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14- 15 November 2019
3rd International Conference of Nautical and Maritime Cultur

The CNM conference, organized by “Associazione Italiana di Tecnica Navale” (ATENA), is one of the major Italian scientific events on maritime and nautical culture. The conference will take place in two days, November 14th and 15th 2019, covering all the conceptual and theoretical aspects connected to the research in engineering, history, architecture, economic, and social sciences fields. After the great success of the previous two editions, about 100 contributions are expected which will be organized in parallel sessions by topic. The CNM 2019 conference will be held in Naples, with the aim of promoting the dialogue between scholars, professionals, and those who are involved, with their particular skills, in research, development, and enhancement of sea culture.
An international scientific Committee, representative of international academic and cultural institutions, will review the extended abstracts assuring the scientific quality of the conference. Professors Antonio Scamardella (University of Naples Parthenope) and Ernesto Fasano (University of Naples Federico II) have been engaged to chair the CNM 2019 Conference Scientific Committee. The extended abstract (max 5000 words) can be composed in either English or Italian language. After the approval, the contributors will be allowed to present their work during the conference. Moreover, provided that English language has been chosen, a full-length paper (max 10 pages) can be submitted to be included in the conference proceedings and indexed by SCOPUS.
Since the dawn of history, the sea represents an environment that connects and divides human societies. However, its liquid boundaries have never been insuperable barriers for man. Nowadays as well as in the past, human beings cut through the sea to discover, inhabit and connect the entire known world. In order to face the sea, they develop increasingly ingenious and innovative technological solutions. On the seashore, they build up cities, ports, increasing the productive capacity and establishing new commercial and political relations. At sea, the essence of human evolution is still expressed and sublimated, despite the virtual interconnection of the modern world: the constant tension towards the unknown and the attempt to go beyond the knowledge limits. This is a path marked by discoveries, failures and transitions, that are the milestones of the secular man-sea relationship.

Naples, Italy

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15 - 20 September 2019
ICMM 2019 Congress

The next ICMM biennial Congress returns to Northern Europe with a unique format.
The Congress begins in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday 15 September, then moves by Baltic ferry - with Congress sessions onboard - to Mariehamn in the Åland Islands of Finland. Here the Aland Maritime Museum hosts the final days of the Congress.
The Congress Programme Committee has been formed, under the leadership of David Wright, Director of the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
More Congress details will be added to the website as organisation of the Congress proceeds.
It’s an ICMM Congress not to miss, so book the dates now: 15-20 September 2019

Stockholm, Sweden -at sea - Mariehamn, Aland, Finland

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16 - 17 May 2019
European Maritime Day (EMD)

One more exciting European Maritime Day (EMD) is approaching. The focus of EMD 2019 in Lisbon Portugal (16 & 17 May), will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment. Check out the full provisional programme at and register on line:
EMD 2019 is going to provide an inspirational opening session, 8 breakout sessions organised by the European Commission and focusing on a number of strategic EU policy initiatives to support Europe’s Sustainable Blue Economy, and 28 high-quality Thematic Workshops designed and organized by maritime stakeholders.
It is also offering an upgraded Blue Expo experience and project pitch stage. Book a booth until 4 April 2019 via our Exhibition page! Once registered to the EMD conference you will be able to book B2B meeting slots, post your profile and/or register to workshops or breakout sessions.
So let’s dance along the waves and celebrate all things maritime as well as the gift our seas and oceans provide, from the air we breathe, to the fish we eat, to the inspiration that shapes our culture and moves our bards and poets!

Lisboa, Portugal

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13 - 15 March 2019
1st World Congress on Martime Heritage

The Congress will initiate a coordinated effort to communicate the importance of our maritime heritage and current maritime endeavours.
It will bring together a diverse global array of maritime stakeholders, and provide a unique opportunity for all to form new partnerships towards achieving a common objective: securing a sustainable future through better understanding of our common maritime heritage.


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13-15 March 2019
Traditional Shipping in European Waters

The Hanseatic City of Rostock, Tourism Information Office Rostock & Warnemuende, Bureau Hanse Sail in consultation with European Maritime Heritage Association has the honour to invite to the International Conference "Traditional Shipping in European Waters".
The conference will be held in Rostock on 13th to 15th of March 2019 at the Shipbuilding and Seafaring Museum Rostock, Germany.
The conference shall bring together stakeholders of maritime heritage and tourism, owners of traditional ships, project partners of European projects, people involved in maintenance of maritime culture, operation and and preservation of maritime heritage sites, maritime museums, tourism entrepreneurs and representatives of Baltic cities.

Rostock, Germany

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5-6 December 2018
Historic Ships 2018 - Call for Papers

From the trader junks of China to the battleships of WW2, historic ships are an important link to our seafaring past. And as the skills and techniques used to construct and operate our historic ships fade out of living memory, now is an important time to highlight the struggles of researchers, enthusiasts and engineers as they preserve and restore our maritime heritage.
RINA’s Historic Ships conference returns for a fifth instalment that will not only focus on the restoration and preservation of historic vessels, but also the research and investigation into the engineering and efficiency of historic designs through modern naval architecture techniques.
Papers are invited from naval architects, academics, and enthusiasts on all related topics, including:
    Analysis of historic designs, including investigations into their hydrodynamic efficiency and structural design
    Research into historic shipbuilding and sailing techniques
    Restoration and preservation
    Maintenance of craft skills and training
    Replicas and their concession to the modern world
    Recent archaeological discoveries
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering.

London, UK

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22 - 24 November 2018
International Conference “Port cities and maritime routes in Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea (18th – 21st century)”.

After the successful completion of the International Symposium “Culture and Space in the Balkans 17th – 20th century”, the concept of proceeding a similar scientific meeting concerning culture, ekistics and anthropogeography arised among a group of members of the Organizing Committee of the Symposium that was held in 2014 at the University of Macedonia (organized by the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies).
Within the specified historic timeline (18th – 21st century), three geographic thematic fields are defined: Europe, the Balkans and the “Greek area”, with an increasing importance for the third one.
During the 18th century the geopolitical environment of Eastern Mediterranean is being reconstructed, while Great Britain dominates in colonial maritime commerce with cities of significant importance, such as Alexandria, Antiochia and Constantinople.

Athens, Greece

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8 - 9 November 2018
European Maritime Heritage Congress for the European Maritime Heritage and Europes Maritime Museums

A congress with Europe’s maritime museums to expand cooperation with the renovation, preservation and operation of museum ships in Europe. Everything in order to preserve the European Maritime Heritage.

Stockholm, Sweden

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22-27 October 2018
15th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA 15)

Local and inter-regional traditions in shipbuilding.
Each region has its own shipbuilding traditions that reflect the particularities of its nautical area, mainly its geographic and economic specificities but also on its political, social and cultural characteristics. The more pronounced these particularities, the stronger and more persistent the traditions. Beyond the local level, strongly marked by specific activities on a limited scale, these same phenomena can also be found at a regional level and, more broadly, within the well-defined spaces of inland water navigation, and within enclosed sea areas. However, when the maritime space widens across the open sea, specificities fade to make room for more common traditions that tend to a certain universality as maritime spaces are increasingly global. lt is in this context that changes in shipbuilding traditions occur, with the contradictory interplay of local or regional resistance and interregional reciprocal influences, which may lead to transfer of technology.
Depending on the scale and nature of maritime exchange, and depending on the extent of maritime areas being studied, these developments will be more or less rapid and more or less complex. lt is these interactions between local and interregional traditions, open seas and enclosed seas that we seek to demonstrate through examples from nautical areas as varied and representative as possible.

Marseille, France

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17-19 October 2018
ICMM Regional Conference - Call for Papers

PORTS – NODES OF GLOBALIZATION – History, Perspectives, Museums
Ports have always been hubs of global economic and socio-cultural relationships.
The German Port Museum, with the public Foundation of the Historic Museums Hamburg is currently developing a new national museum dedicated to the history and presence of German ports and their connections to the world. The future German Port Museum will be a place where the port serves as an explanatory model of global economic and socio-cultural connections.

Hamburg, Germany

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5 -6 September 2018
THE NAO VICTORIA International Congress

Throughout the 13th to the 16th century, Basque naval technological evolution would produce craft that came to dominate the commercial routes opened up between the Mediterranean and the European Atlantic. This process culminated with the development of the ocean-going ships, which were protagonists of the first circumnavigation and exercised their hegemony in the relations between the old and the new worlds. 2018 is the year of cultural heritage, and the antechamber of the 5th Centenary of the First Circumnavigation of the World by Juan Sebastian Elcano on board the Victoria.

Donostia San Sebastián, Spain (Basque Country)

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18-24 June 2018
European Cultural Heritage Summit : "Sharing Heritage - Sharing Values"

The European Cultural Heritage Summit will take place from 18-24 June 2018 in Berlin, Germany. This Summit, with the motto “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values”, has been recognised by the European Union as one of the key public events of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) and will be supported by the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
The European Cultural Heritage Summit will be co-hosted by Europa Nostra, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) and the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK), acting as national coordinator of the EYCH in Germany.
The Summit will engage and mobilise a wide range of stakeholders, public and private, for an ambitious European Cultural Heritage Agenda. The Summit will be attended by highest representatives of EU Institutions, Member States and civil society organisations from all over Europe. Members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 and other members of the Stakeholders Committee have been invited to contribute to the programme.

