor Nathalie Martial Braz, Vice Chancellor of SUAD, emphasized the event’s global relevance, positioning it as a testament to SUAD’s pivotal contribution to shaping the future of heritage preservation research. By blending Archaeometry with cutting-edge technology and fostering international research collaborations, SUAD’s researchers have laid the groundwork for future advancements in heritage preservation.

Dr. Delphine Syvilay, the event’s organizer and Assistant Professor at SUAD, pointed out the multi-dimensional and multi-sensory nature of the Notre Dame exhibition. Through Zachmann’s lens and immersive technologies like VR and holograms, visitors gained an intimate glimpse into Notre Dame’s restoration, exploring unseen aspects of the cathedral.

The collaboration with partners such as Rebâtir Notre-Dame de Paris, Magnum Photos, and various cultural and technological entities underscored the collective effort behind this successful event. Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi continues to spearhead initiatives that bolster the global mission of safeguarding cultural heritage, positioning itself as a beacon of innovation in heritage conservation.

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