Showcasing CHARTER Alliance’s premier events: The 2024 Paris Conference and Brussels Policy Round Table

Showcasing CHARTER Alliance’s premier events: The 2024 Paris Conference and Brussels Policy Round Table

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CHARTER Alliance takes immense pride in detailing its recent foundational events: the 2024 Paris Conference and the Brussels Second Policy Round Table. These meetings play a crucial role in CHARTER's goal to bridge the educational and occupational realms within the cultural heritage sector, leading to influential policy recommendations.

The 2024 Paris Conference: A Convergence of Expertise and Dialogue

The conference took place on 19 March 2024 at the INP’s Auditorium Jacqueline Lichtenstein, organised by CHARTER Alliance, in partnership with ICOMOS, Labex Industries Culturelles & Création Artistique (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), and Institut National du Patrimoine.

The Paris Conference served as the first public event where the project recommendations’ main thematic axes were introduced and discussed with a selected group of cultural heritage stakeholders coming from all around Europe. The articulated exchange designed contributed to gather feedback and viewpoints to inform the final recommendations document in a representative manner. Reuniting almost 150 participants, the Conference offered an extremely rich opportunity to collect inputs and inform CHARTER Alliance’s recommendations.


2024 Paris Conference | Day 1: A crucial exchange on Cultural Heritage’s pressing topics

The conference began with opening remarks from Catherine Magnant, Head of Cultural Policy at the European Commission; Jean-François Hébert, Director General of DG of Heritage and Architecture at the French Ministry of Culture, and Lluís Bonet, CHARTER Coordinator.

The first plenary session was chaired by Charles Personnaz, Director of the INP, and included notable speakers such as Teresa Patricio, President of ICOMOS; Alison Heritage, Project Manager at ICCROM; Carla Toffolo, Programme Manager of the European Heritage Hub at Europa Nostra; and Kristian Schneider, Vice President of E.C.C.O. (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers Organizations). Speakers addressed and discussed challenges and future perspectives on professional competences and skills. Among the many inputs shared, continuous professional development, non-formal ways of learning, and communities of interest/practice were highlighted, with an imperative need to upskill and reskill professionals following the transversal nature of the heritage sector.

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Afterwards, participants were divided into 4 groups for 2 rounds of parallel sessions addressing specific topics contained in CHARTER Alliance’s recommendations:

  • The digital challenge affecting professional skills and capacity building. Chaired by GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens (ENCATC) and Marzia Piccininno (Fondazione Scuola dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali). Panelists: Lorena Aldana (Europeana Foundation), Conxa Rodà (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), David Crombie (Cyanotypes Blueprint), Pierluigi Sacco (University of Chieti-Pescara).
  • Community engagement, participatory leadership and societal wellbeing. Chaired by Marleen Hofland-Mol (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Margherita Sani (NEMO). Panelists: Aida Vežić (Balkan Museum Network), Anne Krebs (Musée du Louvre), Joanna Sofaer (University of Southampton), Leena Marsio (Museovirasto – Finnish Heritage Agency).
  • The role of research for innovation and professional development. Chaired by Susan Corr (The Heritage Council) and Astrid Hannes (ERRIN). Panelists: Demetrios Anglos (University of Crete), Marc Jacobs (University of Antwerp), Miruna Găman (Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine), Paola Valandro (ART-ER).
  • Professional pathways and needed skills to incorporate a new generation for an attractive cultural heritage sector. Chaired by Martina de Luca and Anna Pirri Valentini (Fondazione Scuola dei Beni e delle attività culturali). Panelists: Amélie Méthivier (INP), Celia Martínez Yáñez (ICOMOS ICTC), Jasna Popović (Hispania Nostra, ESACH), Uula Neitola (The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes).
  • Sustainability, circular economy and risk management. Chaired by Gunnar Almevik (University of Gothenburg) and Jermina Stanojev (European Heritage Hub / EIT). Panelists: Amandine Colson (Denkmal3D), Françoise Benhamou (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Johanna Leissner (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Julie Hervé (Eurocities).
  • Job vacancies, professional mobility, and education and training recognition and validation. Chaired by Wolfgang Baatz (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) and Anna Mignosa (Erasmus University Rotterdam). Panelists: Claudia Plaimauer (3s Unternehmensberatung GmbH), Conor Newman (University of Galway), Herbert-Jan Hiep (Dutch Institute for Heritage and Marketing), Xavier Greffe (Université Panthéon Sorbonne).
  • Building alliances for better policy design and regulation. Chair: Nessa Roche (Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage) and Ondina Taut (National Heritage Institute Romania). Panelists: Andoni Iturbe (Basque Government), Maria Xeni Garezou (Hellenic Ministry of Culture), Vanessa Fraga Pol (Cultural Emergency response).
  • Cultural heritage understanding and interpretation in a diverse Europe. Chair: Pirjo Hamari (Museovirasto – Finnish Heritage Agency) and Bosse Lagerqvist (ICOMOS, University of Gothenburg). Panelists: Britta Rudolff (Brandenburg University of Technology), Luca dal Pozzolo (Fondazione Fitzcarraldo), Patrick Lehnes (Interpret Europe), Ruta Leitanaite (Architects Association of Lithuania).

Continuing our afternoon sessions, a round table on the role of governments in up-skilling and re-skilling the heritage sector was held. Chaired by Gaia Jungeblodt (ICOMOS) and Erminia Sciacchitano (Italian Ministry of Culture), the panel was joined by Charles Personnaz (INP), Martina Lesar Kikelj (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia), Tiina Merisalo (Museovirasto – Finnish Heritage Agency), Dana Mihai (National Heritage Institute Romania), and Anna Ancane (National Heritage Board of Latvia). Speakers addressed how they manage multi-level governance dynamics, how education and training and lifelong learning can be better linked, regulation of professions, and how they envision and can support the skills alliance, among other topics.

The Conference finalised with the introduction to the next steps of the project and an overview of the draft recommendations produced by CHARTER Alliance, presented by Lluís Bonet (University of Barcelona) and Conor Newman (University of Galway), and final remarks and conclusions by our Project Officer, Mariachiara Esposito (DG EAC).

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2024 Paris Conference | Day 2: In-depth reflection and discussion on CHARTER Alliance’s draft recommendations

The second day in Paris gathered CHARTER members and speakers present during the first day to have a thoughtful reflection and exchange on the draft recommendations produced by the project. Divided into 2 groups, participants contributed significantly with several remarks and suggestions that helped to better shape and articulate the recommendations.


The Brussels Second Policy Round Table: Sharpening CHARTER Alliance’s Policy Recommendations

After the enriching discussions in Paris, the Brussels Second Policy Round Table aimed to present an improved version of the draft recommendations to be discussed with policy makers.

Held on 18 April 2024 in Regione Toscana – EU Brussels Office, CHARTER Alliance partners presented the project’s draft recommendations, focusing on the stakeholders affected by them, and the methodology employed for drafting: problems – recommendations – expected outcomes – solutions and examples.

With a positive reception, sparking future synergies and collaborations, participants provided useful feedback for the final setting of the recommendations document. This session was a crucial platform for final inputs before the formal presentation of CHARTER’s recommendations, which will be announced and shared in the upcoming months.

Through the Paris Conference and Brussels Policy Round Table, CHARTER Alliance has significantly advanced its mission to develop comprehensive strategies for cultural heritage skills. These events facilitated critical discussions and collaborations, setting the stage for impactful policy recommendations that aim to enhance and sustain the cultural heritage sector in Europe. The CHARTER Alliance is now immersed in the finalisation of the recommendations, guided by the extensive feedback and collaborative spirit demonstrated at these key events.


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