Keynote Speakers



Registration deadline: September 15

Conference dates: October 20-23

Registration Fees

Foreign participants from developed countries: $175

Participants from China: $60

Foreign participants from developing countries: $60

Students from developed countries: $60 (with photocopy of University ID)

Students from developing countries: $40 (with photocopy of University ID)

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Douglas COMER

Dr. Douglas Comer is Principal for Cultural Site Research and Management, Inc., and Co-President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM). Dr. Comer has served as Chief of the United States National Park Service Applied Archaeology Center, Chair of the Maryland Governor’s Advisory Committee on Archaeology, Chair of the Nomination Committee for the Register of Professional Archaeologists, as a Trustee for the United States Committee for ICOMOS, and is a Fulbright Scholar in Cultural Resource Management.

He has been a Research Fellow at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan, and the Southeast Asian Center for Archaeology and the Fine Arts in Bangkok, Thailand. He is the recipient of research grants from NSF, NASA, The Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and has published widely on the use of aerial and satellite remote sensing technologies in archaeology and cultural resource management. He has overseen planning and research efforts at numerous areas in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, Africa, and Europe, as well as in United States National Parks, World Heritage Sites, National Monuments, and areas under the stewardship of the BLM and Department of Defense.


Cynthia Dunning Thierstein is director of ArchaeoConcept in Switzerland and is responsible for heritage management projects. She is an archaeologist specialising in the European Early Iron Age. She presented her doctorate in 2005 on the theme of the Early Iron Age in the Jura (University of Geneva). After having studied in Geneva and Marburg an der Lahn (Germany), she was assistant in Prehistoric Archaeology in the University of Geneva. From 1989 to 1998 she directed the Schwab Museum in Biel, Switzerland, and from 1998 to 2010 she was responsible for the Archaeological Service of the Canton of Berne. From the beginning of her career in the 1980's, Cynthia Dunning Thierstein was always very interested in the theory of archaeology and its management. She reorganised the Archaeological Service of the Canton of Bern to make this institution, which is responsible for all archaeological work from the inventory to the public relations, a more efficient and sustainable enterprise.

Since 1998 Cynthia Dunning Thierstein has actively taken part in the management of the Europae Archaeologiae Concilium (EAC), a non-governmental association bringing together the managers of archaeological heritage in Europe, organising international meetings defining the problems of modern archaeology in Europe. In 2011, she founded ArchaeoConcept. Cynthia Dunning Thierstein is also member of numerous national and international associations (ICOMOS, ICOM, EAA, AS, ARS, AGUS). She was vice-president of the association "Palafittes" for the Inscription to the World Heritage of the Pile-dwellings around the Alps and was a member of the board of "Archéologie Suisse". In 2012, she completed her MAS in Cultural Management at the University of Basel. She is also an accredited ICOMOS-ICAHM expert and was elected as Vice-president for Europe in 2012.

LUO Jianping

Luo Jianping(David) is associate director of Office of International Exchange and Communication at Jishou University. He is also a Ph.D candidate in public administration. His research interests are on higher education administration, internationalization of higher education and teacher education. He has been a visiting scholar to the School of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle in the teacher education program from 2009 through 2010. He has widened communication with more than 20 higher education institutions in Austria, German, USA, South Korea, Japan, Ukraine and Australia on behalf of Jishou University.

TANG Zijun

Tang Zijun is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at the Jishou University Law School and a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. His research and teaching interests focus on the conservation and utilization of World Heritage sites from the perspective of Law and Economics. He has been in charge of one China National Social Science Fund research project and four provincial research projects. He has published some 20 papers. From March 2012 to March 2013, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the U.S., where he explored the impact of various legal and economic institutions on the conservation of cultural and natural heritage resources.

Annemarie WILLEMS

Annemarie Willems holds a MA in Cultural Heritage from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Upon obtaining her Master's degree in 2007 Annemarie became active at the Centre for International Heritage Activities (CIE) in Amsterdam (currently in Leiden), The Netherlands, as 'Project Officer in Cultural Heritage'. At present she is responsible for international projects at ArchaeoConcept, Switzerland.


Willem Willems is Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, where he holds the chair of Professor of international archaeological heritage management. He was Chief Inspector for Archaeology of the Netherlands and Director of the State Archaeological Service.

Willem has been a member of the Committee of the Council of Europe that drafted the Valletta Convention, served as President of the European Association of Archaeologists and was the founding president of the Europae Archaelogiae Consilium.

Visit Willem's personal website for more information.