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  1. Innovation at the intersection of Arts, Sciences and Technology

    Dec 01 2015

    Brussels, Belgium

    Innovation responding to the challenges of the 21st century needs inter/multi-disciplinary collaboration across all sectors and across all of society.


    Commissioner Carlos Moedas, in charge of research, science and innovation sees the Arts as a means to foster innovation in this sense. He emphasises the need for 'Open science – Open innovation – Open world'. The Arts are capable of providing the conceptual glue to combine openness and holistic thinking.


    The European Commission has acknowledged the importance of this field in its upcoming work programme in the context of innovation in science and technology. The STARTS –Science, Technology and the Arts – programme will foster collaborations between the art world and science and industry.


    The event will link directly regionally-embedded actors across Europe from private and public sectors.





  2. Unlock the Innovation potential of Digital Heritage – Final Conference in Berlin 12-13 November 2015

    Nov 12 2015

    Berlin, Germany

    The CIVIC EPISTEMOLOGIES project is ending in November 2015 with the delivery of a Roadmap that indicated a set of steps that we consider important for progressing in the direction of improving the relationship between cultural heritage and the society.

  3. STARTS Symposium

    Jun 22 2015

    Brussels, Belgium

    Today, an increasing number of high tech companies and research institutions, world-wide, assert that the critical skills needed for innovation to happen and to be of value for society are – in addition to scientific and technological skills –skills such as creativity and capacity to involve all of society in the process of innovation. In this context, the Arts are gaining prominence as a catalyst for an efficient conversion of S&T knowledge into novel products, services, and processes.

    Working at the nexus between Science, Technology, and the ARTS, we begin to see opportunities for piloting cross-sectorial collaboration to enhance and promote innovation. To foster such collaboration, the European Commission is launching its STARTS –S&T&ARTS programme.

    In the STARTS symposium, we will explore the catalytic role of the Arts for innovation in business, industry and society and how to foster it. Possible synergies will be analyzed from an entrepreneurial, technological, scientific, social, and artistic angle. Already existing collaboration of S&T with the Arts in European Commission funded projects will be particularly highlighted.


    Jun 19 2015

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    Some of Europe’s most pioneering innovators will meet for two hours to share experiences and outline future actions, with the objective of facilitating the integration between science and art. The session will include representatives from principal institutions involved in research, art, technology and culture. A collective discussion process -which will also be open to the public- will look for common synergies and roadmaps to accelerate action on a European scale, enabling new innovations that provide greater scientific, cultural and economic impact.

    The workshop will involve the following institutions:

    • European Commission (Ralph Dum, DG CONNECT)
    • Future Everything (Drew Hemment, CEO)
    • La Caixa Foundation (Ignasi López, Deputy Director)
    • Waag Society (Marina Boto, Research)
    • Ibercivis Foundation (Fermín Serrano, Executive Director)
    • Barcelona Universtiy (Josep Perelló, Professor)
    • Libelium (David Gascón, CTO)
    • BitBrain (María López, CEO)
    • ArtShare (Luís Miguel Girao, Director)
  5. IoT IS LIFE, LIFE IS ART: The role of artistic practices as catalysts of innovation in IoT

    Jun 17 2015

    Lisbon, Portugal

    IoT is Life, Life is Art

    A roundtable about The role of artistic practices as catalysts of innovation in IoT with a special focus on market uptake at the IoT Week.

    JUN 17 2015 : 15:50-17:30 : Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, Praça Indústrias,1300-307 Lisbon, Portugal.


    For centuries a discussion has been going on about if Art imitates Life, or if Life imitates Art. Did George Orwell predict or did he create the Big Brother? Oscar Wilde would possibly be in favour of the latter as he thought that "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life". The artistic movement Fluxus was all about breaking all barriers between life and art.

    Industry seems to start being aware that business is not in better technology but yet in better life.

    The roundtable will discuss the role of artistic practices in making better lives where technology is always present. It will open with a short presentation of STARTS to establish the context. STARTS is a new initiative of DG CONNECT on bringing the Arts along with Science and Technology in ICT research. The main presentation to trigger discussion will be on the experience of Telefonica R&D and Laboral and at its 4th edition of NEXT THINGS – CONDUCT, a grant programme supporting artists to create new IoT products and services.


