4th International Symposium of ICOMOS Slovenia

Resilient Heritage

Ljubljana, Slovenia / Online, 16–18 September 2021

Intensive development, the related overexploitation of natural resources, and the uncontrolled greenhouse gas emissions have led to comprehensive and decreasingly manageable consequences of climate change. Nowadays, they are one of the most serious threats to cultural heritage. In fact, at first sight these consequences may not be felt as drastically as in the most affected regions; however, they are clearly present and growing in intensity. The Covid-19 pandemic crisis additionally underscored the gravity of the situation. The necessity of commitment to the principles of sustainable development as well as to adopt the measures to mitigate the consequences is now, more than ever, relevant.

The Paris Agreement of 2015 clearly specified the goals and measures used to reduce the consequences of severe global warming by 2030; however, they are not implemented in the scope set out. Trying to find a way to successfully respond to climate change is therefore one of the key tasks of society as a whole. Here, cultural heritage with its sustainable orientation can play an important role.

Traditional practices of spatial developments and coexistence of people and nature are important examples and approaches, which must guide our sustainable future. It is clear that cultural heritage is exposed to the consequences of increasingly frequent and intensive natural disasters and accelerated continuous deterioration caused by climate change consequences.

At the symposium, we will try to cover a wide array of topics addressing the problem domain and thus prepare the way to problem solving. We will particularly touch upon the insufficient inclusion of experts in cultural heritage into the discourse on climate change solving to encourage approaches to a comprehensive and interdisciplinary problem solving.

The first topic is: What is the State-of-the Art and How Prepared are We. The contributions will represent the conditions in the fields of recognising and recording the risk of individual heritage units and sites, particularly world heritage sites. Presentations of experience in organising interdisciplinary collaboration are important.

The second topic covers the Key Challenges: how to organise within the heritage sector; how to increase resistance to earthquakes and cultural heritage resilienceto climate change; how to preserve traditional practises to build sustainable future; how digitalization can serve to achievement of preservation goals, what are the measures to increase cultural heritage resilience in the light of climate change in archaeological sites, building and settlement heritage sites, cultural landscapes, and intangible cultural heritage.

Under the third topic, Cultural Heritage as an Example, experiences and study cases will be presented, focusing on cases of successful promotion of sustainable values of cultural heritage; answers to questions related to successful implementation of interventions to increase cultural heritage resilience; how cultural heritage sites deal with the Covid-19 pandemic; and the opportunities of cultural tourism as a sustainable future promoter.

Invited speakers:
Renowned experts will be invited to hold introductory talks on the respective symposium topics.

Scientific Committee:
Dr. Sonja Ifko, chair
Tatjana Adamič
Dr. Tanja Hohnec
Jernej Hudolin
Dr Robert Peskar
Dr. Simon Petrovčič
Mag. Miha Tomšič
Dr. Roko Žarnič

Organising Committee:
Anja Vintar, chair
Damjana Pečnik
Marija Režek Kambič
Januš Jerončič


I. What is the state-of-the-art and how prepared are we
II. Key challenges
III. Cultural heritage as an example: Experiences and case studies

Abstract submission
The submission deadline is 30 May 2021. The submission shall consist of the following:
– selected topic (I, II, III)
– title
– abstract in English (max. 300 words)
– name of author(s), affiliation
– contact information
E-mail for abstract submission: info@icomos.si

Language of the symposium
The working languages of the symposium will be Slovene and English. Simultaneous interpreting via a free online app will be provided.

Symposium rules of engagement
The Scientific Committee shall review and select the abstracts for presentation. The authors will then receive detailed instructions how to submit the full paper to be presented at the symposium.

The conference abstracts shall be published in an online publication.
The presented papers shall be published in the “Scientific Monographic Publication ICOMOS Slovenia 4”.

The 4th International Symposium of ICOMOS Slovenia will take place online via Zoom and, if circumstances permit, it will be in part held face-to-face in Ljubljana at the Faculty of Architecture, at Zoisova 12.
The information about the possibility of a hybrid event will be available in early September 2021.

Registrations shall be open from 15 May 2021 onwards at www.icomos.si.
The deadline for registration is 1 September 2021.

The event is free of charge, but registration is obligatory.

ICOMOS Slovenia
The Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage

In cooperation with
Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

The symposium is held under the auspices of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO.

Important dates:

First call for abstract submission: March 2021
Second call for abstract submission: April 2021
Start of registration: 1 May 2021
Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2021
Notification of accepted abstracts: 5 July 2021
Full paper submission deadline: 25 August 2021
Registration deadline: 5 September 2021
Presentation submission deadline: 5 September 2021
Final programme: 10 September 2021
Symposium: 16 to 18 September 2021

Contact and information: www.icomos.si and info@icomos.si

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