Wilanów – Warszawa

June 22nd - 24th, 2015



Polish National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites ICOMOS
Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów


The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum

Royal Lazienki Muzeum in Warsaw

The Committee of Architecture and Urban Planning of Polish Academy of Sciences

The conference is part of the celebration of the Jubilee Year - 50th Anniversary of ICOMOS organized under the honorary patronage of the General Conservator of the Republic of Poland.



As ICOMOS is celebrating its 50th anniversary, it decided to organize a debate not only on contemporary problems faced in heritage protection but also on different ways of solving such issues. The international conference "Heritage in transformation. Cultural Heritage Protection in the 21st Century – problems, challenges, predictions” is organised by ICOMOS Poland and will be held in Warsaw on 22-24 June 2015.

For any organisation, 50th anniversary is a great opportunity to summarise achievements and to prepare future plans; and the future is the most crucial aspect for the institution dealing with heritage protection. The principles and forms of protection have to be carefully considered due to great and radical changes that have been made in protection requirements as well as in understanding the heritage and its function. The foregoing discussion indicates that the paradigm of the entire discipline is being shifted. Hence, the future of the heritage is an open project and the cultural heritage may not survive in forms that have been recognised by heritage protection specialists so far. Principles and forms of the cultural heritage have not been determined; the one hand this fact may be considered a threat, yet on the other hand, it provides us with an opportunity to adapt heritage protection to contemporary needs and possibilities. This issue should be perceived by heritage protection specialists exclusively in this way.

The term 'transformation', which is used in the conference title, has multiple meanings. Namely, the transformation consists of:

  • changes in understanding the term 'heritage',
  • changes in functions fulfilled by the heritage,
  • changes in principles and forms of conservation and heritage protection,
  • changes in circumstances in which the heritage is protected.

Each of the aforementioned aspects involves radical transformations; each of them needs to be analysed and each of them exerts influence on the current situation of cultural heritage protection.

The conference aims not only at analysing the existing problems but also at establishing diagnoses of the future. With respect to heritage protection, a full overview can be provided by juxtaposing the past, i.e. views put forward by our predecessors, with the present, i.e. contemporary problems, and with the future, i.e. ideas for resolving the contemporary problems and for developing the vision of the future. Hence, the conference will be divided into three sessions.

1. The past

Description of changes in the term 'heritage' and the concepts of heritage protection in the last 50 years (symbolic time limits).
Traditional concept of the heritage and its protection - reflection of the past conditions.
The main weaknesses, failures, and successes in heritage protection in the last period.
What elements of the traditional conservation theory and what forms of protection are still up-to-date?  

2. The present

Description of the contemporary problems faced in cultural heritage protection.
Reasons for and consequences of implementing changes in the paradigm of cultural heritage protection.
Modern understanding of the heritage and heritage protection.
Influence that current conditionings exert on heritage protection.
The main problems, successes, and challenges in contemporary cultural heritage protection.
What functions are currently fulfilled by the cultural heritage?
How should the complex value of the cultural heritage be estimated?  

3. The future

Development predictions of the term 'heritage' as well as protection conditions and opportunities.
How should the cultural heritage be differentiated?
What should the cultural heritage protection system look like in the future?
What conservation theory will be needed in the future?
Will the heritage be needed in the future?
Will we need heritage protection?
What conditions ought to be created for protecting the heritage successfully?  

Papers submitted for each session should have overall character, i.e. analyse the most important problems, heritage groups, and regions. The papers should include deductions and conclusions significant for the topics covered at the conference.

We would like to invite all representatives of National Committees, Regions, and ICOMOS International Scientific Committees to participate in the conference.




22nd June 2015 (Orangery – Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów)

9.00 – 9.30 - registration of participants

9.30 – 10.00 – opening of the conference

10.00 – 11.30 -  SESSION I

  • Claudine Houbart /Belgium/ - Towards an “integrated conservation”:  the contribution of R.M. Lemaire and Piero Gazzola during the rst decade of ICOMOS (1965-1975)
  • Janusz Krawczyk /Poland/– Polish monument conservation in the face of changing historical contexts. Tradition, identity, dialogue
  • Marko Špikić /Croatia/ - On advantages of conservation history for life
  • Stéphane Dawans, Claudine Houbart /Belgium/ - From the spirit to the letter of the charters: mind the gap for the future

11.30 – 12.00 - coffee break

12.00 – 13.00 -  SESSION II

  • Alberto Martorell /Peru/ - The role of cultural heritage in the global society
  • Christoph Machat /Germany/ - The Conservation Philosophy for the Vernacular Heritage: Past – Present - Future?
  • Josef Štulc /Czech Republic/ - The Conservation-restoration of Architecture Considered a Work of Art: A New Trend in the Restoration of Historic Monuments in the Czech Republic, Reviving the Charter of Venice Principles and the Legacy of the Founders of ICOMOS
  • CHO In-Souk /Korea/ - Challenging Authenticity and Integrity. The Residence of HAN Gyu-Seol.  Relocation, Intervention and Adaptive reuse

