This call is addressed to all EU-CONEXUS partner institutions and their researchers, with the purpose of coming together on topics of common interest. All conferences and roundtables will deal with the challenges of coastal areas’ sustainable development.

Heritage turns blue: Glocal impacts on coastal cultural heritage

This theme addresses the relationship between humans and the cultural heritage of coastal areas under the common blue umbrella, including underwater heritage and islands.

Sustainable development of maritime tourism, which will observe the phenomenon of tourism and its growth from a sociological, economic, and environmental aspect.

Blue heritage, a conference that would focus on the relationship between man and heritage under the common blue umbrella, including the underwater heritage and islands.

Blue economy in urban coastal areas, covering various themes with an interdisciplinary approach, from sustainable agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, and seafaring.

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The impact of tourism on the cultural heritage of coastal areas

Underwater cultural heritage

Climate change and coastal cultural heritage

Protection of coastal cultural heritage

Sea level rise - protection of coastlines

Valorization of cultural heritage on islands

The importance of cultural heritage for local tourism

Other issues related to coastal cultural heritage and its sustainable development

The event will take place on Tuesday 28th February 2023. It will be held online (Zoom).

Two introductory lectures: Global and local impacts on coastal cultural heritage - a view from archaeology and geomorphology. Keynote speakers:

- assoc. prof. Irena Radić Rossi (Department of Archaeology, University of Zadar): A view from the depths: protection and valorization of underwater heritage

- assoc. prof. Nina Lončar (Department of Geography, University of Zadar): Impact of sea level rise on coastal regions

SESSION A: Moderator - assoc. prof. Igor Kulenović, PhD
SESSION B: Moderator - Mario Bodružić

10:00 – 10:05 a.m.

Opening session

Assoc. prof. Dario Vujević PhD

Prof. Zvjezdan Penezić, PhD - vice rector

10:05 – 10:25 a.m.

Keynote speech: Impact of sea level rise on coastal regions - examples from Croatia

prof. Nina Lončar, PhD

10:25 – 10:45 a.m.

Keynote speech: A view from the depths: protection and valorization of underwater heritage

assoc. prof. Irena Radić Rossi, Ph

10:45 – 11:00 a.m


11:00 a.m. – 13:00 p.m.

Parallel sessions Link:


Meeting ID: 818 1538 1550
Passcode: 355542

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Session A

Underwater cultural heritage and blue tourism. The transfer strategy of the Nautical and Underwater Archaeology Line of the University of Cadiz

Carlota Pérez-Reverte

SEA-EU alliance

Session B

The search of prehistoric Baltic Sea shores and their inhabitants in Lithuanian coast

Vladas Zulkus

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Tomas Rimkus

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Session A

Blue tourism and society: Coastal heritage from a sustainable marketing perspective.

Gema Ramírez Guerrero

SEA-EU alliance

Session B

Portalis - an exploration of how our earliest coastal communities adapted to survive and whether, through our coastal communities relationship with their blue and green heritage, there are parallels with how our coastal communities can adapt to climate change now.

Joy Rooney

South East Technological University, Ireland

11:30 – 11:45 a.m

Session A

Ag Cruthú Nascanna: Connecting the Peripheral Business Communities of An Ghaeltacht through Collaborative Research Relationships

Nadia Blanchfield

South East Technological University, Ireland

Session B

A lesson from the past: ecological aspects of renaissance villas on Zadar islands

Sofija Sorić

University of Zadar, Croatia

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session A

Alternative tourism for coastal heritage interpretation in Curonian lagoon (Lithuania)

Eduardas Spiriajevas

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Session B

Strategies of patrimonialization of historical centers

Brenda Pamela Ponce Corro

La Rochelle Univeristy, France

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.

Session A

Navigating Blue Heritage in South Africa

Rosabelle Boswell

Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Session B

Revival of the Folklore of Lithuania Minor in the Klaipėda District from 1971 to 2022

Lina Petrošiené

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.

Session A

Analysis of the relationship between cultural heritage and territory as facilitators of the development of sustainable activities.

Diego Manuel Calderón Puerta

SEA-EU alliance

Session B

Port-city cultural interaction with the implementation of blue economy principles

Elena Valioniené

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Erika Zuperkiené

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.

Session A

A sustainable Blue growth Agenda for Regions

Rasa Ziliene

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

12:30 – 13:00 p.m.

Session B

Discussion and conclusions

12:45 – 13:15 p.m.

Session A

Discussion and conclusions

13:00 – 14:00 p.m.

Pause for lunch

14:00 – 15:00 p.m.


Global and local impact on the coastal cultural heritage

Assoc. prof. Igor Kulenović, PhD



Fill in the online registration questionnaire https://www.1ka.si/a/f5a9d18e with a proposal for a sub-theme, so that each partner can choose up to three topics of their interest.

Short presentations by up to two researchers from each partner university (up to 10-15 minutes per presentation) in which they would present their research in the area of the event's theme. Researchers should submit their topic proposals and an abstract by 1st February 2023 and presentations by 20th February 2023. As one of the objectives of the conferences is interdisciplinarity in research on SmUCS, we suggest that each presentation emphasize its significance for research.

Registration for participants who wish to observe the event is open until Friday, 24 February 2023.