OCTOBER 14, STEBO Homebase, Windekestraat 1, Genk

for SHIFT-X partners and associates only



14.00 – 18.00: Preconference or Field Excursion (a maximum number of 8 can participate in the excursion)

18.30: Dinner


OCTOBER 15, C-Mine, Barenzaal, GENK







9.30 – 9.50: Mayor Wim Dries (City of Genk, BE) ‘Experiences with redevelopment of industrial sites’

9.50 – 10.20: Prof. Mike Robinson (Birmingham University, UK): The Possibilities of Emptiness: Working with the Echoes of Industrial Culture

10.20 – 10.50: Ph.D. Adam Hajduga (Silesian Woiwodship, PL): Relinking Sites and Communities of Industrial Regions in Post-Modern Times





11.10 – 11.25: Eric Philippart (Directorate General, EU): to be confirmed

11.25 – 11.40: Christophe Ebermann (Joint Technical Secretariat of Central Europe programme, AT): Title to be confirmed.

11.40 – 11.55: Introduction to the expert panel discussion by Prof. Dr. Helmuth Albrecht (DE): A European Strategy for the promotion of industrial heritage.

11.55 – 12.45: Expert Panel Discussion

12.45 LUNCH

13.30 – 15.00 Activities: C-Mine Expedition and Homecoming of the SHIFT-X Container and Press Conference


15.00 – 15.45: BREAK-OUT SESSION 1


Session 1.1 (Styrian Iron Route (A) / Association for Mining Tourism Welzow (G)): Tourism as an option for utilizing industrial heritage along with active industry in rural areas.

Session 1.2 (UFreiberg (G) /Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland (B)): Acknowledging the value of industrial heritage sites and landscapes through labeling as “UNESCO cultural world heritage”.

Session 1.3 (UGraz (P) / City of Bydgoszcz (P)): Uncovering the industrial heritage through involvement of local and regional stakeholders.

Session 1.4 (STEBO (B)): Shifting industrial heritage to creative heritage industries. Selected business examples from Limburg.

15.45-16.00 BREAK


16.00 – 16.45: BREAK-OUT SESSION 2:


Session 2.1 (Styrian Iron Route (A)/ Micro region Sokolov-East (CZ)) Reactivating and boosting craftsmanship in industrial regions through design and craft competitions.

Session 2.2 (Heritage Unit Mining-Heritage (B) / Styrian Iron Route (A)): Cooperation models of local authorities and institutions with multi-level financing.

Session 2.3 (Landkreis Zwickau – IBUg Festival(G) / Mining Museum Oelsnitz (G)): Raising awareness of industrial heritage: the IBUg festival as a grass root initiative, a mobile exhibition and an image campaign as institutional approaches.

Session 2.4 (STEBO (B)): Community support for preserving architectural qualities of industrial living quarters and garden cities.

(Move to Barenzaal)




OCTOBER 16, STEBO Homebase, Windekestraat 1, 3600 Genk

for SHIFT-X partners and associates only


9.00 – 9.15: Welcoming and introduction

9.15 – 10.45: Final transnational expert group meetings.

10.45 – 11.00: Break

11.00 – 13.00: Steering Committee or Field excursion (3 options for excursion: Mining Region, Mining Garden Cities, The Box-Genk)

13.00: Lunch