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The Future is Heritage Summit
September, 2022 | Prague, Czechia 

From the  24th of September to the 27th of September 2022 The Future is Heritage Summit will take place in Prague, on the occasion of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2022. This four-day event is organised by The Future is Heritage (FisH), an international network of young people working in the field of heritage, in cooperation and with the support of Europa Nostra - the European Voice of Civil Society Committed to Cultural Heritage - and ESACH - the European Students’ Association for Cultural Heritage. We have invited students, young professionals and volunteers, who are active in the field of cultural heritage, to join us at The Future is Heritage Summit. The registration is closed. 

Brainstorms, workshops and more

During this four-day event, we will address important themes relating to the field of heritage in Europe. In a variety of lectures, workshops and indoor or outdoor discussions, we will host inspiring intergenerational exchanges on heritage and conflict, heritage and inclusion as well as on examples of contested heritage. The event will run in semi-parallel and be integrated within the programme of the annual European Cultural Heritage Summit 2022, organised by Europa Nostra from 25-27 September in partnership with its European and Czech partners. Young participants of The Future is Heritage Summit will have the opportunity to actively contribute to the activities of the European Cultural Heritage Summit, engage and network. 

Thematic approaches
During the programme, we will explore ways to strengthen our Europe-wide network of young heritage professionals, students and volunteers, as well as to create an international exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas. During this four-day event, we will explore four themes specifically:

Heritage and conflict 

The session discusses the impact of war on heritage with a special focus on Ukrainian heritage. It aims to bring forward ways of rescuing and preserving heritage in conflict situations and the role of International organisations in the process, before, during and after the conflict.​​ 

Speakers: Elisabeth Korinth: Vice President, Blue Shield Germany & Anastasiia Putilina: Young heritage professional from Ukraine and a master studies candidate of World Heritage Studies in Germany. 

Heritage and inclusion

Heritage plays an increasingly important role in the development of the contemporary city. How does your city facilitate its past for the community? What are the advantages of re-development compared to new construction? These questions and more will be covered during this seminar.

Speaker: Jean-Paul Corten: Programme Leader of Urban Heritage Strategies

Contested heritage

Colonizing powers had always a strong voice in creating narratives. Even today, museums tell stories of colonial glory rather than colonized downtrodden realities. Colonial heritage in the form of paintings, texts, and artifacts, is displayed and used to refurbish neo-colonial narratives of mighty entrepreneurs, strong captains, and even humanist politicians. In this session, the transatlantic slave trade, as well as the material culture produced by and about enslaved Africans in Dutch Brazil is used as a case study to stimulate discussion around the contested (and too often overlooked) colonial heritage of museums in the contemporaneity. 

Speaker: Carolina Monteiro MA: PhD candidate at Leiden University (NL), part of the ERC Project “BRASILIAE. Indigenous Knowledge in the Making of Science: Historia Naturalis Brasiliae (1648).”

Heritage and personal development

The session will focus on ways to go beyond the conventional methods of education in heritage studies. It aims at exploring different skills needed by heritage professionals today and discusses the present issues in establishing oneself in the field. Speakers: Dr. Bert Ludwig: Director of European Heritage Volunteers, Conservation Architect from Germany Marija Konjević Tourism Management and young Cultural Heritage professional


Excursion to Theresienstadt

Aside from workshops and lectures, we will organise an excursion to Theresienstadt. The summit’s program includes an excursion to Terezín Memorial, a former concentration camp in Theresienstadt. This imposing location housed over 144,000 Jewish inmates during the Nazi regime and was partly used as a waystation to extermination camps. During the excursion, we will receive a guided tour (in English) through the Small Fortress and we will be able to visit the Ghetto Museum on our own. Afterwards, there will be time to discuss and reflect our visit.

Masterclass: Climate Heritage & Digital Advocacy

The masterclass is organised in collaboration with Europa Nostra, The Climate Heritage Network, and the Climate Heritage Network Youth Forum. The European Masterclass for cultural heritage will focus on teaching and developing skills for advocacy communication. An example from a previous advocacy campaign by the Climate Heritage Network will be presented and participants will have the opportunity to provide input to an ongoing advocacy document for youth in the heritage sector that ESACH is preparing. During the masterclass, ESACH, The Future is Heritage, and Europa Nostra will present the first results of the policy paper survey. We will reflect on the conclusions so far.

For more information about the programme, click in the link for the updated version of our programme. 




Practical information

  • Location: Prague, Czechia

  • Dates: 24th-27th of September

  • Travel: Participants are required to arrange their own travel (plane/bus/train, or other) to and from the event location.

  • Accommodation: Participants are required to arrange their own accommodation. 

  • Costs: The event itself is free.

  • Bursaries: No longer available. Unfortunately, due to financial limitations, our means to distribute any more bursaries are depleted.

  • Selection: Everybody with an affinity for heritage is invited. However, we only have space for a limited amount of participants. If we have too many applications, we unfortunately will have to make a selection between the applicants, in which case we will look at your motivation in your registration. 

  • Covid: We will keep you up to date if additional restrictions will be necessary following the Covid-situation. 

  • Who: Young people working in the heritage sector in Europe on a professional or voluntary basis or students with an interest or affinity with heritage.

  • Age:  18-32 years old.

  • Affinity: - You have a demonstrable affinity in your work/study/volunteering with the European heritage field.

  • Availability: - Available for the entirety of the Summit (24th-27th of September 2022).

  • Questions: - Do you have questions about practicalities or your eligibility? Send an e-mail to

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 31st of August 2022 - 23:59 CET [the registration is closed]. 

More information

We will update this page regularly with new information concerning speakers, topics and practicalities. If you have questions or would like to receive notifications, send us an e-mail at You can also follow us on our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn


The Future is Heritage network had been founded by Erfgoed Brabant in 2017. Erfgoed Gelderland acts as the main initiator of the project since 2021. The network is supported by several partner institutions including Europa Nostra, ESACH, Europeana and The European Heritage Tribune, and is made possible by Dutch Culture.


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