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.

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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


Exhibition Challenges at the Piranova Colloquium

In the framework of Piranova – International Heritage Research Centre programme Forum of Slavic Cultures organised International Colloquium Piranova #4 titled Exhibition Challenges. The event featured lectures and presentation of the book Developing exhibitions as well as two workshops.

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Polyphony of Museums at the Piranova Colloquium

The FSK organised the third colloquium with the International Heritage Research Centre Piranova as planned in view of the changed circumstances. The colloquium titled Polyphony in Museums brought together more than 50 participants from 12 countries.

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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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