Innovation and Cultural Heritage

Brussels, Belgium, 20.3.2018

What does the conference offer?

The high-level Horizon 2020 conference – organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, in close cooperation with Directorates General for Education and Culture and for Communications Networks, Content and Technology – will showcase the dialogue between contemporary European society and the most promising innovations in the field of Cultural Heritage that European policies and funds have supported.

The conference is part of the programme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and will contribute to its legacy by launching the public discussion about the objectives of European research and innovation policy for Cultural Heritage beyond 2020.

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.


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