HUPG Conference 2018
Sharing the future of cultural heritage
Synergies between Heritage, Tourism and Digital Culture
10 - 11 April 2018
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Hupg Conference 2018

Sharing the Future of Cultural Heritage

Synergies between Heritage, Tourism and Digital Culture

10 – 11 April 2018   /   Dubrovnik   /   Croatia

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An international conference “Sharing the Future of Cultural Heritage – Synergies between Heritage, Tourism and Digital Culture” on cultural heritage issues, in line with the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Venue: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace 5*
April 10 – 11 2018, in Dubrovnik, Croatia


The conference is being organized by the Croatian Association of Historical Towns – HUPG and its member towns – city governments, together with City of Dubrovnikour and our partners from the French association in Bordeaux –Sites & Cités remarquables de Frances.


We are gathering respected foreign experts from Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey with the kind support of the foreign non-governmental organizations ALZIAR, EFFORTS, FAIC, MEDCITIES, OWHC.


Conference speakers

Keynote speaker

John Sell

John Sell, CBE

Europa Nostra, Executive Vice-President, UK



This conference run through 2 days, April 10th - 11th. Conference fees include: registration, welcome bag with conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches, social dinner and guided tour of Old Town.
Day 1
09 Apr 2018
Day 2
10 Apr 2018
Day 3
11 Apr 2018

Welcome Cocktail

Featuring acclaimed pianist Marin Limić.
Marin Limić
Marin Limić

Session I: Sharing the Future of Cultural Heritage

Chair: John Sell CBE, Europa Nostra, Executive Vice-President, UK
John Sell
John Sell, CBE

Workshop opening, Mayor of Dubrovnik, official welcome addresses

HUPG, Ministry, Ambassador of France, Sites & Cites, Europa Nostra, City of Dubrovnik Video clip

EFFORTS, from stronghold to welcoming arms

Military heritage forms a special part of our cultural heritage and consequently of the collective memory of Europe. Preservation and re-use of this heritage is important because of the historic...
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Karen Gysen
Karen Gysen
Andrea Bonifacio
Dr. Andrea Bonifacio

Learning and Having Fun:  Visitor Centers Imparting Knowledge Using a New Format

In the past two decades information centers, or so-called visitor centers, which have their origins in English-speaking countries, have become common place in Germany. Although the objectives, target audiences and...
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Matthias Ripp
Matthias Ripp, PhD(c)
11:40 - 12:00

Coffee Break / Press (closed)

A la decouverte des grandes questions de notre heritage intellectuel avec Ruder Boskovic

Un visiteur résidant à Dubrovnik pour une période prolongée pourrait facilement s’y ennuyer. Cela peut être vrai si nous adoptons une approche horizontale où l’attrait d’une ville se mesure par...
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Dr. Francis Brassard
13:40 -14:30

Buffet Lunch

Session II – Synergies between Heritage, Tourism and Digital Culture

Chair: Matthias Ripp, PhD(c), WH Coordinator, UNESCO Regensburg, Germany
Matthias Ripp
Matthias Ripp, PhD(c)

Game Design & Tourism: Conceptual Overlaps and Collaborative Opportunities

With the growing popularity of location-based games and augmented reality applications, an opportunity has arisen for tourism destinations to work with game designers and developers to shape tourist experiences. Game-based...
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Elizabeth Lane Lawley
Prof. Dr.Elizabeth Lawley

Smart Building – Smart Grid – Smart City

Current energy market design is based on a rather passive distribution and transmission level, which does not allow the interaction with the prosumers. On the other side, buildings, as one...
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Anita Martinčević
Anita Martinčević, PhD(c)

F.A.I.C. and Tourism Policies

The FORA of the civil societies was established in the late 1990s – early 2000s, following the need to rebuild the war-damaged relationships between the involved territories of the times. Today, with the launch...
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Ida Simonella
Ida Simonella M.Sc.

