RICHES carried out a series of networking activities involving some of the major EU-funded projects and initiatives in the fields of Cultural Heritage and Social Science and Humanities, with the aim of:

  • Reflecting on the impact that cultural heritage projects are delivering, in order to identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness of their results.
  • Sharing knowledge about targeted communities, in order to discover similarities in approaches, gaps and omissions to be served jointly, framework conditions that help to determine  the success or otherwise of project outcomes.
  • Identifying synergies and the potential for collaboration among projects.

The idea is to establish a periodic concertation event, where projects can meet, discuss, exchange ideas and concretely plan joint activities/projects, and where new projects can join the network.

First Networking Session for EC projects

A first networking session for EC projects has been organised in the framework of the First Policy Seminar in Brussels, on 19 October 2015. Participants in the following 13 EC-funded projects discussed aims and achievements in the light of establishing new, profitable collaborations and synergies:

  • Civic Epistemologies – Development of a Roadmap for Citizen Researchers in the Digital Culture
  • Cre8TV – Creativity for Innovation & Growth in Europe
  • CulturalBase – Social Platform on Cultural Heritage and European Identities
  • ERIH – European Route of Industrial Heritage
  • GRAVITATE – Geometric Reconstruction And noVel semantIc reunificaTion of culturAl heriTage objEcts
  • HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area
  • HEROMAT – Protection of Cultural Heritage objects with multifunctional advanced materials
  • MAPSI – Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact
  • MEMOLA – MEditerranean MOntainous LAndscapes: an historical approach to cultural heritage based on traditional agrosystems
  • Nano-Cathedral – Nanomaterials for conservation of European architectural heritage developed by research on characteristic lithotypes
  • NanomatCH – Nano-systems for the conservation of immoveable and moveable polymaterial Cultural Heritage in a changing environment
  • NANORESTART – NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART
  • RICHES – Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society

More details about the event, including the description of the projects and their presentations are available on the RICHES project’s website.

Second Networking Session for EC projects

A second networking session for EC projects has been organised in the framework of the Second Policy Seminar in Brussels, on 23 May 2016. The scope of this session is to reflect on how to sustain the organisation of these appointments in the future, after the end of the RICHES project. Participating projects are:

Visit the projects’ Digital Poster Exhibition.

More details about the event, including the description of the projects and their presentations are available on the RICHES project’s website.

Third Networking Session for EC projects

The third edition of the networking session for EC projects has been organised in Berlin on 22 November 2016, from 2:00 until 4:00 pm.

The event, hosted at Hamburger Bahnhof and organised in cooperation with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz) and with the Europeana Space project, was be co-located with the Europeana Space Final Conference and with the PREFORMA Experience Workshop.

The main discussion themes of this third edition were the following:

  1. European Cultural Heritage Year 2018: sharing our common cultural heritage and its potential for identification, participation and development in the light of a heterogeneous European society and against the background of current political and economic challenges.
  2. The future of coordination activity among projects: what projects want to do in the future to coordinate among themselves? how can we move forward in terms of networking sessions and synergies for further research and funding application?
  3. Accessibility and sustainability of projects’ results: what happens to the work that the projects are doing? how can we ensure accessibility and sustainability?

More details about the event, including the description of the participanting projects, the presentations and a digital poster exhibition are available on the Europeana Space project’s website.

Fourth Networking Session for EC projects

The fourth edition of the networking session for EC projects will be organised in Padua on 6 March 2017 with the aim to make a plan and define joint recommendations to be plugged into the programme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018.

The idea is to organise in 2018 a Conference, to be hosted possibly as as part of a bigger event, bringing together all the relevant players in the CH sector to meet, discuss and exchange ideas. In this light, the following proposals will be discussed:

  • Possibility to set up a COST Action, whose deadline is in September of every year.
  • Presentation of the new REACH proposal to set up a social platform for the management, preservation, use and reuse of cultural heritage. If the proposal will be funded, it can represent an excellent opportunity to ensure the sustainability of the network of projects that has been established.
  • Plans to include the CH Conference in the Programme of the EU Presidency.

The fourth networking session for EC projects, organised in cooperation with the Information Management Systems group of the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padua, will be co-located with the Innovation Workshop organised on 7 March 2017 by the PREFORMA project.

More details about the networking session are available on PREFORMA project’s website.