Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) – 8th Edition
Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) – 8th Edition

Call For Papers

  • 17, Sep / 19, Sep 2024
  • University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Conference Email
[email protected]

Architectural conservation is something that embraces not just architecture in all its various forms, but a vast range of other subjects – environmental politics, urban planning, urban economics and tourism, and even war destructions and renewal [...] Conservation is, and has always been, an integral part of modern society and its environment, like all the modern environments, did not just happened”.

(Miles Glendinning 2013)

Starting from this concept, the International Conference on “Conservation of Architectural Heritage” (CAH) aims at bringing together academics and professionals who care about heritage from different points of view and share their visions in protecting, preserving, and enhancing cultural heritage for the future.

Architectural and Cultural Heritage is testimony of past societies’ values, and achievements, as well as political, social and economic systems. Such heritage is represented in tangible and intangible forms and at landscape, urban and architectural scales. Across these scales, it also embodies both material and immaterial values and informs current and future societies with invaluable information of their history and identity. Unfortunately, cultural sites are no longer the same as they used to be. They are exposed to losing their authenticity and identity bit by bit due to many decay factors. Also, the different levels of scale and the wide range of chronologies introduce different challenges that academics and professionals respond to in our contemporary time. For example, the concepts of archaeology, history, and identity are not the same between historic and modern heritage sites, which presents an additional challenge to conserve and protect heritage that is not commonly seen as a legacy of the past (e.g. modern heritage). Thus, it is important to advocate the need for equal consideration and in-depth studies for our heritage considering its time, scales and values. In addition, there is unprecedented recognition of culture within the Sustainable Development Goals which is going to play a crucial role. In becoming a fundamental discourse within Sustainability, Cultural Heritage research will employ techniques and methodologies belonging to the Arts and Humanities, Architecture, Restoration and Conservation, and Creative Practices, along with Sciences, Technology and Engineering.

Thus, the conference is not only going to talk about heritage but also about how to preserve it considering the diversity of scales, typologies, uses, periods of construction, and state of conservation, as well as how to link it to the broader topics of sustainability, accessibility and assessment of values. In doing so, the conference is going to start by identifying concepts and topics of cultural heritage and its subtle link with the environment.

The conference has proven its success year by year, and this 8th edition, held in collaboration with the University of Cagliari and the University of Portsmouth, is going to stand out by discussing all the Art and Science of Heritage.

Selected papers of the conference will be published in a book series under the title of Advances in Science, Technology, & Innovation (ASTI) by Springer. Others will be published in the Resource Dings journal by IEREK Press.


The 8th edition of the “Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH)” conference comprehensively covers the topic of heritage conservation & maintenance against decay factors. Additionally, it aims to bring the topic of conservation considering archaeological, historic, modern, and contemporary heritage, the diversity of scales: landscape, urban and architectural ones. This will be explored within the umbrella of sustainability and accessibility discussing the relations between cultural heritage preservation and development.  The conference envelops interdisciplinary and co-creative methods of the conservation of both tangible heritage sites in the form of architectural landmarks, civic and military heritage, and associated intangible aspects of heritage. It touches upon the significance, authenticity and identity of cultural heritage and the economic impact that its conservation brings. Encompassing various methods of heritage preservation, the conference also covers citizens’ as well as governmental policy implementation & NGOs’ role in the process. In addition, tourism’s impact on heritage sites, innovative design methods and climate change adaptations are integral to the conference focus.

Conference Topics
  • 1. Concepts of Heritage Sites, theories and practices of conservation alongside the world

    1.1. Preservation and conservation for the wide range of heritage (different geographies, different historic/modern periods, etc.)
    1.2. Different approaches and practice for different types of heritage
    1.3. Cultural and laws, charts and recommendation for heritage protection
    1.4. The governmental and NGO’s role in the conservation of the cultural heritage

  • 2. The significance and Prominence of Cultural Heritage

    2.1. Authenticity, Identity and Significance of cultural heritage
    2.2. Value of heritage Sites to residents and their sense of belonging
    2.3. UNESCO sites: preservation and management strategies
    2.4. Socio-economic values in reuse strategies
    2.5. Intangible cultural heritage assets

  • 3. Focus on conservation theories and practice due to heritage peculiarities

    3.1. Archeological heritage from antiquity to modernity
    3.2. Industrial heritage and environmental implications
    3.3. Defence and military heritage and their inheritance
    3.4. The Nineteenth/Twentieth heritage and its legacy
    3.5. Abandoned villages and new strategies and perspectives of repopulation
    3.6. Post-Crisis Heritage Conservation and Management
    3.7. Dark Heritage/ Difficult Heritage conservation and management

  • 4. Methods, tools and technologies in Heritage Asset Conservation

    4.1. Innovative and sustainable technological methods as well as new materials in successful creative experiments.
    4.2. Non-Destructive diagnostics and new techniques for decay assessment and preservation of cultural heritage.
    4.3. Digital transition and Digital Heritage from archives to HBIM
    4.4. Mapping, Photogrammetry and Gamification Techniques.

  • 5. Policies strategies, Management, Display and Promotion of Cultural Heritage

    5.1. Reuse strategies of urban areas and built heritage
    5.2. Sustainable Governance's strategies for maintaining and investing the assets of the past.
    5.3. Tourism for cultural heritage and sustainable tourism practices
    5.4. Museology and its Impact on Touristic Attraction and Economic Benefit
    5.5. Historical Landscapes as Cultural Heritage
    5.6. Refugees’ ephemeral heritage and Heritage Mobility
    5.7. Cultural heritage and hospitality

  • 6. Citizens’ Involvement and Their Roles in Conserving Their History

    6.1. The community role in the reconstruction and conservation processes of devasted heritage site from Wars
    6.2. Social participation in historical areas development plans and in regenerating heritage
    6.3. The role of women in the conservation processes of the cultural heritage inheritance
    6.4. Raising awareness about the preservation value of architectural heritage.
    6.5. Co-creation practices and the preservation of tangible and intangible heritage.
    6.6. Role of Cultural heritage in migration phenomena

  • 7. Accessibility and Sustainable Preservation of Heritage Sites

    7.1. Cultural heritage for ALL
    7.2. Sustainability impact assessment
    7.3. Adaptation to climate changes
    7.4. Long term strategies and awareness campaigns
    7.5. Heritage Tangible and Intangible accessibility matters in conservation and community engagement

Conference Venue

The University of Cagliari was born with four teachings: Theology, Law, Medicine, Philosophy and Arts, Founded by Philip III of Spain in 1620. In the second half of the 1700s, Palazzo Belgrano was built which still today houses the Rectorate and the University Library. With the Casati Law of 1859, the Botanical Garden and the Biological Station were developed in Cagliari.

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Registration & Fees

A. Physical Attendance

Type of Registration ASTI Book by Springer Scopus indexed Open Access IEREK press Journals Co-author/ Audience Payment Deadline
Student 300 € 250 € 150 €


17 June 2024

Academic 350 € 300 € 200 €
Professional 400 € 350 € 200 €

** Please note that after 17 June 2024, there will be an additional 50 Euro added to the fees ** 

  • The Confirmation/Payment Completion period will take place from 17 April 2024 to 17 June 2024.
  • The registration fee does not cover accommodation or travel expenses. A list of accommodation options can only be suggested by our team if available. Contact [email protected] to inquire.

The physical fee covers:

  • The conference Kit inclusive of: a softcopy of the abstracts book on a USB/CD, Conference notebook, IEREK pen, Conference Flyers/ Printouts.

  • IEREK Participation/ Contribution Certificate

  • Preliminary Acceptance Letters

  • Consideration for publishing in the IEREK ASTI series by Springer or IEREK Press

  • Lunches and Coffee Breaks

  • If multiple abstracts are submitted by the same first author submitted to the conference, a 25% discount is applied to each additional submission.

  • Each research paper should have one main author who should pay the full fee (Author fees) regardless of attendance. Co-authors, each, have their own fees to pay to attend the event. This applies to online attendance as well as physical attendance.

  • A research paper fee allows only one author, whether main or co-author, to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference Abstract book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for an additional fee.

