NEW CHARTER Alliance Webinar: How can heritage skills unlock the full potential of European regions? (26 April)

NEW CHARTER Alliance Webinar: How can heritage skills unlock the full potential of European regions? (26 April)

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Opening a series of 3 webinars focused on sharing CHARTER Alliance's findings, in partnership with ENCATC and in the frame of its Members Talks series, the first session will allow participants to learn concrete skills challenges faced by CHARTER regions and their response in terms of education and training to tackle them. Learn more below!

Over the past three years (2021-2023), CHARTER Alliance has collaborated with six regions to deepen its understanding of diverse cultural heritage ecosystems: the Basque Country (Spain), Sibiu (Romania), Bremen (Germany), Alentejo (Portugal), Tuscany (Italy), and Västra Götaland (Sweden).

Six regional workshops were organised to gather insights and feedback from local stakeholders, centred around education and training (E&T) schemes, the identification of skills gaps and needs, occupational profiles, and sector dynamics. These case studies have provided CHARTER with a wealth of information that showcases the unique heritage specialties of each region. They also highlight a diverse array of approaches in responding to current trends and challenges such as sustainability, digitalization, and the circular economy; progress and challenges in aligning E&T with the labour market through updated curricula and a workforce equipped with future-ready skills and competences; the importance of recognition and certification of traditional heritage skills, especially in the realm of crafts; among many other facets.

The resulting tapestry is a fascinating compilation of diverse regional examples that complement one another and collectively contribute best practices and solutions to the development of a future Cultural Heritage Skills Strategy—an initiative for which CHARTER serves as a European blueprint.

The inaugural webinar of our CHARTER Alliance webinar series, organised in partnership with ENCATC and ERRIN, in the frame of ENCATC’s Members Talks cycle, is designed to highlight the impactful efforts of these six regions in preserving, innovating, and capitalising on cultural heritage through education, training, and regional cooperation. The webinar will showcase specific cultural heritage skills challenges faced by the regions and their best practices in E&T to tackle them. In this context, we will be introduced to conclusions and findings coming from the final report on regional learnings, to be issued later this month, featuring the full assessment and analysis of CHARTER’s regional cases.

Participants can look forward to gaining insights and on-the-ground information regarding crafts and traditional skills, industrial heritage, maritime heritage, digitalisation, volunteering, funding, intangible heritage, skills intelligence observatories, built heritage, and much more!

Join us next Friday 26 April from 14:00-15:30 (CEST)! Register here to receive the link to the meeting 24 hours before starting. Detailed programme can be found here.


Meet the speakers

CHARTER Alliance


GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens

Secretary General, European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC)

Since 2004, GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens is the Secretary General of the European network on cultural management and policy, ENCATC. GiannaLia is an expert in EU affairs and international relations, with more than 30 years’ experience in advocacy, cultural policy, and strategic management, in the context of international cultural NGO. Former Policy Officer of the Cultural Forum of EUROCITIES, GiannaLia was also Secretary General of the Association of the European Cities of Culture , AECC. Educated at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, GiannaLia holds a Degree in Political Sciences – International Relations and two additional masters in European & International Career Studies, and a in European Constitution. Since 1993, GiannaLia is member of the Association of the Former trainees of the European Union.


Astrid Hannes

Policy and Project Manager, European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)

Astrid Hannes is Policy and Project manager at ERRIN, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network, with Bioeconomy and Circular Economy as main areas of work. ERRIN is a well-known Brussels-based network that gathers around 120 regional organisations from over 20 European countries. Established in 2001, ERRIN supports members to enhance their regional and local research and innovation capacities and further develop their R&I ecosystems. Astrid is strongly committed to stakeholder engagement in Research & Innovation. She operates as the Community Manager of the European Commissions’ Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI). Furthermore, Astrid has over 20 years of experience in regional development,  European cross-border cooperation and in R&I policy making at university level.


Marie Odenbring Widmark

Heritage Consultant, Coordinator at Cultural Administration, Region Västra Götaland (Sweden)

Marie graduated from the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg. She has a long experience of working with cultural heritage, as consultant, manager and officer. Her professional career had engaged her in how to preserve, restore and develop historic built environment and landscapes, heritage planning and coordinating exhibitions and publications. She has a strong interest in engaging the civil society and networking. Marie recently took a master’s degree in Conservation, investigating the built heritage in west Sweden connected to returning emigrants between 1880 and 1930. Marie now works at the Cultural Administration in Region Västra Götaland where she is responsible for coordinating the work at the department and for various projects related to lifelong learning in different forms.


Ainhoa Bernabé Aranberri

Cultural Heritage Officer, Basque Government (Spain)

Ainhoa is graduated in History from the University of Deusto, with a specialty in Basque Contemporary Art. Subsequently, she obtained, from the same university and the University of Groningen, the title of Master of Arts in Euroculture. Her professional career has engaged her in both cultural tourism and museums. Currently, Ainhoa works in the Museum Centre of the Department of Culture and Language Policy of the Basque Government, where she is responsible for various projects related to industrial heritage and the digitalisation of museums.


Ciprian Stefan

President of the National Network of Romanian Museums and Manager of ASTRA Museum (Romania)

Ciprian Stefan is the president of the National Network of Romanian Museums and the manager of ASTRA Museum, the largest open air museum in Europe. By the power of example, he consolidated a team that sets new standards in Romanian museology. He is also very active and involved in safeguarding the cultural landscape in the rural areas, supporting local communities in the attempt to preserve and promote built and intangible cultural heritage and local craftsmanship, the principles of sustainable development with a deep respect of traditions.


Lars Kröger

Project Manager, German Maritime Museum (Germany)

Since 2019, Lars Kröger has been project manager for the museums harbour of the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven, Germany. He studied medieval and post-medieval archaeology, medieval history, construction research, heritage management and prehistory at the University of Bamberg, Germany, and in 2017 he obtained a PhD with a thesis on “Ferries at the rivers Main and Neckar – An archaeological and historical-geographical development analysis of mediaeval and post-mediaeval transport infrastructure”. His research until 2019 focused on maritime archaeology, especially inland navigation.


Alexandra Correia

Coordinator of the Department of Development and Cooperation, Alentejo Regional Development Agency (ADRAL) (Portugal)

Alexandra Correia is a Sociologist with a Master is Education Sciences and a specialization in European Affairs and Regional Development. She as a long experience in designing, elaborating and implementing local and regional projects, working with Regional, European and International funds.


Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio

CHARTER Project Manager, University of Barcelona (Spain)

PhD in “Art History, Theory and Criticism” from the University of Barcelona. He is Lecturer at the Cultural Management Programme of the UB, and Coordinator of the Postgraduate Course on International Cultural Cooperation. He is the Project Manager of CHARTER. He is currently teaching in different Universities and academic programs internationally. Herman combines academic research, cultural management, curatorial practices and artistic methodologies, collaborating with a wide range of networks, projects and organizations internationally.


Coming next: Register for the upcoming CHARTER Alliance webinars!

The CHARTER Alliance webinars series will continue with 2 sessions on May and June, for which you can already register! More information on the programme and speakers will be announced soon.


29 May | 14:00-15:30

Cultural heritage sector dynamics, professional development and future scenarios

Led by University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

Register here.


12 June | 14:00-15:30

Innovative/Emerging education and training pathways for cultural heritage

Led by Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Austria) and Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali (Italy)

Register here.

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