Summer School of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites

LeVERAGE ICTs for Tourism

Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism for preserving LiVing hERitAGE

August 24-31, 2019 – Lugano & Müstair, Switzerland

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The 2019 Summer School of the UNESCO chair will take place in Switzerland: the activities of the first two days (August 24th and 25th) will be run within the 2019 edition of the MEM Summer Summit in Lugano, then the group will move to Val Müstair, home to the Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The focus this time is on living heritage, which is living practices and expressions passed down from generation to generation and constantly recreated by communities in response to their environment, their relationship with nature and their history. The importance of living heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted.

Image by: Rufino Emmenegger, Copyright: Foundation Pro Monastery of St. John

Lectures, visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biospheres reserves, hands-on exercises and a range of formal and informal activities will allow participants to understand how to leverage ICTs for a sustainbale tourism that is able to preserve and transmit living heritage.

More details will be revelead soon. In case you are interested, just send us an email, and we’ll inform you when additional information is available.


Those who can not participate in person, can attend the “Virtual Summer School”, which will make accessible resources and presentation videos etc. based on the on-place experience. An interactive eLearning platform will be active during the two weeks of the Summer School. All contents (presentations, videos, images, audio recordings etc.) will be archived for further access and usage after the Summer School.



  • Advanced Master students
  • PhD students
  • Post Docs


  • World Heritage Site managers
  • DMOs
  • Interested tourism and heritage professionals


Please send a complete CV and a one-page motivation letter to
Deadline is March 30th, 2019 for those who need a visa and April 27th, 2019 for those who do not need a visa.
We are still evaluating applications until there are places available.
For those applying to the Virtual Summer School, the deadline if July 31st, 2019.

LECTURERS (already confirmed)

Silvia Aulet – University of Girona, Spain Lorenzo CantoniLorenzo Cantoni – USI  – Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
Patrick Cassitti – Scientific director of the Foundation Pro Kloster St. Johann, and University of Innsbruck Silvia De Ascaniis – USI, Lugano, Switzerland
Mona Hess – Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany Sarah Kenderine – EPFL – École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne, Switzerland ent History Encyclopedia
Ricco Maggi – USI, Lugano, Switzerland Marco Meschini – USI, Lugano, Switzerland

Engelbert Ruoss – USI, Lugano, Switzerland

James Blake Wiener – Co-Founder and the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia


Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair (CH)
The World Heritage Site, “which stands in a valley in the Grisons, is a good example of Christian monastic renovation during the Carolingian period. It has Switzerland’s greatest series of figurative murals, painted c. A.D. 800, along with Romanesque  frescoes and stuccoes.” (UNESCO 2018)



Biosfera Val Müstair (CH)

“The Biosfera Val Müstair is a regional nature reserve of national importance and, together with the Swiss National Park and parts of the municipality of Scuol, forms the first UNESCO high Alpine biosphere reserve in Switzerland.” ( 2018)


Tessanda in Müstair (CH)
A workshop experience, producing hand-woven textiles on 19th-century looms.




Benedictine Abbey Marienberg (IT)
“The Monte Maria Monastery – “Kloster Marienberg” in German, “Abbazia di Monte Maria” in Italian – is located above Burgusio (Burgeis), in the municipality of Malles in the Val Venosta valley. The white, castle-like building dates back to the 12th century and was donated by the Nobles of Tarasp. Today the monastery has got 11 members, living according to the rules of the Saint Benedict of Nursia.” ( 2018)


Town of Gluns/ Glorenza (IT)
“Glorenza, the smallest town in South Tyrol, works its magic on every visitor with its charming medieval atmosphere, perfectly preserved town walls and its three picturesque gate towers. Virtually unchanged since the 16th century, there are echoes of the eventful history of this former trading town around every corner.” ( 2018)



Castle Coira/ Churburg (IT)
“One of the best preserved castles of South Tyrol rises at the entrance of the Val di Mazia valley at Sluderno (Schluderns) and is called Castel Coira – “Churburg” in German. In 1259, this building was mentioned for the first time as “Curberch” in a document of Archbishop Heinrich von Monfort, which had the castle built around 1250.” ( 2018)



Castles of Bellinzona (CH)
“The castles of Bellinzona are one of Ticino’s main attractions and, with the old walls that are still standing, are the sole medieval military complex in the Alpine region. They became part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.” ( 2018). The 2019 Summer School will visit one of the castles.




  • local food
  • life in the Abbey
  • history of the region

Sculpture of Charlemagne (Abbey of St John at Müstair)Source:—abbey-of-saint-john-at-/


FEE (in Swiss Francs)
Participation for two weeks * CHF 1’300
Participation only in virtual school CHF 150

Payment can be safely done online filling in a form for personal data and using a credit card. Please, follow this link:

The fee includes: accommodation in Lugano & Müstair, meals in Lugano & Müstair, return transfer Lugano & Müstair, visits, lectures and all training activities from Friday 23rd August (after dinner) to Saturday 31st August (including lunch). Lodging will be in hostels (up to 4 people per room).