Cultural heritage in a changing climate: Oslo Forum 2021

What are the effects of climate changes on cultural heritage management? How do we mobilize for climate action?

  • Cultural heritage in a changing climate (Foto/Photo)
    Kulturrådet/Riksantikvaren

With mitigation and adaptation as two key concepts, we aim to bring together cultural heritage stakeholders to share ideas and showcase best practices of the Nordic and Baltic Sea region.

Om konferansen

Med reduksjon av klimagassutslipp og tilpasning til klimaendringer som de sentrale over-skriftene, samler konferansen interessenter fra kulturmiljøsektoren, museer, forskere, studenter, arkitekter og byplanleggere, frivillige organisasjoner og kommuner i Norden og Østersjøregionen til en tredagers digital konferanse 28.- 30. september 2021. Kringkasting fra Oslo, Norge - European Green Capital i 2019. Husk å melde deg på! Gratis!

Tirsdag 28.september

  • 09:00
    Movie premiere – The Power of Volunteering
    Who are the volunteers in the cultural heritage sector - and why are they doing it? Introduced by Hannu Matikka and director Espen Frøysland
  • 10:00 - 11:30
    Plenary session I:
    General overview – in it for the action


    Welcome to the digital forum with moderator Gina Gylver (NO)

    Raymond Johansen (NO) Governing Mayor of Oslo 
    Welcome to Oslo – On Oslo as an environmentally friendly capital

    Ole Jakob Furset (NO) Arts Council Norway
    Opening remarks by BRHC Chair

    Helge Drange (NO) University of Bergen
    The consequences of climate change for the heritage sector

    Film – The changing Oslo waterfront – Archaeology in Bispekilen

    Andrew Potts (US) Climate Heritage Network
    The future of our pasts – engaging cultural heritage in climate action  


  • 12:30 - 15:30
    Plenary session II:
    Reduction of climate change - how cultural heritage can be part of the solution


    Valdur Lahtvee (EE)
    CBSS support to increased resilience of Cultural Heritage to Climate Change

    Henry McGhie (UK) Curating tomorrow
    Museums and the Sustainable Development Goals

    Peter Debrine (FR) UNESCO
    Sustainable tourism in the Nordic-Baltic area 

    Ola Fjeldheim (NO) National Trust of Norway
    Energy efficiency in old buildings

    Film - The former American embassy in Oslo – Reuse in a city development perspective

    Cecilie Flyen and Selamawit Mamo Fufa (NO) Sintef
    Greenhouse gas calculations – re-use of old buildings versus building new ones 

    Workshop with Henry McGhie (UK) on the SDG’s as a framework for planning climate action

Onsdag 29.september

  • 09:00 - 12:00
    Plenary session III:
    Adaptation to climate change 


    Greeting from Hanna Geiran (NO) Director of the Directorate for cultural heritage

    Greeting from Kristin Danielsen (NO) Director of the Arts Council Norway

    Ewan Hyslop (GB) Historic Environment Scotland
    Evaluation of climate related risks to cultural heritage: examples from Scotland

    Susanne Altvater (GE) s.Pro – sustainable projects
    Change of land use due to climate change

    Film – FutureBuilt – Social sustainability in new culture buildings on the Oslo waterfront

    Gro Sandkjær Hansen (NO) Oslo Met
    About consequences of more densely populated areas

    Grethe Pontoppidan (DK) Arkitekturet Aps
    On the Viking Ship Hall in Roskilde and how this museum is affected by climate change

    Lucyna NykaJakub SzczepańskiJustyna Borucka (PL) 
    Vulnerability of heritage waterfront areas in Gdańsk – challenges, conflicts and concepts

    Karen O'Brien (NO/USA) University of Oslo
    Final conclusions, overview, looking into the crystal ball – what does the future hold for the cultural environments? 


    • 13:00 - 15:00
      Thematic session I:
      Coastal heritage and climate change


      Session led by: Hannu Matikka (FI) Finnish Heritage Agency

      Gunnar Ellingsen (NO) Museum Vest 
      Saving the Bryggen in Bergen 

      Dr. Robert Domżał (PO) The National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk 
      The Great Crane in Gdańsk 

      Mads V. Olesen (DK) CEO of STROMMA Denmark 
      Green sightseeing by boat and bus in Copenhagen – a change with challenges 

Torsdag 30.september


  • 10:00 - 11:30
    Thematic session II:
    Underwater cultural heritage and climate change 
    Session led by Sallamaria Tikkanen (FI) Finnish Heritage Agency

    Sandra Henry (IR) CHERISH Project   
    Climate change and heritage 

    Björn Nilsson (SV) Lund University 
    The Study of Submerged Stone-Age Landscapes and its Relations to Past and Present Climatic Change 

    Peter Astrup (DK) Moesgaard Museum 
    Submerged Stone Age sites and their potential for determining past sea-level changes

    Minna Koivikko (FI) Finnish Heritage Agency 
    A Case example – Suomenlinna World Heritage Site, Sea Fortress and climate change 

    Antony Firth (UK) Fjordr Limited 
    UNESCO Ocean Science Decade, the Ocean Decade Heritage Network and Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage 


  • 12:30 - 14:00
    Thematic session III:
    20th century built heritage and climate change – adaptive re-use

    Session led by Martin Søberg (DK) Institute of Architecture and Culture, Royal Danish Academy

    Liisa Pakosta (EE) 
    Comfortable Living Spaces: Quality of Life in Old Houses 

    Pia Ilonen (FI) ILO Architects
    Drive or Die: The Cable Factory Story 

    Jakaterina Lavrinec (LT) 
    Reinventing green spaces in the "sleeping districts" 

    Closing of the forum