Europa Nostra contributes to special edition of scientific journal dedicated to the EYCH

Europa Nostra has been invited to contribute to a Special Issue of the SCIRES-IT (SCIentific RESearch and Information Technology) Journal, entirely dedicated to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The Special Volume features more than 10 articles by heritage experts and policy makers, including one co-authored by Europa Nostra Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović and Outreach Officer Lorena Aldana, which focuses on the contribution of civil society to this important European Year.

The recently published volume, entitled “The European Year of Cultural Heritage: A laboratory for heritage-based innovation” is the first SCIREST-IT issue of 2019. It was curated by Guest Editor Erminia Sciacchitano and Editors in-Chief Virginia Valzano an Michela Cigola. The Special Issue features over 10 articles by policy-makers and heritage experts, including contributions by Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Culture and Education, as well as by Uwe Koch from the German Cultural Heritage Committee, who was Germany’s National Coordinator for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Europa Nostra Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović and Outreach Officer Lorena Aldana contributed to the Journal with an article entitled ‘The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: A turning point for the citizen’s movement supporting cultural heritage in Europe’. The article highlights the European Year of Cultural Heritage as a unique opportunity for civil society action in the heritage field, and conversely, civil society action as a driver for heritage policy development in Europe. It also identifies three main challenges to be addressed in the future as to sustain the legacy of the European Year. Notably, to continue raising awareness and reaching out to citizens and stakeholders at the local level, to find an adequate formula for a permanent cooperation and co-ordination on cultural heritage policies at EU level, and to sustain and increase funding for cultural heritage in future EU programmes.

‘As the voice of civil society dedicated to cultural heritage in Europe, Europa Nostra strongly supported the first-ever European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Not only did Europa Nostra passionately advocate for its designation – together with other civil society and institutional stakeholders – but it also actively contributed to its preparation, implementation and, therefore, to its success. Thus, it is with a shared sense of pride and accomplishment that we write these pages looking back to and ahead of this historic European Year.’ reads the foreword co-written by Europa Nostra Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović and Outreach Officer Lorena Aldana.


SCIRES-IT provides a forum for the exchange and sharing of know-how in the areas of Digitalization and Multimedia Technologies and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in support of cultural and environmental Heritage documentation, preservation and fruition. It publishes comprehensive reviews on specific fields, regular research papers and short communications in a timely fashion.

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