Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 907


  1. [NEW ITEM] Vale Margareta Biörnstad
  2. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Side Events and Tours
  3. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Acting Convenor
  4. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS EPBC Submission regarding the Australian War Memorial Redevelopment
  5. [NEW ITEM] 7th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference, 14-16 October 2020, Israel – abstract deadline extended to 20 December 2019
  6. [NEW ITEM] Heritage Council of NSW CMP Review | Options Paper and Feedback Survey: open until 17 January 2020
  7. [NEW ITEM] VALA2020 – Focus on the Future conference, 11-13 February 2020, Melbourne
  8. [NEW ITEM] City of Stirling History and Heritage Awards – nominations close 14 February 2020
  9. [NEW ITEM] UNITAR World Heritage – Book News
  10. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House
  11. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums
  12. [NEW ISSUE] Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) bulletin available online
  13. [NEW ISSUE] Duldig Studio Museum & Sculpture Garden E-news









1. [NEW ITEM] Vale Margareta Biörnstad

Our Swedish ICOMOS colleague Nils Ahlberg has informed us about the death of Margareta Biörnstad, former President of ICOMOS Sweden and the first President of the ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. Read more about Margareta’s life here: Margareta Biörnstad_in_memoriam_eng

Australia ICOMOS offers our deepest condolences to Margareta’s family, friends and colleagues.


2. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Side Events and Tours

The GA2020 team has enthusiastically welcomed side events and pre- and post- GA2020 tours, offered and selected through various ‘Expression of Interest’ processes.

A wide range of side events can already be booked through the GA2020 registration process. There are also a number of associated pre- and post- GA2020 tours.

A small number of additional side events and one further tour have been approved by the GA2020 Executive Committee and will be progressively added to the GA2020 website and be available for booking in the near future.

The program for GA2020 is now very full and at this stage, there is no capacity to receive or consider further offers for either side events or associated pre- and post- GA tours.

Interested members of Australia ICOMOS are nevertheless welcome to arrange customised private site visits, tours or events, especially where these relate to the activities of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee and invitations to attend are issued directly.

They will be forthcoming ‘Expression of Interest’ invitations to Australia ICOMOS Members to contribute and to participate in GA2020 in other ways, including involvement in social events, and service as volunteers. These EOIs will continue to be be published in Australia ICOMOS E-news.

The ‘Call for Abstracts’ for the GA2020 Scientific Symposium remains open until 13 January 2020see item below.


3. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Acting Convenor

Richard Mackay will be on leave and working overseas from 13 December until early February 2020. During this period, Dr Steve Brown will the Acting Convenor of ICOMOS GA2020. He can be contacted on +61 409 308 909 or contact Steve via email.

The GA2020 Project Team at Arinex can be contacted on +612 9265 0700 or contact the GA2020 Project Team by email.


4. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS EPBC Submission regarding the Australian War Memorial Redevelopment

Australia ICOMOS has made a brief submission regarding this proposal, which affects a place on the National Heritage List – the Australian War Memorial (AWM). We note that the referral form finds that the proposed redevelopment will have a “significant impact” and that this is a matter of considerable concern regarding a National Heritage place. Australia ICOMOS strongly recommends that the objective should be to avoid impacts or only undertake changes with a minimal impact. In order to achieve this objective, the requirements of the AWM may need to be adjusted to provide an entirely sympathetic solution. Accordingly, we recommend further consideration of options that involve no or minimal impacts on the Australian War Memorial.


5. [NEW ITEM] 7th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference, 14-16 October 2020, Israel – abstract deadline extended to 20 December 2019

7th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference
Hosted By the David Azrieli School of Architecture
The David and Yolanda Katz Faculty of the Arts
Tel Aviv University, Israel
14-16 October 2020

Papers are invited for the 7th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference, to be held in Israel on 14-16 October 2020. The conference is held once every three years and attracts the field’s leading researchers and professionals.

Architectural finishes and color in the built environment give a place its vernacular uniqueness. Finishes connect the material/substance of a place and the life pulsing within it. Throughout history it has served as a tool for establishing local identity.

