From 9-11 September, 2016, the Institute for Digital Archaeology, with support from the Dubai Future Foundation, will host the World Heritage Strategy Forum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Venues for the meeting include the Peabody, Semitic and Harvard Art Museums, as well as historic Loeb House. A Diverse group of more than forty expert speakers will present talks on a broad range of subjects - from the Venice Charter to Victorian electrotyping to VR experiences of ancient sites, and much more. The conference sessions will be framed around three core themes: technical solutions to heritage conservation challenges, legal and policy frameworks for preserving heritage material, and exploring the present-day (and future) relevance of ancient objects and classical texts. In addition to formal talks, there will be technical demonstrations, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and fellowship - including receptions at the Peabody Museum and the Semitic Museum.
Speakers hail from a huge variety of institutions and organizations, including UNESCO, CIPA-ICOMOS, the World Customs Organization, the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (Syria), the World Monuments Fund, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, Harvard University, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the New York Public Library, Université de Toulouse, Wellesley College, Boston University, Universitá Iuav di Venezia, the University of South Carolina, the University of Kentucky, the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, the National Federation of the Blind, the Dubai Future Foundation, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In combination with the great settings provided by Harvard's magnificent museums, the dynamic program offerings will make for a valuable and memorable experience for participants. The Forum represents an outstanding opportunity to help shape policy around cultural heritage at a pivotal moment in history.