SoPHIA´s Stakeholders Virtual Conference, April 21-22, 2021

SoPHIA´s Stakeholders Virtual Conference
Cultural Heritage - Rethinking Impact Assesments
April 21-22, 2021

SoPHIA – Social Platform for Holistic Heritage Impact Assessment – , an EU research and innovation Horizon 2020 funded project, reviewed the literature, policy programmes and practices and mapped existing gaps, issues and problems. After consultations during the first Workshop with members of the Social Platform, a draft model was designed. The draft model has been tested in twelve case studies across Europe. 

Against this background, SoPHIA invites researchers, practitioners, policymakers from Europe and beyond and anyone interested to a collective reflection on the diverse impact of cultural heritage during the two days SoPHIA´s Stakeholders Virtual Conference. 

The first day will broach pressing issues of cultural heritage. Those issues have proven to be relevant to the cases of cultural heritage interventions analysed in the project. Representatives from the cases and invited guest will discuss with the audience main challenges and opportunities that have been encountered, in parallel panels from 10:30 until 12:00 and from 13:00 until 14:30, including: 

  • bridging the gap between culture and sustainability
  • access and inclusion in public spaces and in cultural heritage education;
  • opportunities and challenges of evaluation requirements
  • dissonant European cultural heritage;
  • over-tourism in urban environments. 

Based on the discussions of the first conference day, the program of the second day focuses directly on the findings of the SoPHIA case studies and the discussion of the SoPHIA draft model. The aim is to discuss in detail cross-cutting issues and counter-effects of impact of cultural heritage interventions. The discussion will take place in a virtual world café format, centered on five key topics that have been highlighted as capturing the overarching discrepancies between the social, economic, environmental and cultural impact of cultural heritage.

AGENDA (keynotes, paralell panel sessions, discussions, artistic interventions, networking spaces, guided tours) 

REGISTRATION for the Conference is open now. 

(The DISCUSSION PAPER and PRESS RELEASE will be soon made public)


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