establishes the idea of Living Industrial Culture in Central Europe and as such reveals, strengthens and utilizes the unique cultural spirit of industrial regions.

The underlying basic concept is innovative by itself: Living Industrial Culture goes far beyond heritage preservation and utilization. Instead, past, present and future cultural and creative assets related to industry are combined into one powerful package. This is achieved by cross-sectoral cooperation set up by the partners, bringing together their museums, companies, schools and creative communities. In this way, Industrial Culture becomes a living and dynamic concept mirroring the ongoing transformations of industrial economy and shaping the cultural sphere of the affected communities.


with their stakeholders, the ten participating partners develop the concept as to make full use of the authentic cultural potential in their regions. Such enlivened Industrial Culture

- comes in as a sound and adaptable fundament of identity for the regional inhabitants;

- serves as a soft location factor, i.e. attracts investors as well as visitors from outside.



InduCult 2.0 relies on Appreciative Inquiry and Learning Networks, both successful change-facilitating approaches. As such the partnership chooses to start from ‘what is already working’ and ‘sharing experiences’ in order to jointly (re-)discover, develop and disseminate the positive cultural elements of industrial communities.


The InduCult2.0 message is developed by the partnership while working on four thematic work packages.

News & Events


Research Input PAPER

scientific input paper


framework paper

facts & figures






Work packages




Start Date

1 june 2016

End Date

31 may 2019

Project Partners

The district of Zwickau


The district of Zwickau is the smallest district of Saxony but with 350.000 inhabitants it has the highest density of population in East Germany. The region calls itself “engine of Saxon economy“ which is no overstatement: over the last century, the district has been a hot spot of manufacturing and industry in Germany.

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The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography


The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) is the only research institute for Geography in Germany which is not attached to a university.

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the city of Leoben


With its 25.000 inhabitants the city of Leoben is the second biggest city of the federal state of Styria/Austria, the capital of the district Leoben and the intellectual, cultural and economic centre of the region “Upper Styria”.

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The University of Graz (Karl-Franzens-Universität)


The University of Graz (Karl-Franzens-Universität) was founded in 1585 and is Austria's second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. It has some 30,000 students and 3,800 employees.

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KSMAS Karlovy Vary Region


The County association of Local action groups (LAGs) of Karlovy Vary Region (KSMASKK) covers the Karlovy Vary district and part of the Ústí nad Labem district with a population of ca. 350.000.

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BSC Kranj

BSC Kranj

BSC Kranj is a regional development agency, with over 20 years of experience in preparing and implementing EU funded projects. We hold a central role in combining local and regional needs with funding opportunities among 18 municipalities of Gorenjska region. 

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Camera di commercio padova


Italian Chambers of Commerce Industry Handicraft and Agriculture are public bodies that perform functions of general interest for the business system, focusing on development of local economies.

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Sisak-Moslavina County administration


Sisak-Moslavina County administration (SMC) was constituted in 1993 as a regional administrative unit. The county is placed in the middle of Croatia and can be considered as a rural-industrial area. 

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TheOCRGwas created in 2007 by the Self-Governement of Opolskie Voivodeship, a non-metropolitan industrial region, home to ca. 1 mio. Inhabitants.

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stebo vzw

Stebo is working in the Province of Limburg (Belgium), a peripheral industrial area, with small- and medium-sized cities. It covers 2.400 km² and has 880.000 inhabitants. Its industrialization was initiated by the discovery of coal (1902).

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