    Peter Friess - EC - Moderator (confirmed)

    Luis Miguel Girao - STARTS (confirmed)

    Pere Obrador Espinosa - Telefonica R&D/Laboral (confirmed)

    Ovidiu Vermesan - AIOTI (confirmed)

    António Câmara - Ydreams (confirmed)

    Rob van Kranenburg - IoT Council (confirmed)


  6. Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks — 6th Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2015

    Jun 02 2015

    Zaragoza, Spain

    For the sixth time, it is our pleasure to bring together pioneer work in the overlap of arts, humanities, network research, data science, and information design. The 2015 symposium will again follow our established recipe, leveraging interaction between those areas by means of keynotes, a number of contributions, and a high-profile panel discussion.

    In our call, we are looking for a diversity of research contributions revolving around networks in culture, networks in art, networks in the humanities, art about networks, and research in network visualization. Focussing on these five pillars that have crystallized out of our previous meetings, the 2015 symposium again strives to make further impact in the arts, humanities, and natural sciences.

    Running parallel to the NetSci2015 conference, the symposium provides a unique opportunity to mingle with leading researchers in complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations. - See more at:

  7. Symposium Crossovers Culture & Technology

    May 26 2015

    Mons, Belgium

    Content is the key: crossovers from culture to innovation in society
    Creativity is the key: crossovers from the arts to innovation in industry


    Register here.


  8. The Role of Culture — development models for the 21st century

    Apr 15 2015

    Lisbon, Portugal

    The Role of Culture development models
    The exercise of pluralism and the existence of legitimate citizenship rights are the basis of contemporary European culture. At the same time, the pillars of this perspective threaten to crumble, as internal and external pressures weaken the centrality of the concept of social contract based in the ideas of peace and progress as defined in post-World War II in Europe.

    Culture is both the starting and the ending point of any personal or collective journey.

    Alongside other courses, the cultural perspective informs us, gives us insight, projects us, and organizes us.

    But what kind of culture are we talking about? What are the arguments or the possibilities for culture to integrate a model of Society’s operative concept? How does culture fit in that model? Is culture a power weapon for the powerful or an open door for the individual and the community? What are the ways in which European and Portuguese citizens approach culture? How to address other world visions beyond the western one? How and why is culture important for the cohesion and identity of European Union and its Member States?

    This program aims to contribute for prospective and operative thinking, and is directed at practitioners of areas as different as museology and artistic creation, libraries, publishing, film making and audiovisual, archaeology, author and related rights, cultural heritage and the so-called creative industries, design and literature, arts education. It is intended that these recipients be a reference for a presence of culture (beyond entertainment but without ignoring it as a form of culture) closer to citizens, part of their daily life, in a social, conscious and participatory way.

    Believing in the positive correlation between cultural fruition/ creativity/ personal and social development, we aim to promote a better identification and proposition of the presence of culture in the Portuguese and European development model in the 21st century.

    Jorge Barreto Xavier

    Secretary of State for Culture of Portugal

  9. NET FUTURES 2015

    Mar 25 2015

    Brussels, Belgium

    Presentation of the EUROPA project at NET FUTURES 2015

    EUROPA will be a collaborative art piece.


    NET FUTURES wishes to maximize competitiveness of the European technology industry. The conference will gather over 700 attendees, to form an interconnected community involving companies, organizations and people in Research & Innovation; Market Validation & Living Lab Research ; Business Development, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Strategy; and Policy Making.

    It is our firm belief that by bridging the gaps between these communities, innovations will more easily and effectively find their way to the market.


    Mar 11 2015

    Rīga, Latvia

    Partnering culture with other sectors to maximize creativity, growth and innovation
    Within the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
    March 11-12, 2015
    National Library of Latvia, Riga
    The conference organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and co-financed by the European Commission aims to encourage a debate over the contribution and impact of cultural and creative crossovers to growth, innovation, sustainable development and well-being of society. In this context the cultural and creative crossovers (also called spill-overs) describe the contribution of culture and culture-based creativity to other domains. The conference highlights these crossovers as an input for development of other sectors, including education, economy, technologies and social innovation, with the objective to foster social cohesion and cultural diversity, and as a boost for smart urban planning and regional development.

  11. The Quantifiable Everything? - STARTS Roundtable on The Internet of Things

    Feb 01 2015

    Berlin, Germany

    "Stop pretending that bits don't decay. Or that the virtual lacks any real-world consequences. The Internet of Things is at hand. Things that are Internet. Internet that is things. It's gonna settle that argument once and for all." - Bruce Sterling at the transmediale 2014 afterglow, opening ceremony.