Berlin, Germany

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31 Mai - 1 June 2018
European Maritime Day & Burgas Maritime Festival

The next stop for our European Maritime Day cruise is on 31st of May and 1st of June 2018 in sunny Burgas at the Black Sea. As usual we are going to work with you to offer an attractive programme and great networking opportunities.
You will find practical information on themes, stakeholders' workshops, deadlines in this document and in the page "Get involved". You can now apply to the organisation of a workshop (deadline 30 November).

Burgas, Bulgaria

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30-31 May 2018
Giving the Past a Future - Giving the Futere a Past

The Conference is a 2-day event, supporting the Volvo Ocean Race Festival, with some “fringe” events in the evening of the 30th.
For 30th May, the theme of The Maritime Heritage Trust event is Vision for Heritage and highlights the challenges and opportunities for industrial maritime and transport heritage and including sessions on help for preservation organisations.
Speakers include Matthew Tanner, Chief Exec of SS Great Britain; Sara Crofts, Head of Historic Environment, HLF; Emma Chaplin, Director AIM; and presentations from National Historic Ships and from individual projects
In the evening of 30th May, free public lectures in the Wales Millennium Centre and in The Exchange Hotel will include topics relating to Wales - Year of the Sea and commmunity heritage projects.
The follow-on event organised by Cardiff Harbour Authority on 31st May - The Vision for the Future of Cardiff Bay - provides a chance to hear about the Council’s new vision for the Bay in the context of the story so far and to hear the views of experts from across Europe responding to this vision.
Speakers include Cllr Russell Goodway, Cabinet Member for Investment & Development, Cardiff Council; Neil MacOmish, Partner Scott Brownigg; Gordon Young, international artist; and more. A panel discussion will be based on experience at ports elsewhere.
The conference takes place in the previously threatened Cardiff Coal Exchange - one of the premier historic buildings in the Cardiff port area - now being superbly restored as the Exchange Hotel.
On both days there will be afternoon visits to Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Docks and the Volvo Ocean Race Village.

Cardiff, UK

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9 November 2017
Conference 'Ship in the Storm. Historical Context in the Baltic Sea'

In the framework of the opening of a new navigation history exhibition 'Maritime Disasters and Lithuania' and a renovated complex of the Lithuanian Sea Museum.
The conference will focus on topics of maritime disasters and life saving on the sea.

Klaipeda, Lithuania

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15-20 October 2017

ICMM members have met together since the early 1970s and this Congress is the 18th such meeting. ICMM conferences enable worldwide delegates to network, share expertise and resources, and to learn about the lates best practices in maritime muesums operations and management from around the world.
The conference theme is Discoveries!, with recognized speakers and subject specially selected for the event.
During the conference there will be formal presentations by delegates and workshop sesiones, as well as a social programme of formal and informal activities.
All sessions will be conducted in English, and there will be simoultaneous translate to spanish.

Valparaiso, Chili

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17 - 19 March 2017

"We're all in the same boat – the social importance of ships, rafts and ferries"
Papers discussing topics of archaeology and history of navigation on Rhine and Moselle are as welcome as those on sociology and cultural history of the nautical life through all periods and regions as well as on issues relating to communication allowed by watercraft to cross rivers, lakes and seas including its effects.
You may report on new results of all kinds of field and basic studies or present theoretical discussions of old and new problems. Furthermore, reports on other kinds of new findings and on results from nautical and freshwater archaeology and cultural history – not to forget the latest developments of methodology and technology – will gladly be accepted.

Koblenz, Germany

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7 - 8 December 2016
RINA International Conference - Historic Ships

From the trader junks of China to the battleships of WW2, historic ships are an important link to our seafaring past. And as the skills and techniques used to construct and operate our historic ships fade out of living memory, now is an important time to highlight the struggles of researchers, enthusiasts and engineers as they preserve and restore our maritime heritage.
RINA’s Historic Ships conference returns for a fifth instalment that will not only focus on the restoration and preservation of historic vessels, but also the research and investigation into the engineering and efficiency of historic designs through modern naval architecture techniques.

London, UK

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26 - 29 October 2016
ERIH Annual Conference

"European industrial heritage. How to tell the international story?" From its beginnings, the Industrial Revolution was not just a local phenomenon, it was international – “Globalization” is not a new buzz word! The new technologies quickly spread across the world, particularly in Europe, and this marked a major turning point in history.
Almost every aspect of daily life was affected in some way and as a result, there were strong similarities across countries and cultures in the methods of production and ways of life – we all dug the same coal…
Each Industrial Heritage site; every city; and each workers’ dwelling has an international dimension to its history and this provides a huge treasure trove of fascinating stories which can be presented in ways that appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.
We invited experts from different countries to present their way of showing the European Links at their sites, routes and in their regions. Based on these examples of good practice, we invite the delegates to discuss and develop new ideas and get new impetus for their own sites.
In the afternoon of the Conference Day (27th October) we offer three different panel discussions: “European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018”, “How to implement ERIH on national level?” and “ERIH-Ideas for the next funding period 2017-2020”. As always there are several excursions before, during and after the conference. The ERIH General Assembly will held on Friday 28th October 02016.

Porto, Portugal

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17 - 18 October 2016
Forbundet KYSTEN and UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Traditional boatbuilding as a subject for university study?  
Norwegian and Nordic traditional boatbuilding represent a long-standing and complex tradition in which knowledge has been built up over many generations. The craft has
been developed, maintained and handed down in various boatbuilding and maritime communities. For a number of reasons, knowledge about how to build these boats is now at risk of being lost forever. It is therefore vital that we continue to have tradition bearers: sustainable knowledge environments and institutions that can both preserve and cultivate this knowledge.

Tromsø, Norway

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22-24 September 2016
Triennial EMH congress - CHARTING COURSES

Problem solving strategies in maritime heritage
If you look at an old ship, for the owner it may be a treasure, but for others it could be a piece of junk. When you tell people that it is a former fishing vessel called 'Zeesboote' from the bays around Stralsund it becomes a bit more interesting. The story that this type of ship was rescued from scrapping by the former Eastern Germany authorities by converting them to a special class of racing yachts makes you will never forget it.
Similar stories can be told about the San Juan, the whaler replica giving back the Bask society its identity in whaling, or the Halve Maen, reliving the discovery of the Hudson Bay and River by the Dutch.
Replica's get another value. Reconversion is more obvious and charter vessels as a part of heritage is more clear: it enables story telling for long time.
Problem solving strategies in maritime heritage
In maritime heritage most people involved cherish their object but it is a hard job against regulations and lack of money. From marketing point of view the experience of the public/society must become the central theme. Put the objects in their environment again (ensembles) and create support via emotions and enforcing identity.
Sector, factor, vector
In Dutch wording: we are a 'sector'  now, we claim our own position and like to get support for our 'hobby'. The next step is to become a 'factor', economically for tourism and housing for example, but also the ensemble value in spatial planning and landscape. And the ultimate step would be becoming a 'vector', a vehicle for society emotions like identity and historical awareness.
Being a vector makes it easier to defend against regulations and to raise funding.

Erenteria/Pasaia, Spain

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Draft logistics

19-22 September 2016
World Canal Conference

World Canals Conference 2016
From Panama to Paris, waterways from around the globe will meet in Inverness in September 2016 as the prestigious World Canals Conference returns to Scotland after more than a decade.
Hosted in Inverness, the gateway to the majestic Caledonian Canal, the conference will showcase the many attractions of the nation’s 137-mile canal network, from the incredible Kelpies – the largest equine sculptures on the planet – and The Falkirk Wheel to the innovative projects in surface water management, asset monitoring and repair and place-making.
The four-day event will see international waterway experts, business leaders and global professionals celebrate innovative thinking and cutting-edge delivery in a range of disciplines including sustainable tourism development, regeneration, heritage management, climate change and engineering within the iconic landscape of the Scottish Highlands.

Inverness, Scotland (UK)

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1-2 July 2016
22 ° Forum of AMMM - Association of Mediterranean Maritime Museums Museums and Cultural Seascapes

During the XXII AMMM FORUM to be held in Genoa from 1 – 2 July 2016, the Maritime Museums of the Mediterranean will share experiences and best practices on "Museums and Cultural Seascapes"
The goal is to strengthen the networks of public and private entities, in order become pro-active  for the protection, preservation and enhancement of maritime heritage in their communities.
 AMMM choosen this theme to confront with museum professionals during the  General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)”Museums and Landscape”  that will be held in Milan, after the AMMM Forum, from 3rd to 9th July 2016.

