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Europeana Symposium : Research and digital cultural heritage – new impact horizons

On 11 and 12 May 2021, Europeana will bring together cultural heritage professionals, policy makers, academics and researchers to discuss impact horizons of research when nurtured by digital cultural heritage.


About this Event

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

Scientific Committee

  • 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


Impact, policy and innovation (introduction section)

11 May, 10.30-12.00 CEST

Moderator: Sally Chambers, Digital Humanities Research Coordinator, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities and DATA-KBR-BE Project Coordinator, KBR Royal Library of Belgium

Introduction by Julia Fallon, Europeana Foundation


  • Jennifer Edmond, President of the DARIAH Board of Directors
  • Inge Van Nieuwerburgh, OpenAIRE Coordinator of scholarly communication / Belgian NOAD, University of Ghent
  • Prof. Wojciech Sowa, Chair of HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)
  • Two more speakers to be confirmed

Poetics and politics of digitisation: constructing collections and social impact

11 May 2021, 17.00-18.30 CEST

Moderator: Robin Boast, Professor, Information Science and Culture, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam


  • Rossitza Atanassova, Digital Curator, Digitisation, British Library
  • Seamus Ross, Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
  • Haidy Geismar, Professor of Anthropology, University College London
  • Gerben Zaagsma, Assistant Professor, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) at the University of Luxembourg

Citizen science and engagement: conditions for impact in digital cultural heritage

12 May, 10.30-12.00 CEST

Moderator: Koraljka Golub, Head of the Institute, co-leader of the Digital Humanities Initiative at Linnaeus University


  • Natalie Harrower, Director, Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy
  • Chiara Bonacchi, Senior Lecturer in Heritage, University of Stirling
  • Maria Drabczyk, Chief International Projects Expert, National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute Poland
  • Nadezhda Povroznik, Associate Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Historical Research, Head of the Center for Digital Humanities at Perm State University

Digital audiences, socio-political perspectives and participatory methods

12 May, 17.00-18.30 CEST

Moderator: Costis Dallas, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto


  • Jenny Kidd, Reader and Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, University of Cardiff
  • Geert Lovink, Director of the Institute of Network Cultures (INC)
  • Maria Paula Arias, Lecturer, Department of Languages, Information and Communications, Manchester Metropolitan Uni
  • Anat Ben David, Associate professor, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, the Open University of Israel


Click here to register for the symposium

From: 11 May, 2021
10:30 CEST
To: 12 May, 2021
18:30 CEST
Organizer: Alba Irollo, Nicole McNeilly
Languages: English



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