In 2019 ENCATC is debuting its Research Boot Camp#1! Taking place from 2-4 October it will run in parallel to the 2019 ENCATC Congress.

For the emerging researchers (young researcher holding a PhD or PhD student):

  • Learn how to design an educational activity (experimentation capacity building event, peer to peer learning)
  • Test their own teaching competence and their capacity to teach to students how to realize a project with fixed objectives

For the young students (student of 1-2 level of bachelor or Master degree):

  • Learn from peers in a participative environment
  • Learn how to design and deliver a meaningful project with a coherent structure
  • Gain in self-confidence by presenting in plenary the results of their work to an international professional audience.

Read about the 6 working themes here.


2 October 2019

09:00 – 10:00

Registration of participants

10:00 – 11:00

Welcome and Introduction to the project methodology by Richard Maloney, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Performing Arts Administration graduate program, New York University, USA

11:00 – 11:30

Presentation of the Boot Camp’s working themes by Jerry C Y Liu, President of the Taiwan Association of Cultural Policy Studies (TACPS)

11:30 – 13:00

Team grouping and theme selection

13:00 – 14:30  


14:30 – 17:00

Working group session


Free evening

3 October 2019

10:00 – 12:30

Working groups session

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 16:00

Working group sessions

16:15 – 17:45 

Keynote: “Diversity and sustainability in the cultural sector: What can economics tell us?” by David Throsby, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia 

Followed by a panel and debate with the audience

17:45 – 19:00

ENCATC Research Award Ceremony


Free evening

4 October 2019

10:00 – 12:30 

Working groups presentations to PhD students

12:30 – 13:00

Participation to the Posters’ Exhibition

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Lecture: “Intersectoral and interdisciplinary collaborations across research approaches to cultural heritage in order to stimulate innovation applied to cultural organisations” by Mariachiara Esposito, Policy Adviser, Tuscany Region EU Liaison Office, Belgium

14:30 – 17:00

Working groups session

17:00 – 17:25

Working group presentations to Congress participants

17:25 – 17:30

Announcement of the best 2019 Boot Camp project

17:30 – 18:30

Lecture of the ENCATC Fellowship Award Laureate by Milena Dragićević-Šešić, Head of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, Serbia

19:00 – 22:00


5 October 2019

08:00 – 13:00

Cultural Excursion 1 (OPTIONAL)

13:30 – 18:30

Cultural Excursion 2 (OPTIONAL)

This optional day of cultural excursions is being organised with specially negotiated prices by our partner, the Burgundy School of Business in partnership with the Dijon Tourism Office. 



This newly designed event comes in response to feedback and lessons learned from the previously held one-day Young and Emerging Researchers’ Forum. To build on and improve on this foundation, the Research Boot Camp will expand to be a participants’ driven formatted event for emerging researchers and masters’ students joining the Congress in Dijon.

Over the course of three days, the activity’s participatory methodology will allow the participants to share and learn in an open environment. It will also offer to them to get directly involved in the shaping of the programme of the activity itself as well as to build new relationships with peers coming from several world regions. The format includes discussions, demos and interactions from attendees.

For new PhD researchers and PhD students, this is an opportunity to: learn how to design an educational activity, test teaching competence, and try out their capacity to teach students how to realise a project with fixed objectives.

For students studying cultural management and policy, it is for them the chance to: learn from peers in a participative environment; understand how to design and deliver a meaningful project with a coherent structure; and gain self-confidence by presenting in plenary the results of their work to an international professional audience who have gathered from across the globe for the Congress.

In the short term, the aim is to provide the participants with practical skills and knowledge they can use and transfer immediately in their work and studies.

The Boot Camp also has greater aspirations— to inspire the next generation of talented researchers and educators eager to jump start their careers so they can contribute to making the cultural sector stronger and more sustainable. To make this possible, there will be mentoring with established educators and researchers who will share their stories and shed light on their daily work and realities of what it is like to be a cultural policy/cultural management educator and/or researcher. What do they wish they had done differently on their career path? What have been the unexpected benefits of this career choice? How has being part of a European network like ENCATC helped in their career? Participants will be invited to share and brainstorm on their career plans while gaining insightful feedback from professionals and their peers.