Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

EuroGOOS conference 2014 1st Announcement The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a Portuguese private institution of public utility whose statutory aims are in the fields of arts, charity, education and science. Created by a clause in Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian's will, the Foundation's statutes were approved in 1956.

At work for over 50 years, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation stands out as one of the most important of European foundations undertaking a vast range of activities both in Portugal and internationally and ranging from implementing its own projects, in partnership with other entities, or through the awarding of grants and subsidies. The Foundation runs delegations in Paris and London, the cities in which Calouste Gulbenkian lived.

At its Lisbon headquarters, the Foundation not only provides a Museum, a Modern Art Centre and an Art Library but also runs an Orchestra and Choir that perform throughout the year within the scope of its international music season. The Foundation also hosts exhibitions, both individual and collective, stages international conferences, colloquiums and courses as well as organising an extensive range of educational programs and activities for both children and adults. Furthermore, subsidies and grants are awarded for education and training in both Portugal and internationally in addition to supporting scientific, educational and artistic programs and projects. The Foundation also engages in an intense publishing program, especially in terms of the publication of university manuals while also fostering and supporting development aid projects with Portuguese speaking African countries and East Timor, in addition to enhancing Portuguese culture internationally and implementing a preservation program caring for testimonies to the Portuguese historical legacy worldwide. In parallel to these activities in Portugal and worldwide, the Foundation also runs a program of activities in support of the Armenian Diaspora and promoting their language and culture.

Since its operational launch in the 1950s, the Foundation has sought to meet the most fundamental needs in Portuguese society. At the time, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation focused on the very first interventions in the fields of education, scientific research, artistic training, cultural expression, public health and reaching out with assistance to those most in need. With the progressive development of the country, its democratization and membership of the European Economic Community, the role of the Foundation has undergone redefinition: the new priorities are no longer exclusively Portuguese or Portuguese speaking but rather fall within the framework of the changing international panorama and relate to global issues such as intercultural dialogue, migrations and mobility, as well as the environment.

At the international level, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation belongs to the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and is represented at diverse international forums across the fields of the arts, development aid, science and education.

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