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Sara Fiorentino

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Cultural Heritage

Academic discipline: FIS/07 Applied Physics

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Project SIRIUS is framed within the research line «Strategies for the safeguarding of cultural heritage at risk: analysis, hierarchization and geo-referencing in the Ravenna area ", promoted by the Department of Cultural Heritage - University of Bologna.

Cultural Heritage, witness to past eras and communities, holds an intrinsic meaning which translates into sharing identities, traditions and knowledge. The loss of just one of these values can result in considerable damage to future generations, with traceable consequences in the context of social cohesion and community identity.

Nowadays, Cultural Heritage is threatened by a number of natural (earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, etc.) and anthropogenic risks (transport of special substances, disposal of harmful substances, terrorism, conflicts, etc.); however, current practices of intervention and mitigation that are adopted in Italy rarely pay programmatic attention to Cultural Heritage.

This Project fosters the adaptation, on a local scale, of principles and guidelines currently promoted at an international level for the management of Cultural Heritage at risk. Ravenna preserves as many as 8 monuments registered in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List, which require adequate intervention plans and monitoring of the risks to which the city is exposed.

The Project aims at developing three thematic lines of approach to risk management (data updating, transfer of skills, awareness raising), standing as a tool for local civil protection bodies and the Ravenna community. The applied approach will therefore be mainly practical and operational and direction towards the co-participation of all the involved actors.