Our first webinar event took place on the 7th of September 2022, with 89 participants from our partner countries. Those include: Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Italy, and Norway. With a wide range of educators and culture-enthusiasts with different cultural backgrounds that shared their knowledge and experience, we managed to achieve our webinar’s goal: to connect members of European Universities and smaller Cultural Heritage Organisations (CHOs), inspire each other, and present them with a tool through/with which they can better their relationship – Open Innovation. The webinar also invited DH scholars to present their case studies of such collaborations: George Papaioannou, University of Aegean, Corfu and Dr. Stella Sylaiou, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University.
Greece’s OSYGY, the federation of women’s association in Cyclades, was the leader of the first out of 5 stages/activities of the project, and was thus the organiser of the event. After 7 months of hard work, OSYGY presented their results: an open-access publication report showcasing the best open-innovative practices that universities have implemented to help revive CHOs, along with the challenges and solutions that came to light through their research.