  • Professionals are categorized as participants who are not affiliated with universities such as practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs etc.

  • Students must provide proof of enrollment in a university by providing an enrollment certificate or a valid university ID (with issue/ expiry date) etc.

  • Additionally, you have the option to present your submitted abstract as a presentation without the intention of publishing your work, for information about the fees and additional details, please feel free to get in touch with us at: [email protected].

B. Online Attendance

Type of Registration ASTI Book by Springer Scopus indexed Open Access IEREK Press Journals Co-author/ Audience Payment Deadline
Student 250 € 200 € 50 €


17 June 2024

Academic 300 € 250 € 100 €
Professional 350 € 300 € 100 €

** Please note that after 17 June 2024, there will be an additional 50 Euro added to the fees ** 

The online fee covers:
  • A softcopy of the abstracts book and/ or hard copy (excluding shipping)

  • IEREK Participation/ Contribution Certificate in softcopy

  • Acceptance Letters in softcopy

  • Consideration for publishing in the IEREK ASTI series by Springer or IEREK Press

  • Access to conference recordings

C. Extra Fees

*Authors may request that their kits be delivered, for an additional fee decided by the courier, and upon request. Alternatively, authors located in Egypt can pick them up from Cairo/ Alexandria office.

Additional Conference Kit (Excluding Delivery) *Contact us for a quotation on shipping fees.   

100 €

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The more you attend, the more you're rewarded! 
IEREK offers its loyal participants with the following discounts depending on his/her attendance: 











*The aforementioned discounts are only applicable during Regular and Late Payment times. For more information, please refer to 'Important Dates'.

Payment Methods

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1. Bank transfer 

Kindly send a request to the conference coordinator/ email and CC [email protected] to receive bank details to complete the payment.

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Participants who would like to complete their payments online must send a request to the conference coordinator/ email and CC [email protected] to receive a customized link to complete their payments.

3. Cash in IEREK branches

Payment in person can be arranged. Please contact the conference coordinator/ Email to receive further information.

Payment Terms and Guidelines:

  • Read more on Important Dates. For information on payment dates, kindly send a request to the conference coordinator/email and CC [email protected] to receive payment details to complete the payment.

  • Authors who have registered and completed payment for virtual attendance CAN request a change to physical attendance. However, a change from physical to virtual is NOT possible.

  • After online registration and payment, the registration fee cannot be reimbursed.

  • Final Acceptance/ rejection of your full/ extended paper (if submitted) can only be given after the peer review process.

  • Inclusion in the conference program, acceptance letters issuance and consideration for publication must be preceded by registration and payment completion.

  • Online Payment (only) should only be completed once a proforma invoice is issued with respective instructions for successful payment.

  • Contact our Financial Department for inquiries/ requests.

Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submission Deadline "Extension of Final Round" 30 June 2024
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) *payment required 30 June 2024
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance & Approval to present 30 June 2024
Start Payment Date 17 April 2024
End Payment Date 17 June 2024
Extended Abstract / Short Paper Submission Deadline 21 Oct 2024
Notification of acceptance/ rejection of submitted extended abstract/ short paper 21 Dec 2024
Provisional Conference programme 01 Aug 2024
Final Conference Program 25 Aug 2024
Conference Launch 17 Sep 2024
Flyer & Poster

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Publishing Opportunities

All accepted submissions to the conference, after a rigorous double-blinded peer-review process by the respective and a highly-extinguished Editorial Board, will be published in one of the following:

  • Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI), an IEREK Interdisciplinary book series published by Springer Nature. (Scopus indexed)  

About ASTI

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) is a series of peer-reviewed books based on important emerging research that redefines the current disciplinary boundaries in science, technology and innovation (STI) in order to develop integrated concepts for sustainable development. It not only discusses the progress made towards securing more resources, allocating smarter solutions, and rebalancing the relationship between nature and people, but also provides in-depth insights from comprehensive research that addresses the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as set out by the UN for 2030.

The series draws on the best research papers from various IEREK and other international conferences to promote the creation and development of viable solutions for a sustainable future and a positive societal transformation with the help of integrated and innovative science-based approaches. Including interdisciplinary contributions, it presents innovative approaches and highlights how they can best support both economic and sustainable development, through better use of data, more effective institutions, and global, local and individual action, for the welfare of all societies. The series particularly features conceptual and empirical contributions from various interrelated fields of science, technology and innovation, with an emphasis on digital transformation, that focus on providing practical solutions to ensure food, water and energy security to achieve the SDGs. It also presents new case studies offering concrete examples of how to resolve sustainable urbanization and environmental issues in different regions of the world. Read More.

The ASTI series is fully indexed in Scopus and any chapter/ paper published as part of this series will be seen on the Scopus database. Some titles have been successfully indexed or submitted for indexation in Web of Science (ISI).

  • IEREK Press Journals, a multidisciplinary publisher that aims to cultivate and disseminate research.

Environmental Science & Sustainable Development (ESSD)

ESSD is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that aims to systematically develop the research-driven curiosity and evidence-based discourse of aspiring scholars that seek to contribute to the academic community. As the world is currently living in an age of information where sources are widely available on the Internet, we at ESSD seek to efficiently utilize the available information to help create robust and evidence-based knowledge. In the process, we offer researchers, in general, and young and aspiring ones in particular a quicker way to get their work published and gain exposure through online open access. We pride ourselves on getting submitted work to be published quickly, through the use of our worldwide pool of subject specialist peer reviewers. Find out more about ESSD International Journal here.


The Academic Research Community Publication (ARChive)

ARChive is an open-access journal that publishes conference proceedings on a wide range of topics relating to social sciences. Consequently, it accepts original research papers on a wide spectrum of subjects. ARChive is a journal published on behalf of researchers that perpetually make an effort to contribute to their fields and provide them with high visibility of research submitted. The series publishes, both, theoretical and experimental high-quality papers of current and perpetual interest. It serves to cultivate, propagate, and essentially archive academic research that has been authored and submitted for academic conferences.

Find out more about ARChive International Journal here.


Proceedings of Science and Technology (Resourceedings)

Resourceedings is an open access journal that publishes conference proceedings. Conference proceedings compromise of different disciplines, ranging from Engineering including built environments, architecture, and sustainability. Disciplines also include Technology and Energy. Resourceedings is a journal that publishes research articles that shed light on different crucial issues in order to provide them with solutions and suggestions. The journal publishes articles submitted by researchers of interest in different fields.

Find out more about Resourceedings International Journal here.


BAHETH International Journal - Arabian Researchers Database (Arabic Papers only)

“BAHETH” in Architecture, Engineering, and Technology, is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original academic research in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Technology. The journal welcomes research in the Arabic Language with an English Abstract. Papers submitted to this journal in Arabic must be presented in the English Language in the conference.

Find out more about BAHETH International Journal here.

Book Editors

Prof. Donatella Rita Fiorino

Associate Professor in Restoration, Department of Civil-Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy.

Donatella is an Associate Professor of Restoration at the Department of Civil-Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Cagliari. She is an Engineer, Ph.D. in Conservation of Architectural Heritage, and Specialist in the Restoration of Monuments at the Milan Polytechnic, ICOMOS and ICOFORT Expert Member, member of the Italian Society for Architectural Conservation/ Restoration (SIRA), member of the Organizing Committee of the School of Specialization in Architectural Heritage and Landscape and member of the Academic Board of the PhD in Civil Engineering and Architecture (University of Cagliari) and of the PhD of National Interest in Defense against natural hazards and ecological transition of the built Heritage (University of Catania).
Donatella’s research focuses on the recognition and analysis of cultural heritage, even in terms of National Risk Charter and UNESCO Management Plans; archaeology, archaeometry, archaeology of built heritage and urban stratigraphy; framework and quality of restoration project for cultural heritage. Since 2018 she has been the scientific manager of the Collaboration Agreement signed on 18 September 2018 between the University of Cagliari and the Ministry of Defence - General Secretariat of Defence on research and training activities in the field of engineering and architecture, full member of the Scientific Technical Committee and coordinator of the project technical boards. Currently, she works on mensiocronological study of monumental architecture in Sardinia, and in particular, of wide urban conventual complexes, rural churches, fortified systems and city walls, and modern military architectures, including the development of information systems for management and interpolation of data. In parallel, she conducts research on the history of protection in Italy and the sustainable use and reuse of defense and military Heritage.


