26.09.2011 - Culture Sector

International Scientific Colloquium on the factors impacting underwater cultural heritage in Brussels

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001), UNESCO prepares a scientific colloquium at the Royal Library of Belgium (4 Boulevard de l'Empereur, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium) from 13 to 14 December 2011.

The scientific colloquium will bring together reputed international scholars, representatives from archaeological services and concerned enterprises for a high-level scientific exchange on the imminent factors impacting underwater cultural heritage. They will explore ways of developing positive collaboration in the mitigation of activities adversely affecting this heritage.

The topics of the sessions will be underwater cultural heritage and

  • commercial exploitation, commercial archaeological interventions and international cooperation,
  • trawling and fishing, 
  • construction works, 
  • seabed development, resource extraction and renewable energy development,
  • environmental impact, climate change and ocean pollution, 
  • tourism,  and
  • development led archaeology.

The colloquium will be immediately followed by a regional meeting for Europe in the same venue on 15 December 2011 and an excursion to the medieval Cog workshop on 16 December 2011. 

UNESCO collaborates in the organization of this event with the Catholic University of Leuven, the Flanders Heritage Agency, the University of Gent and the Flemish Commission for UNESCO.

The working languages of the meeting will be English and French, with simultaneous interpretation in both languages.

The registration deadline for the scientific colloquium and the excursion is 1 November 2011. Please contact Ms Caressa Cornelis (rlicc(at)asro.kuleuven.be) to register. 

For any addition information, please contact  Ms Egger from UNESCO (b.egger(at)unesco.org).

Preliminary agenda


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