New profiles added to the pool of experts after completion of the third evaluation cycle

Kaunas, Lithuania.

The Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture project supports capacity building and peer- learning activities for European Capitals of Culture (#ECoCs). This 30-month project aims to provide ECoCs with practical support where skill gaps have been identified, with a robust technical assistance structure, Academy Camps, podcasts, webinars, a set of tools such as the experts’ database, practical and theoretical expertise and knowledge, while enhancing networking opportunities for the ECoCs delivery teams. Through these training programmes and online tools, we support the ECoCc to develop their knowledge and skills and to draw from the available profiles when looking for specific expertise. 

After two evaluation cycles, which took place in September 2020 and February 2021, the third evaluation cycle took place in autumn 2021, from late November to early December. The jury received and evaluated 126 applications with very diverse profiles. After a deliberation meeting held on 2 December, 66 applications were approved into the experts’ database accessible on the website. The European Capitals of Culture delivery teams have been invited to browse and take advantage of the database. 

The third evaluation cycle has seen the highest percentage of successful applications with 52 %. There are currently 243 expert profiles in the database, updated after each evaluation cycle. The open call for experts is published until February 2022, when the final (fourth) evaluation round will take place. 

Candidates are assessed by a selection panel of five members, approved by the European Commission, and have knowledge and experience in the fields identified: Mercedes Giovinazzo from Interarts, Jordi Pascual from UCLG, Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens from ENCATC, Becky Riches, Cultural Project Manager withexperience in the Matera 2019 ECoC team, and Caroline Kadziola, member of the Mons 2015 team. Learn more about the selection process here.


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