This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 612789


NEW HORIZONS FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE – Recalibrating relationships: bringing cultural heritage and people together in a changing Europe

Zoltán Krasznai, RICHES Project Officer, DG RTD

Zoltán Krasznai is policy and project officer at DG Research and Innovation in Unit B6 (“Reflective Societies”). He deals essentially with research on history, cultural heritage, creative industries and European development policy towards developing countries. He holds a PhD in history from the "École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales" in Paris. Zoltán is Hungarian. He joined the European institutions in 2005. Before entering the European Commission in 2013, he worked for the European Economic and Social Committee.

Prof. Neil Forbes, RICHES Project Coordinator, Coventry University

Professor of International History at Coventry University, in the UK, and Co-ordinator of the EU’s FP7 RICHES project - Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society. His research interests and publications lie in the following fields: conflict heritage, contested landscapes and the memorialisation of war; creative archiving and cultural heritage; the processes of financial stabilisation in Europe after the First World War; Anglo-American relations and the rise of the Third Reich; the interaction of foreign policy formulation and diplomacy with the business practices of multinational enterprise during the interwar years. He has played a leading role in a number of EU and UK research projects, including a £1m digitisation project in association with BT and The National Archives. Formerly Director of Research at Coventry University, he sits on a number of advisory boards, peer review panels and other, national bodies, and is chair of the UK’s Research and Enterprise Network for Universities.

Dr. Antonella Fresa, RICHES Technical Coordinator, Promoter Srl

ICT expert, Director and Administrator of Promoter SRL, Antonella Fresa has been working on European cooperation projects since 1994. Since 2002, she is Technical Coordinator and Communication Manager of national and European projects in the domains of digital cultural heritage, smart cities, digital preservation, e-Infrastructures. She regularly serves as independent expert for the European Commission, where she has been Project from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 to 2012, she has been advisor of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities; from its establishment until 2012, she has been Decree Member of the Concertation Table for Research Priorities for Cultural Heritage in Italy between the Ministry of Culture (MiBAC) and the Ministry of Research (MIUR).

Dr. Artur Serra, i2CAT Foundation

Deputy Director of the i2cat Foundation (Spain). He got a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1992, after completing a three years fieldwork at Carnegie Mellon University. During the last decades he focused on the convergence of media, Internet and people in projects like Opera Oberta, Megaconference, Dancing Q, Cultural Ring and others, developed in collaboration with Liceu de Barcelona, GEANT, Internet2, Cinegrid, KAIST, CANARIE, RNP from Brazil and other institutions globally. Dr. Serra is founding member of European Network of Living Labs, and organiser of public-private-citizens partnerships fostering open innovation projects in Spain, like Citilab, inaugurated in 2007.

Dick van Dijk, WAAG Society

Creative Director at Waag Society, an Amsterdam based Medialab investigating the interplay of culture and technology in relation to society, education, culture and healthcare. Dick has particular responsibilities in defining high-end, interactive design solutions together with clients, end users, researchers and makers: creating interactive concepts, strategizing user involvement and design research, and monitoring the development of Waag Society’s interactive solutions and prototypes. As concept developer he has worked on projects as diverse as the MuseumApp, meSch, the Storyville storytelling apps, Scottie and Operation Sigismund. He has spoken and lectured on design research, (location based) storytelling, interaction design, playful learning and co-creation. He is co-author of several publications among others Users-as-designers and CONNECT, design for an empathic society. Dick has a background in Business Economics, History of Art and Fine Arts.

Prof. Charlotte Waelde, The University of Exeter

Professor Charlotte Waelde has worked within the intellectual property law field for the past 25 years. In recent years she has specialised in copyright, digitisation and cultural heritage. Charlotte’s focus is on the interface between intellectual property law and changing technologies, the changes in the law wrought by those technologies, and the impact that those changes have on the way that the law is both perceived and used by the affected communities. Her work explores ways in which the law may be better calibrated to meet the needs of stakeholders. From this base Charlotte’s research reaches out into other domains such as human rights, competition law, international private law and the regulation and promotion of new technologies more generally.

Silvia Costa, MEP, President of the Culture Committee of the European Parliament

Chair of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament. She has been rapporteur for the European Parliament of the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020. She has been Lazio regional councillor responsible for education, educational rights and training (2005-2009); member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for three parliamentary terms; member of the Committee on internal affairs, the Committee on culture, science and education and the Committee on general guidance and monitoring of radio and television services (1985-1993). State secretary at the Ministry for universities, scientific research and technology (1993-1994). She has been chair of the European advisory committee on equal opportunities during the 1996 Italian Presidency of the EU and head of the EU delegation to the annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (1996). Co-founder of the ‘Telefono Azzurro’ NGO for missing children; member of the board of management of the Donne in Musica Foundation (2002-2005). President of the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome (1995-2005).

Maria Da Graca Carvalho, Senior Advisor in charge of cultural heritage in the Cabinet of Commissioner Carlos Moedas, DG RTD

Advisor to European Commissioner on Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. She was a Principal Advisor in BEPA, European Commission and was responsible for the areas of Science, Higher Education, Innovation, Research Policy, Energy, Environment and Climate Change. She was a member of the European Parliament. She was appointed the rapporteur of the Specific Programme Implementing HORIZON 2020 and of the report on Simplification of the Rules of Participation in the European Programs for Research and Innovation. In November 2011, she was awarded the Prize for the best MEP in the area of Research and Innovation. Ms Carvalho obtained her Ph.D. at Imperial College in London in the area of energy. In the course of her subsequent career, Ms Carvalho has been a Full Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon) in the area of energy and sustainable development. She is author of 132 articles in scientific international journals and 400 articles for books, international conferences and seminars in the field of Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Member of 22 national and international scientific associations. She was Minister of Science and Higher Education of the XV Constitutional Government of Portugal and Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education of the XVI Constitutional Government.

