Inaugural International Conference Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage


Global Challenges Conference Key Note NaienMr Feng Naien
Deputy Director of The Palace Museum, China.

Mr. Feng Naien joined the Palace Museum in 1990. His areas of specialty is traditional handicrafts including jade objects, enamel ware, objects made of bamboo, wood, ivory, rhinoceros' horn, and gourd, as well as lacquerware. He studied traditional glass ware under Mr. Yang Boda (b.1927). He was deputy director of the Decorative Crafts Section under the Exhibition Department in 1998, secretary of the Museum's Youth League Committee in 2000, head of the Director's Office and the Museum's Spokesperson in 2004, and Director's assistant in 2010. In 2012, he was appointed deputy director of the Palace Museum by the Communist Party Committee (CPC) of the Ministry of Culture. He is also executive member and secretary-general of the Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, executive director and deputy secretary-general of China's Jade Study Society.

Global Challenges Conference Key Note Speaker - May CassarProfessor May Cassar
Director, Institute for Sustainable Heritage, University College London.

Professor May Cassar is the Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and the Bartlett Vice Dean of Public Policy. May was appointed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a member of its Science Advisory Council and recently to serve on the Department’s Challenge Panel as part of its review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. May currently directs the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology. As the Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Science and Heritage Programme (2007-2014) and as Special Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry on Science and Heritage (2005-2006), May has led the resurgence of heritage science research activity in the UK over the last decade for which she has been recognised by the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association with the award of the Plowden Gold Medal in 2012.


An image of Tracy IrelandTracy Ireland
Associate Professor Cultural Heritage, University of Canberra

Tracy Ireland is Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage and Head of the Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice at the University of Canberra in Australia. Before joining the University of Canberra in 2009 Tracy headed the Canberra office of GML Heritage and worked for the NSW Heritage Council. She publishes on historical archaeology, heritage and conservation, and their entanglement with nationalism, colonialism and the politics of memory and identity. Her books include The ethics of cultural heritage (with John Schofield) and Object Lessons: Archaeology and Heritage in Australia (with Jane Lydon). She is currently researching and writing about significance and values, the conservation of colonial archaeological remains and the heritage of Australian aviation cultures.

Image of ewan hislopDr Ewan Hyslop
Head of Technical Research and Science, Historic Environment Scotland

Dr Ewan Hyslop is Head of Technical Research and Science at Historic Environment Scotland, where he manages programmes on climate change and technical and scientific research. His primary role is to deliver government policy on energy efficiency and climate change adaptation for the historic environment in Scotland; both for properties and sites in the care of the state and to the wider historic environment in Scotland, through undertaking research and dissemination of information on energy efficiency, adaptation and sustainability.

An image of Sian JonesProfessor Sian Jones
Chair in Environmental History and Heritage, University of Stirling

Professor Jones is an interdisciplinary scholar with expertise in cultural heritage, as well as on the role of the past in the production of power, identity, and sense of place. Her research interests include: cultural identity and ethnicity; archaeology and the modern nation-state; monuments, memory and place; heritage management and conservation, authenticity, significance and social value; the material, social and environmental history of urban public parks; and community. heritage. Recent research projects have focused on the experience of authenticity, approaches to social value, conservation practice, and community digital heritage

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