End of day 1

Social Dinner, Hotel Pucić Palace, Old Town

Entertainment, folklore, a capella

Session III – Synergies between Heritage, Tourism and Digital Culture

Chair:Dr. Malcolm Borg, Advisor, UN Global Compact Cities, Regional Liaison, Australia
Malcolm Borg
Dr.Malcolm Borg

Restoration techniques at the Potlogi Palace (Potlogi, Dâmboviţa) and the Royal Court (Targoviste Municipality, Dâmboviţa County, Romania) – comparative study

As part of European community, Romania owns probably the most unknown and neglected monuments, architectural sites and ensembles. Over recent years, as the regeneration and renewal of a number of...
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Iulian Visanu
Iulian Vişanu, MDUI

Civic Tarraco Project, Citizen Participation in Tarragona

The Archaeological Complex of Tarraco was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000. It consists of the following monuments in the city: the Walls, the Worship...
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Begoña Floria Eseberri
Begoña Floria Eseberri
Gustavo Cuadrado Moya
Prof. Gustavo Cuadrado Moya

UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Centre of Vienna”:  In the tension between preservation and development

The centre of Vienna embodies a unique urban monument. Its rich architectural heritage as well as its overall structure, which a period of 2,000 years saw develop from the Roman...
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Rudolf Zunke
Rudolf Zunke, M.A.

Platform for Architecture, Heritage, Dialogue and Art: Case Study Mostar

Arts and culture today are developed in parallel with the rapid and sudden changes in cultural and artistic infrastructure, organization of artistic creativity and symbolic communication. Big investments in the...
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Senada Demirović Habibija
Senada Demirović Habibija, PhD(c)

Bamberg: Community involvement and tourism within the framework of the Market Gardeners’ District

In 1993, the Town of Bamberg was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its exemplary nature as a central European town with a basically early medieval plan...
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Diana Buttner
Diana Büttner, M.A.
11:20 - 11:40

Coffee Break

Ancient Necropolis in Budva (Hellenistic and Roman): Protection Systems and the Potential for Cultural and Tourist Valorization

Key words: Budva, Ancient necropolis, protection, touristic valorization potential, cultural good. Special value of Montenegrin cultural heritage are the immovable cultural goods, among which archaeological sites stand out, as they...
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Dobrila Vlahović
Dobrila Vlahović , M.Arch.
Lucija Đurašković
Lucija Đurašković M.Sc.
Dušan Medin
Dušan Medin M.Sc.

Old City Ulqin – The Analysis Of Developments Since the mid-20th Century. An Ancillary Aproach to Retrieve the Authenticity

Old City of Ulqin (nowadays Kalaja of Ulqin) as one of the most specific fortified antic cities in the Adriatic coast, constitutes an Archeological and Architectural Heritage Site whose roots...
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Lirjetë Avdiu Vejsa
Lirjetë Avdiu Vejsa, PhD(c)
13:00 - 14:00

Buffet Lunch

Session IV – Synergies between Heritage, Tourism and Digital Culture

Chair: John Sell CBE, Europa Nostra, Executive Vice-President, UK
John Sell
John Sell, CBE

Closing Remarks / Departure of delegates


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Participation fees

Participation fee: 80€

The fee includes (from Monday evening until Wednesday afternoon):

  • All lectures
  • Welcome reception, Welcome bag
  • Coffee breaks, working lunches, one dinner
  • A walking tour of the old town

Delegates will meet the cost of their own travel and hotel accommodation.

Free access to students

Students will have free access to only the conference presentations on both days.

Registration is online or before the start of the conference.

Student identification must be presented.

Organized by

The conference is being coorganized by the Croatian Association of Historical Towns – HUPG and its member towns – city governments, together with the City of Dubrovnik and our partners from the French association Sites & Cites in Bordeaux.

Croatian Association of Historical Cities – HUPGCity of Dubrovnik


Sites & Cites, France

In cooperation with

This conference brings together reputable foreign experts from many countries with the kind support of various non-governmental organizations.