Genoa, Italy

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29 June - 1 July 2016
International Conference Maritime Traditions in European waters - best practice of building and operating replicas -

On occasion of the 20th jubilee of Baltic Sail the Baltic Sail Committee in cooperation with the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk cordially invite you to participate in the
International Conference Maritime Traditions in European waters
- best practice of building and operating replicas -
organized in consultation with European Maritime Heritage
to take place in the City of Gdansk from 29th June to 1st July 2016
Preserving our maritime heritage is not only the objective of maritime museums. More than 200 old-time sailing vessels and about two million visitors can be counted every year during maritime events in the Baltic Sea Region. Many of those festivals are organized by Baltic Sail member cities: Gdansk (Poland), Guldborgsund Kommune (Denmark), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Karlskrona (Sweden), Riga (Latvia) and Rostock (Germany). Their common goal is to save and promote traditional shipping as a major part of our common maritime heritage. Traditional vessels are in the centre of interest, presenting themselves as ambassadors of their countries and their regional maritime heritage. Maritime Museums as scientific, professional and public protectors of our maritime heritage are members of Baltic Sail as well.
European Maritime Heritage is the association of traditional ships in operation. Its task is to safeguard traditional ships and all the skills belonging to shipping. In the European Maritime Policy it is acknowledged that traditional shipping has become economically important and can also raise public awareness towards ports and traditional shipping, to stimulate young people to start a career in seafaring and to revive and disseminate traditional maritime skills.
Opportunities and best practice examples of these merits of traditional shipping will be discussed by delegates of cities or institutions representing world maritime heritage sites, organizers of harbour festivals, owners, agents or operators of traditional sailing ships, scientists of maritime and naval museums, national shipping authorities, associations or private persons interested in maintaining or simply displaying the maritime cultural heritage of Europe and especially the Baltic Sea Region.
You’re very welcome to join the International Conference Maritime Traditions in European waters - best practice of building and operating replicas -.

Gdansk, Poland

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22-27 May 2016
Europa Nostra’s European Heritage Congress 2016

As in previous years, the Congress will bring together hundreds of heritage players from all over Europe – professionals and volunteers, members of Europa Nostra and the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, partners from the wider fields of culture and economy, and representatives from various EU institutions and governmental networks.
Our Congress will offer you an inspiring platform for networking and the broadening of your horizons and also, hopefully, for forging new partnerships and friendships. As such, the Madrid Congress is a key event of Europa Nostra’s Network project ‘Mainstreaming Heritage’, which is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. It also benefits from the support of numerous public and private partners from Spain and Europe.
The Congress is being organised with the invaluable assistance of our country representation Hispania Nostra under the auspices of H.M. Queen Letizia of Spain. Set up in 1976 as a result of the Year of the European Architectural Heritage, Hispania Nostra has been a committed and very active member of Europa Nostra ever since. We warmly invite all members of Europa Nostra to celebrate Hispania Nostra’s 40th anniversary in Madrid!

Madrid, Spain

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19 - 21 May 2016
7th International Industrial Heritage Conference - Pro-Torpedo

Word of welcome - Miljenko Smokvina
Welcome to Rijeka to the 7th International Conference on Industrial Heritage. This conference topic will be dedicated to the 150 years of invention of the "Luppis-Whitehead" torpedo in Rijeka. In 2003, we started here in Rijeka, with heritage conference, which main topic was 150 years of the first torpedo factory in the world, which started in Rijeka in 1853. as a modern foundry and shipyard, in which in December 1866, has been tested the first world successful torpedo.
Robert Whitehead, technical director of the factory, who after two year of painstaking work and experiments, have succeeded in getting new underwater autonomous naval weapon, first "Fish Torpedo". The idea for this new weapon came from naval officer, G. B. Luppis, who came after his retirement in his native town, Rijeka, and who proposed to R. Whitehead to develop from his idea new technical device, the first torpedoes have been named "Luppis - Whitehead" torpedo, later just "Whitehead".
The new invention started the revolution in all world Naval policies and our Rijeka torpedo heritage conference, in May 2016. expect to put a light on all aspect of torpedo inventions. The histories of torpedoes, Rijeka "Whiteheads", and all other types and models of torpedoes, which have been invented and produced all around the world are the main topic of this conference.
We would be glad that Rijeka, while the three conference days, will be the center of the world for the best world experts in torpedo history, torpedo technology and its heritage. We expect that Rijeka will be a place to present and discus all related topic to torpedo heritage and all aspects of its technology, which is still important in out today life (as gyroscopes, servo systems, etc). This 150 anniversary is just an occasion to talk about all other torpedo inventors from all other countries around the world, about other types of torpedo technologies, propulsion, guidance systems, about torpedo R&D, about its influence on world Navies and so on.
Until now hundreds of world experts have presented here in Rijeka their Industrial heritage papers, we had lively discussions on our six conferences, we have published our conference Proceedings, and we will be very happy if can join us in our efforts to preserve torpedo heritage in Rijeka, Croatia, in your country, and all around the world.
We would like you to feel nice and comfortable in Rijeka, to establish here useful contacts with worldwide experts and professionals, to confirm existing friendships and make new ones.

Rijeka, Croatia

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18-19 May and 20-22 May 2016
European Maritime Day Investing in competitive blue growth - smart and sustainable solutions

European Maritime Day is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss, and forge joint action. Its ninth edition will take place in Turku, Finland. Join us for a stimulating conference on 18-19 May 2016 and an attractive lineup of activities for the general public on 20-22 May 2016!
The conference will provide strong input to shape future policies and the practical steps needed to drive transformational change in the blue economy and the wider maritime policy agenda. It will focus on smart and sustainable solutions for blue growth, ocean governance, clean energy and maritime skills development and it will look at tools to facilitate joint action. Throughout, there will be a particular focus on specific regional challenges and opportunities.

Turku, Finland

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1 - 8 November 2015
XVIIth International Congress of Maritime Museums

The International Congress of Maritime Museums has held its conferences in a wide variety of locations in Australasia, North America and Europe; but never in Asia. The decision at the last meeting in Cascais to bring ‘east’ and ‘west’ together and hold the seventeenth congress in Hong Kong and Macau in 2015 was long overdue an could become a defining moment in the history of ICMM. It will bring great opportunities to broaden and strengthen the traditional base of the Congress, welcome new members and institutions from the Asia-Pacific region, and provide a rewarding and exciting venue for existing members. Our colleagues at the Hong Kong and Macau maritime museums are working together to create an unforgettable, and even more importantly, an affordable visit.
Your programme committee has also not been idle, and Council agreed at its meeting at Greenwich in March that the title of the 2015 congress will be Connections – a subject that captures the fundamental purpose of ICMM, and is particularly relevant to this historic meeting. A formal call for papers will be issued later this year, in November, but we felt that members would appreciate early notice of the congress to give them more time to think about proposals for papers. The committee is currently seeing Connections being explored through six main themes:
· Maritime connections between East and West
· Connections between museums on local, national and international levels
· Between museums and their various communities and stakeholders
· Between past and present, historical and contemporary
· Between virtual and real
· Between museums, objects, narratives and audiences
 The International Congress of Maritime Museums has held its conferences in a wide variety of locations in Australasia, North America and Europe; but never in Asia. The decision at the last meeting in Cascais to bring ‘east’ and ‘west’ together and hold the seventeenth congress in Hong Kong and Macau in 2015 was long overdue an could become a defining moment in the history of ICMM. It will bring great opportunities to broaden and strengthen the traditional base of the Congress, welcome new members and institutions from the Asia-Pacific region, and provide a rewarding and exciting venue for existing members. Our colleagues at the Hong Kong and Macau maritime museums are working together to create an unforgettable, and even more importantly, an affordable visit.
Your programme committee has also not been idle, and Council agreed at its meeting at Greenwich in March that the title of the 2015 congress will be Connections – a subject that captures the fundamental purpose of ICMM, and is particularly relevant to this historic meeting. A formal call for papers will be issued later this year, in November, but we felt that members would appreciate early notice of the congress to give them more time to think about proposals for papers. The committee is currently seeing Connections being explored through six main themes:
· Maritime connections between East and West
· Connections between museums on local, national and international levels
· Between museums and their various communities and stakeholders
· Between past and present, historical and contemporary
· Between virtual and real
· Between museums, objects, narratives and audiences
Each allows us to explore different perspectives from across and outside our membership, bringing together participants and key elements in the work of maritime museums worldwide that may not previously have been particularly well ‘connected’.
While we hope these themes will ensure a coherent and stimulating congress for all, they are neither exhaustive nor exclusive at this early stage and we would welcome any suggestions, comments or questions. Please email me, Nigel Rigby (Royal Museums Greenwich) at, and I will circulate your thoughts to the other members of the programme committee:
Marika Hedin (Gustavianum Museum), Tianlong Jiao (Hong Kong Maritime Museum), Peter Neill (World Ocean Laboratory), Maja Wolny (Navigo Museum), Chu Pang Wu (Macau Maritime Museum)

Hong Kong - Macau

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21 - 25 September 2015
14th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology

Call for papers
The Programme Committee of the International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology welcomes submissions for papers as well as posters for the 14th symposium, to be held at the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, Poland, from the 21st to the 25th of September 2015. Submissions should consist of a title as well as an abstract of about 300 words submitted online. Each applicant is permitted to send one abstract to the secretariat email: The deadline for submissions is 1st February, 2015.
See '14 isbsa pdf.pdf' for more information.

