Welcome to VEC - Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development.

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The Conference was a success with over 150 researchers and policy makers from over 30 coutries represented.

Download the Proceedings from the conference.


The Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development conference is being organized and hosted by Mid Sweden University, at the Östersund campus.

Additional funding for VEC has been provided by the following organizations:

Region Jämtland-Härjedalen/Länskulturen

Municipality of Östersund

The Swedish Research Council FORMAS

The 10th Annual Meeting

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In 2016, the Annual UCCN Meeting will be held in association with a scientific conference for the first time. 

This scientific conference, titled Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development (VEC), will initiate dialogue and catalyze action towards establishing a long-term research and knowledge platform as recently called for by the UCCN.


Please direct inquiries about the conference to uccn2016research@miun.se

VEC dates: September 11-14, 2016

The VEC conference is designed to support and open the 10th Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

VEC aims to build connections between researchers, policymakers, and representatives from UCCN member cities.

Conference Themes:

What is the value of culture and creativity, and how can this be evaluated?

What is the relationship between creative and cultural cities and their surrounding regions?

How can the scientific community help develop guiding strategies and advance best practices for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network?


Additional support for VEC has been provided by International Federation för IT and Travel & Tourism