Architectural Finishes Research goes far beyond uncovering the color of paint layers, to providing historical information on daily and cultural life.

Previous conferences have defined research into these finishes as Architectural Paint Research (APR). We believe it is time to expand the definition of our research to include all architectural finishes. For this conference we will be addressing it as Architectural Finishes Research (AFR).

For more information, visit the call for papers webpage.

Submissions are due by 20 December 2019.


6. [NEW ITEM] Heritage Council of NSW CMP Review | Options Paper and Feedback Survey: open until 17 January 2020

You are invited to provide feedback on Future Options for CMP Practice for Heritage Council NSW.

Download the Options Paper | Submit Feedback Online 

About the Review

The Heritage Council of NSW has engaged Positive Solutions, assisted by The Maytrix Group, to review and develop options for Conservation Management Plan (CMP) practice and processes in NSW through close consultation with sector stakeholders. 

The aim of the review is to:

  • Review and clarify the purpose and practice of CMPs and how they relate to other heritage management tools
  • Review and improve the current NSW CMP practice, tools and processes
  • Provide more relevant and effective CMP practices and tools for the ongoing care, protection and future management of NSW heritage places

In earlier stages of the review, we ran a series of stakeholder workshops, conducted individual interviews and facilitated a sector-wide survey, which attracted 170 responses. The next stage of the review is the distribution of this Options Paper, which outlines possible improvements to current CMP development and endorsement practices.

Feedback on the options is being sought via online submissions. Feedback should be provided no later than Friday 17 January 2020.

Online submissions are open and available to any peak body agents, internal stakeholders, government custodians, heritage consultants, asset managers, and private owners with an interest in NSW CMP practice and processes.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Positive Solutions by email.


7. [NEW ITEM] VALA2020 – Focus on the Future conference, 11-13 February 2020, Melbourne

VALA2020 – Focus on the Future – is the 20th VALA Biennial Conference.

To be held in Melbourne on 11-13 February 2020, VALA 2020 will be the year’s must-attend event for everyone who works or aspires to work in the information and technology environment of the GLAM Sector.

Once an event for library IT practitioners, the increasing common ground that exists within all collections management agencies sees VALA’s doors open to colleagues and collaborators across libraries, galleries, archives and museums. This “coming together” is reflected in our Conference Organising Committee, our Keynote line-up and our program.

For more information visit the conference website.

**VALA – Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. is an independent, Australian based not-for-profit organisation that actively supports the use and understanding of information technology in libraries and the GLAM sector. 


8. [NEW ITEM] City of Stirling History and Heritage Awards – nominations close 14 February 2020

The History and Heritage Awards recognise and reward conservation efforts by individuals and groups within the City in the pursuit of conserving the City’s history and heritage.

Nominations for the 2020 awards are open!

We have separated history and heritage into two categories. The history category focuses on photographs from times gone by. The heritage category focuses on the conservation of the built environment, streetscapes, education and the promotion of heritage within the wider community.

Entries for the History and Heritage Awards close on Friday 14 February 2020 at 5.00pm.

For more information, click here.


9. [NEW ITEM] UNITAR World Heritage – Book News

A new book by former UNITAR Hiroshima Head, Dr. Nassrine Azimi, titled The United States and Cultural Heritage Protection in Japan (1945-1952) has been published. This is a relevant topic for all individuals who work closely with world heritage conservation. You can find more information about the book here.

The UNITAR Hiroshima Office World Heritage Training Series 2003-2018 book, written by lead Resource Person Duncan Marshall, M.ICOMOS, is available as a PDF at this link.


10. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House

To read the latest newsletter from the Old Parliament House, click here.


11. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums

To read the latest news from the Sydney Living Museums, click here.


12. [NEW ISSUE] Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) bulletin available online

To view the latest issue of the GCI bulletin, click here.


13. [NEW ISSUE] Duldig Studio Museum & Sculpture Garden E-news

To read the latest Duldig Studio Museum & Sculpture Garden E-news, click on the link below.




