3rd International Training Workshop --- Space Technologies for Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites Opens in Beijing

On June 22, the 3rd International Training Workshop on Space Technologies for Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites, organized by the International Center on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under UNESCO and jointly undertaken by CAS-TWAS Center of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM), Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) under CAS, National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and European Space Agency (ESA), was launched at RADI's New Technology Park. It gathered 25 professionals in world heritage site management and research from 12 Asian, African and East European developing countries including Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Ethiopia and India, who would be trained in the upcoming 20 days in Beijing.

opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was chaired by HIST Executive Deputy Director and Secretary General Hong Tianhua. In his speech, HIST Director Guo Huadong warmly welcomed the participants, stressed on HIST's efforts in offering and conducting world-class training programs, in partnership with CNR and ESA and hoped that students would find the training workshop useful, gain more knowledge and skills through it and apply it towards better protection and management of world heritage sites. Feng Kai from the

Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS, Liu Hongchun from the Department of Urban Construction, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Shao Jun from the

Department of World Cultural Heritage, State Administration of Cultural Heritage, and Chen Fang from CAS-TWAS SDIM each gave a speech and wished that the training

workshop be a success. Dr. Nicola Massini, a research fellow from CNR spoke on behalf of the faculty and Dr. Rosana Cerkvenik from Slovenia, on behalf of the students.

Director Guo Huadong speaking

Feng Kai speaking

Liu Hongchun speaking

Shao Jun speaking

Nicola Masini speaking

Rosana Cerkvenik speaking

Following the opening ceremony, students visited the facilities including the digital heritage platform and the satellite data receiving and processing system in the New

Technology Park and were deeply impressed by RADI's research facilities.

group photo

This year sees the third edition of the workshop program, with the previous two editions held in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Funded by CAS, the workshop is designed to

provide technical training for decision-making and management of world heritage sites in developing countries, and to promote the application of space technologies in the

conservation and management of world heritage sites and has so far trained decision makers and management personnel of world heritage sites from over 20 countries on

space technologies. Unlike previous two editions, this year, the workshop invites noted experts in space technologies for world heritage sites conservation and management

from ESA and CNR to give lectures, in addition to our faculty, making the program truly international and advanced. The 20-day workshop will close on July 10.