Studies show that museums combat stress, reduce social isolation, increase self-esteem and could even lead to longer lives. So is now the time for museums to focus on health and wellbeing?
The Museums, Health and Wellbeing Summit will bring together inspiring presentations and actionable advice from those leading this work in Museums around the globe.
From improving mental health to combating social isolation, building resilience in children to serving those suffering from age related conditions what’s next for health, well-being and museums.
The Cyprus University of Technology invite you to the Final Event of “Meta-Pandemic” GLAMers at Poseidonia Beach Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus.
The European project “The GLAMers” (Erasmus+, 2021-2023), is under the direct coordination of the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK) through the UNESCO Chair in Digital Cultural Heritage in collaboration with EU Project MNEMOSYNE (H2020 ERA CHAIR).
Brief description of the Project:
The COVID-19 crisis has had an impact on a wide range of human activities, including the cultural and creative sector in Europe. Through the pandemic, the importance of digital transformation and the significant gap that exists in dealing with the pandemic between cultural institutions (galleries, libraries, archives, museums, known by the acronym GLAM: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) have been highlighted.
The goals of the project “The GLAMers” are:
- Provide a collection of good practices regarding youth engagement as a means of GLAM recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- For the recovery of cultural institutions during the pandemic. This collection will be enriched with an analysis of challenges, opportunities, and hidden potential of the value of youth engagement in GLAMs’ rebirth.
- Offer advice and training opportunities to support GLAMs in their digital transformation through the participation of youth.
- Allow GLAMs to implement and then assess the digitally enhanced activities involving youth.
- Map social changes in relation to attitudes, stances and behaviours amongst GLAMs and youth (young persons, cultural youth organizations, young artists) in regard to cultural and civic values for better societies.
The partners come from all over Europe and form a wide range of complementary profiles: a university (Cyprus University of Technology), an NGO aimed at youth communities (Citizens in Power, Cyprus), an SME for open and social learning (Web2Learn, Greece), a national museum (Museum of Arts and Crafts, Croatia) and a pan-European network of cultural institutions (Michael Culture Association). The consortium of partners has been created to ensure a presence in different geographical areas of Europe.
The day is designed as a moment to explore the main results of the project, but it will also be an opportunity to take stock of the post-pandemic situation of European GLAMs (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums). Key- speakers are going to join the conversation.
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Find HERE the e-Agenda of the Final Event.
Transdisciplinary Multispectral Modelling and Cooperation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Recapturing the World in Conflict through Culture promoting mutual understanding and Peace
Innovative scientific methodologies and challenging projects marking future trends in the protection of cultural heritage, have initiated a universal conversation within a holistic approach, merging competence from the scientific fields of architecture, civil engineering, surveying engineering, materials science and engineering, information technology and archaeology, as well as heritage professionals on restoration and conservation, stakeholders, industry representatives and policy makers. The combined utilization of digital documentation technologies with innovative analytical and non-destructive techniques, numerical, computational and 3D techniques, archaeometric and archaeogene methods, supports the creation of a transdisciplinary multispectral modeling towards the sustainable preservation of cultural heritage. Innovation is enhancing and revealing a critical dimension of the preservation of cultural heritage along with social participation and communication, and supporting peace through culture.
The National Technical University of Athens interdisciplinary team “Protection of monuments” [Prof. A. Moropoulou, Prof. M. Korres, Prof. A. Georgopoulos, Prof. C. Spyrakos, Ass. Prof. C. Mouzakis], scientific responsible for the Holy Aedicule’s rehabilitation of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the Technical Chamber of Greece, in collaboration with international and Greek Organisations and Universities, organize the 3rd TMM_CH International Conference on “Transdisciplinary Multispectral Modelling and Cooperation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Recapturing the World in Conflict through Culture, promoting mutual understanding and Peace”, on 20-23 March 2023 in Athens, Greece, discussing modern trends in the original agora of our technological and democratic roots.
The Conference is organized by the National Technical University of Athens in cooperation with the Technical Chamber of Greece, under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Ms Katerina Sakellaropoulou, with benedictions bestowed by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I of Constantinople, and His Beatitude Archbishop Hieronymus II of Athens and All Greece.
Distinguished scientists and representatives of the National Geographic Society, the Cultural Heritage Finance Alliance, the International Council of Monuments and Sites ICOMOS, the Organization of World Heritage Cities OWHC, the European Society for Engineering Education SEFI, the European Construction Technology Platform ECTP, the International Federation of Surveyors FIG, the International Committee CIPA Heritage Documentation, the World Monuments Fund, AHEPA Hellas and other major International and European Organizations, Associations, networks Universities and Research Centers in the field of cultural heritage preservation, participate in the International Steering and Scientific Committees which had successfully organized the 1st and 2nd TMM_CH Conferences.