Prof. Elisa Pilia

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil-Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy.

Elisa is Assistant Professor type A in the field of Restoration at the Department of Civil-Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Cagliari. She is a Conservator of Architectural and Environmental Heritage, a PhD in Civil Engineering and Architecture (in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh – Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies), and Specialist in Architectural and Landscape Heritage (University of Naples Federico II). She is currently a member of SIRA - Italian Society for Architectural Conservation/ Restoration, of ReUSO ETS Association and of AIPAI - Association for Industrial Archaeological Heritage.
Elisa’s research concerns the protection, conservation, enhancement and sustainable re-use projects of the historical-architectural heritage with a particular interest in heritage in the state of ruination, in rural and urban contexts both nationally and internationally; disused (and not) defense and military complexes and structures with perspectives of restoration and dual-use; conventual religious architecture and industrial archaeology studied from a typological, historical-cultural and architectural points of view; abandoned villages in Sardinia for the proposal of future scenarios through a multidisciplinary approach; HBIM, technological tools and development of innovative approaches to support the scientific research and the restoration project. The interdisciplinary methodology of investigation of the historic built environment, on the architectural, urban and territorial scales, concerns the application of indirect and direct methods of analysis (including non-destructive diagnostic techniques and tools) supported by archaeometric, mineropetrographic and mensiochronological studies referring to traditional masonry construction techniques, studies of the archaeology of elevations and urban stratigraphy for the definition of relative and absolute chronologies, with particular attention to minor historic centers.


Dr. Tarek Teba

Associate Professor in Architectural Heritage, Portsmouth School of Architecture, University of Portsmouth, UK.

Dr. Tarek Teba is an Associate Professor in Architectural Heritage in School of Architecture, University of Portsmouth and the Chair for ICOMOS UK Digital Technology National Committee. Tarek is the Course leader of MA Architecture: Building and Heritage Conservation and the co-chair of the University of Portsmouth Heritage Research Hub. Tarek’s research concerns the conservation of tangible and intangible heritage through creating the balance between contemporary values via community engagement and historic, aesthetic and cultural values. Tarek explores methodological approaches to preserve the cultural and contemporary social values embedded in heritage assets and cities. He uses community engagement and cultural mapping as an informing tool and a virtual modelling and digital heritage approaches as a vehicle to deliver adaptation and development strategies.

Benefits Of Attending

Attending a conference dramatically enhances both your professional and personal development. They help you sharpen the saw, meet and converse with industry experts, expand your resources and grow your professional network. IEREK Conference will help you:

1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists, from different universities and countries, to exchange and share their experiences and research results.

2. Internationally Accredited Certificate: The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates acknowledged by IEREK, the University, and Partnering Organizations.

3. Publication: Selected high-quality manuscripts will be published, after peer review, in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) book series by Springer or by IEREK Press Journals, both of which are indexed in world-renowned databases.

4. Research Technologies: Conferences can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.

5. Networking: You can engage with industry experts to discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on and increase your chances of collaboration in future projects.

6. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles and an active member of the academic community.

7. Conference Abstracts Material: Delegates will receive the conference Abstracts book in both hardcover and digital format on a CD. Shipping fees may apply.

Authors' Instructions

IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process, based on the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism.

Authors must refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in submitting their abstracts/ papers:

Step 1: Abstract Submission Process

  • The author should prepare and submit an Abstract of at least 150 – 300 words through the website.
  • The abstract should be concise and clearly state the proposed research study's purpose, results, and conclusions.
  • The author should select the most relevant topic for the paper from the corresponding conference topics.
  • The author can use/download an Abstract Writing Template prior to submission
  • To submit your abstract, you first need to (1) click on the “Register” button on the conference page, (2) click on “Submit Now” and:
    • Select the Topic in which you are making the submission
    • Insert the title of your study in the "Paper Title" section
    • Insert the full abstract in the "Abstract" section/upload a file in the .pdf, .doc, .docm, or .docx format
    • Add in writing 3 – 5 keywords that define the field, subfield, topic, and research area covered by the article to help other researchers understand and find your work.
    • Provide the names, affiliations, and E-mails of all authors/ co-authors involved
    • Confirm your submission by ticking having read the instructions and “submit Abstract”

Step 2.1: Abstract Acceptance

  • After acceptance of your abstract of at least (150 – 300 words), you will receive a proforma invoice and specific instructions to complete the payment online or by bank transfer (See Conference Fees) to confirm your participation,
  • Once your abstract has been accepted, please refer to the important dates tab and carefully review the announced dates to avoid late payment, as late payment comes at an extra charge (early bird/regular/late).
  • After successfully completing payment, you will be issued upon request with the following:
    • A signed/ stamped abstract acceptance letter
    • Please note that acceptance of participation, abstract submission, and extended abstract/short paper submissions all have different deadlines. To stay up to date and avoid paying extra fees, or delaying your paper, please carefully review the important dates tab.
    • Receipt of Payment/ Payment Invoice
    • Visa Invitation Letter, if needed
  • After abstract acceptance, you may be given the option to extend the abstract to publish your work in the conference proceedings in ASTI published by Springer Nature (indexed in Scopus/SCImago) (optional not obligatory).

    This is not a prerequisite for presenting your work at the conference. Meaning, you can present your submitted abstract without intending to publish your work.

Step 2.2: Abstract Extension / Short Paper (Optional)

  • Your short paper / extended abstract should be 4 – 6 pages long and submitted before the paper submission deadline, in English, and fit within one of the conference topics.
  • The Extended abstract i.e., the short paper should follow the research paper structure as follows: Abstract (+keywords), Introduction, problem statement, and study aim, Review of the Literature, Methodology, results and conclusion/ discussion, References list using the Paper Writing Template.
  • The submission (short paper i.e. extended abstract) should be made following the same procedure followed for the abstract or sent to the conference email.
  • Here: Authors may need more pages than the allotted maximum of 6 to insert figures, tables, appendixes, etc. In this case, they can submit regular papers (max. 12 pages) with the same fixed fee. For a detailed outline of the fees, please refer to the payment table in the conference fees tab.
  • The conference does welcome Arabic submissions (with abstracts written in the english language), which will only be considered for publication in BAHETH by IEREK Press.

يمكنك تقديم بحثك باللغة العربية (مع كتابة الملخص باللغة الأنجليزية)، وسيتم نشرها بعد المراجعة في مجلة باحث (مجلة علمية محكمة تنشر أبحاثا أكاديمية في مجالات الهندسة والتكنولوجيا)

Step 3: Rigorous Peer Review Process (double-blind)

This process can only be initiated after payment completion and confirmation:

  • If submitted, the extension (short paper) will be preliminarily checked (iThenticate plagiarism/ similarity screening Software, readability, and scope) and it will be peer-reviewed. If similarity issues are detected, the following will apply:
    • % from all sources: 10-15%
    • % from one source: 3-5%
    • Higher than 30% (all sources): Reject completely
    • Lower than 30% (all sources): Ask for revision to decrease the similarities
  • IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/ taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process, on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism.
  • Each paper/ chapter is evaluated by a minimum of two reviewers, after which a final decision by the responsible Editor is made. There is no maximum to the number of times a paper can be reviewed, depending on the quality of the submission.
  • If your short paper is accepted by the Editors for publishing with comments/ requested modifications, our Editors (publishing department) will contact you once a decision is made and you will be asked to revise and correct it. After resubmission, it will be re-checked. Note: There may be more than one round of peer review and the decision rests with the editors of the title. Missed deadlines may result in complete exclusion/ rejection from the final publication.
  • If your short paper is accepted for publishing without edits/ comments, the corresponding author will be contacted to provide the final version of their chapters/ papers following Springer Guidelines and sign the Springer consent-to-publish (CTP) form to authorize publication in the conference proceedings.
  • A back-and-forth process: modifications will be sent back to the responsible Editor/ Series Editor and another round of evaluation conducted where needed. Participants/ Authors should regularly check their emails (Junk/ Spam folders).
  • If you are not interested in publishing an extended abstract in the proceedings in ASTI by Springer Nature, please inform the conference support ([email protected]).

