World Heritage International Summer School

Call for Abstracts


The Chair of Cultural Management of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is delighted to announce the call for expressions of interest to participate in the World Heritage International Summer School 2017 (WHISS 2017). The Summer School is a multi-university partnership with an interdisciplinary and interfaculty approach created as a platform for professional capacity-building and knowledge transfer for post-graduate academics and mid-career professionals.
The World Heritage International Summer School 2017 (WHISS 2017) is dedicated to Heritage Impact Assessments (HIA) and identifying negative and positive impacts of development plans and projects on heritage sites.
The Summer School will take place from July 16th to July 26th 2017 at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg with a two-days practical group exercise in Berlin at the Tempelhof Field. During this exercise participants will be actively engaged in assessing impacts of potential development plans that could be proposed for this specific site in the future. 

Participation and tuition fees

A total of 32 places are available for the Summer School, of which 12 places are reserved for post-graduate students enrolled at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, 8 are open for post-graduate students and academic staff of the participating partner universities and further 12 places can be applied for in response to the call for participation. These are addressed to international post-graduate students, mid-career professionals or academic staff of non-partner institutions.
Participants will be selected based on their academic qualification, professional experience and their expressions of motivation (please refer to application procedure below). Participants are expected to elaborate a 15-minutes presentation during the summer school and are welcome to present a written paper that will be included in the Summer School’s online publication.
The Summer School is partially funded through tuition fees. Please see rates below:

  • BTU students/staff: free of charge
  • Partner universities: accommodation, visa and travel costs to be covered by participants
  • Other institutions: tuition fee 300 Euros; accommodation, visa and travel costs to be covered by participants.

Details on due dates for advanced tuition payment will be announced once the selection process has been completed.

Application procedure

International applicants are invited to send their CV, a 400-words abstract on their HIA focus and/or interest and a cover letter describing their motivation (max. 2 pages) in participating in the Summer School by 4th June 2017. Please send your application via email as one pdf file to Ms. Britta Rudolff (E-Mail britta.rudolff(at)b-tu.de) and Ms Nicole Franceschini (E-Mail nicole.franceschini(at)b-tu.de).
Please contact Ms Franceschini for any further information required.