Organized by the European Commission, the ‘Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage’ took place on 15-16 November 2018 in Brussels and was focused on the next steps and contributions to the EU Action Plan on Cultural Heritage. They showcased the latest innovations in cultural heritage, especially in the scope of EU funded projects, discussing why they are developed and how they can benefit both the society and the market. The fair promoted stronger ties between R&I, policies and arts by contributing opening cultural heritage innovation ecosystem in Europe and beyond.
For SILKNOW, it was an excellent occasion to meet a variety of stakeholders and coordinators of other funded EU projects under H2020 or even FP7, participating in fostering creativity and connections across Europe. Through the presentations, panel discussions, project booths and B2B networking sessions, we were able to see the latest innovations in cultural heritage and we could engage with other researchers, policy makers, artists, start-ups, and EU representatives.
Also, SILKNOW presented the project at the Europe for Culture workshop on the 14th November 2018. This workshop was co-organized by three DGs: DG CONNECT, represented by Scientific Officer Albert Gauthier, DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, represented by Policy Officer Erminia Sciacchitano, and DG RTD, represented by Policy Officer Laura Hetel. In representation of a worldwide institution, Project Officer (Culture, UNESCO) Oriol Freixa Matalonga was also present. There, we had the chance to discuss how are we promoting conservation and understanding of silk heritage by applying next-generation ICT research. We discussed and learnt about the common challenges for H2020 Cultural Heritage projects in terms of exploitation of project results and IPR management and reusability of cultural content in research.