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Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid

Preserving Cultural Heritage, an opportunity for Safety

In May of 2019, the EKABA Foundation (the KALAM Space for Fine Arts) hosts an International Scientific Symposium on Safety in Heritage to start an international conversation regarding safety in cultural assets, paying special attention to visitors. In this way, specific challenges that go beyond the safety requirements in construction and public spaces shall be considered, as safety must be paired with the protection of the asset’s values, as well as accounting for the specific risks associated with the tourist and cultural use of the heritage such as the lack of familiarity with the setting on the part of visitors, the access to areas that are usually restricted, or the implementation of occasional or provisional uses with large-scale occupation as well as the asset’s maintenance.

2018 has been declared the European Year of Cultural Heritage so it is a beautiful opportunity to host this Symposium, that:

Creates a space for interdisciplinary and international conversation and debate, by gathering academia, and the institutional, professional, and corporate worlds.

Provides a global forum in which to debate and agree on an International Statement, El Círculo Statement, to set the action criteria in cultural heritage guaranteeing the safety of people and minimizing risks for the heritage asset.

Raises awareness in society of the need to foster the safety of heritage that threatens and is threatened, and to disseminate the International Statement among professionals, national and international administrations and institutions, researchers and the public opinion.

El Círculo Statement: Intervention Criteria for Safety in Cultural Heritage

El Círculo Statement aims to establish a series of criteria related to safety in cultural heritage that will serve as a foundation for the management and intervention in cultural goods as well as for the necessary adaptation and development of legislation.


The Scientific Committee, formed by international experts of renown prestige, will agree on the initial draft of the Statement, and it will be subsequently debated by the participants of the Symposium. The final draft, which will include the modifications agreed upon by consensus in the event, shall be approved and read in the closing ceremony.

Thematic Areas

The Symposium is structured around three main thematic areas, one per day, that will define the debate and provide a context for the presentations and papers presented each day.

Thematic Area 1: Recovering the value of the site by providing safety

Thematic day 1 will center on the definition of the concept of safety, its scope and its complexity when applying it to heritage, as well as the proposed criteria for intervention in heritage that stem from safety requirements.

President of the Table for Theme 1: Juan Miguel Hernández León.

Thematic Area 2: Rehabilitation techniques and processes to improve safety

Thematic day two analyzes the most frequent risks generated in cultural heritage and its causes, as well as innovative solutions, both in construction as well as relative to the management of the asset, to improve safety for heritage, its users, and visitors.

President of the Table for Theme 2: Fernando Espinosa de los Monteros.

Thematic Area 3: Legal aspects and safety policies

Thematic day 3 looks at aspects relative to the current legislation and its shortcomings, as well as proposals to develop and improve on the legislation, the role of Public Administrations and the corporate world in terms of heritage safety.

President of the Table for Theme 3: Alfonso Muñoz Cosme.


The speakers at the Symposium are prestigious architects and theorists in the field of heritage intervention such as Glenn Boornazian, Joäo Carrilho da Graça, Mohamed Es Semmar, Jose María Ezquiaga, Gunny Harboe, Timothy Lynch, Eduardo Martínez Moya, Ward Miller, Jaime Navarro Casas, Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero, Pedro Salmerón, Ana Tostões and Antoine Wilmering.

The Symposium has a length of three days, corresponding to three different themes, on which the twelve guest speakers will present as well as nine papers selected from the call for papers. The program is completed with three tables for debate and conclusions, which will take place at the end of each day, in addition to the inaugural and closing conferences, as well as the approval and reading of El Círculo Statement, with which the Symposium will end.

In parallel, cultural activities will be organized for attendees such as visits to buildings of interest in Madrid.

Paper presentation and selection

Extended deadline until 15.01.2019


A scientific paper is the chosen format for papers, and texts are to be written in the official Symposium languages: Spanish or English.

The selection will be conducted based on an abstract with a maximum of 2.000 characters, including spaces, in Spanish or English, including three keywords. The summary is to be sent as a Word file, including in the name of the file the thematic field, the name and surname of the first author, and the title of the paper, with the following structure: T1-Surname-Name-Title. It is to be sent to before the 15th of January 2019. A confirmation will be sent after the reception of the abstract.

Acceptance will be notified to authors by the 31st of January 2019, indicating the format chosen for the presentation of the final paper.

The full text of the selected papers will have a maximum of 3.000 words and is to be sent to before the 30th of March 2019.

The Scientific Committee will select a maximum of twenty papers to be published in the Minute Book, from which nine will also be presented by the authors at the Symposium.

Call for papers information.

Minutes Book

The Minutes Book will include the conclusions of the Symposium, as well as the twenty selected papers, in addition to the presentations, conclusions of the debates and El Círculo Statement.



Glenn Boornazian

Preservation Chicago

Ward Miller

Carrilho da Graça Architects

João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Pedro Salmerón Estudio

Pedro Salmerón

Ezquiaga Arquitectura, Sociedad y Territorio

José María Ezquiaga

DOCOMOMO International

Ana Tostões

Harboe Architects

Gunny Harboe

Conservator Architect

Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero


The Symposium is organized by KALAM, through its EKABA Foundation (KALAM Space for Fine Arts.)



Ramón Mayo Fernández


Fernando Vela Cossío

Víctor Carnero Vega


Llanos Gómez González

Ainhoa Díez de Pablo



Fernando Espinosa de los Monteros

Architect / President of AEPPAS20 / Member ISC20C-ICOMOS                                       .


María Josefa Cassinello Plaza

Architect / ETSAM – UPM / Director of the Eduardo Torroja Foundation

Alejandro García Hermida

Architect / INTBAU Foundation, International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism

Camilla Mileto

Architect / UPV

Alfonso, Muñoz Cosme

Architect / ETSAM – UPM

Pedro Ponce de León

Architect / ICOMOS Spain / Europa Nostra

Javier Rivera Blanco

General Subdirector of the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, IPCE

Ana Tostões

Architect / President of DOCOMOMO International

Fernando Vela Cossío

Archeologist / ETSAM – UPM

Antonie M. Wilmering 

Senior Program Officer – Getty Foundation



Víctor Carnero Vega

Engineer/ Responsible for Risk Prevention and Procedures at KALAM


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Key Dates


Call for papers open

15/10/2018 - 15/01/2019


Call for Papers Deadline

15/01/2019 -


Papers notification of acceptance/rejection

31/01/2019 -


Registration open

15/01/2019 - 30/04/2019

Registration form will be open on this website


Final Paper Submission Deadline

30/03/2019 -


Registration Deadline

15/04/2019 -


Symposium dates

7/05/2019 - 9/05/2019

Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid


The Symposium will be held entirely at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, located at nº 42, calle Alcalá, Madrid.


Attendance to the Symposium is free of charge.

Registration opens the 15th of January 2019 and closes the 15th of April 2019.


Ainhoa Díez de Pablo – Llanos Gómez González

Kalam – 6, Antonio Casero – 28007 Madrid – España

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