GA2020 Scientific Symposium: Call for reviewers – EOI deadline 10 January

We are seeking volunteers to be part of the group who will undertake reviews of the session proposals and individual paper/posts abstracts. The reviews will take place in the period from the end of January until 16 March 2020. The task of the reviewers is to evaluate submissions against the following evaluation criteria:

  • Relevance to GA2020 Scientific Symposium Theme;
  • Substance: originality and quality of subject matter;
  • Discussion value: capacity of proposal to inspire reflection, discussion and debate;
  • Diversity: ensuring regional, cultural and gender diversity.

If you wish to be a reviewer, please provide the following information:

  1. name;
  2. email address;
  3. preferred Scientific Symposium Theme (select one or more from: Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility, Indigenous Heritage, Marginalised Heritages) or area/s of expertise; and
  4. confirm availability to undertake reviews between 1 February and 16 March 2020.

To express your interest in being a reviewer, email Steve Brown using ‘GA2020 SS – Reviewer’ in the subject line by Friday 10 January.


GA2020 Scientific Symposium: Call for abstracts closes on 13 January 2020

The call for abstracts for the GA2020 Scientific Symposium is open and extends until 13 January 2020. We are seeking full session proposals as well as abstracts for individual papers and posters. For more information on the symposium or to submit a full session proposal and/or an abstract for an individual paper or poster, please follow the directions available at the GA2020 website.

If you are seeking collaborators with whom to develop an abstract, there are two options:

  • First, speak with the Co-chairs of the relevant Scientific Symposium Theme. Information on the six themes, including the names and contact details of the seven International and six Australian co-chairs, is available at this link
  • Second, contact the Australian members of a relevant International Scientific Committee. The names of these members are available from the Australia ICOMOS website


ICOMOS GA2020 6-ISCs Joint Meeting – call for abstracts / poster: deadline 3 February 2020

The 6-ISCs Joint Meeting aims to provide a forum for considering the various threats (whether natural cause or human error) in cultural heritage, regarding how to address and where to start by shared responsibility. By creating new tools and guidance among interdisciplinary fields, it shall lead us to achieve a shared future – thus the meeting theme of “Advancing Risk Management for the Shared Future”.

We hope this joint meeting will be an opportunity to bring participants together from any discipline across the heritage sector from all over the world, whether they be academic or professional, to come together to discuss topics and case studies relating to this theme.

Important Dates

20 November 2019 – Call for abstracts
20 November 2019 – Registration open
03 February 2020 – Abstracts submission close
29 April 2020 – Notification of acceptance
31 July 2020 – Author registration deadline
21 September 2020 – Registration close

For more information and to download the abstract submission form, visit the meeting website.

Submissions close 3 February 2020.

Download the 6ISC_CFA poster.


ICOMOS GA2020, 1-10 October 2020, Sydney: Register now and be the first to secure your place!

The GA2020 Organising and Executive Committees and Australia ICOMOS are delighted to announce that registration for GA2020 is now live!

We encourage you to register early to secure your preferred events as part of your registration. There are a number of options available to registrants – review these here to make the most of your cultural heritage experience at GA2020.

Register here.

GA2020 registration includes:

  • Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
  • Luna Park ‘Just for Fun’ party
  • The Greater Blue Mountains Day Trip
  • Closing Ceremony and Gala Dinner
  • All ICOMOS Statutory Meetings for Eligible Delegates
  • Scientific Symposium and Plenary Sessions

The Greater Blue Mountains day trip has a number of options based on level of physical activity required. The tours include scenic landscapes, locations with great historical and cultural significance, breathtaking views, Australian fauna and flora and more.

Pre and Post Tours have been designed to cover a number of cultural heritage places throughout Australia. Depending on your tour of choice you can visit World Heritage listed sites, historic mining sites, convict sites, geological wonders, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or experience spectacular Australian landscapes.

The GA2020 side events program has been created to ensure you have a myriad of options to maximise your experience in Sydney. These tours are all optional and include boat trips, exclusive behind the scenes tours, and a number of specialty heritage tours.

Accommodation can also be booked with your GA2020 registration.

Individuals who register before the early bird registration deadline of 3 June 2020 will secure the best registration rate.

A note about ICOMOS member registration rates: the member rate is only available to individuals who are current financial members of ICOMOS via their ICOMOS National Committee. The membership status of all registrants will be cross-checked to ensure the member rate is only applied where applicable. ICOMOS members are encouraged to keep their financial status current and continuous to facilitate this process.




