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24 June 2022 - 24 June 2022

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Durham Castle Palace Green Durham DH1 3RW

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Even as culturally significant sites and artefacts are becoming more valuable in our globally connected world, they are at risk from destructive forces. The Cultural Heritage Management Symposium brings together the activities of stakeholders committed to preserving our cultural heritage.

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The Cultural Heritage Management Symposium in person and at the Castle, Durham

This one-day in-person symposium will bring heritage leaders, archaeologists, anthropologists, development specialists, and others involved in the investigation, administration, protection, management, and interpretation of sites and items representing histories, traditions, and cultural identities. By mixing the views of scholars and practitioners, the symposium delivers a much-needed diversity of voices and viewpoints from people well-versed in topics that directly affect the future of the past.

  • How can we handle global concerns in cultural heritage in the face of serious political and global economic, social, and cultural problems?
  • Where can we help heritage sites and organisations as a university, as humanitarians, designers, business leaders, and academics?
  • How can we respond to emergencies and conserve heritage post-human and natural disasters?

We are excited to be able to host this event at University College, Durham University. Due to security reasons and travel restrictions, some of our speakers will join us via Zoom.

The event will include panel discussions with inspirational speakers as well as an opportunity to ask the panel questions. Participants will have the opportunity to network with peers who share similar interests.


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In this event we will:

  • Speak openly about cultural heritage and building a sustainable future.
  • Share our thoughts on how we perceive sustainable development and evaluate cultural heritage.


Please note: the agenda is subject to change. Speakers attending in person are highlighted in bold


Open venue to participants

10.00 - 10.30

Registration and Zoom chat


Cultural Heritage event  - Introducing

Kieran Fernandes (10 mins), Executive Dean

Janet Stewart (10 mins), Executive Dean, Arts and Humanities, Durham University

Mariann Hardey (2 mins intro online speakers for the morning), Associate Professor, Durham University 


Speaker 1

James Bridge, Chief Executive and Secretary-General, UK National Commission for UNESCO


Speaker 2

Jane Gibson, Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site


Speaker 3

Marian Ursu, Professor in Interactive Media, University of York.


Speaker 4

Olivier Henry-Biabaud, President of TTRA Europe, Founder of TCI Research.


Speaker 5

Jaewon Peter Chun, President at World Smart Cities Forum (tbc)

11.40 – 12.00

Questions to speakers

Professor Kieran Fernandes, Interim Executive Dean, Durham University Business School





Introducing the afternoon

Zhibin Lin, Associate Professor, Durham University


Speaker 6

Richard Spencer, Trustee of the Vindolanda Trust and MD of Paul Mackings Consulting Ltd.


Speaker 7

Dr Antonio Hyder, EU Distinguished Researcher at Miguel Hernandez University, Spain & H/F Research, Palo Alto, CA.


Speaker 8

Professor Salvador Naya Fernández, Vice Chancellor for Scientific Policy, Research and Transfer, University of A Coruña, Spain 


Speaker 9

Mr. Andryi Sadovyi – Mayor of Lviv, Ukraine, (tbc)


Speaker 10

Dr. Ploysri Porananond, Associate Professor in Cultural Tourism Studies, Chiang Mai University, Thailand


Speaker 11

Jolin Zhong, Entrepreneur, Founder at Catcher Consulting Studio, MBA HEC Paris, France.


Speaker 12

Emilio Corchado, CEO & Founder of Startup OLE, Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Salamanca



Panel with Ukraine and international guests – cultural heritage tourism and emergency response

Introduction by Robin Coningham (UNESCO Professor) and to pose the first question (10 mins)

  • Andryi Moskalenko, Deputy Mayor, Lviv City Council (Ukraine)
  • Oleksandr Kuplepin, Deputy Head - Chief Digital Transformation Officer (Ukraine)
  • Jaewon Peter Chun, President of WSCF (UK)
  • Dr. Nazar Podolchak, Professor, Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine)
  • Anhelina Starkova, Architect  (Ukraine)
  • Dr Mauro Jose De Oliveira, Journalist & Professor of Business Communication, FEI, Brazil
  • Delegates from Brazilian Gov(tbc)


Chair questions and close

Professor Kieran Fernandes, Interim Executive Dean, Durham University Business School


Regardless of your professional background, this event is intended to encourage new dialogue and facilitate mutual support amid uncertain times.

Tickets are free. Please register for a place and state any accessibility needs. Please note due to its historic nature this venue has lots of stairs and narrow spaces.