Department of History

Major international meeting on cultural heritage held

2016-04-16

Tor Broström, Professor of Building Conservation at Campus Gotland, participated in the international meeting chaired by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Uppsala University’s Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson and Professor of Building Conservation Tor Broström at Campus Gotland participated in a large international conference on cultural heritage and cultural preservation at Yale University in mid-April. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chaired the meeting.

The U.N. Global Colloquium of University Presidents is an annual meeting arranged by Brown University, Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University, with support and participation by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This year’s meeting was held at Yale University.

The theme for this year was ‘Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Strategies’ and drew presidents, vice-chancellors and researchers from 25 universities in Brazil, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, Great Britain and the US. The aim of the meeting was partly to identify future potential for collaborations between the participating universities, and partly to formulate recommendations to be presented to the Secretary-General and the UN.

Representing Uppsala University were Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson and Tor Broström, Professor of Building Conservation at the Department of Art History, Campus Gotland. Tor Broström gave a presentation on ‘Cultural Heritage and Climate Change’ based upon his participation in the EU project Climate for Culture.

‘It was a great honour to receive an invitation to this meeting. It is an acknowledgement of Uppsala as a world-leading university, but also of the research we conduct on cultural preservation at Campus Gotland. It presented a unique opportunity to lay the groundwork for global collaboration in research and education and affect international policies for the preservation of cultural heritage,’ Tor Broström says.

More information about the meeting: http://ungc.yale.edu

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