In September 2017 Theocharis Katrakazis participated in the organisation of a workshop, as an advisory body to the Joint Programming Initiative for Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH). The workshop –part of a two-day meeting on: “The role of JPI CH funded research project on heritage practice” was a think-tank event to discuss ways to improve the visibility and the impact of research projects funded by JPI CH. Ways to support better research design and knowledge exchange processes through future JPI CH call requirements were a central focus of the discussion. ICCROM presented evidence from its own research activities undertaken to assess the current state of the heritage science sector and its research impact. A statement summarising the findings and recommendations arising from this think-tank is being prepared for circulation amongst the JPI Country Members and the ICCROM professional network. With this as point of departure, new opportunities for strengthening collaboration between JPI CH and ICCROM with a particular focus on data collation and sharing will be explored.