AESOP Young Academics Conference 2019

From 02.04.2019 to 07.04.2019 Karim van Knippenberg participated at the AESOP Young Academics conference which was held this time in Darmstadt, Germany. This conference is organized for young planning scholars enabling them to discuss ideas, exchange knowledge, and to gain new insights. This  four-day event consists of several keynote talks, workshops, a field trip, and parallel sessions for participants to present their research.
During these sessions Karim talked about the Open Heritage-project and especially on the socio-economic dimensions of adaptive re-use of heritage as this was in line with the conference’s overall theme: ‘planning inclusive spaces’. The audience of critical scholars from all over Europe, shared their ideas and understanding of heritage and highlighted the contextual difference in various countries with regard to heritage management practices. Sharing such ideas and various perspectives was one of the main objectives of this conference and the informal setting, the well thought-out program, and inspiring lectures and encounters really stimulated this knowledge-exchange. All in all this conference offered some valuable experiences with regard to the Open Heritage research project as new insights and the outcomes of discussions with other scholars can now enrich the research.