Umea 2014 and research

Apart from the evaluation and follow-up of the programme’s results, there will be a number of special studies conducted concerning different areas within the programme, such as media coverage and tourism.

This is a quote from Umea’s successful bid to become European Capital of Culture 2014. Evaluation and monitoring is becoming an integral part of the bidding process. You can read more about it in Umea’s bid documents, just click here.

We were therefore very glad to meet today a delegation from Umea’s region, Västerbotten who are visiting Liverpool to learn all about the city’s experience of being a European Capital of Culture. Two members of our ECoCs policy group met with the Swedish delegation introducing the group’s work on research recommendations. Watch out for the research coming out of Umea.


Correction: Save the date for Brussels – 13 July 2010

Note to our readers: in the last post, a small but significant mistake has sneaked into the text. The date for the ECoC’s policy groups final conference is Tuesday, 13 July 2010! Please keep this date in your diaries and get in touch with Matti on if you would like to participate in the event.

Save the date for Brussels

Our ECoC policy group is getting ready for the final touches on the presentation and publication of our recommendations on researching the impact of European Capitals of Cultures.

The result will be showcased at a final event in Brussels on 12 July 13 July 2010. The outcomes of our work will of course be published on our blog but if you would like to meet members of the group and take part in discussions, please join us for our final event. More details about the venue and agenda will be made available in the coming weeks but you can now register your interest by sending an email to Matti Allam on

Turku workshop reloaded

Our Turku workshop in April had to be cancelled due to the volcanic ash in the air which prevented us to fly over to Finland. We have now set a new date and members of our ECoC policy group will meet again on 17 June 2010. The workshop is open to members only but you will be able to read all about the outcomes of our work soon!

We have been busy writing up recommendations for a common research framework and the result will be available for download by July 2010. Stay tuned!

University Network of European Capitals of Culture

This network of universities and establishments of higher education in former, current and future European Capitals of Culture was founded in 2006 in Pecs (Hungary).

Their mission is to create links for universities situated in European Capitals of Culture and integrate academia into the year itself. Each year, the network organises a conference where researchers can present papers related to European Capital of Culture.

The next event will take place in Pecs on 14 and 15 October 2010. One part of the conference will concentrate entirely on ‘The assessment of the ECoC programme’. Visit their website for further information.