About ENO

Founding and mission

The European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) was founded in November 2015 in Berlin, and established as a registered association in January 2016. It connects knowledge centres in European countries. ENO aims to facilitate the exchange of research findings and innovative practice, to stimulate new research in arts and cultural education and to support the development of arts education within the framework of global UNESCO-policies and guidelines for education, culture and sustainable development.


ENO offers an international forum to exchange, discuss and renew research-based knowledge on arts and cultural education. For this ENO organizes meetings and conferences, makes information easily available through an online research database and a yearbook, initiates cross-national research projects, and maintains a strong and official relationship with UNESCO.

Members and partners

Members of ENO are national observatories. A national Observatory can be a single knowledge centre in a country or a partnership of two or more knowledge centres that have agreed to act as a national Observatory on the basis of a joint national working programme. At the moment 34 knowledge centres form together 13 national observatories. Besides national observatories, holders of a UNESCO Chair relevant to the field of arts and cultural education can become member of ENO.
ENO collaborates with both national (e.g. universities, university colleges, knowledge centres) and international organisations, networks and platforms (e.g. INRAE, ACEnet). The network is also in close contact with national and international authorities.


The Board consists of five members and one co-opted member:

  • Charlotte Svendler Nielsen - Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Arno Neele - Netherlands Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) (Netherlands)
  • Lígia Ferro - Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto (Portugal)
  • Joanna Orlik - Malopolska Institute of Culture (MIC), Krakow (Poland)
  • Ernst Wagner - UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture in Education at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
  • Baiba Tjarve - Latvian Academy of Culture (Latvia) [co-opted member]



To get in touch with the Board of ENO send an email to: info@eno-net.eu
To get in touch with one of the member observatories look at their contact information in the list of members.