ICOMOS Ireland News


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This year, the ICOMOS Annual General Assembly and Advisory Committee will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 4-8 December 2018, on the generous invitation of ICOMOS Argentina.

The official website for the Annual General Assembly is http://adcom2018.icomos.org.ar/en/ providing all practical information – registration, programme, hotels etc. Working documents including the Preliminary Agenda and reports will be available on the website in advance of the meeting.

Registration will be open until 19 October 2018. Before registering - please consult in particular the page "Information for Delegates" and after registering - please carefully read the information provided by the Conference Organiser and keep an eye on the updates on the website.

The agenda of the Annual General Assembly, on 6 December (9:00 - 11:00 am) will focus on receiving the reports of the ICOMOS President and Treasurer on the management by the Board and the health and financial situation of the association; approving the annual report and accounts and discharging the Board, as well as voting next year’s budget. (ref. ICOMOS e-News n°156 of 27 April 2018).

All members shall have the right to attend the General Assembly and may be designated to be a voting member at the General Assembly within the conditions set out in Articles 9-a and 13-d-4 of the Statutes. Please note that additional Committee observers and voting members (beyond the Committee Presidents or their designated representative) are asked to contribute a registration fee. 


Appeal for desk reviews on current nominations cycle for 2019 World Heritage List

The ICOMOS Evaluation Unit has issued an appeal to receive desk reviews on the current nominations cycle for 2019 World Heritage List from any qualified members who would like to contribute. Please find letter here.

The list of World Heritage nominations for 2018 can be found here.

Policy for the implementation of the ICOMOS World Heritage mandate can be found here; the Guidelines for Desk Reviews here; and the Format for Desk Reviews here.

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Extreme Weather Conditions and Heritage

A Message from the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

Dear Stakeholders

As part of our work in the Department on climate change adaptation, we are trying to assess the nature and extent of recent extreme weather events (high temperatures and drought) on historic structures and archaeological sites.

Can you please let me know if you’re aware of any examples of damage caused by the recent weather events whether by soil shrinkage, increased fire risk or damage, warping or splitting of timber and other organic building elements, changes to designed landscapes including loss or damage to planted features/trees, etc. We’re also interested in any reports you may have received from those involved in conservation works. For example, we’ve had some reports of issues with the setting of mortars and renders due to the hot, dry weather.

Also, please let us know if you’ve observed any positive effects from the weather conditions including the discovery of archaeological sites (whether through the appearance of crop marks or due to water level changes along the margins of rivers or lakes), drying out of damp or saturated building fabric and the like.


Jacqui Donnelly

Senior Architect

Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6X0

T + 353 1 888 2135

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Critical Issues in Heritage Interpretation and Sustainable Tourism:

TIES and ICIP Joint Conference

Florence, 23-25 October 2018

The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage (ICIP) and the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) are delighted to announce that our joint 2018 conference ‘Critical Issues in Heritage Interpretation and Sustainable Tourism’ will take place from 23-25 October 2018 at the Auditorium al Duomo, Florence, close to many of the UNESCO City’s famous attractions.

The 2018 conference will explore the links between tangible and intangible cultural heritage, natural heritage and sustainable development through the lenses of interpretation and sustainable tourism. Presentations and conversations will draw on both the guiding frameworks of the UN Agenda 2030/ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ‘Nature/Culture Journey’, and the ICOMOS Charter on the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites.

We invite presentations in a variety of formats, from formal presentations to panel discussions and other interactive formats, lunch meetings and short papers. We will be seeking lively, relevant and engaging presentations that address important contemporary issues in both areas. There will also be study tours and excursions, where we will explore issues facing Florence with the aim of furthering the SDGs specific to cultural and natural heritage.

We will keep you posted about the conference via email, ICOMOS/TIES announcements and through the official conference website (www.estc-icip2018.org).

Conference Registration is now open. We hope you will join local and international experts for this landmark event and look forward to seeing you in Florence.

From the Convenors: Sue Hodges (President, ICIP) Jon Bruno (President, TIES) Jane Beattie (Member, ICIP, TIES).


Call for Expressions of Interest

TERRA 2021 / 13th TERRA World Congress on Earthen Architecture

The International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH) is issuing another Call for Expressions of Interest to find organizations and countries interested to organize and host, the next TERRA World Congress. The TERRA Congress is a worldwide congress whose themes relate to the study and conservation of earthen architectural, archaeological and cultural landscape heritage, as well as contemporary earthen architecture. Further information at http://isceah.icomos.org/?p=1#more-1


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