International research cooperation

In addition to research organizations, a number of international institutions have expressed their interest in cooperating with the centre, for example, CNR (Italy), IPPT Warsaw (long-term joint development of diagnostic devices), Université de Liège (Belgium), and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Virtually all EU Member States, many other European countries, and so-called third countries in Africa, America, Australia and Asia have expressed support for the project and have suggested a number of topics for future research. It is expected that at least 30% of CET employees will be foreigners from EU countries. There have been expressions of interest above all from Italy, Germany and France.

Studies on the preservation and revitalization of cultural heritage of church building in Lower Austria and South Moravia


We deal with other partners in the Czech Republic (Brno University of Technology, Brno archbishopric) and Austria (Donau Universität Krems, Diocese St. Pölten)
The project is:

Roman Catholic Diocese Bmo and St. Pölten have plenty of unused buildings
(rectory, monasteries, churches, etc.) in the country, partly in less developed areas.
Not using these often very important buildings for regional people's identity has negative consequences for urban development of the territory. Without appropriate actions these objects, located mostly in the nucleus of the village are subjected to medium-and long-term decay, causing a massive decline of the urban image. Their preservation and revitalization allow a sustainable form of construction of the cultural heritage and will promote further development because of their identity-forming character. The demographic changes acting in these areas with the continuous outflow of members of R. K. Diocese on both sides of the border arise here and there problems and challenges.

Due to the political developments of the 20th century, former close relationships, involving Religious institutions too, were for a long time interrupted. Nowadays, both sides of the border are facing similar problems that can be solved together. The project therefore considers not only the re-establish former contacts between the institutions, but also aims at the onset of permanent mutual exchange of knowledge and experience with a focus on development strategies relating to the safeguarding and revitalization of unused buildings owned by the Church. In cooperation with experts from scientific institutions of the both countries a bilateral information network will be created. This study will serve also as a basis for further implementation projects.

The aim of our work is:
- Preparation of the drafts, manuals and eligible measures for future comprehensive project, implementation of interventions for the conservation, preservation, use and economy of these buildings.
- Exchange of know-how in the field of professional sustainable conservation and preservation of cultural and typologically specific building substance of both dioceses.

Target groups:

The project is focused not only on the professional staff of the participating project partners, but also to a wider group of specialists working in the areas of practical heritage protection, restoration, or architecture – e.g. the staff of Czech and Austrian heritage offices, small and medium-sized businesses, conservators, architects and urban planners. The project will also be addressed architecture students at the Technical University in VUT Brno in the Czech Republic and graduate students DUK (which partly consists of the owners or employees of small businesses, or are specialists in construction, rehabilitation, etc..).

Use and access to the research infrastructure


1.Policy towards interaction and communication with the user community:

The CET RI facilities and services are offered through several information and communication channels. Naturally the main sources of information are our Internet tools that are kept regularly updated: the ITAM web pages, CET web pages and ARCCHIP web pages (ARCCHIP was an INCO EC supported project for the Centres of Excellence in the pre-accession stage of Central and East Europe countries in which ITAM succeeded as a Centre of Excellence for interdisciplinary cultural heritage research and created several hundreds of links to all EU countries and professionals in the field of cultural heritage - these contacts are maintained and live). Furthermore, an international advisory board has been established who promote the exploitation of the RI and inclusion into European and American research projects. There were issued promotion materials - booklets (in Czech and English), USB card, a representative book, video clips - which are distributed during national and international conferences. An international workshop with presentation of the CET facilities and early results was organized in November 2013 prior the RI opening. The CET RI has a programme for short or medium duration stages of students or researchers from industry which helps better identify problems suitable for investigation using the RI CET. An important part of the communication with the users is materialized through various research projects or industrial contracts focused on specific tasks and managed by the projects coordinators. The project leaders, the research supervisors of the RI CET and the management of the hosting institution further contribute to the effective, functional communication and the policy of results publication.


2. Policy on access to RI services:

Researchers from the hosting institution demand for the access is requested by filling a form in which they must describe the task (including details concerning the materials or specimens, the measured quantities, estimated length of the experiment etc.), the relation to the grant or contract project, the responsible scientist and staff extra the RI. The demands are evaluated by the research programme supervisors and the director of CET with the Head of the relevant laboratory(ies) taking into account the project excellence, feasibility and prospects. An agreement on the conditions of work, property rights and the publication of results is issued. The access from exterior has the same procedure but in this case a contract for the access to the ITAM CET RI is required. The contract can have various modes - generally a contract for the RI services or a contract for joint research using the RI. In the contract, the reimbursement of costs is specified or the price of the services is negotiated. Furthermore, the intellectual property rights are settled, conditions for publication of results, liabilities, safety and health measures etc. The access to RI services is correlative to the approved research grant projects (national, European, bilateral, cross-boarding…), where the users or applicants have the position of co-researchers in the established research teams. The recommended procedure consists in:

1-Informal contact with a scientist, discuss the research topic and expected results.

2-Making official request for experimental time.

3-Evaluation by a board taking into account the excellence features, innovation and perspectives.

4-Invitation for experiment, assignment of time, signing agreement with specification of non-reimbursed costs, e.g. travel, share in tests specimen preparation, etc.

5-Defining with the local scientist details before the experiment.

6-Conducting experiment.

7-Preparing research outputs (local scientist may or may not be co-author of papers but must be always cited at least in the acknowledgements. In case of private customers, results can be kept confidential, (signing a confidential agreement is usually requested by the company in advance).