The conference will be held at the Eugenides Foundation. On-site attendance and oral presentation is required and will be organised according to government restrictions against Covid-19. Scientific walk and talk visits on 23 March 2023 to Acropolis Museum [in the footsteps of the Greek Peripatetic Philosophical School] and other visits planned upon demand.
At the 1st and the 2nd TMM_CH Conferences, which were held with great success in October 2018 and December 2021 respectively at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens, with the presence of 350/650 delegates from 22/33 countries from all continents, and over five thousand viewers the emblematic rehabilitation of the Holy Aedicule of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was presented as an exemplary application, in the field of monuments’ protection, of interdisciplinary and multispectral collaboration, as an outcome of innovation, not only on Research, but in the implementation process as well, with emphasis on technological advancements, not only intersecting all the scientific fields of engineers and natural scientists, but also initiating an ongoing dialogue with humanities, such as Archaeology, Theology, Sociology, Diplomacy and Tourism. Innovative knowledge transfer through practice and education is continuing the venture for the rehabilitation projects in the Holy Sepulchre Church, adjoining the National Technical University of Athens and La Sapienza University of Rome with Bezalel Academy of Science and Arts in Jerusalem, in cooperation with Israeli Antiquities Authority, through the Erasmus+ Strategic Alliance EDICULA “Educational Digital Innovative Cultural Heritage related Learning Alliance”.
Further to the achievements of the 2nd TMM_CH Conference the latest developments in research and innovation that identify novel trends to build an interdisciplinary approach to conservation and holistic digital documentation of cultural heritage is attempted at the 3rd TMM_CH. The utilization and reuse of monuments, historic cities and sites, forms the framework of a sustainable preservation of cultural heritage, in accordance with the principles of circular economy; in terms of respect and protection of values, materials, structures, architecture and landscape; with an informed society, able to participate effectively in the policies that will design and implement the new strategies required.
Sharing knowledge, experiences, and recommendations about sustainable cultural heritage approaches and practices at a moment of great conflicts and climate change, energy, environment and socio-economic risks, the sustainable preservation of cultural heritage is addressing challenges through mutual understanding and international cooperation.
Museums are key contributors to the well-being and to the sustainable development of our communities. As trusted institutions and important threads in our shared social fabric, they are uniquely placed to create a cascading effect to foster positive change. There are many ways in which museums can contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: from supporting climate action and fostering inclusivity, to tackling social isolation and improving mental health.
As highlighted in the ICOM Resolution “On sustainability and the implementation of Agenda 2030, Transforming our World” (Kyoto, 2019), all museums have a role to play in shaping and creating sustainable futures, and they can do this through educational programmes, exhibitions, community outreach and research.
Each year since 2020, the International Museum Day supports a set of Goals from the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In 2023, we will focus on:
- Goal 3 Global Health and Well-being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, in particular concerning mental health and social isolation.
- Goal 13 Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, adopting low-carbon practices in the Global North and mitigation strategies in the Global South.
- Goal 15 Life on Land: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, amplifying the voices of indigenous leaders and raising awareness on the loss of biodiversity.
The annual DH Benelux conference serves as a platform for the community of interdisciplinary Digital Humanities researchers to meet, present and discuss their latest research findings and to demonstrate tools and projects. It is organised by DH Benelux.
This year’s central theme is ‘Crossing Borders’.
The call for papers is currently open to those working in the arts and humanities, the (social) sciences, and the heritage sector with an interest and enthusiasm in the application and use of digital technologies. Submissions are welcome from humanities scholars, developers, computer and information scientists as well as art galleries, librarians, archivists and museum curators (GLAM), at all career stages.
Deadline for submitting abstracts: Tuesday 31 January 2023 (23:59 CET)
For more information, please visit the website.
CIPA2023, the 29th CIPA-HD biennial Symposium, will focus on “Documenting, understanding, preserving Cultural Heritage. Humanities and digital technologies for shaping the future”.
The Conference will explore the digital and green dimensions required to handle the complexity of Cultural Heritage management and to come up with new solutions to the challenges of reducing anthropogenic and natural risks.
The effects of Climate Change and pollution negatively impact the vulnerability of Heritage. Unfortunately, there is a constant need for timely and effective intervention in crisis areas for damage analysis, initial intervention, and subsequent recovery planning. Extraordinary Socio-Political developments demand a greater awareness of the civil importance of this safeguarding commitment.
CIPA2023 intends to combine scientific, technological, and humanistic expertise and promote interactions with the institutions in charge of conservation and restoration. Thus, the aim is to create documentation systems that address the entire life cycle of Artifacts, Archaeological sites, Historical buildings, and man-made Landscapes using new digital technologies. Risk reduction and preventive and sustainable conservation models must be developed, supporting cultural participation, accessibility, and enhancement of cultural diversity and expression.