Gdańsk, Poland

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6-8 May 2015
21th AMMM Forum

The workgroup of the Association and Marco Polo System, GEIE, organisers of next AMMM Forum, have been working on the programme draft content of our 21st edition. As you recall the event will take place in Venice (both at the Arsenale and Forte Marghera), from the 6th to the 8th of May 2015. On this occasion the Forum, entitled MUSEUMS AND SEA CULTURAL LANDSCAPES, will focus on environmental themes, always targeting our maritime heritage and culture.

Venice, Italy

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7 - 11 April 2015
International Theoretical and Practical Conference Study and Preservation of Maritime Heritage

Museum of the World Ocean invites you to take part in International Theoretical and Practical Conference devoted to issues of study and preservation of maritime heritage and museum’s 25th anniversary.
 The conferences organized by Museum of the World Ocean bring museum and scientific communities closer to phenomenon of maritime heritage and let reveal problematic moments in study and preservation of maritime heritage as well as plan the ways of their solution.
Study and Preservation of Maritime Heritage International Theoretical and Practical Conference will be held in a jubilee year for the museum – the year when Museum of the World Ocean sums up its activities.      

Kaliningrad, Russia

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23 October 2014
Maritime Heritage Skills Conference

Join international maritime experts for a conference dedicated to preserving traditional boat building skills

Falmouth, UK

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25 September 2014
Maritime Heritage Skills Conference

Join international maritime experts for a conference dedicated to preserving traditional boat building skills.

Ostende, Belgium

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3 - 5 September 2014
Xith North Sea History Conference

Mobility in a maritimeworld
The Northern Seas Maritime Museum network.
The NSMM is a network deriving from the Association of North Sea Cities.
The aim of the Association is to foster cultural and scientific exchanges across the North Sea and the NSMM establishes the model for the networks that will form the base for future growth of the Association.
The objectives of NSMM network are: to promote the cooperation between maritime museums and other institutions or individuals doing academic research, by organizing conferences, exhibitions, publications, research and exchanging information and staff et cetera. The main event of the NSMM is the Northern Seas History Conference where academics from all over the world meet to discuss issues of the Northern Seas.
The Northern Seas History Conference is held every three years and the conference proceedings are published shortly after. The next North Sea History Conference will be held in Amsterdam in 2014.
The NSMM consists at the moment of eleven maritime museums around the North Sea and is managed by a Board consisting of one representative from each participating museum. The Board meets at least once a year. Day to day business is run by the NSMM Secretariat which is located at the Fisheries and Maritime Museum in Esbjerg, Denmark.
On this homepage you can read more about the history of NSMM, members of the network and upcoming events within the NSMM, Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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4-7 June 2014
8th EMH Congres

European Maritime, the European association for traditional ships in operation. As befits its title, this event will be shared between the traditional port cities of Flensburg and Aabenraa, in the German-Danish border region, from 4-7 June 2014.
Participants and delegates from across Europe will have three days to discuss history and current issues concerning traditional vessels and ship operation. . Five conference sessions will address the topics “Maritime Europe”, “Museums as keepers of our conscience”, “Inter-regional co-operation”, “Freedom to sail”, and “Beauty in maritime heritage”. Speakers will be drawn from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Norway and Germany as well as from the European Parliament and the European Commission.
In a separate excursion programme, participants can enjoy guided tours of museums in the host cities and a sea trip around the Flensburg fiords (between Germany and Denmark) aboard the historic saloon steamer Alexandra. The Congress closes on 7 June 2014 with the General Assembly of European Maritime Heritage, when a new President will be installed and the Executive Committee will be elected. This will be followed by the spectacle of a parade of traditional ships organised by TS, the Danish umbrella organisation for such vessels.

Aabenraa, Denmark - Flensburg, Germany

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28-31 May 2014
20th Forum of the Mediterranean Maritime Heritage

Living Culture and its Musealisation: Environment, Migrations, Diet and Languages.
What is the image of the Mediterranean today? Vines and olive trees which border the blue sea line, earth scorched by strong sun and hard wind, bare rocks and high mountains, small green patches of land with fruit and vegetable gardens. This is a space of extremes and contrasts.
The lands of the Mediterranean, like the islands, were isolated from one another, but people always intermingled by virtue of trade, war, adventure or immigration. Each region struggled to preserve its own flavour and character in the midst of an extraordinary mixture of races, religions, customs and civilisations. On top of it all was the climate; the climate determined the harvest, and the harvest determined the life.
Clifford A. Wright, Climate, Harvest and Seasons in the Mediterranean
AMMM museums have for some years now worked on safeguarding both tangible and intangible heritage. This year’s Forum will centre on maritime living culture, and very particularly in environment, migration, diet and languages. All these topics will be seen through the eyes of museums practice and their response towards historical heritage, as well as the challenges of today.
Working in a museum and dealing with heritage is not only about dealing with past, it is also to give answers to current social problems and needs of society, caring for and promoting its identity. When we talk about maritime heritage, to which extent are we aware of a specific Mediterranean environment? To which extent traditional economy and maritime affairs were in accordance with natural landscape and shaped a specific Mediterranean cultural landscape? Has the abandonment of large maritime industry (shipbuilding) brought changes in our cultural landscape?
Migrations are a huge problem in the Mediterranean today but they were also present in the past. To what extent have migrations changed the cultural map of the Mediterranean? How do museums respond to this problem? What is the relationship between maritime heritage and migrations?
When we talk about food we think of a specific Mediterranean diet. UNESCO proclaimed Mediterranean diet Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity because it implies more than food. It is about a way of living. The Mediterranean diet constitutes a set of skills, knowledge, practices and traditions ranging from the landscape to the table, including the crops, harvesting, fishing, conservation, processing, preparation and, particularly, consumption of food. How are these aspects presented in museum practice? Can museums work on general public awareness of the importance of good nutrition based in tradition?
Mixture of cultures and ethnicities in the Mediterranean resulted in richness of languages and dialects. However different people have found a common language or a lingua franca. What is a lingua franca? Do languages of maritime affairs exist? How do languages help create a common Mediterranean heritage?
Our Forum will also be connected to the 1st Festival of the Mediterranean Maritime Heritage, an event that will give us the opportunity to present museums’ work and actions in favour of our tangible and intangible maritime heritage to a wide audience in the city of Rijeka.

Rijeka, Croatia

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19-20 May 2014
European Maritime Day 2014

Each year, the European Maritime Day welcomes Europe’s maritime community and policymakers to discuss, debate and exchange best practices. The 2014 Conference will be held in Bremen (Germany) on 19 and 20 May 2014 with a focus on Innovation and Maritime technologies.
High-level sessions and stakeholder workshops, as well as exhibitions, public happenings and networking events will be organised.

Bremen, Germany

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7 - 9 May 2014
4th Mediterranean Maritime History Network Conference MMHN

The Museu Marítim de Barcelona considers research as one of its key functions. To channel efforts the Permanent Observatory of History and Maritime Culture of the Mediterranean we created in 2007.
An evidence of the will of the Museu Marítim de Barcelona to make contributions to knowledge and its diffusion has been the active participation at the Mediterranean Maritime History Network conferences of Malta, Messina and Izmir. To further collaborate in this line, the Museu Marítim de Barcelona organizes the 2014 Congress in Barcelona.
This meeting will also be a great opportunity to improve and strengthen the collaboration between Spanish researchers in maritime history, not only those who research on the Mediterranean, but also those interested in other geographic areas.
The MMB wishes to be a meeting point for anyone interested in the sea as a place for knowledge, and invites the scientific community to participate in our congres in May 2014.

Barcelona, Spain

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15 - 16 November 2013
STI and Tal Ships Annual Conference

The International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference is an annual conference featuring seminars and workshops, over two days.  It provides tailored programmes to meet the needs and interests of key delegate groups; and is the perfect opportunity for the Sail Training community around the world to gather, network, share practical advice, offer each other support and talk to experts.

Aalborg, Denmark

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16-19 September 2013
26th World Canals Conference

“The identity of our metropolis is intimately tied up in that of the river and canals that cross it. The Garonne is where the city was founded. The Canal du Midi, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, was a formidable technical and human challenge, completed thanks to the vision of its engineer Pierre-Paul Riquet. It symbolises the capacity of civilisation to develop and redefine entire regions.
“The Greater Toulouse council is now embarking on a vast urban development project which aims to give a more concrete form to these historic links, to give more coherence, more ‘fluidity’ between the city and its waterways. The project will give the people of Toulouse the opportunity to reappropriate for themselves this priceless heritage, and to reconsider the way we live and interact with our environment.
“This conference, a worldwide reference regarding canals and inland waterways, is thus perfectly at home in Toulouse. Unique in its format, it appeals to a whole range of interested parties: waterway managers, scientists, professionals of town planning and waterway tourism from throughout the world. These four days, alternating plenary sessions and field visits, will stimulate cooperation and exchange of know-how and experience among specialists but also between different countries, at a time when the importance of inland waterways is now increasingly recognised. Management methods and scenarios, the economics of canal uses and impacts, all the heritage, environmental and economic aspects of our waterways will be presented by specialists and the sessions will allow time for discussions and debate.
“Finally, the Conference will also be an opportunity to visit Toulouse and to discover sites along the Canal des Deux Mers, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.
“Welcome to Toulouse!”

