NewsRISE UP Project kicked off in Vienna

RISE UP Project kicked off in Vienna

On the 16th and 17th of February, 2023, the RISE UP consortium partners met in Vienna, Austria to officially kick off the project. The kick-off meeting consisted of two parts: the consortium-internal part and the public part at the House of the European Union. 

During the internal part of the kick-off meeting, the partners presented their organisation, their expertise and previous experience in the field of the project. Furthermore, they discussed important aspects of the project work, such as the different work packages, planned contributions and relevant next steps. 

On the second day of the kick-off meeting, a public event took place at the House of the European Union. For this event, the RISE UP consortium invited people interested in language revitalisation to join the partners virtually or in person for a presentation of the project, a keynote lecture on “Minority languages in the context of EU language policies” and a panel discussion including five consortium partners and a representative of the Burgenland-Croatian community. They discussed different questions such as the planned outputs of the project and their expected impact, resources needed by endangered language communities, and more. The event was livestreamed and recorded, and can be watched on the RISE UP YouTube channel.  

Panel discussion at the public event in Vienna 

The RISE UP project 

RISE UP is a project funded through the framework programme Horizon Europe, aiming to empower endangered language communities, connecting relevant actors and developing tools to support the revitalisation of endangered languages. The project will analyse past and present language policies as well as reasons for language endangerment and will define a European Language Promotion Ecosystem aiming to ensure linguistic diversity by empowering smaller communities. Furthermore, it aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and tools between endangered language communities. The project consortium will develop a digital toolset for the support of revitalisation of endangered languages, and connect actors of relevant sectors.  

The consortium 

The RISE UP consortium consists of eight partners from six European countries (Austria, Estonia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom), who will combine their expertise in areas such as linguistics, cultural research, education, art, and game development to collaboratively work on the achievement of the objectives. The project is coordinated by MINDS & SPARKS GmbH, and the partners are the University of Tartu, the University of Vienna, Espronceda Institute of Art & Culture, Youth of European Nationalities, Nurogames GmbH, School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of Roehampton.  


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