Professional network

In addition to the main universities and partners, the TPTI program is supported by a long-standing scientific network connected with the history of techniques, social history connected with industry and industrial archeology relating to both spatial planning and regional development. All of these partnerships share the mission of facilitating exchanges between academic and professional circles.

National and international community networks


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The Information and Liaison Committee for Archeology, connected with the Study and Development of Industrial Heritage, is a non-profit association founded in 1979. This was the first French organization to recognize that industry was entering the field of heritage and deserved particularly strong attention, CILAC’s mission is to promote, in France, the protection of  industrial heritage.


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The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage is a world organization connected with the recognition of industrial heritage. The objective is to promote international cooperation in preservation, conservation, investigations, documentation, research, interpretation and advancing education in the fields of industrial heritage.


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The European Museum Forum operates under the auspices of the Council of Europe, participating in large-scale activities throughout the cultural field. It is one of the leading organizations in Europe for the development of the public quality of European museums.


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The International Association for Railway History, created in 2002, is dedicated to the history and heritage of rail transport. It brings together railway officials and foundations, national railway history associations, academics and research institutes specializing in transportation and railroad history.


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The Institute for the History of Aluminum is a recognized non-profit organization of general interest. It was created in 1986 on the occasion of the centennial celebrations of the aluminum production process. At the crossroads of industry, research and culture, IHA is a resource and expertise center on the heritage and history of aluminum.


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The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility was established in 2003. Its mission is the creation of a collegial association of researchers, practitioners and concerned citizens to encourage and promote understanding of interaction history between transport, traffic and mobility of people, material objects and ideas.


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The International Committee for the History of Technology was founded in Paris in 1968. Its objectives are to establish close relations between specialists from different disciplines in order to promote international cooperation around the study and development of the history of techiques. In addition, ICOHTEC promotes the study of appropriate historical subjects by establishing and extending a scholarly foundation for the study of the history of techniques, and by contributing to the resolution of certain contemporary national and international matters. In this context, ICOHTEC supports research and documentation from history relating to technology through the exchange of information, including material means for this purpose.


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ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) is dedicated to the conservation and protection of monuments and sites of cultural heritage. It is the only international non-governmental organization of its kind dedicated to promoting the theories, methodologies and technologies applied to the conservation, protection and enhancement of monuments and sites.


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The European Federation of Industrial and Technical Heritage Associations is an open European community whose objective is to promote volunteer involvement and the creation of independent voluntary NGOs across Europe dedicated to research, safeguarding the interpretation and introducing to the public the values of industrial and technical heritage. E-FAITH works to connect volunteers, and their organizations, to facilitate cooperation and sharing of experience and knowledge in the fields of industrial and technical heritage.


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INCUNA (Industria, Cultura, Naturaleza - Asociacion de Arqueologia Industrial) is an association founded in 1999 for the study of industrial archeology and cultural and natural heritage. RThe focus is on the research, conservation, presentation and recognition of heritage for inhabitants and the territories where they live, from both a historic and modern perspective.

Association francophone d'histoire de la construction

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The Association francophone d'histoire de la construction aims to bring together historians of techniques, architecture, law, economics and art, whether they be architects or engineers, contractors, teachers or researchers, archaeologists or heritage curators, sociologists or anthropologists. Its aims are to bring together a broad community of researchers and practitioners; to promote French-language research and enhance its value through publications and public events; to give a historical and critical dimension to current issues of energy saving and the sustainability of materials; to improve knowledge and conservation of techniques from the past; to disseminate technical culture in higher education (universities and schools of architecture and engineering).

Museums and cultural institutions

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - Paris

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« Universcience » which brings together the Palais de la découverte and the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, aims to grow the knowledge of and the love of science today, as well as promote a scientific and technical culture. The overall goal is to place science and technology at the heart of culture and society.

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

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The Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine is the only institution in the world dedicated to contemporary architecture and heritage. It brings together a museum, a school, a centre for contemporary architecture, a library and an archive centre.

Le Féru des sciences

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The Féru des sciences (ex-museum of the History of Iron) is a scientific and cultural establishment. It invites you to discover physics and chemistry through various experiments, and offers an exhibition on iron and its impact in Lorraine.

Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile di Torino

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Founded in 1932, according to the idea of two pioneers of the Italian automobile, Cesare Goria Gatti and Roberto Biscaretti di Ruffia, the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile di Torino is today one of the most famous scientific and technical museums in the world. It presents the history of the automobile, including the transformation from a means of transport to an object of worship, from basic origins to creative thinking from the contemporary area. Through the evolution of the car, this museum describes important moments that made society.

Museo del Patrimonio Industriale di Bologna

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The Museo del Patrimonio Industriale di Bologna presents the production and economic history of the city and the territory of Bologna up to and including modern times. The mission is to enhance the industrial identity and technical-scientific culture from the Bologna region. As part of these efforts, a network exists between local actors, museums, cultural institutions and other public and private organizations working in the field.

