There will be local speakers from Australia, as well as overseas speakers presenting at the symposium.

The Organising Committee is delighted to announce that Professor Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, based in the United Kingdom, has been confirmed as the Opening Speaker for the Symposium.

Professor Peter Stone OBE FSA MClfA

Peter Stone is the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University, UK, Chair of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield and Interim Secretary of the Blue Shield internationally.

In 2003 he was advisor to the Ministry of Defence regarding the identification and protection of the archaeological cultural heritage in Iraq. He has remained active in working with the heritage sector and military to refine attitudes and develop processes for the better protection of cultural property in times of conflict. He has written extensively on this topic including co-editing, with Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (2008) and editing Cultural Heritage, Ethics and the Military (2011). His article ‘The 4 Tier Approach’ led to the establishment of the British Army’s Cultural Property Protection Working Group which is soon to re-establish a Joint Service cultural property protection capability in UK forces.

Peter was previously Head of the School of Arts and Cultures and Professor of Heritage Studies in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. Between 1998 and 2008 he was honorary Chief Executive Officer of the World Archaeological Congress and served as Chair of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Management Plan Committee (2006-2012). In the 1990s he was part of the team that developed UNESCO’s World Heritage Education Project and help draft the Heritage in Young Hands kit (now translated into more than 30 languages). Before joining Newcastle University he had worked for English Heritage, as a field archaeologist, and history teacher. He has published widely on heritage education, interpretation, and management.

Professor Kate Auty

Professor Kate Auty was appointed in May 2016 as the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment. Kate has a wide range of experience and was previously the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in Victoria; and has worked as a Magistrate, Coroner and Mining Warden.


Details of other speakers will be included on the website as they become available.