The constant support of a close knit (but huge) community of friends and lecturers has made living and learning abroad possible and incredibly exciting!

Tyler Whitmarsh, Australia Class of 2016

Stay connected with the world heritage studies network

Welcome to the alumni community of the Dual Master’s Programme World Heritage Studies/Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany and Deakin University, Australia!

This website gives you many opportunities to stay connected with the two universities, to discover events and networking activities, or to explore various career resources aimed to help you in your field. Above all, this is a way to get and stay in touch with old friends, to share stories and to find new inspiring connections for your personal and professional development.

This initiative was realised with the financial support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Studying in Cottbus

Cottbus is located in the State of Brandenburg, halfway between the vibrant cities of Berlin and Dresden. The town is surrounded by many green areas, including the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Spreewald, with its idyllic waterways and forests, or the Branitz landscape gardens created by the eccentric Prince von Pückler-Muskau in the mid-19th century. The charming old market place, or the old industrial sites surrounding the landscape are reminders of the town’s versatile heritage story.

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Studying in Melbourne

Melbourne has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. No wonder that everybody finds something special to love and admire about it, from spectacular galleries and museums, to spacious green parks and gardens, to delicious cuisine of numerous restaurants and cafés.

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Upcoming Events

Save the date! 12, 13, 14 October 2022: Heriland international conference on Cultural Heritage and Spatial Planning

HERILAND – Uncharted

The programme consists of high-profile keynotes, training sessions, interactive workshops, networking and job matching sessions and a public debate.

The event will take place in Amsterdam, 12-14 October, 2022. 


June 15th
10:26 am

Open call summer school: Heritage in the Shadow of Conflict

Germany and members of the ICOMOS Emerging Professionals Working Group invite you to this International online Summer School on "Heritage in the Shadow of Conflict". In three half- day sessions, there will be inputs from experts, discussion rounds and group working sessions in which you develop an outcome on a selected topic in the context of a conflict and present it together at the end.

Deadline: June 19


June 15th
08:38 am

Call for Participation: Forum at the conference "On Critical Education and Unlearning in Museums“

Startseite | Bundesverband Museumspädagogik e.V.

The conference asks how gender-sensitive and racism-critical work can be done in museums. They are inviting to take part of it, reporting on your practical experiences and discuss with the participants in one of the practical forums:

- How can we align our work queer or anti-racist?

- How can we change our modes of behaviour and speaking?

- How can we pluralise narratives?

- What questions do we need to ask, what methods can we use, what content is missing in our work?

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June 07th
09:49 am


Launch event: Sustaining Digital Heritage programme

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Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the self-diagnostic tool, “The Sustainability Test," and the potential of heritage in the digital universe.

June 27th
10:30 am
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World Heritage Watch middsummer party

World Heritage Watch - Home | Facebook

The party will be in Berlin on 16 June, from 18h. 


June 15th
08:33 am
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#Culture2030Goal survey


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#Culture2030Goal is formed by global cultural networks united to advocate for the role of culture in sustainable development. The survey is aimed as a contribution to the Mondiacult 2022 UNESCO Conference, which will gather cultural policy makers on 28-30 September 2022 in Mexico City. The campaign aims to put culture at the heart of decision-making and to create a standalone Goal on culture.

Deadline for completing the survey: June 21. 

June 07th
10:01 am
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Travel scholarship for young people

This project is aimed at young people from ages 18 to 28 in order to make Europe’s and North America’s World Heritage a more tangible experience for the younger generation. Each traveler/team has to visit at least three different cities listed as World Heritage in at least two different countries, with at least two destinations being one of the member cities of the Regional Secretariat of Northwest Europe and North America. Otherwise, they are completely independent at planning their own trip.

Application deadline: 24th June

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June 07th
09:44 am
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Contribute to NEMO survey dedicated to the status of museums in the context of climate change.

Press: NEMO - Network of European Museum Organisations

NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations launched a survey dedicated to the status of museums in the context of climate change. The initiative will help evaluate the stage where museums find themselves in the process of becoming more sustainable and help draft relevant public policies. The survey can be filled in until 3 June.

