PhD candidate Juliane Schmidt (M.A.) was recently part of the team of researcher's that worked to nominate the Water Management System of Augsburg just on the World Heritage List in 2019. Schmidt was part of the team to coordinate and write the nomination and management plan, which has evolved in successive phases from the 14th century to the present day.
Currently, Juliane Schmidt is writing her dissertation on geochemical analysis of carbonate deposits from the Ain Juj water channel in Baalbek. Schmidt studied Art History, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leipzig and graduated with a Master's degree in 2000. Afterwards, she worked as research assistant at the Institute of Art History in Leipzig. From 2001 until 2005 she worked and lived in Mongolia where she participated in several excavations in Karakorum. In 2011, she graduated with a Master of Arts in World Heritage Studies at the BTU Cottbus. Her Master thesis was entitled “The Water Distribution System of Baalbek during Roman times and its significance for the development of its sanctuary and city”. After the completion of her Master, she worked for the city of Leipzig on the “Leipzig and its Musical Heritage” application for the UNESCO tentative list.
The professor of Art History University of Southern Indiana (USI) in Evansville, Indiana, held a lecture on Heritage preservation, Heritage recovery and Heritage production - New opportunities for the practice of Heritage studies and the fields of urban planning, art history, and architecture to students and staff at the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning within the lecture series “derdiedas”.. Prof. Braysmith was invited on behalf of the PhD Programme Heritage Studies and the Chair of Art Hisorty at BTU Cottbus – Senftenberg.
In May 2018, UNESCO prolonged the Chair in Heritage Studies at BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg affiliated to the Chair of Intercultural Studies with its new chair holder Prof. Anna Amelina.
Amilcar Vargas has been part of the PhD Programme Heritage Studies as a guest researcher for four months at the Chair of Environmental Planning with Prof. Michael Schmidt in 2017/18.
On the occasion of the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee from 28 June until 8 July 2015 in Bonn, Germany, the UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies will stage the Symposium: “The Four Pillars of Sustainability for the Implementation of the UNESCO Conventions to Protect Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as Natural Heritage”. The goal of this event is to discuss developments in the sustainable use and protection of heritage with delegations and participants taking part in the Session and to conceptualise contributions for a publication with the title: “Perceptions of Sustainability in Heritage Studies and Beyond”, which follows the recent publication on heritage and sustainability “Perceptions of Sustainability in Heritage Studies”.
The UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies organises in cooperation with the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (Kultusministerkonferenz), the Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag), the Kulturstiftung der Länder, and the German Commission for UNESCO a symposium that focuses on the implementation of UNESCO's Global Strategy in Germany.