HU-BTU First International Conference on Heritage Conservation and Site Management

Heritage Tourism: Prospects and Challenges
Cairo, 8-11 December 2013

Helwan University and Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus have the great honor to extend this invitation to all the heritage and tourism researchers and stakeholders worldwide to attend the first International Conference on Heritage Conservation and Site Management to be held from the 8th to11th of December 2013 in Helwan University Main Campus, Cairo, Egypt.

Relying on the fame of Egypt as a distinguished tourism destination and its uniqueness as a world-class heritage site, it is our belief that this conference will present an exceptional opportunity for heritage and tourism researchers, officials, investors, planners and others to gather and discuss their hopes and concerns regarding the future of heritage and tourism on an international scale. In this context, the conference will provide an ideal atmosphere to stimulate new ideas, initiate intense discussions about theories and applications, establish communications and foster collaborations between delegates from different public, private entities and relevant researchers as well as enhance the experience of postgraduate students and young researchers. 

Helwan University is a reputed Egyptian University, established in 1975. The origins of the university go back to the 19th century when‚ the ‘Operations Schools’ were first established. The fields of these schools were the basis of many institutes that later on formed Helwan University. Establishing Helwan University was a landmark in the Egyptian higher education as it represents a clear switch from mainly theoretical sciences to more empirical, practical and artistic sciences. Today, the university includes 20 colleges, which host about 110,000 under graduate and post graduate students.

Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus is a young and modern German university with international acclaim in the fields of architecture, engineering and natural sciences. The University’s academic profile is focused on engineering solutions for a sustainable future, which integrate the fields of building, technology and the environment. In 1999, BTU pioneered the field of heritage education through establishing the Master’s programme in World Heritage Studies – the first study programme in the world to design its curriculum around the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and to reflect the diverse approaches to the concept of heritage, such as the links between culture and nature, tangible and intangible values, or conservation and development.

The conference is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions. works on promoting international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, and also for administrators and others in the higher education realm. DAAD also offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 67,000 individuals per year.


Course on Conservation of Built Heritage 2014 (CBH14)

Application deadline: 1 July 2013

Dates: 28 February – 30 April 2014
Place: Rome, Italy


ICCROM is pleased to announce the fifth training course on Conservation of Built Heritage in Rome. ICCROM has been a pioneer in organizing courses in heritage conservation since 1965 including the Architectural Conservation Course (ARC) and many other regular courses and most recently the course on Conservation of Built Heritage for four consecutive intervals since 2007. In designing this course, ICCROM has drawn from this experience, evaluation results and considered the most recent international trends and thinking related to conservation of the built heritage, including buildings, sites, historic centres and cultural landscapes.

The course aims at serving a wide range of conservation practitioners and decision makers by placing technical issues within the broader conservation context in order to link them to planning and management concerns. The first part of the course will consist of an overview of the current practices of defining heritage, evolution of different concepts and key approaches currently used in built heritage conservation. The second part of the course will focus on the planning and management issues pertaining to the conservation decision making process. The third part of the course will focus more closely on technical issues including documentation, conditions assessments and various treatments plus interpretation and public access. The final week of the course may be devoted to one-week seminar looking at management practices at cultural and natural heritage sites, assessing similarities and differences, as well as trying to develop ways for better collaboration in the future between cultural and natural heritage professionals.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a better understanding of critical processes in conservation in order to apply them at the macro/micro levels; improve their strategic planning skills relevant to heritage management; expand their awareness, knowledge, and understanding of current principles and practices in conservation of the built heritage; and enhance skills, judgments, and experience.

Training will be based on a multiple activity model including lectures, case studies, practical hands-on exercises, site visits, group work, and classroom discussions. Participants will need to be active and involved during three stages: pre-course preparation, course attendance, and post-course follow-up, networking, and monitoring. During the course, participants will be considered as key resources by sharing their own knowledge and experiences, presenting case studies, participating in course discussions, and participating in group work and hands-on exercises.

The course is open to a maximum of 20 participants with at least four years of experience actively involved in the conservation of built heritage. Mid-career professionals and other decision makers in conservation from different disciplines (architects, archaeologists, engineers, planners, site managers, etc.), either in a position to influence practice or having the potential to do so in the short or medium term, are eligible. Those in a position to carry the messages of the course to a broad audience (for example, trainers who are able to reach a large audience over time) are encouraged to apply.

Teaching team
Teaching staff will be composed of recognized heritage conservation professionals having both practical and theoretical experience. They will represent the broadest possible international perspectives in their fields of expertise, and at the same time will be able to bring specific knowledge in order to fulfill each of the course components. In addition they will represent excellence covering a wide geographical scope.

English is the working language of the course. Candidates must have strong communication and writing skills in English. A certificate of language will be requested, if English is not your first language or if you have not carried out graduate studies in English.

Course fee: € 900

Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Rome. In order to cover accommodation and living expenses in Rome during the course, participants should plan for a minimum amount of 2,000-3,000 Euros for two months. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies. In cases of proven financial need, and depending on the availability of funding from external sources at the time of the course, a limited number of partial scholarships may be granted.

Certificate of Attendance
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the course. Participants are expected to attend all lectures and activities over the full length of the course.

Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from ICCROM’s web site) and send it together with the documents listed below by mail to the contact address below. (Email applications are welcome. In the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy.)

  • A full professional curriculum vitae (in English)
  • A brief report (3-5 pages) answering the following questions:
    1. Describe a conservation project for which you are or have been actively involved. Include the appropriate contextual background (objectives, partners, support, etc.), a description of difficulties encountered, and the strategic responses developed.
    2. In addition to the project described above, what other case studies might you be able to share during your participation in the course?
    3. What do you consider as your major achievement in the field of conservation of immovable cultural heritage?

ICCROM – Sites Unit
Via di San Michele 13
I-00153 Rome RM, ITALY
Tel (+39) 06 585531
Fax (+39) 06 58553349
E-mail: builtheritage2014 (at)

Application deadline
Applications should reach ICCROM by 1 July 2013 to ensure inclusion in our selection process. (Implementation of the course will be subjected to the approval of the ICCROM General Assembly that will be held in November 2013)