Events and Activities of HIST

In 2001, the “Open Initiative on the Use of Space Technologies to Monitor UNESCO Sites” was launched by the European Space Agency and UNESCO. In the same year, CAS, the Chinese Ministry of Education and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage inaugurated the Joint Laboratory of Remote Sensing for Archaeology
In 2002, The First National Conference on Remote Sensing Archaeology convened in Beijing.
In 2003, the 216th Xiangshan Science Conference entitled “Spatial Reorganization of Human Cultural Heritage“ was held.
In October 2004, The First International Workshop on Remote Sensing for Archaeology was held in Beijing, China. In the same year, the remote sensing international experts group was set up.

The First International Workshop on Remote Sensing for Archaeology in session
in Beijing, China, in October 2004.

In 2005, the Joint Laboratory of Remote Sensing for Archaeology, CAS, signed a cooperation agreement with UNESCO, becoming a member of the “Open Initiative on the Use of Space Technologies to Monitor UNESCO Sites”.

CAS signed with UNESCO as a partner of the “ESA-UNESCO Open Initiative
on the Use of Space Technologies to Monitor UNESCO Sites”.

In May 2007, then CAS President LU Yongxiang wrote to then Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura to officially propose the establishment of a centre within the premises of CEODE. Matsuura responded positively to LU’s letter.

Prof. Lu Yongxiang, the Former President of CAS, visits UNESCO (April 2007)

In April 2008, the 179th Session of the Executive Board of UNESCO passed the proposal to establish HIST.

The 179th Executive Board Meeting and the relevant document.

Prof. Guo Huadong delivering a report on “Remote Sensing for Disaster Monitoring and Analysis on the Wenchuan Earthquake” at UNESCO. (November 2008)

In October 2009, the establishment of HIST was approved by the 35th session of UNESCO General Conference.

The 35th session of UNESCO General Conference and relevant documents.

In December 2009, the Development Strategy Seminar of HIST was held in Beijing.

Development Strategy Seminar of HIST

In April 2011, the Centre was finally ratified by the Chinese State Council.
In June 2011, on behalf of the Chinese Government, CAS President BAI Chunli signed an agreement with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, marking the legal establishment of HIST.

Irina Bokova (right), Director-General of UNESCO and SHI Shuyun (left), Permanent Delegate of China to UNESCO

CAS President BAI Chunli (center) signs an agreement on behalf of the Chinese government.

During the first session of the Science Committee, convened on 20 June, 2011, experts discussed and offered advice on HIST’s strategic planning and research orientation.

The 1st Session of the Science Committee of HIST took place in Beijing in June 2011.

On 24 July, 2011, the launching ceremony of HIST was held in Beijing, which officially announced HIST‘s establishment on a global scale. In the same day, the first session of the HIST Scientific Committee convened in Beijing and passed its Articles of Association and offered advices and suggestions for HIST’s construction and development.

Joint Photo of HIST’s Establishment

The first international Governing Board Meeting of HIST