ICOMOS Workshop: Learning from Ahrtal – Climate, Resilience and Heritage

ICOMOS Germany Spring School 2024
Learning from Ahrtal – Climate, Resilience and Heritage
22 March – 24 March 2024, Aachen and Ahrtal

In 2021, the Ahrtal suffered severe flooding, which had a major impact on the lives of its inhabitants, the region and its cultural heritage and left them wounded. Climate science is increasingly pointing to the fact that the frequency and intensity of such storms will increase in the future. The flood also showed how vulnerable the built heritage is and how urgently the questions surrounding strengthening its resilience should be addressed and answered. It is important to address the negative consequences of climate change now in order to take timely measures for adaptation and prevention.

Using the example of the process and handling of the Nepomuk Bridge in Rech, the topic will be addressed in a three-day workshop. The aim is to give the next generation an insight into how complex and multi-layered the discourse surrounding the preservation of our heritage can be through discussion, on-site experiences in the Ahr Valley and presentations by experts. The workshop aims to raise awareness of the importance of heritage conservation and the challenges associated with the preservation of historic sites and structures due to the negative consequences of climate change. The aim is to identify and communicate best practices and strategies for the preservation of cultural heritage and to develop solutions for a future worth living.

Applications to participate will be considered until 15th February.

The three-day workshop, located in Aachen and Ahrtal, will focus on built heritage, specifically studying the case of Nepomukbrücke in Rech. It will consist of a mixture of lectures, teamwork, and presentations of participants’ outcomes related to the specific tasks announced during the workshop.

Emerging professionals from fields such as architecture, heritage, urbanism, art history, and any other related professional backgrounds are welcomed to apply. Participants of all national backgrounds and ages are welcomed.

Please note that traveling, residence, and food costs will not be provided by the organizers. The participation fee is free of charge.

The languages of the school will be both German and English.

Results for selected applicants will be announced by the end of February at the latest.


The workshop will be limited to 20 talented individuals, based on their applications.

A little bit of history

A European Heritage Summit was first organized in London on 26–28 April 2006 by Dr. Simon Thurley, former Chief Executive Officer of English Heritage. The mission of the Summit was to gather for the first time the European cultural heritage leaders who had the opportunity to exchange their experience and initiate common actions. It was attended by 23 European states which agreed in the Final Statement to continue to meet annually as a forum of European heritage heads, known as the “European Heritage Heads Forum”. Future hosting countries are chosen by general agreement at the annual meeting.

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