Toulouse, France

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8 - 14 September 2013
ICMM Congress

It will be held in Cascais, on the Estoril Coast, some 20 kilometres from Lisbon.

The organisers are drawing together several Portugese maritime museums for involvement in the Congress, led by the Portugese Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha).

Cascais, Portugal

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13-17 June 2013
Europa Nostra 50th Anniversary Congress

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend Europa Nostra’s European Heritage Congress for 2013 which will take place in Athens between 13 and 17 June 2013. This will bring together members of Europa Nostra and other representatives of the ever-growing cultural heritage movement from all over Europe. This Congress will mark the 50th anniversary of Europa Nostra’s continuous action in favour of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage.

Athens, Greece

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12-14 June 2013
Ports, navires, navigations

Colloque international de Granville.

Granville, France

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28 - 30 May 2013
19th Forum of Mediterranean Maritime Heritage (AMMM)

The concept of cultural cooperation is very wide, but it basically means to work in collaboration with others in order to share common objectives. This is precisely what the AMMM does: to work jointly and to foster the exchange of experiences between maritime museums, with the aim of carrying out common actions, both plural and participatory, and thus of creating a unique space that connects and links the maritime heritage of different Mediterranean communities.
On this occasion, the forum will focus on cultural cooperation at a European level, with the intention of looking away from national fragmentations and trying to find a thread that join different national projects. As key objective, there is a will to connect territories and unite them better on the basis of shared interests.
One of the objectives that the AMMM has not fully developed yet is the articulation of common projects on cultural tourism excellence, based on offering quality heritage, and aiming at making Mediterranean maritime cultural heritage profitable.
This gathering offers museums the opportunity to deepen on the present situation of European Cooperation, concretely on that related to cultural heritage, and will count with the collaboration of experts specialised in different management areas: funding, cultural and tourism products, such as European Cultural Routes, European programmes and other instruments.
The forum is structured in two parts: the first one will consist of experts’ speeches and good practice examples. The second part is aimed at working in the conception of a future common project. This part will have a workshop format and will be coordinated by professionals with expertise in European projects management of the cultural sector.

Lloret de Mar, Spain

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21-22 May 2013
European Maritime Day 2013

The 6th edition of the European Maritime Day Conference and Stakeholders Workshops will be held in Valletta on 21 and 22 May 2013. It will be organised by the European Commission (DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) in partnership with the Maltese Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport, and Communication, the Maltese Ministry for Tourism, Culture and Environment.
The seas and oceans, and the opportunities they offer, will be at the heart of discussions. There will be high-level political debates as well as more practical exchanges between maritime stakeholders. Thoughts, ideas and new concepts will be devised during the Conference.
The venue is the beautiful Mediterranean Conference Center, the former "Sacra Imfermeria" of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, which is located adjacent to Fort St Elmo and overlooking the Grand Harbour.

Valletta, Malta

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7 - 8 March 2013
ICMM North European Network on Exhibitions

WELCOME to Gothenburg for the first meeting of the ICMM North European Network on Exhibitions. A possibility for professionals involved in exhibition making processes at maritime museums to come together to share and explore practices. Learn from some of the recent renewal projects and find out about what future developments are taking place.

Gothenburg, Sweden

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5-6 December 2012
Historic Ships 2012

RINA's 3rd international conference on historic ships, building on previous successful events, will explore the technical issues involved in the preservation, restoration and replication of historic vessels, including large passenger ships, warships, coastal & inland craft.

The conference will be of interest and value to members of the many organisations world wide and others who are involved or interested in the preservation of these ships for the benefit of future generations.

London, United Kingdom

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16 - 17 November 2012
STI Annual Conference

International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference.
Sail Training International invites you to participate in the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2012 to be held in Riga, the historic capital of Latvia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site from November 16th to 17th, 2012.
The International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2012 provides tailored programmes to meet the needs and interests of key delegate groups and being the only global conference for sail training, provides a great opportunity to network. It is sponsored by the City of Riga, the Host Ports for the Tall Ships Races 2013 in conjuction with Radisson Blu Latvija and airBaltic.
The conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, located in the heart of the city's business and shopping district

Riga, Latvia

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7 - 9 November 2012
International Seminar Gdansk

International Seminar
Maritime traditions in European waters – floating culture - protection, reconstruction and operation organized by Baltic Sail Committee and Polish Maritime Museum in Gdańsk in consultation with European Maritime Heritage under the patronage of Mayor of Gdańsk City Paweł Adamowicz.
The organizers aim to gather examples of good practice concerning floating heritage of the Baltic Sea area and to discuss problems and opportunities with those who work in the maritime field and are responsible for protection and preservation, reconstruction and operation of traditional and historical vessels.


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5 - 9 November 2012
First International Congress of Eurasian Maritime History

This First Congress of Eurasian Maritime History is devoted to Turkish Maritime History. For many of us, the study of Eurasian maritime history unlocks important insights into the past maritime cultures and societies of the Black Sea, the Turkish Straits, the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas, the Caspian Sea, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. By bringing together the contributions of international and Turkish historians, we aim to convey this maritime heritage to future generations. The congress will also bring together the representatives of the maritime historical archives to promote mutual collaboration and information exchange.

Istanbul, Turkey

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18 - 19 October 2012
Catching the Wave

Maritime Heritage and economic development in the 21st century:
An International Conference.
How maritime heritage and culture can inspire and be used to harness economic development in communities in coastal locations. This will include communities large and small, rural and urban and at different stages of their economic development.

The conference will develop ideas relating to the interrelationships between land and water and  people and place.

The main themes will be explored by a collection of international speakers using examples of case studies. They will include: port development and attracting cruise ships; the role of maritime museums; rural community heritage and culture; city development and regeneration;  the regeneration of the traditional resort; the transition from port to resort and remote coastal community development.

Cardiff, Wales, UK

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8-12 October 2012
International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology

Ships and maritime landscapes.
Ships have always transported commodities and ideas. Routes have been established between countries and people of different cultures. Today the results of these cultural contacts are still reflected in different architectural styles of housing and in an often multicultural background of the population. Many cities and their surrounding landscapes are clearly influenced by trading and cultural contacts overseas.

On the other hand ships were designed in traditions that were very much influenced by the local environment. Flat bottomed ships were of excellent use in shallow waters; barges were ideal for rivers with slow currents and so on. Natural conditions of the landscape have influenced the building of ships and their design, just as the availability of natural resources did.

Vice versa, the shipbuilding industry has left its marks on the cultural landscape as well. Shipbuilding influenced society because of the enormous capital investments needed, the supply of different kinds of building materials, human capital and feeding industries.

Amsterdam. The Netherlands
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27 September 2012
European Tourism Day 2012 : Seasonality - Maritime and coastal tourism

The European Commission - DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and DG Enterprise and Industry - organise the 2012 edition of the European Tourism Day that will take place in Brussels on 27th September, on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
During the morning, the conference will discuss how seasonality in tourism can be overcome and how the diversification of tourism activities can contribute to extend the tourism season.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the challenges and opportunities of maritime and coastal tourism in Europe.

Vice-President of the European Commission, Antonio Tajani, and Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, will open the morning and afternoon sessions

The venue and additional information will be communicated regularly on this website.

Although this is an open event, registration is mandatory due to the limited amount of places available.

Brussels, Belgium

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2 - 6 July 2012
Sixth International Congress of Maritime History

The Organizing Committee of the International Maritime Economic History Association invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 6th International Congress of Maritime History to be hosted by Ghent University at Het Pand, an old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city. We will travel to Antwerp for one day to hold part of our programme at the Red Star Line and Antwerp City Museum (MAS).

Gent, Belgium

28 - 29 May 2012
Historical and Traditional Vessels of the Mediterranean

The country of Turkey organises its first edition of the AMMM Forum. The occasion offers us the opportunity to focus on traditional vessels and heritage ships. The Turkish professionals on maritime heritage are safeguarding the most numerous traditional vessels collections, dating from the Late Antiquity onwards, in museums all around the country. Much of this heritage has come to light thanks to numerous undersea archeology research and excavations. Amongst the most important is the ongoing Yenikapi excavations, dedicated to what many experts call the greatest nautical archeological site ever discovered! The Yenikapi Marmaray construction site reaches back 8,500 years into the history of Istanbul. Since 2004, archaeologists have uncovered 37 wrecked ships, 32 of which are merchant vessels equipped with sails and five are galleys propelled by rowers. These vessels sank between the 5th and 11th centuries. In addition, 40,000 objects have been registered in the inventory, while approximately 150,000 pieces are being studied and nearly 1 million cases of earthenware pots and plates have been uncovered thus far at the 4th century port of Theodosius.

Istanbul, Turkey

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21-22 May 2012
European Maritime Day

After Brussels 2008, Rome 2009, Gijon 2010 and Gdansk 2011, the 2012 edition of the European Maritime Day will be organized in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden on 21 and 22 May 2012 – for the first time in Scandinavia and in the North Sea area.

The High-level Conference "Sustainable growth from the oceans, seas and the coasts", are organized in partnership with the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, the Region Västra Götaland, the City of Gothenburg and the European Commission, and will take place on the beautiful premises of the Eriksbergshallen, an old shipyard building at the water’s edge which houses today an event hall featuring innovative architecture and definitive Scandinavian design.


Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden

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25 - 28 April 2012
Mercator Revisited. Carthography in the age of discovery.

The Erfgoedcel Waasland and Ghent University, Department of Geography are delighted to invite you to the international conference 'Mercator Revisited – Cartography in the Age of Discovery' which will be held from Wednesday, April 25 to Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. The event is supported by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Flemish Government.

Sint - Niklaas, Belgium

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18-19 November 2011
The International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference 2011

Toulon, France will be the venue for The International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference to be held on the 18th and 19th November 2011.

Toulon is no stranger to the Tall Ships community having been a host port for The Tall Ships Mediterranea Race series in 2007.  The port is also Tall Ship friendly where visiting vessels can expect all the port operations such as wharfage, dockage, port fees and tugs to be included free of charge.

The main conference venue will be the Neptune Congress Centre, situated by the port and with average November temperatures around 15-17 degrees, delegates can expect a warm welcome.

Toulon, France

26 - 27 October 2011
1st European Conference Maritime Leisure in the Atlantic Area

Challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in the marine leisure sector in the Atlantic regions. The event will present a European conference on Sustainable Marine Leisure, and will highlight critical issues and development opportunities of the nautical sector in the Atlantic Region.
The event is co-ordinated within the framework of the European cooperation project " NEA2 - Nautisme Espace Atlantique 2" by the Regional Council of Brittany and the General Council of Finistère, with the support of all the Partners of the Project, the European Union and the Atlantic Arc Commission of the CRPM

Brest, France

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20-22 October 2011
CITCEM’s II International Conference: O Mar - The Sea

The CITCEM’s II International Conference aims to contribute to broad scientific debate centred on the sea, its uses and representations, from a transdisciplinary point of view.
Assuming that the sea in its economic, cultural, environmental, and political dimensions, contributed actively to European and world history, the Conference intends to highlight the topic of the sea as a main agent for widespread global exchange, focusing on interdependences which fostered connections on the local, national and global levels from Antiquity to the present day.

Porto, Portugal

19-24 September 2011
World Canals Conference (WCC)

The World Canals Conference is an international platform for inland waterways. AnnuallyIWI governmental, technical and tourist organizations come together to present their activities and to share information and experiences. The WCC is part of Inland Waterways International, an organization that stimulates the preservation, use, development, and durable management of waterways. The themes:    
* Economy: transport and tourism;     
* Ecology: water management and natureconservation;      
* Heritage: protection, restoration and redevelopment;      
* Planning: revitalization;      
* Technology: infrastructure and waterquality

Groningen, the Netherlands

27 September 2011
EUROPEAN TOURISM DAY. Industrial heritage : differentiating the European tourism offer.

The 2011 edition of the European Tourism Day will take place in Brussels on 27th September, on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

The conference will discuss how the preservation and promotion of the European industrial heritage may contribute to the diversification of the tourism offer in Europe, and how – at the same time - tourism development strategies may be key alternatives to avoid job-losses and economic depression in abandoned industrial areas.

It will bring together a number of high level speakers, EU Ministers, representatives from the Member States and International Organisations, projects leaders, policy officers, local and regional authorities, universities, tourism operators, specialised press and other stakeholders.

Brussels, Belgium

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21 - 22 September 2011

Cultural and Genetic Heritage of the Basques and the Native Americans of the North Atlantic. The Basques established relations with
Native Americans in the St. Lawrence River
area over many centuries, and evidence of this
appears in historical records. A wealth of
historical, archaeological and even language
records have been preserved as a result of these
relations. One can therefore assume that the
DNA lineages may also bear witness to these
relations, owing to the contribution resulting
from the constant trade established with the
Native Americans by our whale hunters, cod
fishermen and fur traders from the Lower
Middle Ages and up until the 20th century.

Bilbao, Spain

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5-8 September 2011
Rustbuckets or Floating Heritage - Corrosion of Historic Ships - Cancelled!

The 4 mast barque Pommern in Mariehamn on the Åland Islands has recently undergone a thorough repair on a local shipyard. The work was preceded by a rather agitated debate on riveting versus welding in riveted constructions. Mariehamn still dominated by maritime ventures and cherishing its maritime traditions, is perhaps the only place in the world where the opinion columns of the daily newspapers for months on end debated the pros and cons of methods to preserve a museum ship. Cancelled !

Stockholm , Sweden / Mariehamn, Åland,

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1-3 September 2012
10th North Sea History Conference

Should the seafarer be regarded as an extraordinary worker in an exceptional environment? In what ways did life and work afloat differ? To what extent have socio-cultural factors influenced the life and work afloat?

Compared to other occupations: How did the seafarers’ pattern of work influence home and family life? How did the seafarer spend his time back home? What forms of social welfare were provided?

To what extent has seafaring shaped the social and physical
development of port cities? What cultural cargoes e.g. ideas, knowledge, beliefs, institutions, arts, have been disseminated by seafarers?

Göteborg, Sweden

16-24 July 2011
Coastal culture sailing westward

In Norway, as in the other nordic countries, traditional crafts and knowledge associated with shipping and fishing have played a central role for several thousand years. Within boat building, proximity to the natural infrastructure has always been central. The boat builder personally searches for the trees he requires in the forest and places great demands on the quality of the material. The accumulated knowledge that such traditions represent has intrinsic value as culture. In Husavik, we want to see coastal culture and traditional crafts in a nordic perspective. We want to promote nordic cooperation for the protection of this part of the cultural heritage.

Husavik, Iceland

11 July 2011
1st International Seminary on artisanal fishing valorisation


In the last few years, the marketing of the artisanal fisheries has been affected by multiple factors: globalisation of markets (imports, concentration of demand and control of major commercial areas), increases in operating costs, changes in consumption habits, EU restrictions on the different species through Tacs and Quotas.

The products of artisanal fishing play a significant role in the food market, considered as a top quality product. Moreover, they represent a transfer of values, knowledge and traditions all through the process: fishing, processing, sale and consumption. However competition from imported products and industrial aquaculture have made it necessary to change the consumption habits of our society which have already been influenced by demographic increases, quality requirements, food safety, and sustainable development which creates a very competitive framework in which small-scale organisations must be able to face up to new challenges by adapting to and anticipating new trends.

The fishing communities which support the economy on the coastal strip are a key factor in fixing the population, and in preserving the identity and culture of single species authentic fishing. Marketing from these fishing communities generates wealth; and the consequences of the disappearance of this commercial activity would be an irreversible disaster.

The aim of the development days is twofold. On the one hand it is to give a global vision of the current situation of the marketing of the artisanal products of fishing, by focusing on subjects related to the origin and identification of fishing products, such as current labelling, traceability, etc. Hence the first objective is to analyse the advantages and disadvantages afforded by the different instruments available to differentiate quality products: tools in the public domain (DOP, IGP, ETG), in the private domain (collective brands, certification of products –AFNOR in France) and eco-certifications, etc.

The second main objective is linked to the exchange of experience in a specific area, in this case, the Atlantic axis in these areas which are highly dependent on fishing (French Atlantic, Cantabrian Mountains and North-West peninsular, Portuguese continent and the atlantic islands)

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

8-11 June 2011

We look forward to welcome you in the World Heritage City of Amsterdam for the Europa Nostra’s European Heritage Congress 2011. Our Congress will seek to demonstrate the power of Europe´s heritage movement by bringing together our many members – organisations and individuals - as well as other European heritage professionals and volunteers and representatives of Europe's best cultural heritage achievements.

We are proud to announce that this year, the European Heritage Awards Ceremony will be held at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (10 June) with the participation of our President Plácido Domingo and the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Mrs Androulla Vassiliou. They will jointly present the 2011 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards to the deserved laureates who will come to Amsterdam from all over Europe. On the previous day (9 June), you will have the opportunity to learn more about these award-winning achievements during an interactive day to be held at Westergasfabriek, itself an award-winning successful adaptation of a large industrial heritage complex into a thriving centre of creativity and innovation.

Europa Nostra will contribute to the European Year of Volunteering 2011 by highlighting the added value for the society of numerous volunteers of all ages who contribute, in different ways, to the safeguard and enhancement of Europe's cultural heritage. A special Forum on this theme will be organized in cooperation with our two Dutch member organisations, Bond Heemschut and Erfgoed Nederland, in the morning of 10 June and it will be open to the interested public.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

29-30 May 2011
17th AMMM Forum

MARITIME MUSEUMS AND COASTAL COMMUNITIES. The theme of the 2011 Forum will concentrate on two important aspects of museum activities: research and its dissemination through museum didactics (education) and cultural tourism programs. Tangible and intangible maritime heritage, which is the basis for the research undertaken by AMMM museums, can be very attractive for the development of innovative educational activities, and certainly for the conception of cultural tourism programs and products related to maritime culture. Tourism actions and activities are important not only to attract visitors to our maritime museums, but also to create a strong maritime cultural identity of cities and regions, in which our museums are located.

Gabicce Mare / Pesaro, Italy

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19-20 May 2011
European Maritime Day 2011

In 2011 the annual European Maritime Day Conference will be held in Gdańsk, Poland from 19 to 20 May. The conference is co-organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Ministry of Infrastructure of Poland, Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, and the City of Gdańsk.