Step 4: Extended paper 

  • After the conference, the authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their research, 8 – 12+ pages in length, (optional) of their short papers for publishing in an edited volume to be published by Springer Nature.
  • Publishing your short paper (i.e., extended abstract) in the conference proceedings does not prevent the submission of the full version for publishing consideration after the conference if the similarity percentages (SR%) in Step 3 are taken into account.
Participants’ Instructions


To help the organizers plan for inter-disciplinary dialogue, participants are requested to choose from the conference themes/ Topics upon registration.

They must also refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in registering and submitting their abstracts/ papers:

Types of Participation

  1. Attend/ Present Virtually and Publish in Conference proceedings

Organized from the comfort of your own home, the conference offers a virtual attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their abstract/research, online, and have their work considered for publication in the proceedings.

Virtual presenters are required to submit an abstract and extend this abstract following the “author instructions” below and before the deadline (see Important Dates). At least one author must pay the registration fee (see Conference Fees).

For any reason, authors may wish to submit pre-recorded video presentations no later than 15 days prior to the conference. Alternatively, they may wish to record a voice-over PowerPoint presentation for submission to the conference organizers.

  1. Attend/ Present in-person and Publish in indexed Conference proceedings 

Organized at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, offering a Physical attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their abstract/research, on campus, and have their work considered for publication in the ASTI Series by Springer as part of the conference proceedings.

See Author Instructions and Conference Fees for more information.

  1. Registration to publish in the proceedings without presenting/ attending

If your extended abstract (short paper) is accepted, it may be published in the conference proceedings book in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation Book Series by Springer (indexed in Scopus) even if you are not attending the conference. In this case, the accepted work will not be included in the final conference program and the fee will cover the cost of editorial handling and peer-review evaluation of your paper (See Author Instructions and Publishing Opportunities)

  1. Non-presenting participant

Non-presenting participants may also wish to attend the conference as Audience Members or Co-authors contributing to an already submitted abstract/ paper.

Your Trip To Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari is the Sardinian jewel of a city that enchants with its majestic architecture, winding alleyways, and privileged location directly overlooking the sea where History, art, and culture go hand in hand with beautiful beaches, lagoon areas, and green parks.

Cagliari, located in the south, is the capital of Sardinia, and in the local Sardinian language, it reads as Casteddu, which translates into “castle”. Cagliari on the island’s south coast offers the perfect mix of recreation and exploration options. The five-mile-long Poetto Beach is among the best city beaches on the Mediterranean, and together with the adjacent Marina Piccola, satisfies all manner of sun and sea pursuits. Seekers of culture will love Cagliari’s old district, Castello, where 13th-century towers still guard the medieval city walls.

Cagliari is one of the biggest ports in the Mediterranean, a busy haven for cruise ships during the summer and an international airport that connects Cagliari with other Italian and European cities makes it an ideal destination any time of the year.

Saint Remy Bastion

The Saint Remy Bastion is one of the most popular place in Cagliari. Built to connect the lower and upper part of the city at the beginning of the 20th century, it quickly became the symbol of the old town.

To get the most spectacular view of Cagliari, head to the Umberto I terrace. Take a break on one of the benches and enjoy the view!


The monument built in the 13th century was gradually deteriorated back in time. However, the facade redone in the 1930s kept the original Pisan style.

Inside, the Baroque style dominates with many frescos and sculptures. In the crypt, you will see the relics of the 179 martyrs found during excavations near the San Saturnino Basilica as well as some tombs belonging to the House of Savoy. You can also visit the Cathedral Museum (“Museo del Duomo” in Italian) located nearby.


A gate in the old Torre dell'Aquila above Bastione San Remy leads into the narrow main street of the old town, Il Castello, a warren of arched passageways, steep lanes, and flights of steps. Straight ahead in the terraced Piazza del Palazzo is the cathedral of Santa Maria, built by the Pisans in 1312. On the higher terrace are the Palazzo Arcivescovile (archbishop's palace) and the long façade of the Palazzo Reggio, where the Savoy royal family lived after Napoleon captured Turin.

The National Archaeological Museum and the Citadel of Museums

The National Archaeological Museum is part of the Citadella dei Musei, as the main archaeological museum in Sardinia. It houses a huge collection of objects from the Neolithic to the Roman period, including of course the Nuragic civilization who’s famous nuraghes are emblematic of the island.

There, you can also see the famous 2 meters high Giants of Mont’e Prama statues: they represent archers and warriors. Around 400 hunters, warriors and goddesses’ bronzes are also exposed.

The museum is really a great place to learn more about the history of Sardinia over centuries.


On a narrow peninsula about 32 kilometers south of Cagliari, near the beach resort of Pula, are the extensive remains of the Phoenician settlement of Nora, later taken over by Carthaginians and later still, by the Romans.

In the forum, baths, temples, streets, walls, villa foundations, and well-preserved mosaic pavements, you'll find evidence of all these cultures, an open-air museum of Sardinian antiquities in their original setting. The Roman amphitheater is so well preserved that it is still used for concerts. You will be able to see a Roman theatre, Roman baths and beautiful mosaics. It’s also a great place to take a walk by the sea.


The wide Via Roma runs along the busy harbor, where cruise ships dock in the heart of the city. Bookmarking the corner opposite the rail station is the ornate City Hall, and beside it, tree-shaded Largo Carlo Felice rises at a gentle incline to Piazza Yenne.

Above, rise the bastions of the Castello quarter, and to the right, along the base of Castello, Via G Manno, a shopping and commercial street popularly known as the Costa, leads to the Piazza della Costituzione. From this piazza, the beautiful Viale Regina Elena descends sedately to the Maritime Station, completing the boundaries of the Marina quarter.

Mercato di San Benedetto (San Benedetto Market)

If you visit Cagliari, you should take advantage of it to discover Sardinian gastronomy. What’s better than a market tour to discover the local flavors?

The best one in town is for sure the San Benedetto Market, located on Via Coccu Ortu.

It’s simply the largest food market in Cagliari. You will find all kinds of local products including cheeses and cold cuts. As always in Sardinia, local people are very kind and friendly. They will let you taste the specialties and will make you a nice package if you want to bring things back home!

The market is also renowned for its large number of fish and seafood stalls: it takes an entire floor. If you like it and can cook during your stay in town, you will find there the freshest and most affordable.

Santuario di Bonaria

Crowning a hilltop southeast of the city, and a prominent landmark seen from Bastione San Remy, is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria. The church houses a venerated statue believed to have stopped a storm in time to save the crew of a Spanish vessel shipwrecked in the Gulf of Sardinia, off Cagliari, in the winter of 1307.

The small Spanish Gothic church dates to the 14th century, and the larger Neoclassical basilica was built in the 18th century. The Sanctuary Museum holds votives and archaeological finds.

Day Trip to Costa Rei Beaches

Within 50 kilometers of the city center, you can be sunning on a beautiful crescent beach on the southern coast of Capo Carbonara. Only a little farther, beyond the small resort town of Villasimius, you can choose from several long white-sand beaches of the Costa Rei (King's Coast).

Near Villasimius, beaches at Porto Giunco and Punta Molentis are lapped by sea in shifting shades of green and light blue, reminiscent of Caribbean waters. Other small beaches lie in coves between the headlands of Cabo Carbonara.

Travel Information

Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and is located on the south coast of the island. Uniquely combining the ancient with the modern, the sunny city is famous for its rich history and impressive monuments.

There are only two ways to get to Sardinia: by ferry or by plane. You can reach Sardinia from many Italian cities as well as other European cities countries such as London, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, and more.

1- By Plane

Cagliari Airport (CAG)

Just four miles from the center, Cagliari Elmas Airport is the biggest airport on the island, having recently expanded. With the additional recent modifications, it's also very modern with many facilities and services available to passengers using this airport. The airport is located close to the city center thus making a trip to the city easy. It takes 10-15 minutes to get from Cagliari airport to the city center.

-The best way to travel from Rome to Cagliari is by taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

- You can book a flight to Sardinia from both Rome airports, Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino (FCO) and Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport in Ciampino (CIA).

By plane, it will take you between an hour and an hour and a half to reach Sardinia from Rome. Five flights daily from Fiumicino are served by the Italian flag carrier Ita Airways. From Ciampino airport to Cagliari, there are only flights operated by Ryanair low-cost airline, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

How To Get From Cagliari Airport To The City Center

  1. By Train:

The easiest way to get from Cagliari Airport to the city center is by train. There is approximately one every 20 minutes, starting at 5:00 am until 9:00 pm. The station is only 300 meters away from the airport – literally a 5-minute walk.

  1. By Bus:

There aren’t many public bus options from the Aeroporto Cagliari Elmas to Cagliari city center. The bus serves as a supplementary service at those times when the trains aren’t running.

  1. By Taxi:

Taxis are indeed the best way to move from and to the airport. Although the taxi service is quite pricier compared to public transportation, it is also way more comfortable. 

2- By ferry

From mainland Italy and Sicily. Throughout the year, there are regular ferry connections to the Sardinian capital from the ports of Civitavecchia, Naples, and Palermo.

If you're planning a trip to Sardinia from Rome, taking a ferry is a great option. Several ferry companies operate on this route, offering both daytime and overnight crossings. The journey time can vary depending on the company and the type of ferry you choose, but it usually takes around 6-8 hours. Companies, routes, and schedules vary often depending on the month and the season.

Previous Publications

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Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) held on a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan in November 2015. 


Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Special Issue: Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH)
Publication Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/procedia-social-and-behavioral-sciences/vol/225


Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) -2nd Edition held on a Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor in February 2018.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Conservation of Architectural Heritage
(Selected Papers) Publication link: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030108700


Proceedings of Science and Technology (Rescourceedings)

Vol 1, issue #2 (2018): Proceedings of the second International Conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH)
Publication link: https://press.ierek.com/index.php/Resourceedings/issue/view/18/showToc


Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) -3rd Edition held at the Nubian Museum, Aswan in February 2019.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Cities' Identity Through Architecture and Arts
(Selected Papers) Publication link: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030148683


Proceedings of Science and Technology (Rescourceedings)

Vol 2, issue #2 (2019): Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) - Regeneration & Management
Publication link: https://press.ierek.com/index.php/Resourceedings/issue/view/43/showToc


Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) -4th Edition held on a Nile cruise sailing from Aswan to Luxor in February 2020.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Conservation of Architectural Heritage - 4th Edition
(Selected Papers) Publication link: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030744816


Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) - 5th Edition held as an Online Conference in February 2021.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Conservation of Architectural Heritage - 5th Edition
Publication Link: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-95564-9 


Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) - 6th Edition held as a Hybrid Conference in collaboration with Palermo University, Sicily, Italy in May 2022.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Conservation of Architectural Heritage - 6th Edition
Publication Link: https://link.springer.com/book/9783031332210 
Previous Editions

Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) 1st  Edition

The International Conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage was held aboard the Grand Palm Nile Cruise, for 5 days, which had sightseeing trips for the historical, cultural, and architectural sites. As well as holding of the “Folk Art Gallery” by Amr Bayoumi & Ola Bayoumi.  The conference was chaired by Professor Douglas C. Comer (the Co- president of ICAHM for ICOMOS.) and organized by IEREK.

The opening session was held onboard the Nile cruise right after the arrival of the delegates and the visit of Luxor temple, which was opened by a welcoming word from the CEO of IEREK. It was then followed by Prof. Douglas C. Comer (the Co- president of ICAHM for ICOMOS.), Prof. Ahmed Rashed (former head of Architecture Department at the British University in Egypt, and the founding director of (CSFS)), Prof. Antonella Versace (Professor at University Kore of Enna, Italy), and finally Mr. Mohamed Badr (Governor of Luxor).

After an introduction about the conference and its delegates was made, the conference officially started with the sessions.

The plenary session titled “Development and Promotion of the Architectural Heritage through Tourism Forms” was run by the following professors:

– Prof. Douglas Comer (Principal, Cultural Site Research and Management, Inc. “CSRM” & Conference Chairman)

-Prof. Antonella Versaci (Kore University of Enna, Italy & Scientific Coordinator of the Conference)

-Prof. Ahmed Rashed (British University in Egypt “BUE”)

-Dr. Monica Hanna (American University in Cairo “AUC”, Egypt)

-Dr. Mohammed Assem Hanafy (University of Alexandria, Egypt)

-Hamdy Elsetouhy (Researcher and Specialist in Conservation)

The first day included a guided tour to Luxor temple. Later there was an optional trip to the light and sound show at Karnak Temple.

On the second day, the delegates moved to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut’s Temple, as well as an Alabaster factory and bought some alabaster-made souvenirs. Later, there was an optional trip to the Valley of the Kings.

The third day included a visit to Edfu temple in Edfu city, followed later by a visit to Kom Ombo temple when the Nile Cruise reached the city of Kom Ombo. The fourth and last day was spent in Aswan where visits were made to the High Dam, a modern-age site, followed by a visit using motor boats to Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. Following that, the attendees were given the option to visit the botanical island and a Nubian village.

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Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) – 2nd Edition

The 2nd International conference on the Conservation of Architectural Heritage in Egypt has been successfully held in Aswan: one of the most significant historical cities existing today. 
This conference witnessed the attendance of planners, environmentalists, archeologists, architects, engineers, tourists, policy makers and stakeholders who are interested in the conservation of architectural heritage. Having been filled with participants from diversified fields, approximately 80 full paper submissions were received and 50 of them were presented over several sessions.

Authors attending came from different backgrounds and cultures to discuss research on the conservation of archaeological, architectural and urban landscapes, and multi-disciplinary research on complex Cultural Heritage sites. Held on a Nile Cruise that Sailed from Aswan to Luxor, the conference was attended by authors from Australia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Egypt and more. With Professor Douglas C. Comer, an archaeologist and the co-president of the United States Committee for ICOMOS (US/ICOMOS), as the Chairperson of the conference, promising conclusions have been reached and recommendations made.

The first day included a guided tour to Luxor temple. Later there was an optional trip to the light and sound show at Karnak Temple.

On the second day, the delegates moved to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut’s Temple, as well as an Alabaster factory and bought some alabaster-made souvenirs. Later, there was an optional trip to the Valley of the Kings.

The third day included a visit to Edfu temple in Edfu city, followed later by a visit to Kom Ombo temple when the Nile Cruise reached the city of Kom Ombo. The fourth and last day was spent in Aswan where visits were made to the High Dam, a modern-age site, followed by a visit using motor boats to Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. Following that, the attendees were given the option to visit the botanical island and a Nubian village.

Check this conference’s overview here:


Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) – Regeneration & Management - 3rd Edition

The 3rd International Conference on “Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH)” was held from on 19th to 22nd of February 2019 in association with Faculty of Engineering at Shoubra - Benha Unversity. The conference included many discussions, covered extremely important topics, and presented new scientific values in the scope of conserving the architectural heritage. For the third time, it was a very successful conference that cannot be forgotten.

The international conference was held in Aswan, Egypt, specifically at The Nubian Museum, which is considered to be a gateway to the history of Nubia and one of the most attractive touristic sites in Aswan.

This year, the conference was held under the patronage of Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar (Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research), Prof. Hussein El-Maghraby (President of Benha University), and The Supreme Council of Antiquities. It was also chaired by Prof. Ragab Megahed (Dean of Faculty of Engineering at Shoubra - Benha Unversity).