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May 17th
02:16 pm
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Awards 2022 Edition Overall Theme: Relaunching European Tourism ​ through Cultural Heritage and Digitalisation


The Awards Contest is open to tourist destinations across Europe, to showcase their results and outputs in sustainable cultural tourism under several selected categories each year. The 2022 overall theme is: ‘Relaunching European Tourism through Cultural Heritage & Digitalisation’.
The Awards will be given for achievements by cultural tourist destinations which have produced significant results related to enhancing visitor experience while respecting traditions and involving local host communities.


May 17th
02:05 pm
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New European Bauhaus: Commission launches ‘NEB LAB' with new projects and call for Friends

New European Bauhaus Lab launch & Call for Friends | Creative Europe Desk  Ireland

The NEB Lab is a co-creation space at the service of the New European Bauhaus community, for the delivery of beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive projects to improve our daily lives.


May 17th
01:42 pm
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ICOM Costume Committee pronounced about the use of a historic dress that belonged to Marilyn Monroe at MET Gala 2022

ICOM Costume (@ICOMCostume) / Twitter

In the light of recent events, where a dress that belonged to Marilyn Monroe was used by Kim Kardashian in a public event, ICOM Costume has been discussing the topic, and would like to share the following statement. Historic garments should not be worn by anybody, public or private figures. Read here what did they say.

May 13th
10:34 am
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Call for geospatial data on World Heritage properties

UNESCO creates an online Geographic Information System to better protect World Heritage properties

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May 2nd
10:05 am
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Australia's World Heritage Budj Bim reopens with a new cultural center for ancient eel and fish trip site

Mount Eccles (Budj Bim)

The new Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre will give visitors the opportunity learn about how Gunditjmara people worked with the environment and it’s natural resources for more than 30,000 years.

Pic: "Mount Eccles (Budj Bim)" by mertie. is marked with CC BY 2.0.

May 2nd
09:45 am
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Professor Gaye Sculthorpe joins Deakin University from London's British Museum as Professor of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Source: Deakin

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education Professor Vanessa Lemm said Prof Sculthorpe brought to the position a world-leading knowledge of Australian Aboriginal material cultures.

May 2nd
09:38 am
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International organisations come together to protect Ukrainian Cultural Heritage

Ukraine, Kyiv, Europe, Church, Cathedral, ArchitectureImage by Oleg Mityukhin from Pixabay 

Source: Culture News

Europa Nostra and Global Heritage Fund have just launched a joint crowdfunding campaign to support the defenders of Ukraine’s endangered heritage.

The campaign aims to help those working in the cultural heritage world as well as those who have been rendered refugees in their escape from Russian aggression.

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March 31th
01:23 pm
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ICOMOS launches the Guidelines for Conservation of Concrete Heritage

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The Cádiz Document: InnovaConcrete Guidelines for Conservation of Concrete Heritage provides guidance for the conservation of concrete heritage with respect to its cultural, historical, aesthetic, social and technological values that define its significance.

March 31th
01:03 pm
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CEE special fellowship programme for Ukraine

The German Federal Environmental Foundation has launched a special fellowship programme to support university graduates from Ukraine to work on topics related to environmental protection and nature conservation. The programme is aimed at graduates living in or have fled Ukraine with a good or very good Master's degree as well as current PhD students. Good English and/or German language skills are a prerequisite for application. The fellowship enables a six to twelve-month research and training stay in German research institutions, environmental authorities, NGOs or companies to gain experience in various fields of environmental protection and nature conservation. During the fellowship, the DBU offers an extensive programme consisting of seminars, events and workshops. The grant also includes at least one intensive German course.


March 15th
01:11 pm
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Government climate action plan recognises importance of heritage conservation

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The Victorian Government (Australia) has now released its final Built Environment Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan.

In 2021 the National Trust made a submission on the draft,  with recommendations seeking to reframe the role of heritage in the climate change conversation, harnessing the potential for heritage conservation to actively contribute to climate resilience through outcomes such as emissions reductions.