Australia ICOMOS Secretariat Office closure for the holiday season

The Australia ICOMOS office will be closed from noonish Friday 20 December 2019 to Tuesday 14 January 2020 inclusive. The office will re-open on Wednesday 15 January 2020, and the first e-newsletter for 2020 will be published on Friday 17 January.

The final e-newsletter for 2019 will be published on Friday 20 December 2019.

Please also note that the office will be staffed from a remote location during the week of 16-20 December 2019, inclusive.


SAVE THE DATE: Future Forum 2020 on Aboriginal Heritage in WA, 20.03.2020

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI), the Anthropological Society of Western Australia (ASWA) and Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) will host this event, referred to as Future Forum 2020.

Future Forum 2020 will take place as follows:

Date: 20 March 2020
Venue: Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle

The intent of Future Forum 2020 is to bring together heritage practitioners – in Aboriginal communities, representative bodies, industry, consultancy bodies, academia and government – to explore and discuss what the future of Aboriginal heritage management could look like in this state. It also aims to showcase current achievements and future plans for enhancing Aboriginal heritage management, including Aboriginal community-led research, innovations and collaborative projects. The symposium will be a remarkable opportunity to connect, share and discuss visions, aspirations, innovations and anticipated challenges, as a collective of people working and engaging with Aboriginal cultural heritage within the state.

Download the Future Forum 2020 Save the Date flyer.




After-life: the digital future of visual history archives symposium, Melbourne, 9 March 2020 – call for presentations: deadline 6 January

After-life: the digital future of visual history archives
ACAHUCH: Melbourne School of Design
Glyn Davis Building, The University of Melbourne
Monday 9 March 2020

Design practices and collecting institutions are united in grappling with the management and preservation of born-digital records and the ever-growing demands of digital archival collections.

The event

The annual Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) symposium for 2020 will bring together international and national experts, local professionals and designers. Speakers will assess lessons learned as we seek to continue to preserve, edit and share architectural and design-related documentation, and will discuss how to manage enduring access to digital design records including photographs, moving image, CAD, BIM, and 3D modelling.

Keynote speaker

Martien de Vletter Associate Director of the Collection at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal, where she is responsible for the digital preservation and access program. Prior to this she was a curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Rotterdam, and has also published widely on architecture and urbanism in the Netherlands and Indonesia.

Call for contributors and participants

We are seeking a limited number of presentation contributions on the following issues:

* How are leading cultural and academic institutions and architecture design practices considering current and future digital archival collections, communication strategies and accessibility issues?

* How are practitioners and curators creating and maintaining records and projects in the virtual environment, and how are historians and designers responding to and re-thinking the research value of digital archives.

* How does the digital continue to open new possibilities for re-thinking Indigenous cultural collections and their repatriation to places and communities?

* How might new collaborations be envisioned that can help us imagine the digital future of the archive and participate in planning what next steps are both desirable and pressing?

Submission Details

Please submit a 250 word abstract and a 100 word biography by or before 6 January 2020.

Submission email address is []

Contact Hannah Lewi by email for any queries about the event, or visit the symposium website [LINK NOW LIVE]

The symposium is hosted by ACAHUCH (the After-Life Symposium committee) and the Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne.


3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism, 6-8 May 2020, Turkey – call for abstracts: deadline 6 January 2020

3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism (ICCAUA2020)
Alanya HEP University, Alanya/Antalya, Turkey
6-8 May 2020

The main aim of ICCAUA2020 will be to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research both through the conference podium and double-blind refereed publications opportunities. Additionally, ICCAUA2020 intends to provide opportunities for academics to receive informal, in-depth feedback through discussions, and to enable them to establish contact with professionals in other countries and institutions.

Abstracts for Oral, Virtual and Poster presentations and proposals for the special sessions listed below are invited.

  • Architecture and Technology
  • Sustainability and Urban Design
  • Heritage and Cultural Landscapes
  • Habitat Studies and Infra Habitation

For more information about the topics and submission process, visit the conference website.