13.00 – 13.30 – discussion

13.30 – 14.30  - lunch 

14.30 – 16.00 - sightseeing of Royal Residence Wilanów  

16.00 – 17.30   - SESSION III

  • Dinu Bumbaru /Canada/ - Geography + Society + History = Heritage. Evolving Expectations and the Canadian Heritage Protection Ecosystem
  • Paolo Del Bianco /Italy/ - Life Beyond Tourism. Heritage for Intercultural Dialogue. Hosting the traveller to promote intercultural dialogue
  • Pance Velkov  /Republic of Macedonia/ - Changes in Functions Fulfilled by Heritage. Examples of Conservation of Sacred Sites in the Republic of  Macedonia
  • Irit Amit Cohen /Israel/ - Obtaining "Others" Heritage. A new concept of "Attachment to Place" in Israel's rural settlements and their cultural built heritage
  • Jae-Heon CHOI, Hae Un RII /Korea/ - Reasserting Heritage Value into Urban Projects. In the Case of Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Nina Ugljen Ademović,  Elša Turkušić Jurić, Nina Stevanović /Bosnia and Herzegovina/ - Dichotomous phenomena of the 20th century heritage in the transformation - The case study of the Sarajevo Region

17.30 – 18.00 – discussion

18.00 – 19.30 - dinner /Wilanów/

23rd June 2015 (Great Hall of the Royal Castle in Warsaw)


9.30 – 10.00 – registration of participants

10.00 – 11.00 - SESSION IV


  • Michael Petzet /Germany/ - Conservation Politics in a Changing World
  • Giora Solar /Israel/ - Recent trends in conservation, effecting its future
  • Romeo Carabelli,  Myriam Laidet /France/ - Resilience and Vulnerability of Cultural Heritage as indicators for a pro-active territorial management
  • Marko Stokin, Gojko Zupan /Slovenia/ - A century of conservation policy in Slovenia: between modernism and preservation

11.00 – 11.30 - coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 -  SESSION V


  • Aysun Dağabakan /Turkey/ - Process management for revitalization of historic settlements as the elements of cultural heritage
  • Shao Yong, Yao Yifeng /China/ - Integrated Conservation Concept and Approach of Human-inhabited Heritage: a case study from ‘Lijiang Old Town’, China
  • Onyejekwe Ijeoma H./Osaro Agbontaen /Nigeria/ - Assessing the impact of globalization on African Heritage.Case study of IGBO Cultural Heritage

12.30 – 13.00 - discussion

13.00 – 14.00 - lunch 

14.00 – 15.00 -  SESSION VI


  •   Bogusław Szmygin /Poland/ - Protection of monuments - achievements, problems, perspectives
  • Samir Abdulac /France/ - Heritage in Expansion and Territories in Evolution, From the Conservation of a Cathedral to the enhancement of vernacular settlements and landscapes, in connection with local development
  • Diana Maria Rodriguez Herrera, Beatriz Santamarina Campos/Spain/ - Policy of memory and forgetting. Challenges of World Heritage in an armed conflict context. A look at "Coffee Cultural Landscape" of Colombia

15.00 – 15.30 - final discussion

15.30 – 17.00 - sightseeing of The Royal Castle or the Old Town

18.00 - 19.30 – official celebrations of 50 Years of ICOMOS

19.30 – 21.00 - dinner


24th June 2015 (Royal  Łazienki Museum in Warsaw)

10.00 – 19.00 – Euro-Group meeting

12.00 - 13.30 - Sightseeing of the Palace in Łazienki


Please be advised that according to the program sightseeing starts at 12.00 on the courtyard in front of the Palace on the Water.
Visiting has been divided into 3 groups:
12.00 - start of sightseeing for participants of the  EURO-GROUP Meeting - language ENG (50 people)
12.30 - start of sightseeing for other foreign participants - language ENG (50 people)
13.00 - start of sightseeing for Polish participants - language Polish (45 people)



 The conference will be held on June 22nd to June 24th, 2015 in Warsaw.

The first day includes sessions in the Orangery and visit to the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów.
The second day includes sessions in the Great Hall and visit to the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
The third day of sightseeing concerns the Royal Lazienki Museum in Warsaw.

The conference will be held in English and Polish.

Detailed directions to residences is here.



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If you are eager to participate in the conference, we kindly ask you to send an email no later by June 10h, 2015 to:



Proposals for conference speeches should be submitted no later by March 15th,  2015 to:

Paper summaries should not exceed 2 pages. Summaries presented in the form of separate points will make it easier to convey the ideas discussed in papers.

Scientific reviewers will select papers to be presented at the conference and published in monograph (conference materials will be published in the form of reviewed monograph).  

The authors of submitted papers will be provided with reviewers' decisions no later by April 15th, 2015.

Participation in the conference is free of charge; participants cover their travel and accommodation costs. Lunch and dinner during the first two days of the meeting is provided by the organizer.

Questions concerning additional information should be sent to:

More information:



Polish National Committee of ICOMOS
Royal Castle Square 4
00-277 Warszawa, Poland
Tel. +48 606652453

Secretary of the conference: Katarzyna Palubska

Izabela Gorecka

Karolina Kolb-Sielecka