Ávila will host, from September 1 to 5, 2019, the second international congress that CIPA-ICOMOS celebrates in Spain after twenty-seven editions, with an attendance of nearly half a thousand experts in cultural heritage conservation from the scientific point of view.
For this election, the capital of Avila won Milan in the vote held two years ago during the XXVI Biennial CIPA Biennial, held from August 28 to September 1 last year in Ottawa, as confirmed to Efe one of the directors, the Diego Diego Aguilera from Avila.
In the designation of Ávila, weighed aspects such as the heritage, the location, the experience of the directors and the fact that this forum had not been held previously in Spain, explained the principal investigator and head of the Consolidated Research Unit TIDOP (Information Technologies for Heritage Documentation) of the University of Salamanca.
CIPA was founded in 1968 as the International Committee of Architectural Photogrammetry, becoming over time an organization that applied technology from measurement, visualization and computer science to record, preserve and document heritage in all its forms.
This international organization has the responsibility to be up-to-date from the technological point of view, and to guarantee its usefulness for the conservation, education and dissemination of cultural heritage.
This double role is highlighted in its parent organizations: the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
Among the objectives of this type of organizations. that try to promote good practices for the registration, documentation and management of cultural heritage information, includes the possibility of providing a platform with bi-annual conferences for the exchange of ideas, best practices and scientific research.
According to Diego González Aguilera, for the next edition to be held at the “Lienzo Norte” Congress and Exhibition Center in the capital of Ávila, an attendance of between four and five hundred people from all over the world is expected.
For the organization, it is expected to have the backing of the institutions of Avila, as well as the University of Salamanca.