ICCAUA2020 will be held in both English language and Turkish language.

Submission deadline: 6 January 2020


Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conference, Switzerland, 6-8 April 2020, early bird registration closes 15 January

Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, International Conference
6-8 April 2020

The Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, 4th International Conference, will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss the leading question: How to succeed in attracting tourists while simultaneously engaging all stakeholders in contributing to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage?

HTHIC2020 is organised by the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) and consultancy Elgin & Co. (Netherlands) in collaboration with UNESCO-UNITWIN Network “Culture, Tourism, and Development”.

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, 4th International Conference is now open. Early bird registration ends 15 January 2020. We look forward to meeting you in Mendrisio, in the Italian speaking canton Ticino in Switzerland.

HTHIC2020 will evolve around the theme “Living Heritage and Sustainable Tourism” and bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss aspects of preservation, presentation, promotion, profit (in the sense of benefits for all involved) and purpose (well-being and the co-creation of thriving places).

Participants are invited to attend the Processioni della Settimana Santa di Mendrisio: a fascinating example of ‘living’ heritage. The Processioni are currently under evaluation to be included in the UNESCO Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Visit the conference website for more information. ‌ ‌ ‌


Women In Design 2020+ conference, 8-10 January 2020, India

Women In Design 2020+ is an International Conference and Exhibition curated by The HECAR Foundation, which aims to share stories of women around the world who have excelled in the field of architecture, construction and other related design fields.

To push the boundaries of architecture and design, the conference will delve into discussions on a wide spectrum of disciplines such as photography, art, film and literature that relates to the architectural profession.

Over three days, women from India and around the globe will share their work, thoughts and ideas. The event will showcase the immense capabilities, accomplishments and innovative genetic abilities of women in architecture and design that will be a landmark event for both women and men architects, design professionals, students and enthusiasts.

For more information, visit the Women In Design 2020+ website and/or download the Women In Design 2020+ POSTER.


Australasian Engineering Heritage conference, 19–25 November 2020, Dunedin – call for submission: deadline 3 April 2020

Australasian Engineering Heritage conference
19–25 November 2020

Titled ‘Engineering in a 2020 World – The Future of the Past’, the conference will spotlight how heritage engineering and technology has endured, developed and undergone restoration and repurposing to claim its place in the future.

Abstracts, formal conference papers and proposals for presentations will be accepted until 3 April 2020. Full details can be found at this link.

Engineering New Zealand’s Otago Heritage Chapter together with Principal Sponsor, Naylor Love, look forward to bringing you this much anticipated event. We hope to see you in Dunedin.

Download the 2020 Australasian Engineering Heritage conference poster.




Canberra Summer School returns but at Longford Academy, 9-15 February 2020 – limited places left!

Longford Academy is excited to advise that David Young’s Summer School has returned and registrations are open!

The Summer School, formerly run at University of Canberra and run by David Young, was a “must do” for those in the heritage industry and now it is available again, in collaboration with the Longford Academy at the World Heritage Sites of Woolmers and Brickendon Estates in Tasmania. David has revised and updated the course material and it is destined to be an intensive week in wonderful surrounds.

Download these items for more information: LA 2020 Summer School Flyer | LA 2020 Summer School Reg Form (PDF) | LA 2020 Summer School Reg Form (Word)

There are limited places available, with the course already half-full before advertising, so if you wish to attend, you are encouraged to respond promptly.

Enquiries can be made to Greg Owen by email.


2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards – nominations open and close 13 December

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards. The Awards celebrate those working to promote heritage tourism and interpretation. Nominations in the heritage tourism category may be a walking tour, historic trail, festival, event, bed and breakfast, hotel, accommodation, cruise or performance.

Visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website to find out more, including information on the award categories and criteria as well as how to submit a nomination.

You have until Friday 13 December 2019 to nominate your heritage champion or project.


Call for host organisations: US/ICOMOS 2020 International Exchange Program – deadline: 11 January 2020


The US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program (IEP) is a professional development internship that has been running since 1984. In that time, over 700 students and young/emerging professionals have participated in the US and 70 other countries around the world. In 2019, fifteen participants representing seven nations interned with six hosts in the US and three other nations. It is a transformative experience, both professionally and personally.

