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European universities meet at the UAB to talk of public archaeology

Until 9 April, students and professionals from the universities of Crete, Greece; Warsaw, Poland; and Linnaeus, Sweden will meet at the UAB to participate in the Innovarchsessions on public archaeology. The project has been organised by the CEPAP-UAB research group and facilitated by the European programme Erasmus+.

Innovarch was created to meet the need of developing methodologies and materials to introduce public archaeology into higher education programmes in Europe. The meeting reveals the new needs of the archaeological sector related to research and the different public uses of archaeology.

These types of meetings respond to a series of objectives in which knowledge of different academic and practical traditions is the fundamental basis for learning among participants. For this reason the interaction between the public and social factors is highly important; the need to create transnational collaboration strategies and networks among different professionals in the sector with the aim of producing a higher sociocultural impact and an increase in competitiveness.
The participants will be able to observe different projects defined by the public they address, economic and social realities, and training methods of organs and institutions. Several activities will be undertaken during the sessions, such as a visit to the UAB archaeology campus La Draga in Banyoles and La Noguera in Sant Llorenç de Montgai. The Monastery Museum and Volpelleres Library, which will present its Living Lab, in Sant Cugat del Vallès; the El Born Cultural Centre and the UB Group of Public Archaeology and Heritage in Barcelona.
This event is of great use to help participants exchange experiences and opinions among professionals directly related to the sector. Moreover, Innovarch is not only limited to the UAB given that during this and the following academic year, the event will be held in all four participating universities, thus favouring relations between professionals and students of all four countries.