First Day: Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches

The opening ceremony started with greetings and short-introductions by:
Prof. Tarek Tawfik, General Director of the Grand Egyptian Museum
Prof. Ferdinando Trapani, Associate professor in Urban Planning, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Prof. Francesco Alberti, Associate professor of Urban planning and design at University of Florence, DIDA - Department of Architecture
Prof. Hussein El-Maghraby, President of Benha University
Dr. Abdel Moneim Saeed, General Director of Aswan and Nubian Antiquities
Dr. Ossama A.W Abd El Maguid, The Head Director of Nubia Museum

The opening ceremony witnessed highly-important speeches especially by the 2 Italian professors Ferdinando Trapani & Francesco Alberti who stressed on the necessity of collaboration and knowledge exchange between Egypt & Italy in the scope of conservation and preservation. The professors also presented the model of "conservation of heritage in Palermo" at the conference, which is considered a living example of exchanging knowledge between 2 great civilizations.

After the lunch break, authors (researchers) started to present a demo of their research paper in oral presentations while session chairman and moderators listen, discuss, and evaluate.

Second Day: The Parallel Sessions Continued & Start of the Workshop

Starting from the 2nd day, remaining authors (researchers) continued presenting their research papers while other participants (students) joined the accompanying workshop titled “Site Management of The Archaeological Sites”.
This workshop examined the interchangeable relationship between the archaeological sites and the historic monuments, and how they affect each other.

At the Nubian Museum, the workshop students obtained great lectures by well-known professors from the University of Benha, such as Prof. Khaled Abd El HadyProf. Mostafa AtallaProf. Amr HanafyDr. Mona yehia, and Prof. Sadek Saad.

Third Day: Workshop Continued & Site Visit

The day started early with a tour visit to The Unfinished Obelisk (The largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan), where a lecture was given by Prof. Khaled Abd El Hady, in addition to group work with participants.

Another tour visit to Temple of ISIS was also organized. Moreover, after lunch, the last visit was made to The Temple of Kom Ombo where all workshop participants enjoyed the scenes and gained a lot of knowledge about heritage in Egypt.

Fourth Day: Pin Up Presentation

At The Nubian Museum, many discussions and group work feedback have taken place regarding what they have seen and learned through this conference and accompanying workshop.

Finally, group photos of all conference participants were taken.

Check this conference’s overview here:



Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) - 4th Edition

The 4th International Conference on the Conservation of Architectural Heritage in Egypt has been successfully held in Aswan: one of the most significant historical cities existing today. 
This conference witnessed the attendance of planners, environmentalists, archeologists, architects, engineers, tourists, policymakers, and stakeholders who are interested in the conservation of architectural heritage. Having been filled with participants from diversified fields, approximately 60 full paper submissions were received and 30 of them were presented over several sessions.

Authors attending came from different backgrounds and cultures to discuss research on the conservation of archaeological, architectural and urban landscapes, and multi-disciplinary research on complex Cultural Heritage sites. Held on a Nile Cruise that Sailed from Aswan to Luxor. The conference was attended and moderated by the Stella kostopoulou from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece.

It was also moderated by:

Fabio Pollice from the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.

Ferdinando Trapani from the University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.

Luca Lanini from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.

The first day was spent in Aswan where visits were made to the High Dam, a modern-age site, followed by a visit using motorboats to Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. Following that, the conference opening ceremony.

The second day included a visit to Kom Ombo temple when the Nile Cruise reached the city of Kom Ombo followed later by a visit to Edfu temple in Edfu city,  

The third day included a guided tour to the Luxor temple and Karnak Temple.

On the last day, the delegates moved to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut’s Temple, as well as an Alabaster factory and bought some alabaster-made souvenirs. Later, a trip to the Valley of the Kings.

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Scientific Committee

Prof. Mario Santana-Quintero

Professor, Architectural Conservation and Sustainability, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University. Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) Faculty, Canada.

Professor Santana Quintero has contributed to conserving precious world heritage sites worldwide thanks to his innovative digital documentation methods. He is cross-appointed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, both in the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University. Also, Carleton Immersive Media Studio Lab (CIMS) faculty member. Besides his academic work in Canada, he served as the immediate past Secretary-General of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), treasurer of ICOMOS Canada, and he is one the Honorary President of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation (CIPA).

Prof. Emanuele Morezzi

Associate Professor of Architectural Preservation, Department of Architecture and Design, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy.

Emanuele Morezzi is an Associate Professor of Architectural Preservation and Restoration and a member of the board of the PhD in Architectural Heritage and Landscape of the Polytechnic University of Turin. Since 2010, he has been a professor in Bachelor and M.Sc. programs in courses about the theory and history of restoration and design studios. His main areas of research concern buildings in the state of ruins. In this field, he has directed his interests towards archaeological heritage with several projects in collaboration with museums and archaeological parks and towards dissonant heritage with ongoing projects of national and international character. He is a founding member of the international research center FoRS - Focus on Ruskin Studies.

Dr. Spela Hudnik

Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture, Slovenia. 

Dr. Spela Hudnik is an Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture, bringing more than 20 years of expertise in architecture, research, and education. She co-founded MONOCHROME ARCHITECTS in 1986 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ljubljana. Her work primarily focuses on global spatial transformations, encompassing social and cultural contexts, heritage, border regions, postindustrial spaces, and military architecture. She collaborates with international institutions and is actively involved in EU research projects, including Marie-Curie, Creative Europe, and HEI- TRANSFROM. Dr. Hudnik, known for her innovative and multidisciplinary approach, organized the Architecture Biennale Ljubljana. Her studio's projects stretch across Europe with a focus on sustainable architecture, highlighted by her longstanding role on the scientific committee of the GA Global Award of Sustainable Architecture in Paris. She engages in international workshops and holds visiting professorships in multiple European cities.

Prof. Oliver Kinnane

School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin, Ireland. 

Oliver Kinnane is Head of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin. Oliver has a keen interest in conserving our built heritage. His research bridges conservation and science. Currently he leads a team of researchers (Walker, Hofheinz, and Engel-Purcell) focused on the testing of traditional building fabrics and the detailed analysis of the hygrothermal properties of the materials they were constructed with (FabTrads project). A follow on project (TradFabs) goes beyond the characterization of walls by individual materials and tests and analyses optimum retrofit options for traditional and historic structures considering their complex hygrothermal performance.

Prof. Bianca Gioia Marino

Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. 

Bianca Gioia Marino, architect, a specialist in Monument Restoration and PhD in Conservation of Architectural Heritage, is Full Professor of Architectural Restoration at the Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture (DiST), University of Naples Federico II. She is an expert member and coordinator of ICOFORT and member of the Teaching Board of the Doctorate in Architecture at DiARC. You are a teacher at the School of Specialization in Architectural and Landscape Heritage of Naples. You are the author of over one hundred essays, you are the scientific director of a PRIN project; scientific director of the FREQUENZE2 conservation|restoration|architecture series, as well as member of scientific and editorial committees of class A magazines.

Prof. Andrés Martínez-Medina

 Professor at Graphic Expression, Composition and Project, University of Alicante, Spain.

Andrés Martínez Medina, Ph.D. in architecture from the UPV since 1995, is a professor at the University of Alicante in the field of intervention in architectural heritage. He is an expert in the history and heritage of 120th century architecture in the Spanish Mediterranean, with special attention to military heritage. He has published books, chapters, articles and communications at specialized international conferences. Of his production, the books stand out: 'Arquitectura del sol – sunland architecture' (2002), 'Drawings and architecture of Miguel López González, 1932-1968' (2008), 'Architectures for the defense of the Mediterranean coast, 1936-1939' (2016) and 'Cuaderno de Nueva Tabarca...' (2021).

Prof. Sara Di Resta

  Università Iuav di Venezia, Department of Architecture and Arts.

Sara Di Resta is an Associate Professor of Architectural Preservation at Università Iuav di Venezia. Architect, Ph.D. in ‘Conservation of Architectural Heritage’, her research activities are focused on the conservation of 20th-century heritage and on the architectural language in conservation design. She is responsible for Education and Internalization of SSIBAP - the Specialization School on Architectural and Environmental Heritage in Venice. In 2017 she won a Gold Medal at the VI Domus International Prize for Architectural Conservation. She is an executive board member of Docomomo Italia and former executive board member of SIRA - the Italian Society of Architectural Conservation.

