Cultural Heritage Protection in Climate Change online
University for Continuing Education Krems
Asst.-Prof. Dr. Anna Kaiser
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General Course Information
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online is an EU co-funded project within the Erasmus+ programme, led by the
University of Continuing Education Krems, Austria. It translates
state-of-the-art research on climate change and cultural heritage protection
into distance and blended learning programmes for higher education learners.
project is fully in line with the current challenge of high-quality online
teaching (the importance was highlighted during the COVID-19 lockdowns all over
the world) and the current European incentives to mitigate climate change &
to sustainably protect cultural heritage from the threats that this change
In 2020 the Croatian Presidency of the Council of European Union named cultural heritage protection in climate change as #1 priority. Cultural heritage is exposed to a number of risks in the 21st century, comparatively analyzed by the 2018 study on Safeguarding cultural heritage from natural and man-made disasters and highlighted by the joint EUUNESCO Initiative#7 “Heritage at risk” as well as ICOMOS, which in 2019 put a focus on engaging cultural heritage in climate action.
Following the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018, the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage names the holistic approach to the topic as one of the four principles for success and highlights the importance of cultural heritage as a resource for the future.
project’s main output, this online course on cultural heritage protection in
climate change, promotes cultural heritage as exactly that resource &
enables higher education teachers and learners to build their personal future
on our common pasts.
In a total of 4 units, CHePiCC online brings cultural heritage (tangible, movable or immovable, but also intangible) back into society & fosters the understanding of its importance, its shared values & identities, covering the following topics:
- Protection of Cultural Heritage
- Climate Change
- Cultural Landscapes
- Preparatory Measures for the Protection of Cultural & Natural Landscapes
and long-term aim of this project is to bring heritage back into teaching and
learning in higher education, to enable future generations to protect cultural
This is intended to contribute to the preservation of cultural identity and to initiate a change in behavior with regard to the protection of cultural heritage, especially in the (future) professional life of students and teachers at universities. This inclusive, modular and transdisciplinary learning programme enables higher education learners to include in their professional lives all necessary disciplines for
- enhancing climate protection means
- preparing cultural landscapes and their built heritage for the immediate effects of climate change and natural catastrophes
the same for movable cultural heritage
experience is required for participation. Course held in English.
CHePiCC online consists of 4 units divided into several thematic lessons. Each lesson deals in depth with the respective topic. Numerous international experts from various fields of cultural property protection present their lectures in short video units. The positive completion of quizzes is a prerequisite for unlocking subsequent lessons.
For actively participating in the course you will receive an automatic certificate which includes your username, the course name as well as the completed lessons. We want to point out that this certificate merely confirms that the user answered at least 75% of the self-assessment questions correctly.
You can earn 6
ECTS for the completion of the course if you write a concluding essay. In
addition to that you can expand the course to a certified
programme worth 30 ECTS. Further information and contact details can be found
here: Cultural Propterty Protection - Master of Science | Certified Program
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Asst.-Prof. Dr. Anna Kaiser
Asst.-Prof. Dr. Anna Kaiser is a specialist in the field of cultural heritage
protection. In 2013 she received her doctorate sub auspiciis praesidentis at
the University of Vienna with a thesis on the Roman military. Since 2015 she
has been a researcher for cultural property protection at University for
Continuing Education Krems and has ever since played a significant role in
the establishment and international positioning of the Center for Cultural
Property Protection, of which she has been deputy head since 2020. As such
she acts as coordinator for several EU projects on cultural heritage protection,
climate change, preservation and sustainable use of cultural heritage. Anna
Kaiser teaches and holds lectures for national and international audiences on
the broad topic of cultural property protection and emphasizes the particular
importance in creating sustainable as well as feasible interfaces between civil
stakeholders, various emergency services and especially the military.
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The necessary holistic approach to the wide topic of cultural heritage protection is ensured by the transdisciplinary composition of the project's partnership, which holds expertise in cultural property protection, cultural landscapes, climatology and climate change, structural engineering, material handling, preparedness measures, heritage sciences, conservation and restoration. The CHePiCC online project consortium, consisting of four European universities and two research institutions, is well balanced in expertise and due to their geographical distribution, well represent the diverse areas/climate zones of Europe:
- University for Continuing Education Krems (UWK) [Austria] - expertise in cultural heritage protection, preparedness measures for movable heritage, collaboration with emergency responders in cultural heritage protection, cultural landscapes, especially in Central Europe and preparedness measures
- Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ITAM) [Czech Republic] - expertise in maintenance and preparedness measures for built heritage and in the evaluation of climate change effects on building fabrics with deeper insights on structural safety, damage and vulnerability assessment and performance analysis of historic building materials (in particular masonry, mortars and stones, wood)
- Technical and Natural Science University of Norway (NTNU) [Norway] - expertise in cultural landscapes, especially in Northern Europe, monitoring of climate change effects, preparedness measures which include energy efficiency and sustainable options for built cultural heritage (especially wooden buildings) and cultural landscapes
- Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council (CNR-ISAC) [Italy] - expertise in climate change, preparedness measures for heritage assets outdoor (statues, monumental complexes, archaeological sites, pollution impact) and cultural landscapes, especially in Southern Europe
- University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) [Spain] - expertise in cultural landscapes, mitigation measures for cultural landscapes affected by climate change and distance learning in higher education
- University of Applied Arts Vienna (UAA) [Austria] - expertise in preventive conservation, conservation-restoration and preparedness measures for monuments and collections
All partners are active in state-of-the-art research conducted in current high-profile research projects and thus guarantee a research-based approach to their content.