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March 08th
10:04 am
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Interview en RESTAURO Magazine with Alexandra Lotz

Alexandra Lotz, alumna of the Master's degree in World Heritage Studies at Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg, who today works as a consultant for the preservation of monuments/world heritage at the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments and Archaeology in Saxony-Anhalt, talked to RESTAURO magazine about her experience at BTU, her learning about World Heritage and her work as a Heritage Manager. 

Highly recommended!

Read it here. 


February 23th
10:32 am
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Check out the COVID-19: SOCIOCULTURAL IMPACT guides, launched by the World Tourism Organization

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Just as the tourism sector is affected more than others by the current COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable groups within the sector are among the hardest hit.

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February 16th
04:54 pm
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"Heritage and Climate" to celebrate the International Day for Monuments and Sites 2022

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The International Day for Monuments and Sites – 18 April 2022 provides a timely opportunity to showcase strategies to promote the full potential of heritage conservation research and practice to deliver climate-resilient pathways to strengthen sustainable development, while advocating for just transitions to low-carbon futures. It is part of the ICOMOS Triennial Scientific Plan 2021-2024 and also supports the 2020 ICOMOS’ resolution on People-Centered Approaches to Cultural Heritage.

February 10th
01:39 pm
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Brief Report Release: Evaluating the Impacts of Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development

The UK National Commission for UNESCO and PRAXIS at the University of Leeds (UK) released the report on Evaluating the Impacts of Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development. As part of the wider 'Heritage and Our Sustainable Future series', these brief reports focus on key themes from across the cultural heritage and sustainable development sectors in order to provide insight, recommendations and practical, solution-led case studies for best practice. 


February 10th
01:28 pm
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Deakin University researchers has found almost a quarter of Australians aged 18 or older have little to no knowledge of the Holocaust.

As the world commemorates #holocaustremembranceday, a timely national survey led by Deakin University researchers has found almost a quarter of Australians aged 18 or older have little to no knowledge of the Holocaust.

Commissioned by the Gandel Foundation, the survey asked over 3,500 Australians across states and territories to answer more than 70 individual questions. The questions asked Australians about their thoughts, experiences and understanding on everything from Australia’s connections to the Holocaust to the importance of Holocaust museums and memorials.

Deakin researchers lead survey commissioned by Gandel Foundation on Holocaust knowledge and awareness.

February 03th
09:23 am
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UNESCO publishes case studies on living heritage and climate change in East Africa

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UNESCO has published a series of case studies as part of the pilot project to support research and documentation on traditional knowledge systems, recognized as part of communities’ living heritage, for biodiversity conservation, climate change and disaster risk reduction in East Africa.


January 19th
09:59 am
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New Dual Degree Students 2021-2022

Our new group is here! Let's welcome our new #HeritageDualDegree students 2021 - 2022 at BTU Cotbus-Senftenberg (Germany) and Deakin University Melbourne (Australia).

Learn more about them here.

January 12th
12:02 pm
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Until 1st February, apply for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards

Call for Entries of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 are open for submissions!

The Awards honour every year up to 30 outstanding heritage achievements, among which up to five Grand Prix. Each winner of a Grand Prix receives a monetary award of €10.000. In addition, the Public Choice Award is presented to one of the selected award winners, following an online vote conducted by Europa Nostra.

Deadline: 31sth January

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January 11th
09:22 am
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UNESCO and ICCROM launch training initiative strengthening management of African World Heritage sites

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On 6 December 2021, UNESCO and ICCROM launched the first edition of their joint training initiative “Improving Management Effectiveness in African World Heritage properties (2021-22)” targeting 25 African countries and 80 experts, of which 21 are women.

January 04th
10:12 am
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Australia launches a Cultural Tourism Accelerator


The Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program is a $5 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government as part of the Regional Arts Tourism package, which will enable arts organisations to promote and develop cultural events for tourists across regional Australia.

