Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 938


  1. [NEW ITEM] Vale Dr Eusebio Leal Spengler
  2. [UPDATED ITEM] AGHS 41st Annual National Conference – EVENT POSTPONED
  3. [NEW ITEM] EPBC Act Review – Interim Report released: have your say by 17 August
  4. [NEW ITEM] Invitation to Apply: NSW State Design Review Panel, deadline: 24 August
  5. [NEW ITEM] UK│Australia Season 2021-2022: Australia-based applications open and close 13 September 2020
  6. [NEW ITEM] George Proudman Fellowship applications open – deadline 14 September 2020
  7. [NEW ITEM] South Australia’s new planning system (outback and rural areas) live
  8. [NEW ISSUE] Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news
  9. [NEW ISSUE] News from CyArk
  10. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin
  11. [NEW ISSUE] The Best in Heritage news update








1. [NEW ITEM] Vale Dr Eusebio Leal Spengler

Australia ICOMOS was saddened to hear from our ICOMOS Cuba colleagues that Dr Eusebio Leal Spengler, Historian of the City of Havana, has passed away. An Honorary President of ICOMOS Cuba and ICOM Cuba, Dr Leal was widely recognized internationally for his contribution to heritage conservation, particularly in the historic center of Old Havana, declared World Heritage since 1982.

A passionate speaker and natural leader, he promoted a sustainable management model for the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. Loved and respected by the heritage community and the Cuban people, he leaves a rich legacy for future generations.

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


2. [UPDATED ITEM] AGHS 41st Annual National Conference – EVENT POSTPONED

The Australian Garden History Society (AGHS) 41st Annual National Conference has been postponed to Spring 2021. The AGHS is looking at dates and further information will be included in this e-newsletter as it comes to hand.


3. [NEW ITEM] EPBC Act Review – Interim Report released: have your say by 17 August

Independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 – Interim Report released

The Interim Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) has been released.

The Interim Report is available on the review website, and a media statement from the Reviewer, Professor Graeme Samuel AC, is available here

The Interim Report sets out preliminary views on the EPBC Act and how it operates. It focuses on the fundamental problems of the legislation and proposes reform directions that are needed to address these

In presenting the Interim Report, the Review is keen to hear the views of interested stakeholders. You are invited to have your say via a public survey available at this link.

Please note that comments are being sought by 9.00am, AEST Monday 17 August.

Australia ICOMOS will be making a submission and this will be available on the Australia ICOMOS website shortly after 17 August.


4. [NEW ITEM] Invitation to Apply: NSW State Design Review Panel, deadline: 24 August

Government Architect NSW is seeking applications from qualified professionals to join the NSW State Design Review Panel to improve the quality of State Significant projects by providing independent and expert design advice.
The NSW State Design Review Panel (NSW SDRP) has been operating for more than two years and has lifted the design quality of the built environment across the State, including the Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct schools, St George Community Housing at 11 Gibbons Street, Redfern and Estella Rd Public School in Wagga Wagga.

The NSW SDRP delivers on the principles and ambitions of Better Placed and provides a consistent, state-wide approach to reviewing and improving the design quality of State Significant projects.
The refreshed NSW SDRP will comprise a pool of 80 of the highest calibre practitioners from the industry who will provide independent and expert design advice. Members from the pool will be called upon to form panels with expertise in different types of development.

GANSW is looking for professionals who represent a variety of skills across design in the built environment, and a diversity of experience and insight.

Applications for panel members are open until 24 August 2020.

There will be a virtual information session for potential panel members on 19 August 2020.  

To register for the information session and to download the RFP documents visit this link.

To read more about the NSW SDRP pilot program on the GANSW website visit the Government Architect NSW website.


5. [NEW ITEM] UK│Australia Season 2021-2022: Australia-based applications open and close 13 September 2020

Australia-based arts organisations and individuals are invited to submit project proposals for inclusion in the UK | Australia Season 2021-22.

The UK│Australia Season 2021-22 will celebrate and strengthen the partnership between Australia and the UK.

The Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to strengthen and build cultural connections. This will be the first time the Australian Government and the British Council have collaborated on a reciprocal Season, which will take place from August 2021 to March 2022.

Under the theme ‘Who are we now?’ and particularly in light of the COVID pandemic, the Season will reflect on both nations’ shared history and culture. The Season will explore the UK and Australia’s current relationship, and imagine our future by bringing together artists, universities, and civil society leaders from both countries in a diverse and inclusive way.

The Australian program will take place in the UK from August to November 2021, and the UK program in Australia from September 2021 to March 2022.