As in the previous years, maritime stakeholders will hold their own events to celebrate European maritime identity and sea-related activities, both across Europe and alongside the official celebrations in Gdańsk.

Gdansk, Poland

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9 December 2010
Cultural heritage: a resource for Europe. The benefits of interaction.

Cultural heritage is important for Europe and Europe's cultural heritage is one of the world's richest. Every year there are millions of visitors to monuments, historical city centres, archaelogical sites and archives. This not only creates a substantial economic value but also demonstrates that heritage plays an important role in the quality of life as well as in the individual and collective identity of the European citizens.

In Europe, the preservation and management of cultural heritage is organised at national or regional level. Cultural heritage is all around us and therefore, it is closely related to other fields such as agriculture, spatial planning, education, media, research and environment.  This close interaction has also consequences for European policy.


The conference 'Cultural heritage: a resource for Europe. The benefits of interaction' aims to increase awareness among European policy makers and the cultural heritage sector about cultural heritage and the way in which cultural heritage is closely related to other policy areas. It seeks to encourage all stakeholders for a broad cooperation in which interaction with the European policy level is on the forefront. With the 'Declaration of Bruges' the Belgian presidency of the EU wants to give an initial impetus to this initiative.

Bruges, Belgium

12-13 November 2010
The International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference 2010

The International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2010 will provide tailored programmes to meet the needs and interests of key delegate groups and being the only global conference for sail training, provides a great opportunity to network.

This year the Conference will be held on 12th and 13th November in Stavanger, Norway.  The City of Stavanger is no stranger to Tall Ships events, having been a host port on several occasions and will be again in 2011.

Located within Norway’s spectacular fjords, Stavanger has a strong maritime heritage developed through fishing and ship building. Delegates will find it easy to travel to Stavanger where the conference will be located in the Stavanger Forum Conference Centre, 5 minutes by bus from the city centre. They can look forward to wonderful hospitality and the opportunity to visit some of the beautiful and interesting sights in and around the city.

Stavanger, Norway

27-30 October 2010
Issues of Study and Preservation of Maritime Heritage of Russia

Estimation of the scale, variety and unity of the maritime heritage phenomenon, identification of problems and their solutions, formation of a community dedicated to maritime heritage.

   1. museums, archives, libraries, collections of maritime, historical, cultural and natural heritage
   2. traditional ships, seamanship and yachting
   3. historical and traditional shipbuilding and navigation
   4. underwater heritage
   5. historical boat model making
   6. maritime memorials, fortifications, historical cities and settlements and other objects of historical and cultural heritage
   7. popularization of maritime heritage, informative and instructive, scientific and publishing activity
   8. maritime heritage of Russia abroad
   9. study and preservation of water areas and costal territories of seas and oceans as complex natural and cultural heritage.

Saint Petersburg

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21-23 October 2010
Port and Industrial Patrimonies in Friuli Venezia Giulia

The meeting is the result of a direct action from the Trieste Branch of Italia Nostra to protect and promote the reuse of most historic building within the Free Zone in the Port of Trieste‟s oldest area. Encour-agement and information have been re-ceived from AIVP The Worldwide Net-work of Port Cities based in Le Havre and from the Hafen-City University of Hamburg. This event will seek to create an opportu-nity for economic and architectonic analysis of urban waterfronts with special regards to the tourism flows and culture promo-tion: urban waterfronts play a substantial role in the processes of urbanization in port cities around the world. They promote new built environments, new socio-cultural systems as well as architectonic sugges-tions and restoration works to preserve historic buildings. This event will benefits from both international and domestic ex-periences with the aim to highlight the case of Trieste Old Port and the plans for its future.

Trieste, Italy
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4-5 October 2010
16th Forum of Maritime Heritage of the Mediterranean (AMMM)

New Maritime Heritages, New Horizons for Museums.
Well into the 21st C the science of museology has matured. Among them, centres managing maritime heritage have achieved to treat conservation, documentation, study and diffusion of tangible, buildings and intangible heritage integrally. It may be true that some museums do not have the means to fulfil their objectives; do not have the knowledge to work at a same level as other museums; or that their results may not be as successful. However, new working basis are settled. Today, not a single professional of a museum doubts about the importance and the extraordinary cultural value of floating heritage, traditional know-how and knowledge on maritime topics, of working and navigation objects, or of buildings and spaces related. Curators no longer centre their focus on collections and museum buildings.

One of the key questions we should make ourselves -curators, documentalists, researchers and disseminators of maritime heritage- is whether we are doing enough for maritime heritage. Did we reach the top line of knowledge regarding this heritage? Should we limit ourselves to listing and cataloguing objects, buildings, ships and oral history? Will our only concern be the updating of the records with a suitable software?

We are sure that there are still things that can be made. We can widen our goals and we can tackle new challenges related to maritime affairs with a heritage approach. Debates on sustainability and preservation of marine environment are constant themes dealt within our communities. What is the role of maritime museums? Can we consider marine landscape and environment as one of our objectives, given that that have given shape to the tangible culture that we study and preserve? A museum of today has accomplished to preserve and document most of the history of humanity up to our days. Present decisions will have an effect on the future. Are museums living centres that try to participate today in a better future? Should museums face approaches to new ways of living, new concepts of leisure and new information and communication means? What is the role of maritime museums in the creation of identities? Should maritime museums be involved in the design of the territory that it represents? Will the role of the museum towards the community be the same? Is dialogue with other social and economical agents necessary?

Altogether gives birth to new questions, to new focuses and approaches, to new challenges and synergies. We would like to debate and provoke reflection on these issues during next AMMM Forum of Maritime Heritage of the Mediterranean.

Palamós, Spain

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23-25 September 2010
7th EMH Congress September in Seixal, Portugal.

Are we able to hand maritime heritage down to future generations?                             In recent years, institutions involved in heritage preservation and management, including museums, have engaged in reflection as to the means that might lead to the participation of young people in heritage protection and restoration processes. This question takes on still greater relevance when considering that these same individuals may simultaneously become the future visitors and/or users of heritage resources, future professionals in the technical and scientific fields related to heritage and, finally, the future custodians of heritage related testimonies and who would then in turn take on the mission to preserve and convey them for the generations to come.  

Hence, there is a need to identify the means of fostering youth interest in heritage, ensuring their active participation in the definition of heritage related programs. Through interaction with young people, both museums and the many other heritage related institutions would be contributing towards the instruction of future societies.

The 7th European Maritime Heritage Congress correspondingly focuses upon these issues in relation to the field of maritime heritage. The host organisation, Seixal Municipal Ecomuseum, thereby hopes to nurture an exchange of experiences and boost the levels of cooperation between maritime museums and other entities involved in generating knowledge on safeguarding and promoting maritime heritage.

Seixal, Portugal

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7-9 August 2010
IV. International Workshop in Historical Boatbuilding Techniques

Between the 7th and 9th of August 2010 boatbuilders, craftsmens of related subjects, historians and archaeologists will discuss the surviving of authentic methods in wooden boatbuilding. By working together on a typical Rostocker boat, called „Rostocker Kahn“ we would like to share ideas and the common interest for the surviving of old handcraft methods in wooden boat building with you and demonstrate these ideas to the audience of the XX. Hansesail.Wooden boats and ships as a specific symbol of dynamic architecture determine a special sign and outcome of the interaction of men and the sea. Wooden boatbuilding marks on a remarkable compilation of different handcraft methods and stays for an object related intelligence. Wooden boats and ships as a floating architectural assembly reflect and symbolise the high value and level of different forms of craftmanship in a special time frame.
Through  technisation of processes, started in times of the industrial revolution, we became more and more an initiator of processes than to effect as an actor.
In my opinion this went along with the fact, that our hands „get lost“ as a main media for communication. And again this went along with the loss of an object related communication!
I think, human beings speak with each other also through the creation of items: The colour of pots, the form of a neckless, the structure of our clothes function as a non verbal communication and are of the same importance as a language – methods and strategies in wooden boatbuilding certainly belong to it.

The dominance of things create our culture. We are so to speak „handmade“. The development from hand to head in the nowerdays working life marks on a tremondous change also in cultural life. In Germany 12 % of the apprenticeship openings could not be adopt by young people!

With our  workshop we would like to confirm people who are engaged in the practise of old handcraft methods in wooden boatbuilding in Europe and work for the reassurance of craftmanship in our society.
Welcome to the IV. International Workshop in Historical Boatbuilding Techniques!

Please forward the mail to whom it might be concern. Thanks a lot!

Yours sincerely

Maik-Jens Springmann

Rostock, Germany
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17-19 June 2010
Cultural management in Maritime Museums

The Fondazione Thetys - Museo del Mare di Napoli and the Association of Maritime Museums of the Mediterranean would like to invite you to the AMMM Thematic Conference, organised this year in Italy, from the 17th to the 19th of June 2010.

As decided during the latest AMMM Forum, on this occasion the topic that will be discussed is “Financial sustainability of Maritime Museums – Cultural Management”. The theme of the debate will be dealt with at length as it is crucial to the endurance and development of our museums in the context of the present day economic crisis. The effect of the global crisis which marked this last year, is tangible at a local level and it is at this level that it must be faced, confronted and resolved within the framework of social and political policies in the field of cultural heritage. The event will not only provide the various museums with an opportunity to meet and compare diverse realities but will also grant them the chance to reflect upon the role and marketing strategies which need to be implemented when carrying out their mission.

