Written by Felipe Gutiérrez
Two of our experts (Rui Maio and Felipe Gutiérrez), participated last year in the 5th International Conference YOuth in COnservation of CUltural Heritage YOCOCU held in Madrid, Spain.
YOCOCU is an association of senior and young professionals, students and researchers called to develop all together new ways and methods of knowledge required for the conservation, restoration and valorization of cultural heritage. These methods are often the result of a balance between two contributions: the experience and the creativity.
YOCOCU wants to foster the role of youth in the field of research on conservation and restoration, in all the disciplines related to cultural heritage, from the most traditional to the most modern perspectives, all kind of materials and heritages. YOCOCU wishes to constitute a meeting point between young and senior professionals, being the formers the true protagonists of this event.
YOCOCU aims to:
a) promote conservation and valorization of cultural heritage
b) give a voice to young professionals, to provide them with tools and opportunities to show their participation in the development of the sector.
c) match senior conservators with junior professionals
In this opportunity, YOCOCU 2016, encourages professionals and researchers to show their work on some topics not always considered in depth such as contemporary art and industrial heritage, as well as education and heritage.
Rui participated in this conference with an oral presentation about “The preservation of Namibia’s' vernacular architecture towards a sustainable development of local communities.” and a poster about “Multi-hazard risk mitigation as a tool towards the sustainable development of local communities and the preservation of Namibian vernacular cultural heritage.” Both of them were prepared together with another of our experts, Elao Martin.
Written by Hannah Roehlen
Since 2011 Syrian heritage has endured continuing waves of destruction and systematical targeting, leading to a loss of heritage sites, cultural traditions and knowledge. Supported by the German Commission for UNESCO, 23 young international experts have now founded a network focusing on young people’s role in safeguarding cultural heritage in danger. Our board members Laura Roman (Croatia) and Hannah Roehlen (Germany) were invited to join the constitutional meeting in order to share their personal experiences on founding a Young Experts Network, as well as to give advice on the various challenges, but also the rewards of such an enterprise. “To safeguard heritage not only for today, but also for the future, it is essential to mobilize young people to get actively involved in heritage conservation and management, as well as to strengthen their network amongst each other” explains Hannah, board members of YHE. Laura adds “Facilitating and strengthening synergies between young people working in the field of heritage is the number one priority of our YHE network. Meeting our Syrian colleagues was an inspiring experience. We hope to hear more from their network in the future”. For more information on the vision and mission of the network, take a look at: http://www.unesco.de/kultur/2016/ein-netzwerk-junger-experten-fuer-die-bewahrung-des-syrischen-kulturerbes.html