The strategy for the enlargement
for the enlargement of MINERVA is based on two priorities:
- to enlarge the existing Thematic Network
- to set the
basis for the next Network of Excellence
is that MINERVA should become a pole of attraction:
- it should
be able to get on board different subject (Ministries, international
organisations, the industrial sector),
- it should
look beyond Europe,
- it should
dialog with the research world (e.g. other EU and national projects).
Two levels of
participation and corresponding formal agreements have been chosen:
The first level
is the strongest and the most committing.
The Membership Agreement will be used for the Ministries and governmental
institutions of the countries not yet represented in MINERVA.
For example, the Membership Agreement has been signed so far by
the ministerial representatives of Greece, The Netherlands and Denmark.
A contract amendment is eventually foreseen to be requested to the
European Commission, in order to formally get the new Members on
The second level
is lighter, more flexible and very important as well.
During the last months, a large number of different organisations
expressed their willingness to get involved in the project and to
be informed about MINERVA progress.
Agreement is the instrument to be used with all those organisations
who want to participate to the MINERVA Working Groups.
When one organisation signs the Co-operation Agreement, it receives
a "welcome package", which consists of the following documentation:
- MINERVA brochure;
- description of the active Working Groups and contacts of the persons of reference;
- the MINERVA
Participant Profile Form, through which the new participant presents
itself, its interest in the project and the type of contribution
it is expected to bring to MINERVA;
- any other
relevant document, possibly produced in the frame of the Working
All the organisations
which signed the Co-operation Agreement will be invited to the meeting
of the Users Group, which will take place annually. The next Users
Group meeting is expected to be held in October 2003, as attached
to the International Conference on Cultural Preservation, in Florence.
In addition to the European Ministries, the following targets are
organisations (e.g. UNESCO, Council of Europe, EBLIDA, etc.;
- other projects,
where possibly some of the MINERVA partners are involved, (e.g.
Pulmann, Culturenet, Delos, Cultivate, Erpanet, etc.;- other projects
and studies (e.g. DigiCult, Artiste, Crisatel, Mind, etc.);
countries (USA, Canada, Japan, the Mediterranean countries);
enterprises and SMEs;
and research centres.