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19 Jun 2015

Report on Cultural Heritage Research published

A new report on "Getting cultural heritage to work for Europe" was handed over to Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, on 19 June 2015. The report was drafted by a group of ten experts chaired by Philippe Busquin, former Commissioner for Research, Science and Technology and former MEP, with Professor Simon Thurley, CEO of English Heritage, acting as rapporteur.

The report suggests that lessons should be learnt from places where cultural heritage has been a positive economic, social and environmental driver. Innovative financing, new forms of governance, unified landscape management, public private partnerships, crowd-sourced funding, philanthropy and many other innovative and creative approaches have been taken to releasing the locked-up potential of Europe’s heritage. Those lessons should be applied to unlock the possibilities for growth and development that cultural heritage holds across Europe.

In 2016-17, Horizon 2020 will support research and innovation in the field of cultural heritage with a budget of €100 million. Activities will cover the development of multinational, transdisciplinary demonstration projects that explore and showcase the potential of cultural heritage for urban and rural regeneration in Europe. They will involve stakeholders, including local and regional authorities, businesses, civil society as well as cultural heritage professionals and researchers. The idea is that these "heritage labs2 can pave the way for new markets and jobs. In addition, the Commission will explore inducement prizes in cultural heritage to reward innovative ideas and solutions for new use and reuse of cultural heritage.

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