How will the conference unfold?
The policy round-tables and scientific sessions of the conference will highlight policy, social, technological, methodological innovations and new, promising partnerships for Cultural Heritage. The speakers – leading European politicians, museum curators and scientists – of the conference will discuss policy developments, success stories and future challenges.
What do European citizens think about Cultural Heritage?
More than eight in ten European citizens think Cultural Heritage is important to them personally and eight in ten think Cultural Heritage is important for the European Union. The same proportion agrees that Europe’s Cultural Heritage and related activities create jobs in the EU (79%). However, almost three quarters of respondents say public authorities should allocate more resources to Europe’s Cultural Heritage. (Special Eurobarometer 466 (2017) on Cultural Heritage)
What is the challenge for EU research and innovation policy for Cultural Heritage?
European Cultural Heritage contributes to people’s well-being, as well as to social cohesion, inclusion and openness towards a multicultural society. For this reason access to and sharing of Cultural Heritage must be improved by research and innovation. Cultural Heritage has a potential to tear down walls, dividing lines and stereotypes by fostering exchanges and mobility of ideas, artefacts, practices and people (students, craftsmen, specialists, scholars and tourists). European action shall contribute to the development of integrated approaches that will enhance the contribution of Cultural Heritage to sustainable development through the preservation and regeneration of urban and rural cultural landscapes.
Cultural Heritage is also the major input and inspiration for the arts, traditional craftsmanship, the cultural, entrepreneurial and creative sectors that are drivers of sustainable economic growth, new job creation and external trade. Horizon 2020 invests into research and innovation for Cultural Heritage through its different pillars and actions. However, to make Europe a laboratory for heritage-based innovation, European Cultural Heritage needs new methodologies, intensified transdisciplinary research programmes and coordination and more integrated approaches between national and European levels.
What is Cultural Heritage and Innovation?
Cultural Heritage is some form of inheritance (moveable, immoveable, tangible or intangible) which has been selected (and reselected) by a nation or community. It is a politically-constructed term which involves notions of ownership and reflects social and economic systems of value and cultural politics, including human rights. It is linked with (group) identity and is both a symbol of the cultural identity of a self-identified group (a nation or people) and an essential element in the construction of that group’s identity. It is not just history but is an iterative, continuous process which is concerned with contemporary ‘living cultures’ that may reinterpret and recreate their culture and can play a vital co-creative and participatory role in the expression, production and consumption of culture. Cultural Heritage reinforces a group’s ‘culture’, their way of life.
Innovation refers to the process and outcomes of bringing about novelty in ways that demonstrate progress or improvement with respect to solutions offered in the past. Innovation can be represented at every level of the social and physical world which can be changed through human agency, and can encompass mere ideas, concepts, theories, but also new technologies, equipment, devices, forms of social organisation, or socio-technical systems.
What is the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018?
Throughout 2018, we will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage across Europe - at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future.