Piranova – International Heritage Research Centre tackles the issues that challenge the traditional concepts and shape the development of heritage and society. The focus is on heritage and on museums of all types and sizes, which are becoming the key institutions that support the community, promote activism and positive social change.

The following Piranova’s activities are voices of the diverse modern world and agents of the patrons of the world heritage:

“Piranova tends to the needs of the professional public: scientists, curators, students, teachers, managers and other professionals concerned with tangible and intangible heritage and cultural policies.




  • to create a space for boosting creativity, expanding the knowledge on possibilities and opportunities of new technologies in the field of heritage,
  • to listen to each other and hear what others have to say,
  • to share the experiences, knowledge and feelings,
  • to open the space for the flow of information and practices,
  • to build new bridges, partnerships and be present in the international arena.


The colloquium consists of lectures and practical work based on dialogue and the experiences of individuals from different fields of work that also play important role in the activities in the field of heritage. With participants and experts from across the world and within a content-rich programmes, social events, excursions, etc. there are plenty of opportunities to network, mingle and create new ties.

International Colloquium Piranova #5

11 May 2021
Triumph of Digital?

Call for online presentations

International Colloquium Piranova #6
Sound Waves

E-magazin | Programme
6 – 8 October 2021
Institute for Archeology and Heritage, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska, Piran/Slovenia

Lecturers talked about the meaning of sound, its influence on the perception of the world, soundscapes in museums and museum displays, and use of new technologies in cultural heritage presentations. They also presented various good practices. At the workshop led by Italian composer and musician Claudia Ferretti the participants created and narrated their own sound stories.

Sound postcards

International Colloquium Piranova #5


Triumph of Digital?
In their lectures, experts from seven countries participating in the international colloquium Piranova entitled “Triumph of the Digital?” gave concrete examples of their experience with the digital shift in the recent period. Two online workshops also took place in the framework of the colloquium.



International Colloquium Piranova #4


The event featured lectures and presentation of the book Developing exhibitions as well as two workshops. The common thread revolved around the approaches to building both permanent and periodic exhibitions in museums, and their different aspects: internal and external human resources, content development in the context of space, digital production, purpose, financial resources and more).



International Colloquium Piranova #4

25 February 2021 / ONLINE
International Colloquium Piranova #4
Exihibition Challenges
Draft Programme

International Colloquium Piranova #3

Polyphony of Museums

The colloquium was conceived around two central topics. The aim was to learn more about the captivating, attractive and creative exhibitions in the first section and move on to find out more about the activities through which museums engage and develop their audiences.



International Collqouium Piranova #2

Sounds of Museums

The colloquium, which offered online discussions as well as lectures, highlighted the following topics: museums during lockdown, team management and teamwork, exhibitions, objects, activities and events, and museum visitors and public.



International Colloquium Piranova #1

Sounds and Music
Piran City Gallery, Piran/Slovenia

The colloquium was intended for museum professionals to discuss and exchange experiences on the use of sounds and music in museum work. The guest lecturers established a vivid interaction with the participants and shared the knowledge concerning the use of sounds and music in museum exhibitions, promotional activities and other forms of communication with museum visitors and various publics.



Presentation insights


Piranova Colloquium
continue online

Due to the pandemic and the impossibility of crossing borders Piranova colloquiums have also moved online. All the latest information can be found on this website.

Mingle at the Piranova

In addition to the official programme, the Piranova Colloquium offers a number of opportunities to mingle at the informal networking events. At the same time, participants learn about the rich cultural heritage, e. g. including gastronomy.

Piranova named after the Piran

The inspiration for the Piranova comes from the name of the historic town Piran/Slovenia, one of the gems of the Adriatic and a model example of historic preservation of a centuries-old town situated at the crossroads of cultures, more specifically between Western and the Eastern of Europe.


Every year for students, custodians and other professionals in the field of heritage in charming and romantic town Koper/Slovenia.

Next 14th International Summer School of Museology will take place in May 2021.


13th International Summer School of Museology


12th International Summer School of Museology


12th International Summer School of Museology


10th International Summer School of Museology


The Fifth International Colloquium Piranova

In the framework of Piranova – International Heritage Research Centre programme the Forum of Slavic Cultures in collaboration with the European Museum Academy organised the fifth international colloquium. Experts from seven countries discussed the triumph of the digital. Two online workshops also took place in the framework of the colloquium.

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The beginnings of the International Summer School of Museology in Piran go back to Celje when the Museum of Recent History Celje organised different educational and research activities for young people. After 2000 when special museological know-how was more and more in demand within the Slovenian museum community, the summer student museum camps were upgraded into programme of the Summer School of Museology Celje. In 2007 the school moved its activity to the Coast under the auspices of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Primorska.

Piranova – International Heritage Research Centre was established in 2018 as a step forward from ten years activity in the museum and heritage professional trainings carried out by FSK in cooperation with the University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, European Museum Academy and other partners.

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