The Season is inviting participation from across the Australian creative sector. Projects across all art forms are welcome to apply. A welcoming and supportive environment for First Nations participants is central to the Season.

Funding opportunities available
Australian organisations applying for inclusion in UK | Australia Season will have the opportunity to also apply for grant support in two ways:

1.    The British Council’s UK | Australia Season Grant

The UK | Australia Season is supported by the British Council Board of Patrons, which includes UK and Australian representatives and is chaired jointly by Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE and David Gonski AC.

Australian projects to be presented in the UK can bid for up to AUD $40,000 under the UK | Australia Season Grant. Please note this grant is only available to organisations.

Organisations can apply for this grant during the application process on the Australia-based applications page on the British Council website.

2.    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)

More details around the ACDGP will be available in late August. This opportunity is open to both individuals and organisations.

Australian applications for the Season are now open until Sunday 13 September 2020. 

Join the webinar
If you need more information or have questions, join our webinar on Tuesday 18 August at 16:30 AEST (14:30 AWST).

Find out more
Twitter: @AusHouseLondon and @AuBritish

Facebook: Australian High Commission UK and British Council Australia


6. [NEW ITEM] George Proudman Fellowship applications open – deadline 14 September 2020

Applications are now open for the George Proudman Fellowship 2021, a $12,000 endowment open to stonemasons to foster leadership, works skills and knowledge abroad.

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • be a trade qualified stonemason working in NSW
  • have two or more years’ experience in traditional masonry work or repairs
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia

More information is available on this NSW department website.

Applications close COB 14 September 2020.


7. [NEW ITEM] South Australia’s new planning system (outback and rural areas) live

South Australia’s new planning system covering the state’s outback and rural areas has been implemented and is now live as of 31 July 2020.

The activation of the new planning system for outback and rural areas marks a major milestone for planning and development in South Australia, as the state moves a step closer to the full implementation of Australia’s first state wide ePlanning platform.

Those living and working in the state’s outback and rural areas now have access to clear and consistent planning policies. Development applications can now be submitted and tracked from the comfort of people’s homes, offices or whilst on the go using a mobile, tablet or computer.

The ePlanning platform brings together the new PlanSA Portal, the online Planning and Design Code (the Code), the South Australian Property and Planning Atlas and the electronic Development Application Processing system.

Prior to activation the Code was refined and improved following the Minister for Planning’s approval of the Commission’s formal Engagement Report. The report, released in June, summarises how the Code for the state’s rural areas has been altered following an 8-week public consultation period.

During the public consultation period more than 230 submissions were received and over 70 consultation events conducted, with all feedback considered by the State Planning Commission.

The final phase of South Australia’s new planning system covering urban and metropolitan areas is under active consideration and on track to be implemented later this year.

For more information and to access support materials including a Guide to the Phase Two Code, FAQs, videos and webinars, visit the PlanSA Portal.


8. [NEW ISSUE] Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news

To read the latest news from Heritage Tasmania, click on the link below.


9. [NEW ISSUE] News from CyArk

To read the latest news from CyArk, click on the link below.


10. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin

To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin, click on the following link.


11. [NEW ISSUE] The Best in Heritage news update

Click here to read the latest news from The Best in Heritage.




SAVE THE DATE – GA2020 MARKER EVENT: Wednesday 7 October 2020, 8.00 – 10.00pm AEDT

Australia ICOMOS invites members and heritage colleagues to join us at our GA2020 MARKER EVENT to acknowledge the work undertaken to organise the 20th Triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS that could not be hosted in Sydney in 2020.

The Marker Event will be a live-streamed panel discussion on the theme of Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility; and will include the launch of a special ‘legacy’ issue of Historic Environment on this theme.

More information will be provided closer to the time.




CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020, Vienna – COVID-19 update & call for papers, posters and apps: extended deadline 21 August

Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT) conference
Artificial Intelligence : New pathways towards cultural heritage
4-6 November 2020
Vienna, Austria

COVID-19 Update

Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases worldwide, the CHNT committee has decided to convene the conference “CHNT 25, 2020” in a purely digital format.

The schedule of CHNT 25, 2020 is based on the program. There will be plenary blocks, keynotes, parallel sessions, round tables and advanced archaeological trainings, all of which will be held virtually.

Presentation will be “LIVE” – we want all of you online for the duration of the conference.

If for whatever reason it is not possible for you to give your talk live, you should discuss with the chairs of your session about the option to send a video instead.

Call for papers, posters and apps

We know how to digitize our heritage, so what is the next step: making our Cultural Heritage more accessible to the general public / researchers, and even accessible when it is not there anymore.

In recent years, the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches has increased rapidly in cultural heritage (CH) management and research. A main driver is the availability of remote sensing data, allowing us to detect new archaeological sites and to monitor the preservation of known monuments. Due to advances in computer power and a wide range of free machine learning tools, large amounts of remote sensing data can be processed automatically for CH purposes instead of covering only small areas by expert inspection

>> more about the theme

More information about the calls are available here for papers and posters and here for the app.

Deadline for submissions: extended to 21 August

The organisers have also started a “Culture = Future” page, for which they invite statements and thoughts from you about colleagues who have lost or will lose their jobs, because there are less excavations, less projects, the money is needed for something else but not for archaeology, museums and cultural heritage – view this and consider submitting your thoughts.


Web-EuroMed2020 on Digital Cultural Heritage, Online, 2-5 November 2020 – call for papers deadline: 15 September 2020

The newly established UNESCO and European Research Area (ERA) Chairs on Digital Heritage are announcing the International Web-Conference EuroMed 2020 dedicated to Digital Cultural Heritage Documentation, Preservation and Protection.

The 8th biannual European-Mediterranean (EuroMed-2020) conference is co-organised by the UNESCO and the EU ERA Chairs on Digital Cultural Heritage. It brings together multidisciplinary researchers, policy makers, professionals, fellows, practitioners and stakeholders to explore some of the more pressing issues concerning Cultural Heritage today. In particular, the main goal of the conference is to focus on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research on tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage, using cutting edge technologies for the protection, restoration, preservation, massive digitalization, documentation and presentation of Cultural Heritage contents. At the same time, the event is intended to cover topics of research ready for exploitation, demonstrating the acceptability of new sustainable approaches and new technologies by the user community, owners, managers and conservators of our cultural patrimony.

Topics and themes

Researchers and practitioners willing to participate to the Web-EUROMED 2020 conference are invited to submit papers on original works addressing the following subjects and research themes:



More detail information regarding the themes can be found at this link.

Submission of Papers

Submissions for the event are completely electronic through the online submission.

The 10 best submitted papers will be published on a special issue of upcoming International Journal Heritage in the Digital Era.

Paper submission deadline: 15 September 2020 (24:00 London-UK time)

Due to the pandemic Covid-19 the conference will be this year online and free of charge, however registration is mandatory.

There will also be workshops associated with this conference.


International Hagia Sophia Symposium: Architecture and Preservation, 24-25 September 2020, online delivery

International Hagia Sophia Symposium: Architecture and Preservation, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, 24-25 September 2020

Since its construction, Hagia Sophia has always been a symbol of admiration and attraction, a mystical edifice where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium legacy under one great dome. Through the ages, Hagia Sophia has possessed various identities and has served several functions and communities.

This symposium focuses on the changes that the building and its built environment have undergone due to social, economic and political conditions. It aims to draw attention to this edifice loaded with multiple historical layers. Thus, it encourages scholarly evaluation of the changes since its construction in Late Antiquity to the present, as expressed in the art, culture and building technology of the populations actively involved in its transformation.

For more information, visit the symposium website.




EOI for vacancies on the ACT Heritage Council – applications close 14 August

Expressions of interest (EOI) are invited from persons in the ACT Region who may be interested in being considered for appointment to the ACT Heritage Council (the Council).

The Council has a statutory role to register places and objects of heritage significance in the ACT and provide advice on their management and conservation through the land planning and development process. Council members also serve on various taskforces to provide advice on complex registrations, development applications and other issues. Some members have a key role in appearing as expert witnesses in ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal cases relating to the Council’s decisions on heritage matters.

Expressions of interest for six vacancies on the Council are invited from people with experience in: Aboriginal culture; Aboriginal history; archaeology; architecture; engineering; history; landscape architecture; nature conservation; object conservation; town planning; or urban design.

Expressions of interest are also sought for positions representing: the community; the Aboriginal community; and the property ownership, management and development sector.

These positions will commence on 2 March 2021.

Application forms and further information are available from the ACT Heritage website. A completed application form, current CV and brief letter outlining suitability for appointment are required to be sent by email to the ACT Heritage Team. The application period closes on 14 August 2020.

Applications will be kept on a register for three years and should vacancies occur, the register may be used to appoint new members.

Additional information about these vacancies is available from the Secretary, ACT Heritage Council via email or telephone 13 22 81.


2021 Summer Scholarships at the National Library of Australia – applications close 28 August

Do you know anyone who has started his/her PhD and require access to the National Library of Australia’s world-class collections?

