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Scientific work and citizen participation in cultural heritage during Covid-19

Due to too few submissions , we have combined the three round tables around Corona into one.

Citizen participation science communication and world heritage

Call for Short Papers


Chairs: Elisabeth MONAMY | Sigrid PETER
(ARCHEOMUSE Vienna, Austria | Association for preservation and research of castle „Ried am Riederberg + Archeopublica)

Keywords: Citizen participation, communication, digitalisation, COVID-19, museums

The last year had quite an impact on all our known and beloved areas of life as well as the working daily life and was especially challenging for cultural institutions like museums. However, there were also positive aspects and many innovations in the field of digitalisation. This round table will precisely discuss this aspect of new possibilities and innovations, also regarding citizen participation and science communication within the wide frame of the world’s heritage.

We are looking for all contributions that address the following questions: What input did (or still does) Covid-19 have on museums? To what extent were there benefits in terms of digitisation? What role(s) do museums play regarding citizens’ participation in cultural heritage? Which target groups should be reached and which target groups take advantage of the digital museum offer? How can people who do not have so many opportunities to participate in cultural heritage be reached through an online offer? Were there any learning experiences for museum staff and/or citizens through the new media? What was the practical implementation for museums in terms of technical and financial aspects, as well as accessibility to citizens? Was there a mutual influence between education, museums, and the lockdown? In which areas were new technologies used and in which areas was existing material accessed? Was there an advantage for museums to “go online”? What was the impact on the visitor group(s)? What experience do the museums have with the implementation? (Technology, costs, accessibility of citizens…) What opportunities were / are there for citizens to participate in the protection of cultural heritage in times of Covid-19? How can large museums and small heritage museums attract people to their collections and exhibitions despite the pandemic? Everyone who would like to contribute to this round table is welcome to submit a short (impulse) lecture. Present your own citizen participation project, share your experiences about involving people from different backgrounds – or point out failures.

We invite the widest range of people – up from professionals in all related disciplines to amateurs and citizen scientists of all disciplines to participate in the discussion.

The round table consists of many different short impulse lectures (~10 min) and a discussion in which all participants and listeners are invited to actively engage in.


Call for Short Papers

Chairs: Wolfgang BÖRNER | Alessandro CAMIZ
(Museen der Stadt Wien – Stadtarchäologie | Özyeğin University; Istanbul, Turkey)

Keywords: Corona, new Technologies, scientific work, change

Who would have thought? The pandemic has held the world in its tight grip for more than one year and still with no end in sight. At the moment, we can only make the vaguest statements about the future. The worlds of science and culture as well as the economy are all depressed and will take many years to recover. Many colleagues have lost their jobs or are working on a part-time basis and many institutions and museums are closed. Can this damage ever be repaired?

  • How has our scientific work changed?
  • How can work on archaeological sites and other cultural heritage sites be maintained?
  • How can new technologies help us?

For this Round Table we expect short papers (5-10 minutes) on topics like:

  • How have we mastered the crisis so far?
  • How has the way we work changed?
  • Can we apply the lessons learnt to the future?

In addition to short papers, there will also be a lively and goal-oriented discussion.

In preparation for Round Table, there will be a page on the CHNT website where the community can post pictures about their impressions, experiences and adapted working methods.


Call for Short Papers


Chairs: Cristiana BARANDONI | Paolo GIULIERINI
( Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Italy)


The Round table that we are proposing this year focuses, for the second consecutive year, on 3D modeling and in particular on the use of virtual models in the communicative, didactic and pedagogical fields in the museum sector.

More and more frequently, photogrammetry and laser scanners become irreplaceable tools for the creation of virtual models of both artifacts and archaeological architectural structures.
In addition to the well-known educational purpose, the use of augmented and virtual reality is becoming increasingly popular to guarantee access to all those sites and museums that, especially following the COVID emergency, have had to resort to it in order to maintain the relationship with their audience.

This RT wants to offer these institutions the opportunity to present actions taken to face the global health emergency. Contributions that will illustrate heritage communication actions in areas of crisis and war as far as those projects that, through digital, have made their heritage permanently accessible,  will also be welcome.