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With her project "DIAL for Complex Artworks: Digital Index of an Artwork's Life", Dr. Sanneke Stigter (Conservation and Restoration) has been nominated for the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2021 in the category Society. The award is intended for innovative ideas that arise from research and offer solutions to various societal issues. By means of an online vote, the public will determine which of the nominees will proceed to the final round, which will take place on 9 November.

In her project DIAL, Sanneke Stigter developed a digital tool that analyses how museum professionals handle works of art and what effect this has on the works when they are exhibited to the public. 'When a work of art is not installed properly, it is possible that the essence of the work is not conveyed to the public,' she explains. 'It may even be the case that the professional handling the object does not realise this. This tool was made to sharpen that awareness.'

The nominees for the award are divided into three categories: Society, Health, and Environment and Climate. Via an online vote, the public will decide which of the nominees will be invited to pitch their project during the award ceremony, which will take place in NEMO on 9 November. Voting is open until 10 October.

About the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award

The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is the prize for the most innovative research idea in Amsterdam. The award is organised by IXA (Innovation Exchange Amsterdam, the valorisation centre of the University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and VU Amsterdam) and aims to bring valuable ideas based on scientific research to light.

Dr. S. (Sanneke) Stigter

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Conservering en Restauratie