Museo della Bonifica della citta' di San Dona' di Piave

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The Museo della Bonifica della citta' di San Dona di Piave was founded in 1975. Collections trace the history of the city as well as the surrounding region, allowing visitors to understand that history and changes in the environment remain a presence in how a territory develops including today’s agrarian landscape including water systems, canal networks and rural housing complexes.

Sistema Museale di Valle Trompia

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The Sistema Museale di Valle Trompia, created in 2000, manages museum sites connecting with history including cultural, artistic and environmental routes. It promotes knowledge and the conservation of cultural heritage this valley.

Museu de Évora

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The origins of the Museum of Évora dates back to 1804, when the Archbishop of Évora, Frei Manuel do Cenaculo, created the Library of Évora which also housed an art collection. It is officially created in 1915. It includes nearly 20,000 objects (archaeological, plastic and decorative arts, as well as a collection for the natural sciences). It is considered as one of the most important museums of Portugal.

Museu da Luz-Alentejo

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The Museu of Luz-Alentejo works from their collections, but also has an interest in the traditions and social practices of communities within the region, with a focus on the transition between river and lake communities. Research activities are developed in the village of Luz, with a main influence coming from Alqueva and other lake communities.

Museu Nacional de Historia Natural e da Ciência de Lisboa

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The The Natural History Museum of Lisboa, connected with the University of Lisbon, aims to promote curiosity and public understanding of nature and science, bringing the University closer to society. It supports research and teaching in zoology and anthropology, botany, mineralogy and geology, and other natural sciences. It encourages the study and dissemination of science and technology. The Museum also has extensive national responsibility for the conservation and study of biological and geological collections as well as historic and scientific cultural heritage.

Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins

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A visit to the Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins (MAST) is like diving into the history of Brazil's scientific and technological development. Created in Rio de Janeiro on 8 March 1985, the MAST is a research unit of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and its mission is to broaden society's access to scientific and technological knowledge through research, the conservation of collections and the dissemination of Brazilian scientific activity.

Museo de Mineria de Pachuca

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The Museum of Mining in Pachuca is divided into three sections: geological exploration; ore mining, which includes silver mining techniques; and a "guide for minors" and "industrial safety" which refers to the organization of mining work.

Heritage foundations

Fundação Cidade de Ammaia

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The Fundação Cidade de Ammaia, legally established by public deed on 27 November 1997, is probably one of the first organisations in Portugal to have been set up with the mission of safeguarding and preserving the ruins of a "forgotten national monument", Ammaia. The Foundation's statutory purpose is to pursue cultural, educational and philanthropic activities, as well as to promote scientific research. It may also work in the social and sporting fields.

The Centro europeo per i Mestieri del Patrimonio was promoted by the Council of Europe in the 1970s and has been operating in the field of vocational training for over thirty years. It specialises in the restoration and conservation of architectural heritage, as well as artistic craftsmanship. he international profile of the Centre has been managed since 2008 by the Fondazione (now Associazione) Villa Fabris and is promoted by the Association of SMEs and Crafts of the Province of Vicenza.

Public institutions and cultural services

Parc Naturel Régional de la Haute Vallée de Chevreuse

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The Parc Naturel Régional de la Haute Vallée de Chevreuse is an open space, which highlights natural, cultural and historical sites. It is the result of an interest to preserve places shaped by time, while developing human activities compatible with respect for environment.

Service de l'Inventaire - Ile de Francelogo site web

Connected with the heritage in Ile-de-France, this Inventory service has, since 1982, gathered more than 16,700 records relating to buildings and objects, over 160,000 photographs covering more than 250 municipalities. Inventiry records collect historical informations as well as much descriptive, dating and material information from the listed buildings or objetcs.

Archives nationales

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The French National Archives mission is to collect, classify, inventorize, preserve, restore, communicate and enhance the public archives of central government, the archives of Paris and private funds of national interest.

Parco geominerario storico ambientale della Sardegna

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Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Basin, the Parco geominerario, storico e ambientale della Sardegna has been identified as one of the first geo-mining parks in the world, an emblematic example of the new global network of geosites-geoparks established by UNESCO. In 2007, the park was confirmed to be included in UNESCO's European and global GEOPARKS Network, with the aim of recovering, protecting and showcasing geological, mining, historic and environmental heritage.

Cultural companies

Vilanova Arquitectes SCP -  Barcelone

The design office Vilanova Architectes, SCP, in Barcelona was created in 1989. It works on projects involving construction, interior design and urban planning.

Reichen et Robert & Associés

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Bernard Reichen and Philippe Robert created an urban architecture agency in 1973, called Reichen and Robert. They made themselves known by supporting conversions of spinning factory in the North of France, then with the rehabilitation of vast naves from the XIXe century including the Great Hall of Villette, the Pavillon of Arsenal, the Hall of Tony Garnier in Lyon and finally conversion of the site of the Menier Factory in Noisiel, hosting the headquarters of Nestlé, France.



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