The Creative Industries in London and their plans for 2017: Results of the first Interdisciplinary Working Group meeting

On Tuesday the 17th of January 2017 London Higher Europe organized the inaugural meeting of the third in its series of working groups, centered around Creative Europe funding and the Creative Industries. In attendance were eight senior academics from five institutions and research office staff from SOAS, LSBU, Royal Holloway, University of East London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as two representatives from the Creative Europe Desk UK.

The session took place in central London. Delegates were first introduce to the London Higher Europe platform and what it can offer them, before taking part in a ‘tour de table’ outlining their current areas of research. Finally a fantastic presentation and question and answer session with the representatives from Creative Europe Desk shed more light on this area of European funding and where each of the academic’s projects might fit into its agenda for calls in the coming months.

The group identified some key actions to move forward with, including expanding their European networks, undertaking showcasing activities in London and Brussels, preparing themselves for the next round of calls through case studies of successful bids and increasing their understanding of key EU documents that could make all the difference in making an international collaboration work. There will be more news on events and outputs to follow over the course of this year.

London is at the forefront of the Creative Industries in Europe, with an estimated Gross Value Added output of over £35 billion, supporting over 800,000 jobs and enriching the cultural capital of London and the UK immeasurably. As London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan argues: ““There are few if any places on earth that can rival our city for its creative industries.” Yet London’s Universities need the best opportunities to make the most of their unique ideas, and London Higher Europe is there to support them in this.

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