Federico Milani, Deputy Head of Unit, DG CONNECT, Unit "Creativity"

Deputy Head of the Creativity Unit at the European Commission - DG CONNECT. The Creativity Unit supports research (and innovation) on areas such as human computer interfaces, simulation and visualisation, games engines and immersive experiences and the development of tools for the cultural and creative industry. It also support the development of Europeana and new solutions for digitisation and preservation of cultural heritage. Previously he was Deputy Head of Unit of the Cultural Heritage and Technology Enhanced Learning Unit (2011-2012) and Deputy of Head of Unit of eContent and Safer Internet Unit (2001-2011). From 1991 to 2001 he was a researcher at Culham Laboratories in Abingdon, where he was responsible for the plasma position and shape control system.

Jens Nymand-Christensen, Deputy Director General, DG EAC

He holds a Master degree in Business Economics and International Economics. He has been employed in the European Institutions since 1979 and has among other things been a Member of the cabinet of Vice-President Henning Christophersen, Head of Unit of an office dealing with International Food, Veterinary and Phytosanitary questions and Advisor at the Danish Permanent EU Representation dealing with the Convention and the preparations of the Inter-governmental Conference drafting a Constitutional Treaty for the European Union. In 2003-2014, Jens Nymand-Christensen worked as a Director in the Secretariat-General: 2003-2006 with responsibility for Directorate B, Relations with the civil society; 2006-2011 for Directorate E, Better regulation and Institutional Issues; 2011-2013 for Directorate G, Relations with the European Parliament, the Committees and General Institutional Issues and 2013-2014 for Directorate E, Policy Co-ordination II. From 16 September 2014 he was appointed Deputy Director-General in the Directorate General for Education and Culture.

Philippe Keraudren, Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD, Unit “Reflective Societies”

Philippe Keraudren is currently deputy Head of Unit at DG Research and Innovation in Unit B.6 (“Reflective Societies”) where he supervises the integration of social sciences and the humanities (SSH) across Horizon2020, the international dimension of SSH as well as the impact of the SSH programme on science, society and policies. He holds a PhD in political science and a ”Habilitation à diriger des recherches” in political science from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris.

Gábor Sonkoly, Vice-Dean of International Affairs, Faculty of Humanities - Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest

Director of the Department of European Historiography and Social Sciences at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), a department founded by EHESS in 1988, and Vice Director of the History Institute at ELTE. Scientific Coordinator of the European Master’s programme “TEMA” Erasmus Mundus. He has written or edited seven books and presented at a hundred international colloquia. He has received fellowships from several international foundations and institutions, and has been lecturing on the relationship between Cultural Heritage and Humanities/Social Sciences in many European universities as well as in India and in Brazil. He is a member of the International Committee of the European Association for Urban History since 2008. He is a Knight of the French Order of Academic Palms (2011) and has received the Palládium Prize (2001) and the Antal Cziráky Prize (2012) in Hungary.

Nathalie Doury, Parisienne de Photographie

Manager of Parisienne de Photographie, a company set up by the City of Paris in 2005 to digitize & distribute its iconographic heritage. A business graduate with strong expertise in the field of cultural industries, She joined Parisienne de Photographie following 10 years in the cinema exhibition sector. Since its creation, the company has digitized over 500.000 images, available for licensing through its subsidiary, the Roger-Viollet agency. Parisienne de Photographie was a partner in the EuropeanaPhotography project which reached completion in early 2015, delivering over 400.000 digitized photographs from the first 100 years of photography for publication on Europeana.

Paul Klimpel, Lawyer and expert on IPR for digital cultural heritage

He joined the Museum of Film and Television (Deutsche Kinemathek) in 2002. Between 2006 and 2011 he worked as its administrative director. He was also chief executive of the German Network of Multimedia Resource Centres. Since 2012 he works as a lawyer and is partner at iRights.Law. Additionally Paul coordinates several projects about cultural heritage at the Internet and Society Collaboratory. In 2013 he moderated an expert group and published the “Berlin appeal on preservation of digital cultural heritage”.  He chairs the iRight.Lab culture. He also runs the annual international conference “Shaping Access – More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage.” Paul studied law in Bonn and Munich as well as philosophy, psychology and social sciences at the Jesuit University of Philosophy in Munich. His doctor thesis about legal paternalism was published in 2003.

*Photo by Jürgen Keiper, CC-BY 4.0 International

Victoria Walsh, Professor at the Royal College of Art, London, Head of Programme Curating Contemporary Art

Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the Royal College of Art, London. In addition to being an active curator, she is Director of the RCA’s major research project into ‘Curatorial and Artistic Research’,  part of the EU-funded Museums in an Age of Migrations programme, and developed a major research project with five European partner museums and galleries in London, Barcelona, Paris, and Amsterdam. This research into the practices and future of the art museum in the context of globalisation, digitisation and the impact of migration (people, culture and data) built on previous collaborative research with Tate galleries including Tate Encounters (2007-10) and ‘Cultural Value and the Digital: Practice, Policy and Theory’. Key research publications include Post-critical Museology: Theory and Practice in the Art Museum (Routledge, 2013) with Andrew Dewdney and David Dibosa and Transfigurations: Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations (MeLA, 2014).


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