Prof. Valentina Pintus

  University of Cagliari, Department of Civil, Environmental Engineering and Architecture, Italy

Valentina is an Assistant professor in Restoration (Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Cagliari). She is a Conservator of Architectural and Environmental Heritage and holds a Ph.D. (2017) in Technologies for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (University of Cagliari). Valentina is also the author of publications on the protection, conservation, and enhancement of the historical-architectural heritage, with particular attention to fortified heritage and historical production landscape; other interests include the reuse of former ancient prisons, both nationally and internationally, the urban conservation methodologies and gender studies applied to the heritage preservation field. She is a lecturer at the School of Specialisation in Architectural and Landscape Heritage (University of Cagliari), co-director of the book series “Continuità”, published by UNICApress, and consultant for heritage conservation.

Dr. Marie-Thérèse van Thoor

  Associate Professor in Heritage & Architecture, Department of Architectural Engineering & Technology, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

Marie-Thérèse van Thoor (PhD) is trained as an architectural historian and works as an associate professor at the section of Heritage & Architecture of TUDelft. Her publications, research, education, and Ph.D. supervision expose theory and practice both in architectural history and heritage studies. The focus of her work lies in Dutch pre-war architecture, in particular the work of G.T. Rietveld, post-war public buildings, UNESCO World Heritage and cultural values (assessment). She was co-editor and co-author of publications about the restoration and transformation of the Sanatorium Zonnestraal and the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and editor-in-chief of the academic journal Bulletin KNOB.

Dr. Kanika Bansal

  Professor & Dean Academics, Chitkara School of Planning & Architecture, Chitkara University, India.

Dr. Kanika Bansal is presently working as a Professor & Dean of Academics with the Chitkara School of Planning & Architecture (CSPA), Chitkara University, Punjab, India. She completed her Doctoral studies at GNDU, Amritsar in “Built Heritage Conservation in the Colonial Hill Towns of India”. With more than two decades of professional and academic experience, Dr. Bansal excels in academic leadership, teaching, research, consulting, training, and mentorship through her innovative initiatives for student and faculty development. She has been bestowed with several awards for her contribution in the field of academics and research such as the Academic Achiever Award, Women Researcher Award, and Emerging Leader Award, to name a few. She has to her credit three design patents granted, many research publications in reputed national & international Journals and conferences, and has been invited as a resource person in various national and international forums.

Prof. Caterina Giannattasio

  Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture - DICAAR | University of Cagliari, Italy

Architect, PhD in History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Full Professor of Restoration. Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Director of the School of Specialization in Architectural and Landscape Heritage, and Director of the “Cagliari Accessibility Lab” Interdepartmental Center. Visiting professors in Italian and European universities. The more recent researchs topics concern the relationship between Ancient and New, the reuse of abandoned buildings, specifically of Heterotopic spaces (prisons, asylums, hospitals), the contribution of women in the field of conservation, as well as conservation and restoration questions, at the urban and architectural scale.

Dr. Sultan Almutery

  Assistant Professor - collage of cultural heritage and museum, The Royal Institute of Traditional Art, Saudi Arabia.

Sultan Almutery, an architect and academic since 2007, specializes in architectural and urban conservation. Holding a PhD in Urban Studies from Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, he has contributed to heritage projects and academic curricula, emphasizing the integration of traditional and modern design. At first at King Saud University and currently in the Royal Institute of Traditional Arts.

Dr. Ahmed Alaidarous

  Dean of Cultural Heritage and Museums College, collage of Cultural Heritage and Museum, The Royal Institute of Traditional Art, Saudi Arabia.

An architectural academic with scientific and practical experience in the management and preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Experience in developing educational and training programs, especially those related to traditional arts and cultural heritage. Specializing in the fields of cultural heritage documentation and architectural conservation of cultural heritage sites.

Prof. Du Qian

  Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Design, China.

Dr. Qian Du is a lecturer at the Department of Architecture, School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She currently serves as the course director of the M.Arch. (International) program and the vice director of the International Research Centre for Architectural Heritage Conservation (IRCAHC) at SJTU. Dr. Du's research interests include the theory of architectural conservation, conservation technology, history of building technology, and conservation for traditional rural settlements, with a particular focus on the comparison of conserving and revitalizing architectural heritage in cross-cultural contexts. She actively participates in architectural heritage conservation practices in China and traditional village revitalization efforts.

Prof. Marina Docci

  Department of History, Design and Restoration of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Marina Docci is Associate Professor of Architectural Restoration at Sapienza University of Rome. She teaches in Architecture master's degree course and is member of the Doctoral Board in History, Representation and Restoration of Architecture. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors and vice-president of AIPAI- Italian Association for Industrial Archaeological Heritage (2022-2025), member of SIRA-Italian Society for the Restoration of Architecture. She carries out her research in the field of conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage, focusing on the analysis and evaluation of the transformation processes both of the city and its architecture, particularly on the knowledge and recovery of disused industrial heritage. She is the author of numerous publications and a member of the editorial board of the scientific journals «Patrimonio Industriale» and «Bollettino del Centro di Studi per la Storia dell’Architettura».

Prof. Renata Prescia

  Professor of Monument Restoration at the Department of Architecture, University of Palermo (UNIPA), Italy.

Renata Prescia is a Full Professor of Monument Restoration in the Architecture degree course, of which she is Coordinator, in the Department of Architecture, University of Palermo (UNIPA), where she is also a member of the teaching staff of the Doctorate in Architecture, Arts, and Planning. He is a member of the Ministerial Commission on Restoration Teaching. His research is mainly focused on the connections between history, design, and restoration characterizing interventions on pre-existing buildings and historic cities with particular reference to their accessibility and valorization. He coordinated the INTERREG Italy-Malta “I-Access” project on these topics (2018-21). She is the author of various contributions presented at international conferences and/or published in books and magazines.

Dr. Philip Crowe

  Assistant Professor in Climate Responsive Design at University College Dublin, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, and School of Civil Engineering, Ireland.

Dr Philip Crowe is University College Dublin (UCD) Assistant Professor for Climate Responsive Design in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy (APEP) and the School of Civil Engineering. He is co-Director of UCD Centre for Irish Towns; Programme Director of the MSc in Architecture, Urbanism and Climate Action; and Director of Research in UCD APEP. Philip is working on a range of EU and nationally funded research projects relating to town revitalization, vacancy and adaptive reuse, compact urban growth, urban resilience, heritage reactivation, and citizen participation in processes of change. He was Director of Sustainable Design at M.CO (Dublin) 2003-2012.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zeynep Aktüre

  Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH) Department of Architecture, Turkey.

Dr. Zeynep Aktüre is a restoration architect teaching architectural and urban design and history, conservation in archaeological sites, and management of heritage sites at Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH). Her current research and publications are on the UNESCO World Heritage Programme; conservation history, modern uses and digital visualizations of cultural heritage sites and monuments; politics of cultural heritage, and museum studies. She is a member of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO’s Tangible Heritage Committee (Vice President), ICOMOS ISC on Places of Religion and Ritual, ICOMOS Turkey National Committee, Mediterranean Studies Association, and Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), among others.

Prof. Nevin Gharibüre

  Professor of Architecture and Heritage Preservation. Acting Dean & Vice Dean for Education and Student Affairs at Alexandria University.

Nevin Gharib, a Professor of Architecture and Heritage Preservation, serves as the Acting Dean & Vice Dean for Education and Student Affairs at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University. She holds a BSc (1994) and an MSc (1999) from Alexandria University, followed by a PhD (2003) in a program of Data Collection at The University of Rome I La Sapienza, Italy (awarded by Alexandria University). Her research papers are published in international journals, including the “International Journal for Housing Science”. Since 2017, she has led the “City Transformation Lab” at Alexandria University. Nevin actively participated in international cooperation projects, such as Erasmus+KA2 IMPAQT, KassAlex with Kassel University (Germany), and the MIDDLE EASTERN HERITAGE COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH HUB with Portsmouth University (UK). She is the Principal Investigator for two other funded projects from the EU & DAAD. Additionally, Nevin contributes to the Scientific Committee for Examination of Scientific Production for the Positions of Professors and Assistant Professors in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Supreme Council of Universities under the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt. Her involvement extends to organizing national and international workshops across various cities from 2013 to 2024.

