CH Symposium and Policy debate

One year after the Brussels launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), REACH Social Platform for participatory approaches and social innovation in culture is pleased to invite you to a two-day event in Brussels on the 20th and the 21st of March 2019. 

20th March:

  • 9:009:30 registration
  • 9:30 – 17:00 Symposium

21st March:

  • 9:009:30 registration 
  • 9:30 – Lunch time Symposium

On the first day we will hold a Symposium entitled "Horizons for Heritage Research - Towards a Cluster on Cultural Heritage". In the morning of the second day we will organise a high-level policy debate on Cultural Heritage and the Cultural and Creative Industries in Horizon Europe. The Symposium will be hosted by the European Commission and supported by the Secretariat offered by REACH. The high-level policy debate will be hosted by MEP Christian Ehler, rapporteur of the Horizon Europe proposal in the European Parliament, and co-organised with the European Commission. The aim of the Symposium is to agree on the content of a Manifesto that will provide the basis for the creation and the sustainability of a research stakeholder cluster on Cultural Heritage. The high-level policy debate will bring together research stakeholders and top European policy-makers to reflect on the results achieved and perspectives for European funded research and innovation on cultural heritage and the cultural and creative industries.

The Symposium on 20 March 2019 will take place in Covent Garden Building A 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node.

The Policy debate on 21 March will will take place in the House of European History.

Together with our high-level policy guests, we will reflect on the legacy of the year, difficulties en­countered and feedback received to take stock of European research policy developments, to discuss the needs and benefits of a joint co­ordination effort and to prepare for the next steps to be tak­en.

We will reflect on the following questions that will be the common thread for all the sessions:

  • Did the EYCH trigger a lasting policy dynam­ic for research?
  • What is the legacy of the EYCH for research and innovation?
  • Which improvements are required, and what resources can be mobilised?
  • How could we shape our mission within a longer perspective?

As a second topic, we propose a discussion on the idea of a Cluster of Cultural Heritage stakeholders, intended as a network of networks.
Heritage is a resource for the future (Faro Convention, 2005). In this light, in order for cultural heritage to be protected, sustainable, and resilient, a strategy that promotes inter-disciplinary learning is required. The Cluster will be a space to continue research-related debates on key ques­tions raised during the EYCH, with an holistic approach that includes the very wide range of dis­ciplines concerned with research on Cultural Heritage.

A liaison is considered to be established with ECHOES, the Cluster on Cultural Heritage Conservation and with other existing and under-development clusters on CH.

The background of the Cluster is represented by the Policy Paper ‘Innovation in Cultural Heritage Research – For an integrat­ed European Research Policy’ written by Gábor Sonkoly and Tanja Vahtikari (2018).

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