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Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation

Thematic Week (Leuven, February 6-8, 2017) - CALL FOR PAPERS


The next edition of the annual Thematic Week of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation will deal with planned and preventive conservation of built heritage as well as preventive systems of diverse applications within a multitude of research fields. The aim is to provide an international overview of strategies and case studies. Theoretical reflections and best practices will be dealt with according to 2 main topics: innovative local built heritage models to support ongoing sustainability concerns and a review of approaches, methods and essential components of preventive systems.

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Deadline for submission has been extended to 18/12/2016 (instead of 01/12/2016).

Please send your abstract (max 400 words) to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Full papers are submitted for publication in the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation book series, 'Reflections on Cultural Heritage Theories and Practices', with Guaranteed Peer Reviewed Content (GPRC) label.


YOCOCU Conference : poster award


Second year RLICC  students Evy Bouwen, Jelena Perusinovic and Lore Van Meerbeek recently won the YOCOCU poster competition during the conference "Youth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage" in Madrid.

The event is meant as platform between the young professionals and senior experts in the field of cultural heritage. The subject of the poster was the final integrated project work of the first year, dealing with the reconversion of the nineteenth century, neo-Gothic Saint Joseph church in Ghent.

Download the poster here.

Congratulations !


New students academic year 2016 2017


On behalf of the RLICC staff, a warm welcome to all new students !


INVITATION : opening academic year 2016 2017


The staff of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation is very pleased to invite you to the opening of the academic year 2016-2017 on Monday 26 September 2016 at 16:45 in Auditorium De Molen (Kasteelpark Arenberg 51, 3001 Leuven)

The guest lecture entitled "Earthen architecture in today's world : a challenge for conservation" will be given by Prof. Mariana Correia (Portugal). 

The event is followed by a reception to which you are all invited, kindly confirm your presence by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Invitation and programme.

We are looking forward to welcoming you !


RLICC Newsletter Issue 18 - Autumn 2016 - 40th anniversary edition



by Minja Yang, President of the RLICC

I wish to welcome the students of the academic year 2016 - 2017 as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC). Heritage, in definition as well as in relevance to contemporary society has indeed evolved over the past 4 decades. From architectural masterpieces protected by governments, which was the main object of concern to heritage conservators, today the focus has shifted to the management for the sustainable use of heritage monuments and sites as part of a wider process of environmental protection. Hence continued 'use' has become the principal aim today for heritage sites whether a monument, or cluster of structures or a precinct in an urban or rural area, or cultural landscapes of various types that stretch over vast territories-whether static or evolutionary, contiguous or scattered. We, as heritage managers are therefore constantly concerned with the question of what use, and who the users of heritage are. The principal investors of heritage, almost everywhere in the world, have become promoters of tourism, whose concerns are generally more for enhancement than conservation. Thus, while tourism is indeed one of the fastest growing economic sector and generator of employment today, utmost care is needed not to falsify that heritage, neither in its tangible nor intangible form, and to maintain its authenticity, by promoting knowledgebased tourism to promote cultural dialogue and mutual understanding and appreciation.

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Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Master of Conservation

Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa


Students from South Africa who would like to study at the RLICC can apply for a ema2sa or 'Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa' scholarship.
Please visit  www.ema2sa.eu for more detailed information