Krems. Preserving the exceptional universal value of UNESCO World Heritage sites requires effective management and protection strategies. Natural disasters, wars and other man-made threats may devastate cultural properties, potentially causing irreversible loss. Strategies are therefore needed to minimise the negative impact of disasters.

The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols provide a range of measures to prevent or minimise harmful effects on cultural heritage. These measures are not only applicable in times of conflict, but also make an important contribution to the day-to-day management of cultural property.

Focus on implementation of the Hague Convention

The Summer Academy will focus on the practical implementation of the provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention using examples of World Heritage Sites or Sites in Preparation for inscription on the World Heritage List. Particular attention will be paid to the relation between the specific needs and requirements of World Heritage Sites and the cultural institutions located within them, such as museums, archives and libraries, and the procedures, methods and technical possibilities to be applied. In addition, the Summer Academy will take into account intangible aspects such as local experience and knowledge in risk reduction and disaster management.

Further Information

The Summer Academy will be held in English language. The course fee is €550 (€250 for students, members of the armed forces and emergency services), excluding accommodation and meals.
A certificate of attendance will be issued. 6 ECTS points will be awarded for full attendance, preparation of a case study and its presentation at the final public event.

Cultural Property Protection Summer Academy 2015
24th -28th August 2015
Where: Danube University Krems
        Dr Karl Dorrek Str. 33
        3500 Krems



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