The workshop will take place from 3 to 8 October 2021 in Turin and other venues in Italy, and it is open to maximum 25 selected participants. Eligible applicants should be decision makers, officials or other representatives from:

  • local government agencies and other relevant actors responsible for the management/safeguarding of World Heritage properties, Biosphere Reserves, Global Geoparks, UNESCO Creative Cities, and elements inscribed in the UNESCO Lists and Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

  • Local development agencies from areas related to specific UNESCO designated sites/elements.

  • Other practitioners such as community groups, independent experts, scholars/researchers, staff from international organizations or NGOs, etc.

Inscription fee and other costs

The inscription fee amounts to 1,500€, which includes the provision of board and lodging for the duration of the workshop. Travel costs to/from can be reimbursed for a maximum of 200 euros.


A limited number of scholarships are available for participants, covering the inscription fee (including board and lodging) and travel costs, contingent on the availability of funds. Applicants interested in receiving financial assistance should clearly specify their request in the application form.

Priority in the award of scholarships will be given to:

  • eligible applicants from the countries under the geographical scope of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, namely: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey; plus Italy, as the Bureau’s host country.

  • Eligible female applicants and young professionals (under 35), to the extent necessary to ensure gender- and age-balanced participation. 

Selection criteria

Applications will be jointly evaluated by the Academy Coordination and the Scientific Committee, based on the combination of the following criteria:

  • Applicants’ eligibility

  • Completeness, quality, and relevance of the applications in relation to the workshop’s subject

  • Geographical balance

  • Gender balance

  • Balanced representation of different UNESCO designations

  • Balanced representation of cultural and natural sites.


Applications are open until July 31st.