Hupg Conference 2018

Sharing the Future of Cultural Heritage

Synergies between Heritage, Tourism and Digital Culture

10 – 11 April 2018   /   Dubrovnik   /   Croatia

Welcome letter


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 and French Embassy in Croatia.


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
10 Apr 2018
Day 2
11 Apr 2018


“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Session I: Sharing the Future of Cultural Heritage

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

Opening remarks

Ministry, Ambassador of France, Sites&Cites, HUPG, Ministry of Internal Affairs Police Museum, Europa Nostra, Europe for Citizens, City of Dubrovnik, Dubravka Šuica EP, Video Clip

EFFORTS, from stronghold to welcoming arms

Until now an active European network of fortified towns, forts and lines of defense was non-existent so that this specific part of heritage was insufficiently represented in a European context. EFFORTS defends the interests of private, local and regional authorities,...
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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 nature of many of these facilities are similar, there is...
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Matthias Ripp
Matthias Ripp, PhD(c)

Conserving the Authenticity as Paradigm of Circular Models for Adaptive Built Heritage Reuse

The adaptive reuse of built heritage has become one of the key topics in Europe, given the economic crisis that has slowed down the building industry…
Marco Acri
Marco Acri, PhD(c)

Création de la Marque Ville Impériale, outil de développement culturel et patrimonial en matière de tourisme 

The “Imperial City” brand was created at the initiative of the city of Rueil-Malmaison, in partnership with the cities of Compiègne, Fontainebleau and Saint-Cloud and was launched at the Château de Malmaison on October 21, 2011. With the desire to...
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Philippe Trotin
Philippe Trotin

The Challenges of Mediterranean Historic Cities and Opportunities for Cooperation – MedCities

Learning from achievements and accompanying cities to sustainable development respecting their cultural and natural heritage and quality of life. Cities from all shores of the Mediterranean Sea share similar challenges and search for a balance between local development and heritage...
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Oriol Barba Suñol
Oriol Barba Suñol
11:40 - 12:00

Coffee Break / Press (closed)

Bursa World Heritage Site: Expectations from Cultural Tourism

This study aims to evaluate the properties of Bursa, which was listed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014 for the outstanding universal value of its urban development system and examples of early Ottoman period architecture (Kulliyes, Khans Area, and...
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Neslihan Dostoglu
Prof. Dr. Neslihan Dostoğlu

New Tools for Assessment for Fortified Towns: a case study for the South East Region and its Sister Cities

This paper considers the assessment of 5 fortified cities in the South East Region which comprises; the Capital Valletta (WHC 1980) and its sister cities linked by 28 km of fortifications (UNESCO Tentative List).
Malcolm Borg
Dr.Malcolm Borg
Saviour Formosa
Prof. Saviour Formosa

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

A visitor living in Dubrovnik for an extended period of time could easily get bored. This may be true if we take a horizontal approach where the attractiveness of a city is measured by its size, the diversity of its...
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Dr. Francis Brassard

Considerations on Sea Level Rise and the future of our old coastal cities

In the world within 2050, about 550 million people are expected to live only in coastal cities. By the end of this century, many of the dense urban tissues will in fact be invaded by seawater, with serious consequences for...
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Christiano Lepratti
Prof. Arch. Christiano Lepratti
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)

Respect the City: Challenges & Digital Solutions

In general, the “Respect the City” project deals with innovative integrated development, which focuses on the sustainable development of tourism in the city. It represents a collection of short-term and long-term initiatives aimed at addressing the key development issues of...
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Jelka Tepšić
Jelka Tepšić

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 mobile applications can engage tourists in exploring and learning about...
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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 of the world’s largest energy prosumers offer significant cost saving...
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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 of the EUSAIR strategy, the FORA have the opportunity of...
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Ida Simonella
Ida Simonella M.Sc.

Promotion of the history and values of the European Union through Europe for Citizens programme

The Europe for Citizens Programme was launched by the European Commission in 2007, with the aim of raising awareness among citizens of Europe about the common history and values by encouraging the bonding among different cultures, identities and heritage, thus...
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Maja Tomičić
Maja Tomičić

End of day 1

Social Dinner, Hotel Pucić Palace, Old Town

Dress code: Smart Casual Entertainment, folklore, a capella


“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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

Conservation, Restoration, Functional Reconversion and Valorization of the Largest Fortress in Romania – Alba Iulia

How Alba Iulia Citadel, the largest one from Romania and Central-South Eastern Europe changed our destiny as a city.
Nicolae Moldovan
Nicolaie Moldovan, MPS

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 our important monuments has gathered pace, it has been noticed...
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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 Area, the Provincial Forum, the Circus, the Amphitheatre, the Colonial...
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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 Vindobona to a fortified imperial seat to the Ringstraße, bears...
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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 creative sector, encouraging sustainable entrepreneurship in culture and art, and...
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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 and many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings of the medieval...
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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 point out rich history, tradition and legacy of this area....
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Lucija Đurašković
Lucija Đurašković M.Sc.
Dobrila Vlahović
Dobrila Vlahović , M.Arch.
Dušan Medin
Dušan Medin M.Sc.

Historic Center of St. Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments, Protection and Management

Preservation of the historic cities is one of the most difficult missions, which demands to find balance between the conservation and development. Heritage sites are facing the same threats of an increasing development pressure, which has a negative impact on...
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Alexey Mikhaylov
Dr. Alexey Mikhaylov
Victoria Pushkina
Victoria Pushkina, M.Sc.

Old City Ulqin – The Analysis of Developments Since the mid-20th Century an Ancillary Aproach to Conserve 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 lead us over 2500 years back into the Illyrians classical...
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Lirjetë Avdiu Vejsa
Lirjetë Avdiu Vejsa, MS(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

Lazareti Project – the Creative District of Dubrovnik

The “Lazareti Project – the Creative District of Dubrovnik” is a direct response to many of the problems identified in the research launched during the drafting of a Management Plan. First and foremost, it will allow the dispersion of tourists...
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Iva Carević Peković
Iva Carević-Peković, M.Sc.

Sustainable management of fortification heritage in Šibenik

Over the last few years, Šibenik has become a best practice example in using EU funds for the restoration of its cultural and historical heritage. Two fortresses in Šibenik (St. Michael’s; Barone) have been successfully revitalized, and the third one...
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Gorana Barišić Bačelić
Gorana Barišić Bačelić, mag. art. hist.

EX.PO AUS – The Extension of Potentiality of Adriatic Unesco Sites

The EX.PO AUS project represents a cooperative cross-border network between existing and aspiring UNESCO sites in the Adriatic area. The results led to the creation of a joint long-term strategy for sustainable valorization of the sites, using managerial, technological and...
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Biserka Simatović
Biserka Simatović, M.ES.

Poljica – from medieval republic to tourist destination

The subject inferred from the abstract title provides insight into the past, present and the touristic potential of the Poljica region, which encompasses an area of 250 square meters in the heart of Dalmatia and in the vicinity of the...
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Ante Mekinić
Ante Mekinić
Zoran Mihanović
Prof. Dr. Zoran Mihanović

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

Under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ms Kolinda Grabar Kitarović

President of the Republic of Croatia, Ms Kolinda Grabar Kitarović



Ministry of Tourism Croatian Ministry of Internal AffairsRepublic of Croatia Ministry of Culture

In cooperation with

This conference brings together reputable foreign experts from many countries with the kind support of various cities, organizations and NGOs.