Niker Project presented at the AR&PA Innovation fair that is being held at Valladolid (Spain) in November 2010












Since 1998, Valladolid has hosted the AR&PA Biennial, a meeting point and discussion forum for professionals and institutions in the fields of protection, curatorship, conservation, restoration and management of Cultural Heritage. The event also provides a backdrop for a wider set of activities aimed at all those interested in understanding the importance of preserving and maintaining Cultural Heritage for future generations.

The next, 7th edition of the AR&PA Biennial Fair will be held in Valladolid from 11 to 14 November 2010, with the title "Economics of Cultural Heritage". This event will take place at the Feria de Valladolid exhibition venue, covering an indoor, fully-equipped area of more than 20,000m2. The event will welcome more than 150 exhibitors over a four-day period.

In this edition of the event, the AR&PA Biennial launches the AR&PA Innovation initiative in close liaison with the European Commission. This is an innovative new initiative with the purpose of consolidating the Castilla & León Regional Authority aimed at constant renovation and internationalisation of the Biennial.

The objective of this initiative is to provide a contact point for researchers that have developed prototypes with potential end users, such as companies, institutions, public bodies and professionals. AR&PA, the reference trade fair for the sector in Europe, has been chosen as the ideal backdrop for these interchanges, and the ideal event to launch the new AR&PA Innovation. AR&PA Innovation will include the following activities:


(1) A demonstration area for the exhibition of prototypes and technologies developed as part of European Commission research projects

(2) Thematic workshops and training activities regarding issues such as exploitation and distribution of research results and products, primarily aimed at researchers in order to promote innovation in SMEs.

(3) Expert evaluation and AR&PA Innovation Awards.

For further information please visit the event website: