In December 2020, the LBI ArchPro succeeded in receiving the best grading ever achieved by an LBI in an external evaluation and secured its extension into the concluding research period until March 2024.
The evaluation panel was composed of the following independent experts:
- Björn Brüsch (panel chair and reporter), Ministry for Science, Research, and Culture for Brandenburg;
- Valérie Gouet-Brunet, Senior researcher / Directrice de recherche (DR1) du MTES LASTIG Lab., Univ. Gustave Eiffel / IGN (French mapping agency);
- Tomasz Herbich, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Applied Sciences;
- Franco Niccolucci, Director, VAST-LAB PIN - University of Florence, Scientific Coordinator ARIADNEplus – PARTHENOS, Editor-in-Chief ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH).
In the evaluation report the review panel stated:
“Overall, LBI ArchPro is an institute at the heart of European concerns about heritage preservation, which has the means to embrace a broad spectrum of theoretical and applicative fallouts, in various fields ranging from culture, education to landscape ecology, including tourism and entertainment.”
The report also provided valuable input and recommendations concerning both the scientific and the structural orientation.
Based on the outstanding evaluation result, the board of the LBG decided to prolong its financial and strategic support for the LBI ArchPro until March 2024.