Cultural Heritage as a Resource

The 28th Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies with the topic “Cultural Heritage as a Resource: Technologies for the Paradigm Shift in Archaeology, Conservation and Education” took place from Wednesday, November 15 to Friday, November 17. We welcomed around 200 people on-site and around 60 people online from over 30 different countries.

This year the conference organizers were faced with the challenge of hosting different conference venues at various locations. In addition, there were some people who had to spontaneously switch to online participation due to illness.  Therefore, we would like to thank all those involved on site for their commitment and support.  Above all, this includes the responsible persons of the City of Vienna, the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Public Service and Sport Austria and the Federal Monuments Authority Austria, our accompanying media company 7Reasons GmbH and the students of TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology).

We would also like to thank all the speakers and chairs who created an interesting program in 10 sessions, 6 round tables, 3 panels and 3 workshops, both on site and online. Each day was opened with a stimulating keynote. Peter Rich, Elisa Bonacini and Deepika Murthy provided insights into their work within the field of cultural heritage form the order of nature, via Gen Z perspective on digital Museums to the question of how culture influences olfactory sense, spaces and emotions. Our 9 exhibitors and sponsors on site gave an exciting view into the practice of dealing with cultural heritage. We would like to thank them for their participation and loyalty to CHNT.

We would like to congratulate all the winners once again:

  • Best Student Award:

Begüm Hamzaoglu & Mine Ozkar: Integrating Material Formations in Digital Models of Architectural Ornaments: A Process-Based Approach to Documenting Anatolian Stone Carvings

  • Best Paper Award

Eiman Elgewely & Thomas Tucker & Todd Ogle & David Hicks: Sustainable Traditional Arab Dwellings in VR: The Educational Virtual Model of Sheikh Isa House, Bahrain

  • Digital Creative Award

Helena Seidl da Fonseca & Karina Grömer, Fiona Leipold & Cyril Dworsky & Zora Mund & Mia Schwacz: Ur-recycling: Sustainable use of resources and recycling in prehistoric times

The mission of the conference was and still is to bring together scholars and practitioners from all over the world at the heart of Europe in Vienna. We want to provide a place to discuss in expertise from a wide range of disciplines and using the latest technologies for the prospection, research, documentation, conservation, presentation and management of the world’s cultural heritage.

We very much hope that this year’s conference has contributed to this and we are looking forward to seeing you again next year – back in the usual conference venues.