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Heritage and Our Sustainable Future Conference

22 February - 2 March

Agreed in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) unite 193 Governments with the shared aim of leaving both our planet and societies on a sustainable footing for future generations. No poverty, clean energy, sustainable cities and quality education are among the challenging targets that must be met no later than 2030. The pressure is on, and it’s all hands-on deck with experts from across the globe rallying to this call. Since cultural heritage is an expression of human communities through diverse media, experts work to safeguard all manners of heritage: from vast buildings, works of art and folklore, to artefacts, language and landscapes. The shared goal, however, is simple: preserve the past so that future generations might enjoy, benefit and learn from its legacy.

Collaborating across countries, sectors, and disciplines, we will share case studies, approaches and methodologies through workshops, lectures, panels and conversations. We will focus on areas for transformation within research and practice, to produce recommendations for policy innovators and funding bodies, future research agendas and action plans for practical implementation.


  • What kind of heritage research is needed now?
  • How can researchers work with practitioners to maximise the ways heritage can contribute to multiple SDGs?
  • How can we rethink and reframe methods for measuring the impacts of cultural heritage for sustainable development?
  • What kind of multi-level and multi-sectorial partnerships are needed to influence policymakers and engage the public?
  • How can both tangible and intangible heritage be mobilised for the SDGs, particularly in the Covid19 context?
  • How do we ensure that culture and heritage are central to the future development agenda?

Courses and events across the built and historic environment sector. (Mobile users scroll down for calendar and categories)