Summer Scholarships support Australian PhD students to spend six weeks at the National Library, from 11 January to 19 February 2021, researching the collections.

Scholars receive a stipend of $6000 to cover travel, accommodation and living costs, access to the Fellows room with office facilities, as well as special and supported access to collections.

Up to five scholarships are available:

  • Two Norman McCann Scholarships* for research into Australian history, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration, or museum studies
  • The Seymour Scholarship* for biographical research
  • The Carol Moya Mills Scholarship for a scholar from regional or rural Australia
  • The National Library of Australia Scholarship*, with preference given to Indigenous scholars

*some age limits apply

For more information, visit the National Library of Australia website.

Applications close 5pm (AEST), Friday 28 August 2020.


Heritage Fund Open for Expressions of Interest – deadline: 31 August

Have you been thinking about or planning a project to transform your heritage building? The Landmark and Community Buildings Fund opened on 1 July for Expressions of Interest.

The fund is open to:

  • not-for-profit, charity or community-owned or occupied heritage buildings. The fund will contribute between 50 and 100 per cent of the project cost. In exceptional circumstances the fund will be allocated to one project but is most likely to be split across multiple projects.
  • privately owned heritage buildings that are landmarks or prominent features in their local areas. These are buildings that are well known, easily recognisable or well-loved, and may have an interesting story to tell. The fund will contribute up to 60 per cent of the total cost.

To find out more and to see if your project is eligible, visit the City of Melbourne website.

The site explains the criteria for the fund and has a short online Expression of Interest form. The EOI is open between 1 July and 31 August. If your project meets the criteria we will contact you to invite you to apply for funding.

The amount an individual project receives depends on the number of projects funded in any given round of funding. The committee of the Victorian Heritage Restoration Fund (VHRF) has the final decision on how the fund is allocated. The VHRF Committee will make decisions about the Landmark and Community Buildings Fund at its meeting on 26 November.

For more information contact Jackie Donkin, Project Officer Heritage, on (03) 9658 7078.


Call for applications: PhD students in Marie Curie ITN SUBLime (Sustainable Building Lime applications via Circular Economy and Biomimetic Approaches) – deadline: 14 September 2020

Dedicated and highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESR) are invited to apply for PhDs that will craft the future of lime mortars/plasters in new construction and conservation of the built heritage.

We are recruiting 15 international PhD students to be trained as European experts in Sustainable Building Lime applications via Circular Economy and Biomimetic Approaches (SUBLime). SUBLime is an European Training Network (ETN) program that will start in February 2021, as a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie action (Innovative Training Network – ITN) involving 9 countries in Europe.

This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your international career prospects:

Original research projects within a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (Horizon 2020 grant 955986)

  • Consortium of 17 European partners (6 highly specialized universities and 11 worldwide leading Industrial Partners)
  • Collaboration with network partners including visits during secondments
  • Participate in worldwide training workshops
  • Very attractive PhD student salary
  • Enrolment in host institutions’ PhD programs

For more information please check the SUBLime website.

Applications close 14 September 2020.


Change Over Time journal – call for abstracts deadline: 15 September 2020

The journal Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, invites submissions for:


Historically, human societies have isolated outsiders and transgressors to defend themselves against perceived danger. Occasionally, we have isolated ourselves to protect others. The locales in which we have performed isolation range from elaborate complexes and stately edifices to prosaic makeshift shelters. Places of isolation, detention, and quarantine reveal often unspoken truths about the states and the societies that created them. This issue will explore the ways in which communities have preserved and remembered the liminal sites they once designed to tame and physically contain their fears.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 15 September 2020. Authors will be notified of provisional paper acceptance by mid-October 2020. Final manuscript submissions will be due mid-March 2021.

For more information, visit the Change Over Time website.


Call for applications: Master in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development”, November 2020 to November 2021, blended delivery (online/Italy) – deadline: 27 September 2020

The call for applications for the new edition of the Master in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development”, offered by the University of Turin, the Polytechnic of Turin and the International Training Centre of the ILO, in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), is now open.

The programme is intended for professionals involved in the management of World Heritage properties and/or professionals and specialists involved in the preservation or promotion of cultural heritage.

For more information, visit the course website.

Applications close 27 September 2020.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Earthquake Engineering and Seismology Researcher for STAND4HERITAGE project, University of Minho, Portugal

Earthquake Engineering and Seismology Researcher (Junior/ Experienced)

The Historical and Masonry Structures (HMS) group of the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE), University of Minho, Portugal, plans to open soon a position for a junior or experienced researcher already with a PhD (duration of the contract may be up to 4 years) to join the STAND4HERITAGE project, which is funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant.

