Research and digital cultural heritage: new impact horizons

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Research and digital cultural heritage: new impact horizons

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Join us at our first impact and research symposium as we bring together speakers from right across the world to discuss topics like policy and innovation, research methods and impact assessment, digital humanities and collections, and the impact of public participation in digital cultural heritage.

Digital content and technology democratise access to cultural heritage and can stimulate positive social and economic change, especially when they support Research and Innovation. The cultural heritage sector is exploring new ways of community engagement, participatory and co-creation processes, in parallel with researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities, who are the most interested in the potential reuse of digital cultural heritage. For their part, policy-makers and funders increasingly require social impact to be considered in research design and outcomes.

In September 2020, the European Commission launched the new European Research Area (ERA) for Research and Innovation, putting at its core “the engagement of citizens, local communities and civil society … to achieve greater social impact and increased trust in science”. Europeana’s commitment to fostering social impact is reflected in the continued development of the Europeana Impact framework, which puts stakeholders - those for whom we want to make an impact - right at the forefront in designing strategies and activities. This framework was conceived for the cultural heritage sector but its principles are transversal. Europeana now aims to test its usefulness in the research and innovation area through Europeana Research’s activities and networks.

This symposium is the first event that brings together an impact-oriented approach and the research perspective within the Europeana context. The scientific committee has arranged the programme across four sessions to facilitate participation from different time zones. Twenty speakers will represent the research and cultural heritage sectors and the policy making sphere.


  • Alba Irollo, Europeana Research Coordinator
  • Nicole Mc Neilly, Europeana Impact Advisor

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  • Robin Boast, University of Amsterdam
  • Sally Chambers, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities and KBR Royal Library of Belgium
  • Costis Dallas, University of Toronto
  • Koraljka Golub, Linnaeus University
  • Jenny Kidd, Cardiff University
  • Alba Irollo, Europeana Foundation
  • Nicole Mc Neilly, Europeana Foundation
  • Seamus Ross, University of Toronto

Please note: Europeana is beginning to monitor attendance at our events to try to make sure that we are reaching as wide and diverse a section of the community working with or interested in digital cultural heritage as we possibly can. All responses to the questions we ask relating to your participation in this event will be treated in the strictest confidence, and all data disclosed will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and Europeana’s privacy policy. We will anonymise your data and only use, analyse and report on anonymised data. Where a respondent voluntarily provides personal information, this data will be used only for the purposes for which it is provided, and not passed to any third party, unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law.

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Europeana empowers the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation. We develop expertise, tools and policies to embrace digital change and encourage partnerships that foster innovation. We make it easier for people to use cultural heritage for education, research, creation and recreation. Our work contributes to an open, knowledgeable and creative society. Find out more at

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