Inaugural International Conference
Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage

The Palace Museum Beijing /University of Stirling/Historic Environment Scotland
1–3 September 2017

About the conference

Cultural heritage faces an array of challenges, many of which are replicated across the world. Whilst local circumstances vary, there are opportunities to share experiences and collaborate in finding solutions. As part of the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017, Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage celebrates the newly formed partnership between the University of Stirling, The Palace Museum in Beijing and Historic Environment Scotland. The conference seeks to explore and share approaches to specific challenges in relation to a range of shared issues and to highlight Scotland’s place, and in particular Stirling, as an international centre for research and innovation in heritage and conservation.

The City of Stirling

The conference will take place in the City of Stirling, a pivotal location on the nation’s history and a historic site. The main location will be at the stunning University of Stirling and access to other culturally significant sites such as Stirling Castle and the Engine Shed – Scotland’s new national conservation centre, will be facilitated by Historic Environment Scotland. The event will be based around a balance of formal papers, focused workshops and practical site visits.

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  • Mr Feng Naien, Deputy Director of The Palace Museum, China.
  • Professor May Cassar, Director, University College London, Institute for Sustainable Heritage.

Abstract submission

We invite proposals for panels, individual paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

  • Assessing Global Challenges.
  • Significance, Value and Meaning in Cultural Heritage.
  • Conservation of Historic Fabric.
  • Technology and Innovation in Heritage.
  • Conservation Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Visitor Management and Engagement.

These are some suggested themes - we welcome all contributors on the theme of Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage from any analytical angle and in a variety of ways.

  1. Submit a Proposal
    If you would like to present, start by submitting a 300-word abstract by completing the pro-forma by 1 May 2017. You will need the following: presentation type, short/long descriptions, keywords, focus, themes, and biographical information.
    Submit a proposal
  2. Get Accepted
    After we receive your presentation proposal, it moves to the evaluation step. All proposals will be reviewed two to four weeks after submission and you will receive your response by 7 May 2017. See proposal deadlines below.
  3. Register
    Once your proposal is accepted, you must register before our Programme Development team can schedule your presentation.

Register to attend

When completing the registration process you will be able to select the delegate packages which suits requirement and, thereafter, bolt on items such as accommodation and social events.



Early Bird
*Full registration - £410
**Day Delegate - £205

Standard Rates
*Full registration - £450
**Day Delegate - £225

*Students Registration - £350

* The full registration fee is fully inclusive and includes the excursions, transport back and forward from campus to the Engine Shed and Stirling Castle, teas/coffees and lunches throughout the conference, social events; Friday night dinner at the University of Stirling and Drinks Reception at the Engine Shed, Saturday night conference dinner at Stirling Castle.

** The day delegate package includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Social Events for Partners/Day Delegates

Dinner on Friday 1st September 2017 - £25
Drinks reception at the Engine Shed - £30
Conference Dinner at Stirling Castle - £150


Stirling Court Hotel
Single room - £69.00
Double room - £89.00

Guest Accommodation
Single room - £45.00

Important dates

Call for Papers: 15 March to 1 May 2017
Responses to Abstracts:  7 May 2017

Early-bird registration opens: 15 March to 7 May 2017
End of early-bird: 7 May 2017
Registration Deadline: 17 July 2017
Student Registration Deadline: 17 July 2017

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