    When every thing and its potential relation to every other thing is assigned a number, physical reality becomes addressable and open to new economic and social interactions. This panel asks if tech developers, hackers and artists can respond in both critical and constructive ways to the challenges of the quantification of every-thing in ways that reach beyond the banal visions of the self-ordering fridge and the city as a digitally assisted playground. In a future hyper-connected society with semi-autonomous objects, what are the socio-cultural challenges and opportunities of the drive towards interconnected material and immaterial structures, through "Smart" technologies, innovation, maker and app driven economies? The panel is organised through the STARTS initiative that sets out to bring together artists, scientists and technologists to explore new ways of working. 

  12. Presentation of Final Results of the

    Dec 11 2014

    Brussels, Belgium

    The was conducted by iMinds and Artshare for DG CONNECT and reveals new evidence for the integration of the Arts as an essential and fruitful component within research and innovation in ICT.

    The session will take place between 10:00-12:00, at room A5G305 of the Altiero Spinelli building, where a high-level roundtable will discuss the study results and future actions.

    Conference attendance is free, and must be confirmed by the RSVP deadline.

    RSVP: By 5th December to Carlos Zorrinho (MEP):

  13. ArtsIT - Fourth International Conference on Arts and Technology

    Nov 10 2014

    Istanbul, Turkey

    The ArtsIT series of conferences have been created to provide a platform where researchers and practitioners in the arts and humanities, who have a keen interest in contemporary IT developments, meet with individuals working in the fields of computational technologies and IT who, in their turn, profess to strong ties to the fine arts and the design disciplines in their output.
  14. BEAF-Bozar

    Sep 25 2014

    Brussels, Belgium

    With this festival the Centre for Fine Arts wants to reflect on how technology and arts can be intertwined. BOZAR states that this is nothing more but a continuation of the natural link between art and science. At one hand they are linked as a theoretical way to understand the world and try to make a (re-)presentation of it, on the more practical side technology always has been the artists’ best friend to make his ideas possible and even more : it is certainly underestimated how much artistic ideas have had influence on technological innovations.
  15. Ars Electronica

    Sep 04 2014

    Linz, Austria

    This year’s theme is “C … what it takes to change,” an inquiry into the prerequisites and framework conditions necessary to enable social innovation and renewal to emerge and make an impact. The focus will be on art as catalyst.
  16. CAC4 - 4th Computer Art Congress

    Sep 01 2014

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    The Internet, the WWW, and the development of interactive interfaces changed the possibilities to go from a static to a dynamic and totally new multidimensional art form based on feedback, processes, multiplicity and improvisation. Nowadays, in Brazil, we see the blooming of hack and garage labs. The fields of architecture and design have begun to focus on these ideas.

  17. CAPS Conference

    Jul 01 2014

    Brussels, Belgium

    The first international event on collective awareness platforms for sustainability and social innovation will provide existing projects and initiatives with an opportunity to discuss their impact, increase their visibility, develop synergies and roadmaps, and liaise with any interested stakeholders: civil society organisations, NGOs, local communities, students and hackers, academic and industrial institutions, policy makers, national agencies, new Members of the European Parliament, etc.
  18. Future of Art and Science in World of Money

    May 22 2014

    Prague, Czech Republic

    We would like to present within the discussion different point of views of the problems in Education, Culture, Art and Scientific Research, current very important issue, and different approaches on European and Czech level to this matter (different strategies, conceptions for development and connecting of art, science and education), as well as the related challenges and obstacles in the future. Within the panel we would like to discuss specific Czech environment, as well as the European strategy for the future horizons (even beyond 2020) and way of thinking about this topic. We feel it very urgent and important to discuss such things and the VETLICAT (Vocational and Educational Training, Linking Creativity & Advanced Technology) project offers great opportunity to make it happen.
  19. FET-ART Final Event

    May 12 2014

    Brussels, Belgium

    The coordination action FET-ART has played a crucial role in helping advance this initiative by a set of activities that allowed practitioners in technology and the Arts to meet, collaborate and discuss the future of such collaborations. The event will close the activities of the FET-ART project and present its major achievements and policy recommendations. Launched in June 2013, FET-ART, in a few months, succeeded in organising several consultation and matchmaking events across Europe, and in supporting 18 residencies developing pilot projects centred on co-creation and citizen engagement in ICT.