ENCATC Congress 2023

Artificial Intelligence Embraced: the future of the cultural and creative sector 11-13 October 2023, Helsinki, Finland

ENCATC Award for Outstanding Contribution

The ENCATC Award for Outstanding Contribution to cultural management, education, research, and policy is a biennial accolade established in 2019 to celebrate the Network's twenty-fifth anniversary. It represents the highest expression of recognition to exceptional achievements in developing and sustaining innovative and consistent approaches that contribute to positive changes in cultural education, research, management and policy.

The Award is designed to acknowledge and honour visionary leadership, creativity, and contribution in education, research, policy, and advocacy within cultural management and/or policy.

In 2023, ENCATC has expanded the Award's reach to individuals, groups, or institutions worldwide. The laureate of the 2023 Award was recently revealed.

The winner for the 2023 Award is Lluís Bonet, Professor of Applied economy and Director of the Cultural Management Graduate program at the University of Barcelona

The 2023 Laureate will be honored during the Award Ceremony on 13 October 2023 in Helsinki. Those attending will have the opportunity to listen to the new laureate deliver a keynote speech after the Ceremony, followed by a panel in response. 

You can learn more about the Award in the dedicated brochure and in the ENCATC news.

ENCATC Award for Outstanding Contribution

ENCATC Research Award

On 12 October, as part of the ENCATC Congress 2023, ENCATC organised its 2023 Research Award Ceremony. The recipient of the 2023 ENCATC Research Award is Carlotta Scioldo, researcher and consultant focusing on EU cultural policies.

Launched in 2014, this prestigious recognition aims to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural management and policy with an emphasis on its applied implications. The ENCATC Award also has the ambition to contribute to the process of creating a network of scholars who are competent in doing ground-breaking research projects in cultural policy and cultural management.

After a rigorous evaluation process by a distinguished jury of international experts, the winning research project was selected for its ground-breaking insights and significant impact on the cultural sector. The research project titled “Transnational Networks between European Governance and Local Chance in the Cultural and Creative Sector, if not for harmonizing Policy, then what?”, innovates in the analysis of European networks policy projects and strategies. 

The winner will have her work published in the form of a book inside the ENCATC Advances in Cultural Management and Policy, published by Routledge, the world’s leading academic publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM. 

Alongside the 2023 winner, the other finalist Giuliana Ciancio (University of Antwerp), was praised for her relevant contribution to the field of cultural management and policy research. In recognition of her exceptional achievements, the finalist was offered the opportunity to publish an article focusing on her PhD thesis, “Cultural policy and emotional clusters in the post-global context. Performing arts and emotions between top-down and bottom-up negotiations”, on the European Journal of Cultural Management and Policy. 

You can learn more about the Award, the Jury, and past editions on the ENCATC Research Award's dedicated webpage, and in the dedicated press release you can read more about the two finalists of this year. 

ENCATC Research Award

ENCATC Best Research Paper

On the occasion of the ENCATC Research Award Ceremony, the name of the winner of the Best Research Paper was also announced and its recipient unveiled. 

After a rigorous evaluation process by a distinguished jury of international researchers, the winning research project was selected on the basis of the following criteria: relevance of the thematic area to ENCATC, quality of the research and the research methodology, originality of the research topic, innovative character of the research design, relevance and inspiration for the field and for policy makers, and quality of writing. The research paper selected as winner, titled “Greening our future: cultural policy and the ecological imperative”, explores innovative sustainable practices for the cultural and creative sector. 

The recipient of the 2023 ENCATC Best research paper is Vânia Rodrigues. She is a highly respected researcher and practitioner, currently the principal investigator at CEIS20 from the University of Coimbra (Portugal).

 This recognition, awarded by an international Jury composed by members of the Congress Scientific Committee, includes the publication of the paper in the European Journal of Cultural Management and Policy in full open access, thus making the research available and visible for the research community in the field.

Read more about the Best Research Paper in the dedicated press release.

ENCATC Best Research Paper