The US-ICOMOS Call for 2020 IEP Hosts letter details the requirements for applicants, and provides a link to the online application form. This information is also available on the US/ICOMOS website. Please share this announcement broadly across your networks, consider participating as a Host in 2020, and/or consider donating directly to the program.

The deadline for Host applications is 11 January 2020.

The program is hand-built each year by the IEP Committee, comprised of Trustees Caroline Cheong, Ellen Delage, Zoe Leung, Darwina Neal and Brian Lione. Applications for Hosts are reviewed by the Committee. The average cost to host an intern in the US is $7,700 for the 12-week summer. This cost covers the orientation and closing sessions in DC, room and board, and travel for each intern. The cost to be a Host can be reduced if a Host can cover some or all of the cost (free housing is a popular option for many hosts).

Please direct questions via email to:

Brian Lione
Member, Board of Trustees
Chair, International Exchange Program
US National Committee, International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS)
Contact Brian via the IEP email


PhD position available – Masonry Structures, Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Portugal: application deadline – 15 January 2020

The Historical and Masonry Structures at ISISE, University of Minho, Portugal, has one PhD student position in Masonry Structures, Earthquake Engineering and Seismology to join a European Research Council Advanced Grant recently started.

Interested applicants with excellent academic / scientific qualifications, please send an application to Prof. Paulo B. Lourenço by email, providing the documents outlined at this link.

The PhD subject will address numerical or experimental approaches for the out-of-plane behavior of masonry structures, including processing of the seismic signal, shaking table testing, analytical tools, numerical modeling or design concepts.

Applications close 15 January 2020.


Call for Projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2020 – application deadline 19 January

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2020. This Call welcomes the participation of all interested organisations and institutions. In addition, it offers a new opportunity to apply for not only one-year cycle, but also two-year cycle process, with the aim to foster and encourage the commitment to World Heritage.

What is the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative?

The World Heritage Volunteers Initiative (WHV) was launched in 2008 to encourage young people to undertake concrete actions and to play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage sites. It consists of action camps organized by youth organizations or institutions in cooperation with multiple stakeholders and partners, which work all together for the state of conservation of World Heritage sites. The initiative mobilizes national and international volunteers through hands-on and awareness-raising activities for the conservation of our common cultural and natural heritage.

Please submit your application at the latest by 19 January 2020, Midnight (Paris Time GMT+1).

Visit the UNESCO website for more information.


Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions – applications close 20 January 2020

After 10 years of European funding, 400 students and 65 countries, applications for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions are opened up to 20 January 2020. This international course on the conservation of heritage structures was the winner of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage “Europa Nostra”, and presents a unique opportunity to meet people from all over the world.

This Masters Course, which is running its 13th Edition, is organized by a consortium of leading European Universities/Research Institutions in the field, including the University of Minho (coordinating institution, Portugal), the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), the University of Padua (Italy) and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic).

The course combines the most recent advances in research and development with practical applications.

A significant number of scholarships, ranging from 4,000 to 13,000 Euro, are available to students of any nationality.

Please find full details on the MSc programme, as well as the electronic application procedure, at the course website.

Visit also the SAHC blog and connect via LinkedIn.


Independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) – submissions due 14 February 2020

Members are encouraged to contribute to this review of the EPBC Act. Australia ICOMOS will also be formally considering a submission and other engagement with this process. If members do make a submission, it would be helpful if this could be shared with Australia ICOMOS. Please send a copy of your submission to Duncan Marshall via email.

Independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 – Discussion paper released and public submissions open

Professor Graeme Samuel AC released a discussion paper as part of the independent review of the EPBC Act.

The discussion paper is to start the conversation about how the EPBC Act has operated and whether it is fit for the future. The discussion paper outlines the Act, what it does and where it came from. Potential areas of focus for the review are explored, and options for reform floated. These are not settled views, rather a starting point to stimulate discussion.

Read the discussion paper / Find out more about making a submission

All interested parties are invited to provide written submissions in response to this paper as early as possible.

Submissions will close on 14 February 2020.




SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultants, GML Heritage, Sydney

GML Heritage has multiple opportunities for Heritage Consultants to join our Sydney team. You will provide specialist heritage advice across a range of built heritage or archaeological services. The roles involve working on architectural, planning and infrastructure projects for public and private sector clients. Depending on your disciplinary background you could find yourself working on an archaeological excavation, assessing significant places or areas, engaging communities, and preparing reports, project proposals and tender submissions, including scoping tasks, time frames, and budgets. We are seeking motivated, enthusiastic and talented heritage consultants with a strong interest in heritage conservation. Both temporary and ongoing full-time and part-time roles are available in our Sydney office.

To learn more and apply visit GML Heritage.


SITUATION VACANT Architectural Services, Collie Roundhouse Conservation Project, WA

The National Trust of Western Australia (the Trust) aspires to awaken the community to the value of heritage. The National Trust is a statutory authority that works under an Act of Parliament, but at the same time it is also recognised as a not for profit, community based organisation and a registered charity. The National Trust works both for Government and for the community.

The Trust has been successful in an application to the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund (CFIDF) for funding that will enable remediation of the Collie Roundhouse site and conservation of the iconic structure.
Collie Roundhouse is located on the outskirts of the Town of Collie, 190km south of Perth and 55km east of Bunbury. On the Coalfields Highway 850 metres west of the Collie Visitor Centre, it sits on crown reserve land assigned for railway use since being gazetted in 1919.

Detailed information is available in the Collie Roundhouse Conservation brief_Nov 2019; queries can be directed to the Project Manager, Karl Hillier by email.

All submissions should be clearly marked “Collie Roundhouse architectural services consultancy” and submitted no later than 5pm on 16 December.


SITUATION VACANT Professorship Heritage Conservation, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus–Senftenberg

The Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning of Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus–Senftenberg, invites applications for this role, commencing at the earliest opportunity.

The professor is expected to represent the field Heritage Conservation in all its aspects. She or he should possess a wealth of experience in research on places of cultural significance in various countries and epochs as well as in appropriate interventions in such places. She or he should have a network of international contacts and contribute actively to the international discourse on Heritage.

Teaching focusses on the international master programs World Heritage Studies and Heritage Conservation and Site Management (taught in English) as well as Building and Conservation, Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning (taught in German). It also comprises training of doctoral candidates. The professor is expected to contribute actively to the DFG-funded Research Training Group on Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings and to BTU’s Graduate Research School.

For more information on this opportunity, see the full Position Description.

Application deadline: 1 January 2020


SITUATION VACANT Cultural Heritage Planner, City of Perth

Cultural Heritage Planner
$95,351 – $101,156 per annum, plus superannuation
Permanent, Full time

The Cultural Heritage Planner role sits within the Activation and Cultural Experience Unit and Community Development Alliance.

This role manages and develops the City’s heritage program and focuses on high conservation outcomes and the City’s strategic objectives. The Cultural Heritage Planer builds and maintains community partnerships based on shared values and undertakes expert heritage assessments on development applications and proposals affecting places of cultural significance.

For more information about this opportunity, visit this link.

Applications close: 5pm, Friday 13 December 2019


SITUATIONS VACANT Various, World Monuments Fund


Since World Monuments Fund (WMF) was founded over half a century ago, it has been a ground-breaking organization conserving in an innovative way the world’s irreplaceable treasures — architectural and cultural sites that span the history of human civilization.

Cultural heritage sites are under constant attack by time, neglect, natural forces, and human actions. Preserving this heritage has from the beginning been the principal mission of WMF—working with local partners around the globe to provide financial and technical support for preservation, restoration, and long-term sustainability of these sites.

Roles available

  • Vice President of Programs
  • Conservator-in-Residence, Beijing, China
  • Archives Intern – note deadline 15 December 2019
  • 2020 Graduate Intern – Modernism Program – note deadline 20 December 2019

More information about all of these opportunities is available at the World Monuments Fund website. No application deadlines (other than those stated above), but note that applications will be reviewed and evaluated upon receipt.




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Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Georgia Meros
Secretariat Executive Officer
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125
Telephone: (03) 9251 7131