TRIBUTE TO THE IRP. UPV 2020. By Román de la Calle.

In the context of academic life, the commemoration of the creation of a University Research Institute is, indeed, a determining milestone in the development of this specialized collaborative trajectory, where interdisciplinary experiences have been forged, consolidated resources and technological advances and, likewise , enabled relevant achievements, in response to the needs and demands of the current sociocultural environment.
Such is undoubtedly the case of the recent celebration of the birth of the Institute of Heritage Restoration (IRP), rooted in the context of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, over two fruitful decades.
Precisely, the University Institutes assume, by definition, a cumulative multidisciplinary effectiveness, which implies, of course, the systematic interaction between Departments, Faculties and University Schools, where research, teaching, knowledge transfer and dissemination of operational strategies, applied specifically, the safeguarding and conservation of heritage directly mark, in this specific case, a series of fundamental performance levels, which have historically enabled the unavoidable conformation of the relevant IRP.
It is evident that pointed interdisciplinarity, where Fine Arts, Architecture or Engineering have been braiding, among other academic angles, their collaborative efforts, between the opening of their mutual exchanges and the convergence of their growing specializations. But it would be illusory to relegate, in the least, the importance of other complementary hinges, which have been able to consolidate their respective contributions, increasingly, where psychopedagogy, history, technology, aesthetics, communication, economics, museology and cultural management have known and needed to integrate also in the complex demands of the resulting set.
People and groups, national and international exchanges, institutional aid and business support have also been irreplaceable hinges of this group adventure, which is always – together and briefly – a University Institute.
The successful publication, in addition, in this case, of a celebratory volume, exceeding 300 pages – as informative and documentary consolidation of diachronic contents, which underpin this arc of challenges, experiences and achievements – has, in our opinion, become the best disseminating success, whenever we can go, page by page, verifying and admiring the different chapters, perfectly illustrated, of this outstanding shared history. A memory that, when recovering, rewrites again, between the pages of our satisfaction and brings us back to lived moments, to the socaire of concrete and plural projects, which today are, effectively, history shared and integrated into our citizen and community environment.
Because, in effect, the University Institutes, while always having their respective roots in the surrounding requirements, are never, in fact, limited to the local radius of action, insofar as the internationality of their contacts, exchanges and collaborations, they reinforce, in parallel, their braided character of consolidated national bridges, definitely providing the demanding and essential interuniversity links.
But, in equal measure, beyond the goals achieved – as already basic parts of our own history -, of the set of programs executed and of the streamlined structures, it is unavoidable to remember and set ourselves, by moral obligation, on people, converted into levers that determine each objective, each illusioned project, historically capable of providing the necessary memory to consolidate, after the timely reconsideration, the contagious sage that can develop, with the required collective encouragement, new stages of the future.
All these open pages can and should be written / reread, attending, equally, both the rearview mirror and the windshield, in this community race shared by the members of the Institute of Heritage Restoration of the UPV, which has invited us to celebrate their realities and dreams, their projects and experiences, with all justice and generosity, ab imo pectore …
Valencia, February 2020.
Román de la Calle