This database of experts and organisations active in the field of cultural policy research and international cultural cooperation in Europe (and in other world regions) has been prepared by the Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb (IRMO), in the context of the EENC. As of late November 2011, it is accessible as a ‘beta’ version, which will be enlarged and updated in the following months.

Access to database items is available via the search engines corresponding respectively to Experts and Organisations.

Items in the database include links to external information sources. Among the portals that have been used for the preparation of this collection and which readers may find useful are ConnectCP, LabforCulture, the Compendium on Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe and Culturelink.

Selection of Experts and Organisations for the EENC Database

November 2013


The European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) was set up in 2010 at the initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture, in order to provide advice and support to its activities in the field of cultural policy.

The EENC website ( provides an overview of the EENC outputs (papers, studies) produced by the EENC group of experts and includes a broader database of individual professionals and organisations active in the field of cultural policy research. Inclusion in the database does not amount to membership of the EENC, but provides both to the European Commission and to other public and private stakeholders with a source of information on current research and relevant sources in this area.

With a view to broadening and diversifying references in the EENC database, an open call for inclusion of individual experts and organisations in the database is launched in November 2013.

Criteria for inclusion

The EENC database collects and presents information on individual experts and organisations active in the field of cultural policy research (based on their professional activities, e.g. papers and studies, organised conferences or discussions regarding different cultural policy related issues, projects, and participation in European networking platforms), whether academic or non-academic, and in other related areas, from a policy perspective (e.g. creative industries; cultural rights; the interaction between culture and other areas of sustainable development; international cultural cooperation.

The database mainly covers individuals and organisations in the EU and other European countries. Particular emphasis is placed on experts and organisations whose activities can be seen to have a European relevance (as per the topics raised, policy implications, comparability, etc.), beyond the immediate context in which they have been carried out.

Aspects which will be taken into account to determine relevance for the inclusion in the database are the following:

– relevant publications on cultural policy and related areas;

– coordination, or regular participation in, local, national or international projects in these fields;

– regular organisation of, or active involvement in, policy-oriented conferences or seminars;

– active participation in European networking platforms.

These criteria are valid for both individual experts and organisations. An experience of at least 2 years in the case of individuals and 5 years in the case of organisations is desirable.

Departments or faculties within broader organisations or universities are eligible, insofar as they can show an expertise in the aforementioned fields.


Interested applicants should send the following documents:

1. A complete submission form, using one of the models provided: (a) individual experts; (b) organisations. The form should be completed in English.

2. A CV, for individual experts; or a recent activity report, for organisations. These documents should be sent ideally in English, or alternatively in French, German or Spanish. No specific format is required. However, detailed information to respond to the criteria outlined in the previous section should be included.

Applications should be sent to the EENC Secretariat at

This call will remain open until further notice.

Additional information

The EENC is coordinated by Interarts and Culture Action Europe. The EENC database is managed by the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb.