JPI - Action programme

JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe


European cultural heritage is of exceptional importance. It enriches the lives of its citizens, contributes to the individual and mutual identity of European nations and has significant economic impact as it attracts millions of visitors a year from all over the world.  However, this heritage is being challenged in all its forms and from every side. Artefacts are being eroded and damaged, customs and practices are being lost and new heritage that is being created every day is in danger of being overlooked or ignored due to the inevitable pressures brought about by social, technological, economic and environmental change. There is an overwhelming need for research that is truly integrative and provides opportunities to explore all forms -the tangible, intangible and digital- of cultural heritage.  Future research should involve collaboration and work across boundaries - disciplinary, conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and international.  The EU Joint Programming Initiative, Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI-CH) is an innovative  and collaborative research initiative that will streamline and coordinate national research programmes to enable more efficient and effective use of scarce financial resources, exploit synergies and avoid duplication.  With seventeen Member States and eight Observer Countries participating, its Strategic Research Agenda will help to identify, address and tackle these research challenges not only to protect cultural heritage but also help Europe’s future economic growth and create jobs.

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Action programme

As was announced during the infosession on June 24th, the « JPI Cultural Heritage : a Challenge for Europe » is entering the phase of implementation.

A major step in the JPI was the establishment of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). For the preparation of the Action Programme, as implementation of the SRA, each country was asked last summer to merge relevant thematic research topics for the period 2014-2016.

The Belgian input was integrated in the overall input received from different countries participating in JPI CH.