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Climate Change and Cultural Heritage: from theory to practice

Explore the links between tangible cultural heritage and climate change and advance your knowledge of conservation methods and adaptation plans which address the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage

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CIVIS focus area
Climate, environment and energy
Open to
  • Master's
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 4
Course dates
2 November - 21 December 2021

Climate change is a threat to cultural heritage. In order to recognize, monitor, assess and address such threats, a wide variety of scientific disciplines are needed: environmental and climate science, physics, chemistry, biology and of course archaeology. This course applies a solid transdisciplinary approach, with aims that include the understanding of climate risks, the study of new methods for assessing the degradation of materials, the examination of the impact of indoor climate on heritage materials (for example in museums) and finally the design of climate change adaptation plans. Critical parameters such as exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change will be examined as we explore the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage.

Duration of the course: 8 weeks Weekly study : 2 hours
Location: Online Language: English
Nb of students accepted: 25 ECTS offered: 2

The course runs for 8 weeks from November 2 to December 21. It will take place every Tuesday from 15.00-17.00 CET.

Evaluation Process

Students need to attend at least seven out of the eight lectures and take a final test (multiple choice questions).

Applicants should be Master's or PhD students at one of the CIVIS member universities (exceptionally, Master's or doctoral students from other universities may be accepted).

A working knowledge of English (at least B2 level) is recommended.


Prof. Constantinos Cartalis, Director of the Department of Environmental Physics and coordinator of the Center of Excellence "Climate Change - Adaptation and Mitigation", National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Prof. Gabriele Favero PhD, Chairman of Didactic Board in Science Applied to Cultural Heritage, Sapienza Università di Roma

Prof. Delia-Laura Popescu, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bucharest

Application timeline

Application deadline: 20/09/2021
Applications reviewed: 11/10/2021

Application Process

Applicants should send

  1. A cover letter (not more than 300 words) explaining their motivation for attending the course
  2. A short CV (max 2 pages) including information on their educational background and the level of knowledge of the English language.

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