Within the framework of the World Heritage Centre Thematic Programme, Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Developments (HEADS), the University of Tübingen and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre have organized the International meeting of Experts "Human Origin Sites in Eurasia and the World Heritage Convention" at the University of Tübingen, Germany from 25 February to 1 March 2013. This meeting is largely financed by the University of Tübingen, the German state of Baden-Württemberg and by the Extra-budgetary Spanish Funds-in-Trust for World Heritage.
The University of Tübingen and the World Heritage Centre has invited a group of 28 National and International Experts, Sites Managers, members of the Scientific Committee of the HEADS Programme, ICOMOS International and national representatives from 14 countries to participate in discussions in favor of the recognition, conservation and research of human evolution-related sites in Eurasia.
This meeting will provide an important step in strengthening national and regional cooperation and capacities in support of the future protection and sustainability of human origin-related sites in Eurasia. In line with activities of the UNESCO HEADS Action Plan, the meeting will offer a regional platform to evaluate current methodologies for establishing the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of related sites for potential future inscription to World Heritage List as well as developing guidelines on applied research for conservation of caves.