Dr Steve Brown – GA2020 Scientific Symposium Australian Co-chair
Steve Brown is an honorary associate with the Museum and Heritage Studies Program at the University of Sydney and teaches at the University of Canberra. His research interests include: the integration of ‘naturecultures’ in heritage management; the heritage of landscapes with the imprint of Indigenous and colonial settler intra-action; applied approaches to cultural landscapes, with particular reference to protected areas; conceptualising and operationalising place-attachment in heritage theory and practice; and the material culture of domestic homes and gardens.
Steve is the author of Cultural Landscapes: A Practical Guide for Park Management (2010) and co-editor of Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists (2015), Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas: Governance, Management and Policy (2018), and a forthcoming Routledge volume – Handbook on Cultural Landscapes. He is a member of Australia ICOMOS and the immediate past-president of the ICOMOS/IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (2014-2017). He is also a member of the IUCN-WCPA Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas and Specialist Group on Protected Landscapes.
For Steve, conferences and symposia are exciting opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues; to share learning from different knowledge, disciplinary, cultural and experiential perspectives; and to experience local, host nation culture and heritage. The value of such opportunities is inherently influenced by the structure, inclusivity and content of each symposium as a whole, each symposia stream and each session. In his view, they should maximise opportunities for participation by all attendees, genuinely engage with the theme and place of the symposium, and offer a diversity of formats (indoor-outdoor; panel discussions; round-table dialogues; opportunities for creative performance; as well as paper presentation sessions – and not be limited to the latter). Steve is excited to be working with the GA2020 team and all GA2020 Scientific Symposium participants to create an intellectually and social stimulating, diverse and memorable conference event.
Dr Ona Vileikis – GA2020 Scientific Symposium International Co-chair
Ona Vileikis is an architect and heritage specialist, with ample work and research experience abroad. She is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and the Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL) project. Ona holds a PhD in Engineering Science: Civil Engineering, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC), University of Leuven, and MA in World Heritage Studies, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. She was researcher at the Master in Tourism Planning, University of Western Sydney. Dr. Vileikis has collaborated with local professionals, government officials in Central Asia, Australia, Bhutan, Russia, Jordan and UAE, UNESCO and ICCROM in the fields of capacity building and consulting with regard to the UNESCO 1972 World Heritage Convention and the Historic Urban Landscape, large-scale mapping, inventories, documentation and digital technology, monitoring, risk management, heritage policies and conservation practices. She worked at KULeuven as researcher for the BELSPO/UNESCO Silk Roads project in Central Asia. Dr. Vileikis is an expert member of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee CIPA. She is also president of the International Association of World Heritage Professionals e.V., among other networks. Since 2010, Ona has been actively serving as advisor to the UNESCO Silk Roads World Heritage nomination.