25–26 November 2019

Organized by the Archdiocese of Paderborn with the German Commission for UNESCO and ICOMOS Germany


  • Forum St. Liborius, Paderborn
  • Former Abbey Church of Saints Stephen and Vitus Corvey / World Heritage Site Westwork Corvey (bus transfer)

Simultaneous interpretation in English and German will be provided.

New Technologies for Mediating World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites in Germany and Europe receive widespread public attention and attract a broad range of visitors. Their prominent status comes with the obligation to promote general understanding of their unique cultural significance and to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

As new technologies have become increasingly important for mediating World Heritage in recent years, we are organizing the first international conference, held in Paderborn and Corvey on 25 and 26 November 2019, to discuss their growing role and fascinating possibilities. Representatives of various World Heritage Sites in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain will outline the great variety of technological applications.

The conference will also supply an opportunity to present the new multi-media concept for the World Heritage Site Westwork Corvey. The concept presents the monastic history of Corvey and the unique architecture of the Carolingian westwork with its original polychromy and furnishings while complying with the strictest standards of monument protection.

Monday, 25 November · Conference kick-off at Forum St. Liborius, Paderborn

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Alfons Hardt

Vicar General, Archdiocese of Paderborn

Dr Birgitta Ringbeck

Coordination Office, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Friedhelm Spieker

Head, District Council, District of Höxter

Carolin Kolhoff

Head of Division of World Heritage, German Commission for UNESCO, Bonn

Dr Tino Mager

Member of the Board, German National Committee of ICOMOS, TU Delft, Netherlands

Examples from important World Heritage Sites in Europe will provide an overview of the wide spectrum of new technologies, broadened by in-depth discussions with speakers and experts about their experience in using these new media to promote an understanding of world heritage.

Speakers and Subjects:

New Technologies in World Heritage Sites –  Current status

Dr Birgitta Ringbeck

World Heritage Coordination Office, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Mediating World Heritage – New Technologies – Monument Preservation: Inspirations, Ideas, Questions

Dr Uwe Koch

German Committee for the Protection of Historic Monuments, Berlin

Digital 3D Reconstruction – Potentials and Challenges of a Computer-Based Analysis of Art and Architecture

Professor Piotr Kuroczyński

Head, Institute of Architecture, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Convenor of the Digital 3D-Reconstruction Working Group in the Digital Humanities in German-speaking Region Association

UNESCO World Heritage Site Monastic Island of Reichenau: Educational Mission, Mediation, and Research Continuity; the example of the murals in St Georg Church in Oberzell

Dr Dörthe Jakobs

German National Committee of ICOMOS, Stuttgart

Digital Media and Historical Spaces in Harmony – The UNESCO Visitor Centre at the Fagus Factory

Fabienne Gohres

Manager, UNESCO World Heritage Site Fagus Factory, Alfeld

Picture: Fagus-Gebäude / Wikimedia Commons /
Carsten Janssen / cc-by-sa-2.0-de

Martina Scheitenberger

Managing Partner, Hunger & Koch, Hannover

Dipl. Ing. Heiko Wandrey

Founder & Managing Director, Intermediate Engineering GmbH, Hamburg

Domus Aurea – The Light Restoration

Dr. Alessandro D’Alessio

Archaeological Park / Colosseum / Domus Aurea, Rome

Stefano Borghini

Archaeological Park / Colosseum / Domus Aurea, Rome

Tarraco World Heritage, New Ways of Reliving Ancient Rome – Spain

Mònica Borrell Giró

Director Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

Joan Menchon

Historical Heritage Coordinator, Ajuntament de Tarragona

e-codices: A 15 Years’ Success Story

Dr Marina Bernasconi Reusser

Medieval Institute of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Tuesday, 26 November · The second day of the conference will focus exclusively on the World Heritage Site Westwork Corvey.

The Use of New Technologies in Corvey from the Perspectives of Conservation and Tourism

Claudia Koch

Claudia Koch, Head, Building Department, City of Höxter

The Role of the Murals for the Outstanding Universal Value of Corvey

Dr. Matthias Exner

German National Committee of ICOMOS, Munich

Guarded by Angels – In the Celestial City – Conservation and Multimedia Installations – Work in progress

Professor Christoph Stiegemann

Director Diocesan Museum Paderborn

Karen Keller

Restorer in Charge, World Heritage Site Westwork Corvey

Katharina Heiling


Charlotte Tamschick

Creative Lead Tamschick Media + Space, Berlin


Many thanks for your interest in our conference. Unfortunately, we can no longer consider your registration because the event is fully booked. Probably at the end of 2020, a conference volume with all lectures and discussion results will be published, the publication of which we will announce on this homepage.


Welterbe Westwerk Corvey
Markt 17   ·   D 33098 Paderborn
Fon: +49 (0)151 58383189

The conference is organized by …

Annika Pröbe M.A.

Project coordination World Heritage Site Westwork Corvey

Dr Anne Veltrup

Documentation World Heritage Site Westwork Corvey