The position will focus on the stochastic analysis of the seismic signal with the aim to generate a representative variation of ground motion records (both source and structure-sensitive), and to examine the influence of the signal on the dynamic (seismic) behaviour of masonry structures.

Necessary qualifications: PhD degree in Civil Engineering or Earthquake Engineering with a strong background in stochastic analysis and geophysics, or similar qualifications.

If interested, please email your résumé to Dr Anastasios Giouvanidis by Sunday 23 August 2020 (23:59 GMT).


SITUATION VACANT Built Heritage Conservation Specialist/Architect, RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants, Melbourne

Based in St Kilda, RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants is an agile and independent, medium-sized team of built heritage experts and architects, including conservation specialists, heritage consultants and historians.

We seek a forensically-minded conservation specialist/architect to both lead and advance our building science division. A thorough understanding of technical preventive and remedial building fabric conservation is necessary as is a passion for the scientific materials as well as architectural analysis of historic structures.

We are equal parts technically proficient, philosophically sophisticated, research-driven and innovators – qualities that enable us to apply a rigorous and multidisciplinary lens across the breadth of our work, which spans a diverse range of typologies, sectors and regions.

Candidates should have:

  • Experience with building fabric/materials analysis and best-practice conservation practice
  • Honours or Masters in Architecture/Conservation or similar
  • A broad understanding of traditional construction techniques (mid-19th century to late 20th century) and Australian architectural/building history
  • Familiarity with the BCA/NCC and relevant Australian and international Standards
  • Familiarity with and ideally, proficiency, in AutoCad, Revit and Adobe
  • Familiarity with the current analogue and emerging digital and AI diagnostic tools
  • An investigative nature
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Is this you? If so, we encourage you to explore our website and get into contact with our Director, Roger Beeston, for an initial/confidential discussion — (03) 9525 5666. Cover letters and CVs can then be sent to Roger via email.

A first-rate benefits package and salary commensurate with experience and internal equity will be provided. Immediate start. Interstate and international candidates welcome.

RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants is an equal opportunities employer.


TENDER OPPORTUNITY REQUEST FOR QUOTATION: Heritage Council of Victoria Project: Heritage and Climate Change

The Heritage Council of Victoria is inviting submissions for a project on the subject of heritage and climate change.

The project will give the Heritage Council of Victoria and Heritage Victoria a clear understanding of how the projected effects of climate change will impact the state’s cultural heritage places and objects in the short, medium and long term. It will deliver a set of principles that can be easily communicated to government and the wider community. It will also provide a high-level assessment of the risks confronting different types of cultural heritage places and objects in the Victorian Heritage Register, and make recommendations regarding the adaptation and resilience options that may be appropriate for their conservation and protection. Additionally, it will highlight the ways in which conservation of cultural heritage can contribute to climate mitigation, thus enabling the Heritage Council and Heritage Victoria to communicate the value of heritage in this time of change.

Please contact the VIC Heritage Council by email to receive the Request for Quotation document, which contains details about this project.

The closing date for quotations is Friday 7 August 2020 at 5:00 pm.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant, Heritage 21, Sydney

Heritage Consultant – PERMANENT POSITION
Minimum 5 years’ experience in cultural built heritage

With their recent growth in business Heritage 21 is seeking the right candidate to join our team.

We could tell you how fabulous we are…though you really wouldn’t know until you start working here!

If you are self-motivated, have a passion for heritage and a keen eye for detail, then PLEASE APPLY for this position.

Heritage 21 is a specialist firm of dedicated heritage practitioners operating throughout NSW and the ACT.

Our in-house heritage staff have expertise in built heritage, urban planning, history, research and architecture.

The perfect candidate will need to have the ability to take on a variety of tasks, from managing projects and mentoring junior staff. This role involves varied tasks, from site meetings to writing reports. The successful applicant will work closely with the Studio Manager.

This role is a permanent full-time position located at Alexandria. The successful applicant will be required to have appropriate tertiary qualifications. Applicants with a relevant unrestricted working right can apply.

An attractive salary package, commensurate with experience, will be offered. Heritage 21 offers a flexible workplace and tries to ensure a good work/life balance for their employees. Heritage 21 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our workplace. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit and business needs.

Please email your resume to Sue; or for a confidential discussion/enquiry regarding this position, please contact Sue on 0412 486 777.

Closing date for applications: 7 August 2020.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Recruitment agencies will not be considered, however, if we believe we require your assistance, we will be in touch.




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