Final Event (Cyprus) – Blog – The GLAMers Project

Final Event (Cyprus) – Blog

Partners of the project met for one last time in the stunning Limassol, Cyprus, as this was a unique moment for us to explore the main results of the project and take stock of the post-pandemic situation of European GLAMs.

The conference has been an awesome opportunity to learn from the best and shape the future of European GLAMs thanks to all the interventions by the high-level guests who gathered at the Poseidonia Hotel.

We started the day with speeches by Prof. Panayiotis Zaphiris, (CUT Rector), Dr. Yiannis Toumazis (Deputy Minister of Culture Government of Cyprus), Mr. Nicos Nicolaides (Mayor of Limassol) and by Mr. Chrysanthos Pissarides (President, ICOMOS – CYPRUS).

A encouraging and thoughtful speech came from Mrs Themis Christophidou, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport, and Culture at the European Commission: with her words, she showed to the audience the kind of impact that EU-funded projects like The GLAMers can have on the cultural sector, especially in a post-pandemic world.

Two keynote speakers then lit up the stage with their knowledge. Mrs. Monika Hagendorn-Saupe, vice-president of Michael Culture, spoke through concrete examples of the ways in which GLAMs use digital to foster youth participation. Mrs. Marie-Véronique Leroi, from the French Ministry of Culture, on the other hand, showed the European strategy for building a data space for cultural heritage and French policies in this domain.

The event continued with presentations by the different partners: MUO told about its experience as a museum within European projects, Web2Learn told about the role of cultural heritage institutions in enhancing citizens’ participation in the Climate Change crisis, and finally, Citizens in Power showed how technology can be used to foster participation by the young public in cultural heritage institutions.

The fruitful morning conversations were then rounded off in the afternoon with a series of workshops led by Michael Klein (CEO 7Reasons Media GmbH), Chris Vastenhoud (Coordinator e-Collection Royal Museum of Art and History) and Robert Davies (Chair Europeana Network Association).

The event concluded with a closing speech by Tony Cassar, Director of Digitisation, Heritage Malta: in it, he emphasised the importance of digital in a post-pandemic world.

At the end, a key point was clear to the participants: thanks to events of this kind, organisations and stakeholders from different places in Europe came together to create a moment of high-level reflection. It is mainly to them that we can build a better future, for digital, for the GLAMs sector and for young people.

Find here the complete recording of the event.