Cultural Heritage in the European Research Area

A Spain-level prospect. Granada, November 19, 2018

ROCK consortium member TASO was invited to participate at the Seminar Strategies and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage in the European Research Area that was organized by the Andalusia Regional Government and the MediaLab/University of Granada. The event targeted professionals, research groups, heritage institutions, tech companies and cultural SMEs, and took place at the impressive Alhambra heritage site, in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Main goals of the meeting were as follows:

  • Examine the opportunities and benefits offered by European research programs.
  • Give visibility to research and innovation on Cultural Heritage in Andalusia and facilitate articulation among actors.
  • Share European investment priorities, present and future, as well as social challenges towards which heritage research should be oriented.
  • Anticipate the future of European policies on cultural heritage and discuss how Andalusia can address them.
  • Promote successful proposals in relation to Cultural Heritage, in the different calls on investigation and innovation.

TASO´s contribution was focused on the need to take advantage of the smart specialisation strategies underway all over the EU, as a framework to maximize the impact of current innovation developments related to cultural heritage. At this point, it´s worth recalling that ROCK work plan includes a specific task aimed to link CH-urban regeneration to smart specialization strategies.

Among other participants, the discussion was shared with Zoltan Krosnai from DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission and Gábor Sonkoly, from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Professor Sonkoly has recently co-authored the European Commission report “Innovation in Cultural Heritage Research”.

Author: Rivas Miguel - TASO