The three structures which make up the Training and Research Unit have cooperated up to now in the field of research and teaching, but bilaterally: on the one hand , IBeA and GPAC (through their role in the master in Restoration and Integrated Management of Built heritage and by both belonging to the TECHNO-HERITAGE network financed by the MICINN), and on the other IBeA and IHG (through their role in the master in Pollution and Environmental Toxicology and both belonging to the consortium which has been working on the Etortek project entitled BERRILUR for some years).
The activities undertaken over the last 5 years by the three research structures, both individually and on a bilateral basis, are closely related to some of the priority areas set down for Euskampus. Nearly all the group's research projects, doctoral theses and academic publications fit into both the Area of Sustainable Ecosystems and Environmental Technology and the Area of Innovative Processes and New Materials. The jobs/projects carried out under contract have also highlighted some of the progress made in research projects, so helping to close the gap between the generation of knowledge and benefit to society.
The Global Change & Heritage Training and Research Unit aims to strengthen the synergies between these structures on the basis of multidisciplinary transversality, placing the emphasis on one of the foundations of the Euskampus Project: clusters. The GPAC-IBeA-HGI cluster shares research projects.
Our commitment is based on organising our knowledge and "being able to build a sector" in the dynamic, inclusive context of Global Change and Heritage, which the GPAC structure sees as built cultural heritage, the HGI as natural heritage, water and territory and IBeA as the characterisation and diagnosis of environmental impacts on both these spheres. This is the starting point for the synergy sought, the "value chain of heritage in its entirety", and our own challenge, in terms of teaching and research. This approach fits into the STS view: Science, Technology and Society, and also from the necessary viewpoint of sustainability.
There is also a methodology to be shared. The "value chain" sequence as used by GPAC, i.e. in summary, Identification - Documentation - Assessment - Intervention - Socialisation - Transfer, is perfectly feasible when HGI takes an interest in natural heritage on the level of a river basin, or when IBeA takes an interest in characterising heritage materials, whether these are natural or cultural. In each research structure the spatial setting (urban or rural) and the temporal one (backwards, or forwards through climate change) considered is different, but their added value comes precisely from the synergy in considering heritage (space, time, materials) as a dynamic, continuous complex, both spatial and temporal, on different levels. This is the framework of Global Change and Heritage.
In specific terms, the University of the Basque Country Global Change and Heritage Training and Research Unit is carrying out a shared project on "The Management of Multisecular Cultural Landscapes in Vitoria-Gasteiz and its Hinterland" (the Cathedral of Santa María, the Old Town, the Salburua Wetlands, the Green Ring, the Gardelegi tip), considering all of them as a single research domain with the aim of understanding the complexity of systemic models which bring together settings which are often inseparable, not in this case to understand the past and the present, but to assure the future sustainability of cultural and natural heritage.