We invite you to attend the AMMM Conference and ask you to please fill in the form attached. Then send it to Antonio Mussari ( ) before the 30th of April. By inscribing before this deadline, we will all have a special discount hotel offer!

Napoli, Museu del Mare, Italy
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30 May 2010
Seminario su "Storia ed Evoluzione nella progettazione, costructione e recupero dell barche tradizionale"

Seminar about traditional boats in Chioggia. In Italian.

Chioggia, Italy
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19-21 May 2010
European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference

The European Commission is holding a stakeholder conference hosted in Gijón by the upcoming Spanish Presidency of the European Union and the Government of the Principality of Asturias, as part of the official calendar of the Presidency. The conference will be held at the City of Culture Laboral.

The main theme of the conference will be "Innovation", one of the priorities of the Spanish Presidency. We will thus be able to look at how we foster innovation in policy making for competitiveness, environmental protection, better working conditions and employment as well as for excellence in science.

Gijón, Asturias, Spain

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19-21 November 2009
International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference 2009

The themes for the conference are:
    * Sail Training - 'Engaging with Young People' and 'Safety at Sea'
    * Host Ports - 'Economics of Tall Ships Events'

Istanbul, Turkey

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19-20 November 2009
Historic Ships 2009 , Rina conference

RINA's next international conference covering historic ships, building on previous successful events, will explore the technical issues involved in the preservation, restoration and replication of historic vessels, including large passenger ships, warships, coastal & inland craft.
The conference will be of interest and value to members of the many organisations world wide and others who are involved or interested in the preservation of these ships for the benefit of future generations.
    * Materials and structural analysis, including appropriate material replacement, repair or replication.
    * Propulsion systems, rigs and sails.  
    * Layouts and the need to meet current safety legislation.
    * Techniques for conservation and restoration.
    * Recording and deconstruction.
    * The balance between preservation afloat or dry.
    * Maintenance of craft skills and training.
    * The case for the replication of key historic vessels.
    * The sourcing of technical / historic information on "important" ships.
    * Recent marine archaeological discoveries.

London, United Kingdom

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5-11 October 2009
ICMM Biennial Congress 2009

Understanding Change: Facing Uncertainty.
Under this title the biennial congress of ICMM will be organized in Danmark.
Excursion to the Island of Fanø and post Congress Tour to Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.

Esbjerg, Danmark

21-23 September 2009
15th AMMM Forum

(Listing, Protecting, Interpreting, Disseminating…)
On 17th October 2003, the 37th UNESCO General Conference in Paris adopted by consensus the
new Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. According to the
Convention, the intangible cultural heritage – or living heritage – is the mainspring of our
cultural diversity and its maintenance a guarantee for continuing creativity of mankind.
Remarkable speed with which the new Convention has been officially adopted by the required
minimum number of States is and shows the interest and enthusiasm that exists in many
countries in all regions of the world for action to preserve and promote the intangible
Intangible maritime heritage presents its very fragile part, endangered by unpredictable socioeconomic
and landscape changes that make a big challenge for different heritage organizations
from public, civil or private sector. First thematic conference on Intangible Maritime Heritage,
organized by Association of Mediterranean Maritime Museums (AMMM) and Maritime Museum
from Barcelona in May 2008, was the first one in which this professional network has given
chance to different maritime museums and alike associations from the Mediterranean region to
share their experiences and debate their work in this field.
Roof theme of the 15th Forum on Mediterranean Maritime Heritage “Intangible Maritime
Heritage – From the Communities to Museums and Vice Versa… (Listing, Protecting,
Interpreting, Disseminating…)“ proceeds with the continuity of dealing with intangible
maritime heritage as immensely accurate heritage and museology issue. According to that
some of the basic questions that are going to be accentuated on the Forum are:
- Are maritime museums giving enough (or at all?) space in their mission statements for
intangible maritime heritage?
- How do or could museums integrate intangible maritime heritage in their activities?
- What maritime museums could do to become closer to living transmitters of intangible
maritime heritage – maritime people and maritime communities and to become a proper
partner to them?
- What are qualitative and quantitative improvements museums can do to put more attention to
intangible maritime heritage... Who are the possible partners and cooperators for museums to
join with to be more close to intangible heritage and its living transmitters...?

Rovigno, Croatia

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21-23 September 2009
HNSA Historic Naval Ships Association

The Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) invites proposals for papers and sessions to be presented at the Annual HNSA Conference 21-23 September 2009 in Mobile, AL at the Battleship Alabama.
The e of this conference is going to be Back to Basics.
Proposals on ship preservation, historic ships, museum funding/grant writing, education, artifacts and collections, naval history, and other related topics dealing with naval and maritime museums are welcome.

Mobile, Alabama, USA
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24-25 July 2009
Maritime Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities

One of the topical issues of the conference will be to define the conception of the maritime cultural heritage, its legal status and to discuss heritage preservation perspectives in Lithuanian and European context.

International scientific conference Maritime Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities is an event dedicated to the anniversary year 2009 at the Lithuanian Sea Museum.

Klaipeda, Lithuanian

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23-26 June 2009
The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities seminar (IALA)

The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) in association with the Port of Santander (and Puertos del Estado) is hosting a Seminar on the Heritage Issues of Introducing New Technologies in Aids to Navigation, to be held in Santander, Spain.
IALA has for many years addressed preservation matters connected to historic lighthouses and other aids to navigation. In 2000 a workshop in Norway on the topic “Preservation of Historic Lighthouses by Alternative Use” produced guidelines which formed the basis of the IALA Lighthouse Conservation manual, whilst a seminar in Sweden in 2005 entitled “Practical Aspects of Lighthouse Preservation” dealt with the maintenance of lighthouses and discussions produced many of the topics for the ongoing work by IALA on lighthouse conservation.
The objective of the seminar is to share expertise, exchange information and identify best practices on the impact of modernisation to historic lighthouses, associated buildings and all Aids to Navigation equipment. This should demonstrate a balanced approach to Aids to Navigation conservation recognising the traditional heritage versus the modern day technological solutions. Presentations will be made on subjects as varied as Traditional lenses and modern light sources, fog signals, floating aids and lightships and the impact of de-manning and changing power sources.

Santander, Spain

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2-7 June 2009
Europa Nostra's Annual Congress 2009

The main highlights of the Congress will be the Forum saving Europe's historic towns, villages and their surrounding landscapes.

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

20-22 May 2009
Rethinking the Maritime Museum Developments – Perspectives – Challenges

The maritime museum is well established in the world of museums. For 150 years this kind of museum has made its unique presence, developed its own way of understanding and telling maritime history. Like the maritime world, maritime museums are global. They have established an international pattern, and the items on show and stories they tell do not vary that much. You will find a familiar feel to the maritime museum, regardless of whether it is in Sweden or Argentina.

Facing new social and economic challenges the maritime museums have to ask themselves if they can sharpen up or refine their profile in order to reach out to new audiences without losing their traditional visitor groups. Based on the historical development of the maritime museums, the conference will address various questions. They will range from the traditional matters of collections, stories and exhibitions to the broader questions of the construction and significance of a maritime identitty in modern society. The interaction between museums and tourism will also be examined, as will the links between museums and local activists.

The conference is being organised jointly by the Flensburg Maritime Museum and Museum Sønderjylland. The conference organisation is being headed by Thomas Overdick, head of Flensburg Maritime Museum (, and Asser Amdisen, head of the maritime section of Museum Sønderjylland (

Aabenraa, Denmark and Flensburg, Germany
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19-20 May 2009
European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference

The conference will focus on sea-related cross-policy issues (i.e. clusters, tourism and climate change) and recent progresses in the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy, with regard to the maritime governance, development of coastal regions, sustainable use of ocean resources and activities at seas.

Rome, Iltaly

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16-19 April 2009
Ships, Saints and Sealore

Maritime Ethnography of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.
For centuries the Mediterranean and Red Sea peoples worked in harmony with the longue durée, sailing and keeping to a seasonal rhythm of trade and fishing. It is within this rhythm of nature that these peoples travelled and came in contact with each other. What data do we have to support contact and did this contact have a significant impact on the cultures involved? The boat is the life of a seafaring community; its development has been conditioned by the geography of the local waters, climate and craftsmanship. So what remains of that past sea heritage?

il-Birgu, Malta

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23-24 March 2009
Heritage Care through Active Citizenship

This European Conference on Civil Society Organisations in the Field of Heritage will address the questions of active citizenship, civil society and volunteer organisations (NGOs) in the European heritage sector.
The conference will provide a platform for European organisations active in all fields of heritage – both tangible and intangible – to share relevant experiences, good practices and success stories.
EU citizensAt the conference 180 European participants will represent the diversity of the European civil society for heritage. The attendees will be mostly representatives of European heritage NGOs and prominent European heritage experts. Chief executives from national heritage authorities and representatives of international organisations will also significantly contribute to the content of the conference.

Mechelen, Belgium