Sustainability and resilience: annual conference of the UNESCO Chairs

Erlangen/Nuremberg, 09.10.2023 – Prof. Michael Kloos and Dr. Merve Demiröz Torun from the UNESCO Chair on Historic Urban Landscape and Heritage Impact Assessment at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Department of Architectural Heritage Conservation, recently participated in the annual conference of the German UNESCO Chairs, hosted this year by the Erlangen UNESCO Chair in Digital Culture and Arts in Education. The event, which held at the Nuremberg Academy for Digital Culture and Performative Education, lasted two informative days from 5th to 6th October 2023.

With the umbrella theme of sustainability and resilience, the conference led to dynamic exchange of various professional perspectives, emphasizing the significance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Notably, our Chair actively contributed to discussions on fostering sustainable practices in heritage planning, aligning with UNESCO's global mission. The conference also provided a platform for networking and fostering collaborative initiatives within the UNESCO network. Discussions included the DUK report and inputs of UNESCO Chairs´ activities to the events such as the Summit of the Future.

Before the main annual conference, our chair also joined to the initial meeting of the recently established PhD and Post-docs network of UNESCO Chairs, with respect to collecting current challenges, needs and ideas for the further development of the qualification network.

The UNESCO Chair on Historic Urban Landscape and Heritage Impact Assessment looks forward to utilizing the insights and networks gained from this enriching experience to continue its mission of promoting sustainability and resilience in heritage practices through landscape approach and impact assessments.

Find here the whole programme (in German)