AGM 2018 report

On September 20th, the Annual General Meeting took place at city hall Innsbruck.

Over 100 participants from 18 countries joined a splendidly organised meeting and conference. Thoughtful presentations and sparking debates revealed new ideas and possibilities for developments of our cultural heritage.

AGM was preceeded by Mrs Lidija Pliberšek, president of ASCE and all steering committee members were present or gave proxy to other members. During the AGM several things were outlined and discussed:

1. New Steering Committee member, Mrs Renate Niklas from Vienna was presented and confirmed by members.

2. Steering Committee work was presented by Mrs Wenche Eriksson. Members remarks were taken into account and decisions from steering committee meeting in March were presented.

3. Financial report for 2017. A well balanced finances statement provides secure future for general work of ASCE. Mrs Lidija Pliberšek presented the surplus achieved that is invested into future work of ASCE.

4. ASCE promotion materials and communications were presented by Mrs Renate Niklas and Mrs Carol Diaz Ortega. New marketing materials were presented. Explanation on existing materials with best usage practice.

5. Mrs Melissa La Maida presented the cooperation of ASCE with other institutions like European institute of Cultural routes, SEFIT or other initiatives that are undergoing in our Association. Mr Martin Ernerth highlighted a few specific cases of the developing cooperation and presentations of ASCE in various conferences and places.

6. Mr Thodoris Tzoumas presented the case of Skiathos as a very active member with many notable results. It was agreed that such good practice presentations will be part of each future AGM.

7. New members of ASCE, European Cemeteries route and new significant cemeteries were presented by president Mrs Lidija Pliberšek.

8. Project Cemeteries entries is developing and Mr Thodoris Tzoumas presented the current situation while encouraging the members who did not do it yet to proceed with installation of the insignia in their cemeteries.

9. Scientific Representative report was presented by Andreea Pop, highlighting the editorial work for AGM and developments of new European Cemeteries Route brochure which is available for members to print. Future focus will be on developments of online and offline cooperation among scientists covering the subject of European cemeteries.

10. Mr John Moffat presented the Guidelines and benefits for AGM hosting and a call for AGM hosting in 2021 and 2022.

11. Mr Dušan Vrban as the manager of the route presented the renewed strategy of European Cemeteries Route, projects and ideas for further developments. Importance of stories was highlighted through project proposal MyStöries. Mrs Bojana Kisin presented a case of working with children at cemeteries. In 2019 a bus tour is planned and members will be invited to propose hosting of a tour.

AGM ended with an invitation to AGM 2019 in Ghent by Mr Joeri Mertens.

Photos from the AGM and conference are available at following albums: