Riches Project First International Conference

Pisa, 4 December (3 pm - 7 pm) - 5 December (9 am - 5:30 pm) 2014

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n° 612789.

Programme Committee

Neil Forbes, Coventry University (UK)

Neil Forbes is Professor of International History at Coventry University and Co-ordinator of the RICHES project.

His research interests and publications lie in the following fields: conflict heritage, contested landscapes and the memorialisation of war; creative archiving and cultural heritage; the processes of financial stabilisation in Europe after the First World War; Anglo-American relations and the rise of the Third Reich; the interaction of foreign policy formulation and diplomacy with the business practices of multinational enterprise during the interwar years.

He has played a leading role in a number of EU and UK research projects, including a £1m Jisc-funded digitisation project in partnership with BT and The National Archives.

Tim Hammerton, Coventry University (UK)

Tim Hammerton is currently the Project Manager of the FP7 RICHES and CIP Europeana Space projects, coordinated by Coventry University.

He has previously managed European mobility and significant European funded projects, including the Redundancy and Redeployment contracts when the large MG Rover and Peugeot car factories closed; successfully meeting outcomes, within budget. As a result, he was invited to sit on regional committees such as the West Midlands Regional Redundancy Strategy Group and other key working groups to provide advice on developing effective project management infrastructure.

His cultural heritage credentials are demonstrated, as he recently had a Coventry located Treasure Trail published, using historical buildings and information as clues, which is now available to the general public.

Antonella Fresa, Promoter Srl (IT)

ICT expert, Director and Administrator of company Promoter Srl, Antonella Fresa has been working on European cooperation projects since 1994.

Since 2002, she is Technical Coordinator and  Communication Manager of national and European projects in the domains of digital cultural heritage, smart cities, digital preservation, e-Infrastructures.

From 2002 to 2012, she has been advisor of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities; from its establishment until 2012, she has been Decree Member of the Concertation Table for Research Priorities for Cultural Heritage in Italy between the Ministry of Culture (MiBAC) and the Ministry of Research (MIUR).

From 1999 to 2002, she has been Project Officer at the European Commission.

Previously researcher in the industry and at Olivetti in Pisa, Ivrea and Cupertino (CA, USA).

She has been reviewer in the FCT Call for a National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Relevance (FCT, Portugal) and for the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH). She regularly serves as independent expert for the European Commission.

She was member of the Programme Committee for the EGI Community Forum 2012, 2013 and 2014, Member of the Europeana Task Force on Public-Private Partnerships (2012-2013) and Leader of the IPR and Sustainability Work Package of Europeana Photography. She is Enterprise Fellow at Coventry University.

She is author of articles about multilingual access to digital cultural Heritage, geo-coded digital cultural content, digital preservation.

Antonella Fresa is Project Manager of, the online communication platform powered by Promoter Srl.


Sarah Whatley, Coventry University (UK)

Sarah Whatley is Professor of Dance and Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. Her research interests include dance and new technologies, dance analysis, somatic dance practice and pedagogy and inclusive dance practices.

Her current AHRC-funded project is ‘InVisible Difference; Dance, Disability and Law.

She is also leading the EU-funded CIP project (EuropeanaSpace), which is exploring the creative reuse of digital cultural content and is part of the Coventry University team leading the EU-funded RICHES project, researching the impact of digital technologies on dance and performance-based cultural heritage.

Working with leading cognitive psychologists, she is also researching dancer imagery as part of a Leverhulme Trust funded project in collaboration with Plymouth University and Trinity Laban.

She led the AHRC-funded Siobhan Davies digital archive project, RePlay and has published widely on Davies’ work and archival practices in dance and performance. She is Academic Advisor: Digital Environment for The Routledge Performance Archive. She is also Editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and sits on the Editorial Boards of several other Journals.

Claudia Pierotti, Promoter Srl (IT)

Claudia Pierotti has a high-school Diploma in Humanities and a Degree cum laude in Classical Literatures from the University of Pisa. After her graduation thesis in Cognitive Linguistics, she started working as Communication Manager at the Press Office of Pisa’s Health District.

In 2010 she was employee at the Social Security Service (INPS) and in 2011 she started working in the commercial field: at first as seller for a famous private satellite TV platform and later as Export Manager for a niche confectionery firm.

In 2013 she joined Promoter’s team. Here Claudia went back to her original interests, culture and creativity, now accompanied by a new essential element: digital technologies.

At Promoter, Claudia cooperates with Antonella Fresa and Pietro Masi in the Communication Management of the RICHES Project and contributes to the dissemination and coordination of many EU-funded projects for digital cultural heritage, smart cities, digital preservation and e-Infrastructures.

Claudia Pierotti is Executive Editor of, online magazine powered by Promoter Srl.

Conference Organisation Manager: Pietro Masi, Promoter Srl

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