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The Horizon 2020 BeCULTOUR project selected for funding by the European Commission

22 Lug 2020

CNR IRISS is Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 BeCULTOUR project, selected for funding by the European Commission under the H2020 Call “Innovative approaches to urban and regional development through cultural tourism” (H2020 TRANSFORMATIONS-04-2019-2020).

The project has received an outstanding evaluation: it was scored 15 (maximum score) and resulted as the first project on almost 90 proposals submitted under the H2020 Call.

BeCULTOUR stands for “Beyond CULtural TOURism: heritage innovation networks as drivers of Europeanisation towards a human-centred and circular tourism economy”.

It expresses the goal to move beyond tourism through a longer-term human-centred development perspective, enhancing cultural heritage and landscape values.

The Consortium is made of 15 partners from EU and non-EU countries, including ICLEI, ERRIN, ICHEC, Iniziativa Cube, Open University of the Netherlands, Uppsala University, and six pilots in Italy (Basilicata), Cyprus, Spain (Aragon), Västra Götaland region, Serbia (Vojvodina), and a joint pilot at the cross-border of North-East Romania and Moldova.

The project is worth 4 Million Euro and will last 3 years (2021-2023) during which the experienced Consortium partners will co-create and test sustainable human-centred innovations for circular cultural tourism through collaborative innovation networks/methodologies and improved investments strategies, targeting deprived remote, peripheral or deindustrialized areas and cultural landscapes as well as over-exploited areas.

The CNR IRISS team coordinating the project is strongly inter-disciplinary: Antonia Gravagnuolo, architect and expert in evaluation methods for cultural heritage and landscape conservation and circular economy, co-coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project “CLIC” led by CNR IRISS, and Alessandra Marasco, service management researcher and expert in collaborative innovation and service experience design in cultural tourism. scientific responsible for many research projects at CNR IRISS.

The team was supported by Silvia Iodice, a promising researcher particularly expert in urban metabolisms assessment.

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