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How to protect cultural goods? We are working on postgraduate studies 02.04.2020

We start a project called: “Cross-sectoral challenges: specialist for the protection of cultural heritage in case of crisis and war – development of a postgraduate study programme dedicated to employees working in interdisciplinary environment” – in which IKWD is a partner. The project is financed under the Education Programme from the EEA Financial Mechanism for 2014-2021.
Cultural goods create national wealth that should be protected by all citizens. As the preservation of cultural heritage is important for all nations of the world, it is extremely important to ensure effective protection for this common heritage, especially in unpredictable and dynamic reality. For such activities we need highly qualified specialists.

The project is aiming to develop a postgraduate program in the field of cultural property protection in case of a crisis and war. A crisis situation is defined here as a situation that adversely affects the level of safety of people, properties or the environment, and causes significant restrictions in the operation of the relevant public administration bodies. Moreover, a crisis situation can also be a sudden, unpredictable change in the economic, political or social environment, e.g.: economic crisis, terrorist attack, flood or pandemic. Due to the dynamics and unpredictability of crisis situations, the interdisciplinary approach of experts, their flexibility and knowledge is essential to implement.

Thanks to cooperation with the Villa Decius Association, the Inter-Academy Institute of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Institute of Optoelectronics Military University of Technology, an interdisciplinary team of experts will be created. The team's main task will be to develop in detail the postgraduate program, program of workshops in the field of cultural properties and goods protection and learning materials. The recipients of project activities will be: uniformed services, administration at all levels, architects, employees of historic buildings, conservators, academics or members of the clergy, who are very often responsible for historic churches and goods.

The project will involve experts with extensive international experience in the protection of cultural goods during armed conflicts and crisis situations. The project will end with an open session summarizing the  project.

Project financing



Project “Cross-sectoral challenges: specialist for the protection of cultural heritage in case of crisis and war – development of a postgraduate study programme dedicated to employees working in interdisciplinary environment” benefits from a grant of EUR 190,000 received from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under EEA funds. The goal of the project is to develop a new postgraduate course from scratch.

The European Economic Area (EEA) funds are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contribution is based on their GDP. The funds for 2014-2021 amount to EUR 1.55 billion, and the priority areas of activity in this period include, among others: innovation, social integration, culture, good management as well as education and competitiveness.

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