Information sessions: 23rd and 25th November 2021.

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November 22th
10:09 am
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The first edition of the online publication 'Discourse: The Heritage Magazine' was launched.

The first online edition of "Discourse: The Heritage Magazine", an initiative of BTU World Heritage PHD students Lianne Oonwalla and Ekta Chauhan, was launched on 1 October.

You can download it for free here.

October 05th
10:20 am
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Interview with Smriti Pant and her work in UNESCO World Heritage nomination projet "Great Spa Towns of Europe"

Smriti Pant, Alumni of World Heritage Studies M.A. She talked with BTU about her time at our University, her experience as a student, what she learned in the Master's degree and her current work in Baden-Baden in the UNESCO World Heritage nomination project "Great Spa Towns of Europe". She also gave some tips for all newcomers and students ;).

October 05th
10:13 am
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Sidney will be the house for ICOMOS 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GA) in 2023.

Australia ICOMOS was set to host the ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GA) on 2020, but due #Covid19, plans changed. Instead, Australia will now host the GA in 2023 in Sydney.


October 05th
10:01 am
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September: Heritage Opportunities

Find here September's events, calls and opportunities in the field of heritage. If you know about events, workshops, initiatives and opportunities, and want to share them with our community, you can also do it here! You will find the link at the end. 

August 31th
02:45 pm
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Follow online the Extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee

From today until 31 July, the Extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee will be taking place. Here we tell you how to follow it online.

July 16th
09:08 am
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South Australia's landscape "Flinders Ranges" nominated to UNESCO tentative list

In April 2021, the government of Australia submitted to the UNESCO tentative list “Flinders Ranges”, under criteria viii to be considerer as Natural Heritage of the World. Read more

June 2nd
09:24 am
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#MuseumsMonth: Map from openning-parcial oppenings museums - NEMO Official

On 18 May we celebrate Museum Day, and we continue to highlight the initiatives and events that museums and different institutions around the world are organising to celebrate this special date. 

Today we bring you a map made by the Network of European Museum Organization #NEMO showing an overview of the reopening of museums in Europe.

May 10th
06:45 am
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May the fourth: Stars Wars and World Heritage

Today is May the fourth, and for all Star Wars fans, that means it's the day of the force. If you are a World Heritage lover and also a fan of the Star Wars films, you will have noticed that their locations are so incredible that they can't be anything other than World Heritage listed places. That's why today we take the opportunity to remember these films that have been set in several places included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Discover these 10 WHS that have been the location of Star Wars.

May 04th
09:01 am
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Five traditions celebrated on 1st May [Heritage Stories]

Happy #internationalWorkersDay and also happy #MayDay. Here are five different traditions that are celebrated on 1st May. 

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May 2nd
01:49 pm
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Follow us in our new Social Media Channels!

The #HeritageDualDegree has new channels to keep in contact with Alumni, Students and all Heritage Practitioners. Through our social channels, you can find:

  • #HeritageOpportunities: Internships, courses, jobs
  • #AlumniStories: The experiences and thoughts of our Alumni and students of different years.
  • #Heritagenews: What is happening on the Heritage field.

And much more!

Follow us in all channels:

February 24th
11:07 am
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Job Opportunities

Open position: IUCN

IUCN – Wikipedia

IUCN is the Advisory Body for Natural and Mixed World Heritage properties under the World Heritage Convention. IUCN’s looks for a Monitoring Officer. 


June 27th
10:40 am

Open position: National Trust of Australia

National Trust of Australia (NSW) | LinkedIn

The National Trust seeks a suitably qualified Property Coordinator to manage our Chiltern properties – Lake View House, Federal Standard Printing Works and Dows Pharmacy.


June 27th
10:37 am

PhD opportunities at St Andrew’s University in the School of Art History (Museum and Heritage Studies)

University of St Andrews — English

The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer two PhD scholarships to support exceptional students undertaking doctoral research in the following project:

Shared Island Stories between Scotland and the Caribbean: Past, Present, Future


June 15th
08:19 am