Set up in April 2005 through a partnership with the ‘Polo delle Scienze Umane e Sociali’ (Centre for Human and Social Sciences) of "Federico II" University of Naples, within the framework of R.O.P. Campania 2000-2006, Measure 6.5 "Institutional cooperation in the Mediterranean” - Action b/e, the CEM aims to promote and export to other countries in the Mediterranean the enormous wealth of production, knowledge, professional expertise and skills of players from the Campania region involved in the management, enhancement and promotion of cultural heritage.
Besides this diplomatic-entrepreneurial objective, there are also objectives related to the educational-scientific aspects of Mediterranean archaeology and antiquities as well as aspects related to research and the experimentation of new technologies applied to cultural heritage which are not yet available commercially.
The opening of LEM is of particular interest due to the potential developments in scientific and commercial terms. It should become a true “incubator” devoted to cooperation between business and research communities, with its own structure based on a production chain.
Moreover, on the basis of actions undertaken in line with the MATCH initiative, and particularly as a result of a series of agreements currently being finalised with local authorities in Procida, the Vivara area (considered as a nature reserve with a protected marine park) could become, due to its archaeological, monumental and natural resources, a laboratory for testing new technologies.
The structure of CEM can be seen in the following diagram:
|AREA FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PARTNERSHIPS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN||AREA FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND TRAINING||AREA FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES LEM INCUBATOR|
| - Primary activity: supporting Campanian SMEs (Small and Medium-sized enterprises) in the development of “demonstrator” projects in Mediterranean partner countries.
||- Primary activity: the study of Mediterranean civilisations through scientific projects/excavations in collaboration with Italian and foreign institutions.
||- Development, in collaboration with Campanian, Italian and foreign SMEs, and with research institutions and centres of new technologies and procedures in the cultural heritage sector which have not yet been commercialised.|
|- Planning and management of initiatives and projects in the cultural heritage in the Mediterranean area||- Educational activities (doctoral research courses, work placements, master’s courses) devoted mainly to advanced specialist training.||- Support for SMEs involved in patenting of products|
In relation to these objectives, The CEM has merged with the ‘Centro Mediterraneo Preclassico’ (Centre for pre-classical Mediterranean studies), with its extensive library, creating a specialised library run directly by the “Erminia Capocelli” library of Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Naples.
The library, which was originally set up by the Marazzi library trust and the van Effenterre trust, currently consists of some 30,000 volumes, and specialises in the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean area, although it also includes important and often rare volumes in the fields of history, philology, linguistics and archaeology of the Mediterranean and the Near East.