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AR&PA International Conference

The “AR&PA” International Conference is held as one of the activities of the Iberian Biennial of Cultural Heritage, in this edition it focuses "The role of Cultural Heritage in the construction of the Europe of Citizens".

The conference is based on lectures on a wide variety of subjects, one round table, and communications, with noted experts from the most varied possible fields related to the topic in question taking part. The conference also serves to analyse the current situation of each issue and to present the most recent research.

Speakers are invited on the basis of their contribution and practical experience in the subject matter of the conference, or for being international leaders in the various disciplines related to cultural heritage.

The different topics for the AR&PA International Conference to date have been:

  • 1998: Methods, techniques and criteria for conserving movable and immovable heritage.
  • 2000: Philosophy and protection of Heritage: "Restoring memory", a new concept in the conservation and restoration of modern architecture.
  • 2002: Restoration criteria for cultural assets: tradition and new technologies.
  • 2004: Archaeology, art and restoration
  • 2006: Heritage and Territory.
  • 2008: Heritage Management: towards a sustainable approach
  • 2010: Economics of Cultural Heritage.
  • 2012: Innovation in Cultural Heritage
  • 2014: Society and Heritage
  • 2016: Smart Heritage, smart territory
  • 2018: The role of Cultural Heritage in the construction of the Europe of Citizens

The minutes of each conference are published, including the presentations, communications and outcomes of each.


In the European year of Cultural Heritage, the 11th edition of the International Congress AR&PA 2018 would like to pay tribute to the significant role that the Cultural Heritage has played in the building of the Europe for Citizens. The Heritage is not empty or lifeless. It must be a lively meeting point of memories of the different peoples of Europe. These lively memories are captured in buildings, historical centres, archaeological sites and cultural and heritage landscapes. All these memories build a great collective memory which makes a solid basis of a developed, democratic and progressive civilization feasible. This civilization creates and invents thinking ahead, but firmly tightening its grip on past major accomplishments. All of these are summarised in the Cultural Heritage built along all ages.

The International Congress AR&PA 2018 puts forward a deep reflection on all these issues from different perspectives.


Download of type document PDFOpen a new windowProgram 11th International Congress AR&PA 2018 (727 kbytes)

Lines of action

Four lines of action are proposed which will coincide with each Panel of Experts in charge of reading communications:

  1. The Cultural Heritage as European Identity
  2. Inhabiting the Cultural Heritage
  3. The Cultural Heritage as a social construction
  4. The innovation in the protection and intervention of the Cultural heritage


The AR&PA International Conference will be held as part of the AR&PA Biennial in Valladolid from 8th to 11th November 2018.


The "Chamber Room" of the Congress Center Miguel Delibes.

Further information:

For specific information, please contact (00 34) 617 63 03 93 or: