“Heritage science” is a relatively new term for the complex research on our cultural heritage, including treatment, conservation, interpretation and documentation. E-RIHS.hu is the Hungarian node of the European Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS).

In addition to archaeology, museology, art history, anthropology and palaeontology, this field is increasingly dominated by analytical methods, including especially the almost non-destructive, physical procedures and their development. MTA Atomki has several decades of traditions in this type of research.

Heritage science is a dynamically developing area. The ESFRI Roadmap took up the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) initiative in March 2016, which unites high-quality European analytical facilities, laboratories and museums to create a unique pan-European research infrastructure.

As a result of the HSLab project, MTA Atomki aims to be one of the internationally recognized hubs of this multidisciplinary distributed research infrastructure.

In the preparatory phase Hungary is represented by the E-RIHS.hu consortium led by MTA Atomki, with the participation of MTA Wigner FK, MTA EK, and the Hungarian National Museum.