Fair of European Innovators in Cultural  Heritage

15 - 16 November 2018, Brussels

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08:00 - 09:00 | Riverside
Registration and arrival of participants, welcome coffee in the Riverside
09:00 - 09:15 | Auditorium
Opening of the conference
John Bell, Director, Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
09:15 - 10:00 | Auditorium
Why are we innovating in and through cultural heritage? An inspirational dialogue among unusual suspects
A neuroscientist, an artist and an economist meet and discuss how heritage, beauty and art modify our brain, influence our well-being and encourage us to take action in the society.
- Mundano, Street artist and social innovator, NGO Pimp My Carroça
- Jan De Maere, Neuroscientist and art historian, University of Cluj-Napoca
- Pier Luigi Sacco, Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan

Moderator: Julianne Schulze, Media Deals
Projection of the European Commission Video on Innovation & Cultural Heritage
10:00 - 12:00 | Auditorium
How innovation is created and supported? Who are the innovators in cultural heritage? Panel discussion with pitches from EU R&I projects
A stimulating discussion on how to support innovation focusing on three main questions: what are investors seeking? What do users need? What are innovators developing? Speakers in the panel representing bank foundations, incubators, cultural institutions and the public sector will interact with innovators from R&I projects. Innovations presented range from social to technological innovation, from products to models.

10:00 – 10:30: Discussion first part
10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00: Discussion second part

Panel discussants
- Alberto Anfossi, Secretary General of San Paolo Bank Foundation
- Gabriela Gandel, Director of Impact Hub, Vienna
- Baiba Murniece, Head of Heritage policy division, National Heritage Board of Latvia
- Harry Verwayen, Executive Director of Europeana, The Hague

Pitches from EU R&I projects
- 6 Pitches from innovators and coordinators of R&I projects

Launch of the Community of Innovators in Cultural Heritage:
- Emanuela De Menna, Policy Officer, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
- Luigi Perissich, for H2020 ROCK and MARINA projects

Moderator: Julianne Schulze, Media Deals
Live visual performance ‘The Wall’ , Mundano
12:00 - 12:15 | Auditorium
Keynote speech: ‘How to innovate in cities through cultural heritage. Athens, European Capital of Innovation 2018’
- Amalia Zepou, Vice-Mayor for Civil Society and Innovation, City of Athens
12:30 - 13:00 | Riverside
Opening of the exhibition
Ribbon-cutting toast and launch of the vote on ‘Best innovation’ and the ‘Best booth’ exhibited in the demo area
- Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General, DG RTD European Commission
- Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
- Michel Magnier, Director for Culture & Creativity DG EAC European Commission
13:00 - 14:30 | Riverside
Walking lunch with guided visit to the exhibition
14:30 - 18:00
’Working on what?’ Building a Community of Innovators in Cultural Heritage
Interactive breakout sessions including pitches from R&I projects and presentations on recent policy reports, studies and manifestoes. Sessions will discuss advanced solutions for cultural heritage and will identify priorities for action, gaps and synergies to work on in the future.

14:30 – 16:00: Discussion Focus I
16:00 – 16:30: Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00: Discussion Focus II

Each breakout session includes presentations by projects in the cluster.
Cluster 1 - to promote: 'Circular, sustainable and creative cities' | Auditorium
14:30 – 16:00 | Focus I: High Level Session: ‘Circular business and financial models for adaptive reuses of cultural heritage in cities’ - co-organised with EASME
16:30 – 18:00 | Focus II: ‘Creative and sustainable solutions for urban regeneration’
Cluster 2 - to help: ‘Heritage at risk’ | Riverside
14:30 – 16:00 | Focus I: ‘Multi-risk assessment for cultural heritage, including adaptation to climate change and disasters’
16:30 – 18:00 | Focus II: 'Resilience of Cultural Landscapes in a changing environment’
Cluster 3 - to experience: ‘Shared management of cultural heritage’ | Breakout 1
14:30 – 16:00 | Focus I: ‘Intangible heritage and community cohesion’
16:30 – 18:00 | Focus II: ‘Digital innovations for experiencing and co-creating cultural heritage’ – co-organised with the UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage
Cluster 4 - to enable: ‘Advanced future technologies for heritage and arts’ | Breakout 2
14:30 – 16:00 | Focus I: ‘Nanotechnologies for conservation’
16:30 – 18:00 | Focus II: ‘Advanced methods and future technologies’
18:00 - 20:00 | Riverside
Cocktail - Visit to the exhibition



08:00 - 10:30
Innovators at work | Breakout rooms
Breakfast workshop by H2020 ROCK project (session on invitation only – organised with ICLEI and EUROCITIES)

B2B networking | Riverside
10:30 - 12:30 | Auditorium
Cultural Heritage supporting intercultural dialogue and cultural diplomacy
A motivating debate on how cultural heritage can sustain cultural diplomacy and what can be the contribution of research and innovation. The session will discuss how to open-up EU innovative initiatives to the world - especially where heritage is at risk - and how to better cooperate with UN agencies, involve stakeholders and experts.

- Azra Becevic-Sarenkapa, National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina: “Cultural heritage for social consolidation and identity building. The experience of the Balkan Museum Network”
- Claudio Cimino, Secretary General of WATCH NGO, “Mobilising civil society for the protection of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage under threat”
- Koen Van Balen, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, KU Leuven

Panel discussion - Antonia Blau, Head of EU Projects at Goethe-Institute Brussels and EU Platform on Cultural Diplomacy
- Catherine Cullen, Special Advisor on Culture in Sustainable Cities, UCLG - United Cities and Local Governments
- Oriol Freixa Matalonga, Policy Officer at UNESCO Brussels

Moderator: Annick Schramme, University of Antwerp
12:30 - 14:00 | Riverside
Networking Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 | Auditorium
When in the future? Opportunities for innovation in Cultural Heritage
When will actions take place? Opportunities under diverse framework schemes to foster innovation in cultural heritage

- Jean David Malo, Director of Open Innovation and Open Science, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, “The European Innovation Council and actions to foster innovation under Horizon Europe”
- Erminia Sciacchitano, Chief Scientific Advisor of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission ‘The legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage’
- Mauro Facchini, Head of Unit 'Copernicus', Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, 'Copernicus for Cultural Heritage'
- Cristina Sabbioni, Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage, 'European National Research Network'

Messages to take home: wrap –up from the two-day sessions and future initiatives:
- Cécile Houpert, Eurocities; Talia Rangil-Escribano, ICLEI ‘Wrap-up from the breakfast workshop and the breakout sessions’
- Patrizia Asproni, ROCK project, “Next steps for the Community of Innovators in Cultural Heritage”

Award ceremony of the ‘Best innovation’ and the ‘Best booth’ exhibited in the demo area and closing of the event
- Christos Fragakis, Acting Head of Unit for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
15:30 - 17:00 | Riverside
B2B networking