Dr Elena Perez-Alvaro, a researcher for the Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage at Mandela University, has been invited to attend the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference, to take place in June/July in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies, laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. These problems will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Conference will seek to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action. Dr Perez-Alvaro will attend the conference as an Expert Member of the ICOMOS The International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

In addition, Dr Elena Perez-Alvaro was also invited to speak on the underwater cultural heritage of South Africa at the UNESCO Meeting on Mobilizing Civil Society and the Scientific Community for the Cultural Heritage of the Oceans and UN-SDG 14, in May in Kemer-Antalya, Turkey. This meeting was organised in conjunction with Akdeniz University in Turkey. It also accommodated the annual Unitwin Network for Underwater Archaeology meeting and a special coordination event for accredited NGOs. At this meeting, the Underwater Cultural Heritage related Strategic Framework on the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) was the major point of discussion.

Dr Elena Perez-Alvaro is a NRF SARCHI Postdoctoral Fellow at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa with the UID grant number 129962. She is an Expert Member of the International Committee for Underwater Cultural Heritage at ICOMOS and Blue Shield Representative for ICOM UK, acting as a liaison between organisations to protect cultural heritage during conflict, including humane and natural disasters.

She is an accredited and authorised Associate Professor by the Minister of Universities of the Spanish Government and she works as a Professor in the Master of Cultural and Natural Heritage and as a Director of masters’ dissertation for the Master of Cultural Management at the International University of La Rioja (Spain). She has extensive experience as a marine heritage consultant and researcher. She is the author of the book underwater Cultural Heritage: ethical concepts and practical challenges (Routledge).

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Prof Rose Boswell
Research Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage