Session topics

The topics of the CIPA2021 symposium will cover the following six aspects. In addition, each aspect will include four to six mainly topics. Hence, there are more than 30 topics you can select to join it. You may submit your paper to the most relevant one in order to get it read by the specialists of specific areas.

Session A: Collecting and Inventorying Data of Monuments and Sites

Topic 1: Data collection methods and inventory technologies (RS/GIS/GNSS).

Topic 2: Photogrammetry and remote sensing (space, aerial and ground).

Topic 3: Application and special processing of information collection and technology inventory in special scenarios.

1. Historic buildings with wooden structure

2. Urban heritage properties and historic streets

3. Underwater archaeology and underwater heritage properties

4. Cultural heritage properties in war and armed conflict

5. Island properties as cultural heritage

6. Uniqueness of World Cultural Heritage

Topic 4: Recovery, restoration and perseverationof cultural heritage and its digital inventory.

Topic 5: Inventory and preservationof the intangible cultural heritage .

Topic 6: Development of new technologies and case studies.

Session B: Management of Heritage Data and Preventive Conservation

Topic 7: Monitoring, simulative, early-warning and adaptive measures for monuments and sites.

Topic 8: Innovations in technical integration for heritage information management system.

             (related to IoT, Big Data, BIM/CIM, AR/VR/MR, AI)

Topic 9: Rules for data identification, processing, categorization and indexing systems.

Topic 10: Heritage information management and storage aided by 3D printing technology.

Topic 11: Fragility, preventive assessment and risk management of cultural heritage.

Topic 12: Tools and solutions for noninvasive detection of cultural heritage.

Session C: Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage

Topic 13: Innovation and practices in the activation and promotion of industrial heritage properties.

Topic 14: Narrative interpretation of stone carvings and murals in cave temples.

Topic 15: Interpretation of wooden structure of buildings.

Topic 16: Digital restoration technology for cultural heritage and several cases.

               (related to Image mosaic, Color restoration, and 3D reconstruction)

Topic 17: Innovative interpretation and presentation of cultural landscapes/cultural routes.

Topic 18: Interpretation and creative practices of the intangible cultural heritage.

Topic 19: Innovative cloud presentation technology for museum displays and good practices.

Session D: Digitalization of Cultural Heritage in Post-Pandemic Era


Topic 20: Innovating immersive experience and the industry of culture and tourism.

Topic 21: Cultural heritage enriching scenario-based education in Post-Pandemic Era.

Topic 22: Integrating traditional culture into pan-entertainment industry, in particular eSports.

Topic 23: Digital economy serving the cultural heritage sector in smart city Era.

Topic 24: New Infrastructure Construction of Smart City empowering digital creative industry.

Topic 25: Marketing of cultural and creative products in the era of media cloud broadcasting.

Session E: Ethical Value and Public Participation

Topic 26: Authenticity in digital inventory and presentation of cultural heritage.

Topic 27: Transnational property conservation and digital collaboration in smart earth Era.

Topic 28: Public awareness, obligations and involvement of the social sector.

Topic 29: Public accessibility to cultural resources and protection of intellectual property rights.

Topic 30: Digital cultural heritage interactive conservation with Public Participation.

Special Session



The special session aims at contributions that focus on the educational and dissemination research initiatives regarding cultural heritage in the 21st Century, in the world of the digital era, the globalization and the social influences across the globe between societies of different culture. From individuals and societies, to schools, universities and organizations, they all seek solutions to handle the global economic crisis, the era of pandemic, and boost the economy by applying technology, building tools and applications and developing good practices for the benefit of the documentation, visualization, safeguarding, outreach and dissemination of the global cultural heritage. Various research and academic institutions schedule educational programs and actions related to cultural heritage for the whole academic year, while organizations have to be adapted to the needs of a society, by building strategic plans to the outreach and dissemination of cultural heritage.


The special session aims at inviting contributions at the following thematic topics.

Topic 1: Educational activities (online and virtual learning platforms) for cultural heritage

Topic 2: Virtual museums and online tours of monuments of cultural heritage

Topic 3: Interactive maps/atlases of cultural heritage

Topic 4: Portals, online catalogues and databases of cultural heritage

Topic 5: Place branding/place marketing to the dissemination of tangible/intangible cultural heritage

Papers can be submitted in the following formats:


1. You can submit a full 8-page paper referring to template format ( by APRIL 30 and your paper will be peer reviewed. The paper must be formatted following the ISPRS format (download  the PDF or DOC template), with a max length of 8 pages.

2. You should submit the revised (already accepted) full paper by JUNE 30.

3. Your full paper will be published in the ANNALS.

CIPA-HD EPWG Forum: Next-generation technologies for next-generation heritage practitioners

This special session seeks to bring together emerging professionals and academics from within CIPA so that they can learn from one another, network, and engage in conversation. This event is being prepared by the Emerging Professionals Working Group (EPWG) which was established in response to a call for expansion to the emerging professional membership within ICOMOS. One of the main aims of the EPWG is to become a platform where emerging professionals in the culture, conservation, and heritage industries can network with each other, with leadership in their fields, and with other ICOMOS members and partner organizations. Since CIPA’s mission embodies keeping up with technology and ensuring its usefulness for cultural heritage conservation and sustainability, this session has been designed to showcase the work the next generation of CIPA members are undertaking, regarding state-of-the-art-technologies, and to provide a dedicated space for constructive feedback. The session will mainly focus on architectural documentation, surveying, computational visualistics, and structural analyses oriented towards conservation and protection. This initiative is vital as it will foster the direct dissemination of knowledge between a new generation of heritage recording practitioners, regarding practical and theoretical issues alike.

        – Submitted abstracts/full papers should have as principal or only author an undergraduate or graduate student, or early career professional;

        – Submitted abstracts/full papers should address novel heritage documentation concepts, or critical issues within the emerging professionals’ community regarding documentation technology and practices.