What is a Chair – The UNESCO Chairs Programme was launched in 1992, as a result of the resolution adopted in the 26th session of UNESCO General Conference.


This programme aims to promote international inter-university cooperation and networking; enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work and an increased student mobility; strengthen international cooperation, promote training and research for the knowledge production, in a spirit of solidarity, in line with the objectives and guidelines of UNESCO’s programmes and key priority areas. The Programme promotes North-South and South-South cooperation as a strategy to enrich institutions.

The Chairs aim at being bridge builders between academia and civil society, and research and political policy-making


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Chair in The Ocean’s Cultural Heritage


It aims to connect different areas of the humanities, focusing on the history of the ocean, its cultural heritage, especially in the modern era. Moreover, to establish a network of entities across the Atlantic – Europe-Africa-America, including researchers and students, who will also extend their action to the general public, sharing experiences, materials, and knowledge through the development of research, education and awareness campaigns.


The Chair fosters and integrates these activities within the cultural heritage of the oceans, underwater cultural heritage and archaeology, environment and history, establishing good practices and cooperation:


  • To promote advanced training, research; local capacity building and knowledge transfer in this field of research;
  • To encourage a deeper understanding of the ocean heritage, maritime culture and community interplay;
  • To develop institutional and public awareness of maritime heritage, encouraging sustainable activities related to the exploitation of cultural resources;
  • To carry out educational activities - to stimulate an active development of postgraduate studies in areas related to the ocean’s underwater cultural heritage;
  • To establish courses of action for the advanced training of municipal technicians and museums, teachers and other professionals in the field of the cultural heritage of the oceans. Courses’ subjects will be adapted to actual needs, whilst particular attention will be paid to maritime and underwater archaeology;
  • To design projects associated with codes of best practice, involving local researchers and technical staff;
  • To create awareness-building activities to offer the general public, children, young people and adults information on the cultural heritage of the oceans and the historical relationship with the oceans, in connection with UNESCO Associated Schools network in the partner countries.

E-mail: catedraunesco.oceanos@fcsh.unl.pt