Prof. Pietro Matracchi

  Department of Architecture, University of Florence, Italy.

Pietro Matracchi, architect, associate professor of Architectural Restoration at the Department of Architecture of the University of Florence. His scientific achievements are characterised by studies on the analysis of the architectural artifacts. He developed an architectural diagnostics that aims to increase the knowledge both of the construction techniques and of the construction phases related to the building site operational aspects, focusing also the conservation problems of the materials and structures. In the field of architectural diagnostics of monumental buildings, he provides consultancy services for both public and private institutions.

Prof. Edoardo Currà

 Associate professor of architectural engineering at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.

Edoardo Currà is associate professor of architectural engineering at Sapienza University in Rome. He is president of AIPAI-TICCIH Italia, the Italian association for archaeological and industrial heritage. He coordinates studies and programmes related to the knowledge of modern architecture, the relationships between technology, construction and industrial culture.

Dr. Fernando Cobos

 Vice-President of the International Committee of ICOMOS-ICOFORT.

Dr Architect and Civil Engineer of Spain, author of dozens of Master Plans and heritage restoration works in Spain and abroad, including the castles of La Mota, Ponferrada and Cornatel in Castilla y León, the Renaissance walls of Ibiza, the Royal Hospital in Santiago de Compostela or the walls of Almazán, Soria and Talavera, for which he has received numerous national and international awards. He is the author of 12 books and more than a hundred published studies on the history of fortification and urban planning and on research methodology and heritage restoration. He is a Master and PhD lecturer at several Spanish universities, a consultant for UNESCO, and is currently Vice-President of the International Committee of ICOMOS-ICOFORT.

Prof. Andrea Ugolini

  Department of Architecture at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy.

Andrea Ugolini is an associate professor of architectural restoration. His research and teaching focus on the conservation and management of cultural heritage, with a particular emphasis on masonry ruins and archaeological sites. Since 2007, he has pursued a professional career in these areas. As an expert, Ugolini has taken part in excavation projects in Italy and abroad, and he has recently contributed to the preparation of the master plan and several conservation projects for the Etruscan site of Populonia. He is responsible for agreements with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage for the development of plans for preventive and planned conservation of archaeological sites.

Prof. Valeria Pracchi

  Department of Architecture, Construction Engineering and Built Environment at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Valeria Pracchi, Ph.D., Full Professor in Architectural Restoration, is currently deputy director of the Post Graduate Degree - School of Architectural and Landscape Heritage in Politecnico of Milan. She is a member of the scientific society SIRA (Italian Society for the Restoration of Architecture) since its foundation. She participated in several national and international research projects; she organized or participated as a speaker in more than 60 scientific conferences in Italy and abroad and authored over one hundred and twenty essays, and 4 monographs and edited 4 books. In the last years, her research mainly focus on the energy efficiency in historic buildings.

Dr. CHO Doo-Won

  President of ICOMOS-ICOFORT.

Dr. CHO Doo-Won is a World Heritage expert esp. in field of Fortifications and Military Heritage and has lectured on conservation principles, conservation and management focused on World Heritage at several universities in Korea since 2015. He successfully led a project on World Heritage Nomination of Namhansanseong (2010-2014) of ROK. He is currently serving as a Vice President of ICOMOS KOREA (2024-2026), a board member of ICOMOS International (2024-2026) and President of ICOMOS-ICOFORT (2023-2025) and took the position of General Secretary, Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator (2019-2022) and Vice-President (2015-2019) of ICOMOS-ICOFORT. He participated in the formulation of ‘ICOMOS Guidelines on Fortifications and Military Heritage (2021)’ prepared by ICOFORT and of ‘the Korean Conservation Principles on Cultural Heritage through value-based approaches’ as one of task force members designed by Korea Heritage Service & ICOMOS Korea (2021-2022).

Prof. Nino Sulfaro

  Associate Professor of Architectural Conservation SSD CEAR-11/B at the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, dArTe – Department of Architecture, Italy.

He is the author of several essays and studies relating to the theory and practice of architectural preservation. In particular, in recent years the research activities have been aimed, on the one hand, at investigating the role of the reuse of architecture in the conservation project, investigating its methodological and theoretical aspects, also in relation to the intersections of this theme with other disciplines; the encounter and contamination of the discipline of restoration with the social sciences, however, has also characterized and stimulated research on the so-called "difficult heritages", deepening how this concept is translated in the context of the intervention on the pre-existing architecture. The most recent research activities are addressed to the study of the depopulation processes of small towns in Italian southern inner areas and strategies for the conservation and enhancement of abandoned heritage, with particular reference to the Calabria region (Italy). He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the open access journal “ArcHistoR - Architecture History Restoration”, and of “Intrecci – International Journal of Architectural Conservation and Restoration”. He is also editor and member of the Scientific Secretary of the Journal “Storia urbana” (Franco Angeli Editore).

Prof. Paolo Vitti

  Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Notre Dame, Italy.

Paolo Vitti is a practicing architect and historian of architecture: He is an expert in ancient and modern architecture, restoration of cultural heritage sites, sustainable architecture, construction history, and museum design. Prof. Vitti is particularly interested in the use of traditional building techniques and their relationship with sustainable architecture. His professional experience includes the documentation, study, and conservation of several sites in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Cyprus, Palestine, and Morocco. He has worked in such monuments as the Colosseum, the Domus Tiberiana on the Palatine Hill, the archeological sites of Paestum and Sybaris, and Maqam en Nabi Musa in Jericho. His restoration of the Armenian Church and Monastery in Nicosia (Cyprus) has received the "European Heritage Award/Europa Nostra Award" in 2015. His book "Building Roman Greece. Innovation in Vaulted Construction in the Peloponnese" received Grand Prix "European Union Cultural Heritage Award / Europa Nostra" 2014 and "The Erma di Bretschneider Award in Archeology for the Research" 2014. He is a Board Member of Europa Nostra, the pan European Association for Cultural Heritage, and part of the expert group for several activities, including the action addressed to mitigate and adapt to climate change. From 2002 to 2015 tutor at the Course of Restoration of Monuments at the Sapienza University of Rome. From 2010 to 2016 adjunct professor at the University of Rochester “Italian Studies in Tuscany” program in Arezzo. Visiting Associate Professor of Ancient Architecture at the University of Rome Tre from 2014 to 2020. In 2015, instructor of Cultural Heritage Management for the Specialization in Archeology at the University of Padua. and in 2018 Visiting professor at the Specialization in Archeology of the University of Salerno. In 2017/22 he held several courses on Architectural Conservation in Morocco.

Ing. Gerco Meijer

  Heritage consultant and technician at Hylkema Erfgoed B.V. Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Ever since 1996 Gerrit Meijer has been involved to heritage. Private houses, Industrial complexes, churches, and forts. Previously through his own company bunkerQ and now through Hylkema Erfgoed in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He has been a designer, thinker and advisor. Art projects like ‘chestnut’ and ‘shelter for a shelter’, architectural projects on Fort ’t Hemeltje and Fort Vechten, economic survey ‘raming instandhouding Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie’, database design ‘Heritage Development Model’ and large scale landscape masterplans like ‘defense park Hoek van Holland’. He is a board member of ICOMOS Netherlands and European coordinator for ICOFORT, the ICOMOS ISC on military heritage.

Prof. Carla Bartolozzi

  Full Professor of Restoration at the Department of Architecture and Design, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy.

933 / 5,000 Coordinator of the College of Architecture; Scientific Manager of the Non-destructive Diagnostics Laboratory. Member of the Board of CHG (Construction History Group) Polito. Among the research carried out as Scientific Director, we highlight: Instead of Restoration: culture and practice of maintenance as a preventive or accompanying tool (2013-15); Technologies applied to the valorization and conservation of cultural heritage: Italy-Algeria bilateral project (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2016); Save the traditional Village: with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China, since 2016); European Erasmus+ project: ERAMCA (Environmental risk assessment and mitigation on Cultural Heritage assets in Central Asia), responsible for the Restoration area since 2020. You have designed and directed numerous restoration interventions in Italy.

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