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World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018

Call for Applications: World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018

March 6, 2018

Are you a recent young professional between 23 to 30 with at least one year experience in the field of Cultural or Natural heritage?

Apply by March 31 to be one of 30 participants selected to take part in the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum!

World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018

‘Protecting Heritage in an Ever-Changing World’

As an integral part of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee, and in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities will host the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018 under the theme of ‘Protecting Heritage in an Ever-Changing World’ from 17 to 26 June 2018 in Manama (Bahrain).

The Forum aims to transmit the values of World Heritage, highlighting the potential that World Heritage education may have for facilitating sustainable development. It is addressed to young professionals who will be invited to reflect upon the complexity of preserving heritage in a constantly evolving world with the help of international experts.

At the end of the Forum, a Declaration to convey the message of the young professionals to the international community will be produced and presented to the World Heritage Committee.

For further information, please consult the Call for Applications and the Draft Programme provided below.

Candidates who wish to apply for participation in the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum should fill in and submit the online application form. Please make sure that you include all the required information in the application form and that you attach the requested supporting documents.

If you have any questions about the Forum or if you encounter any difficulties with the application process, kindly contact the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities at the following email

Additional Information


The World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018 will take place in the context of the 42nd World Heritage Committee session in Bahrain, from 17 to 26 June 2018. The participants are expected to arrive on 16 June.

All travel and accommodation costs for the selected participants will be covered by the Kingdom of Bahrain- for the duration of the forum. The organizers will assist in the travel preparations (including visas) and bookings.

If any participant wishes to extend their stay until the end of the Committee session, all related costs should be covered by the participant with the consent of the State Party concerned. This information should be communicated to the organizers in advance to make the necessary arrangements.

Eligible Applicants

Participants of the Youth Forum will come from different heritage fields and countries and must be specifically interested in World Heritage. Thirty participants will be selected to take part in this year’s forum taking into account gender equality and regional representation. Applications can be sent through the UNESCO National Commissions or other respective governmental institutions, or directly from the applicants to the organizer.

Educational and Professional Background

Applicants should be recent young professionals between the ages of 23 to 30 with at least one year experience in the field of either Cultural or Natural heritage. We accept a wide range of backgrounds including but not limited to archaeology, architecture, conservation, urban planning & regeneration, restoration, art history, lawyers, heritage managers.


The working language of the Forum is English. A good knowledge of English is essential, for the benefit of the individual participants and the development of the forum.

Special Requirements

Basic computer skills will be required to collaborate to draft the final declaration and a small exhibition about the Forum itself.

Handwork and visits requires a good physical condition due to the climate of the region.

(Via IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group)


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