Claire Giraud-Labalte

Former President, Pôle des acteurs du patrimoine culturel en Pays de la Loire, President de Territoires imaginaires, France

Art historian and professor emeritus (Université catholique de l’Ouest, Angers), Dr. Claire Giraud Labalte PhD continues her activities as a lecturer and researcher with a rich experience in Life Long Learning and a multidisciplinary approach to heritage. She created “Trans Europe Express”, an educational and mobility project for her students, and partnerships with the Universities of Ferrara (Italy) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria). As part of the "Niger Loire, governance and culture" Unesco project (2007 2012), she developed and tested training modules for the University of Bamako (Mali). In France, she is the former President of the Pôle des acteurs du patrimoine en Pays de la Loire, President of Territoires imaginaires, Vice president of the scientific committee Val de Loire - WH Unesco, member of the Académie littéraire de Bretagne et des Pays de la Loire. Committed at the Europe an level, she is member of the ENCATC network since 2005 and also sits on several committees: the Commission expert group on cultural Heritage, the Reflection Group « EU and Cultural heritage », etc. She has contributed to the realisation of several works: Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe (2015), European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century (2017). Her research works focus around cultural heritage and travellers in Europe, e.g.: The Strategy for Cultural Heritage in Europe in the 21st Century, from principles to reality (ENCATC news, 2019) and Producing and sharing Heritage related knowledge. Access keys for Strategy 21. (Council of Europe workshop, 2019).