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Carmen Löw

Carmen Löw is an archaeologist, PR consultant and cultural mediator. She works for the Kuratorium Pfahlbauten [http://www.pfahlbauten.at/], which manages the Austrian part of the serial and transnational UNESCO World Heritage Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps [http://www.palafittes.org/]. Her main scope of work and also field of research is Community Management and Public Relations in cultural heritage. She also oversees the social media channels of the Kuratorium Pfahlbauten and the common channels of the transnational World Heritage. In the Kuratorium she supports the management in organizational and strategic development and in programs to strengthen community involvement and foster the understanding for heritage protection. As a result of an early confrontation with the need for crisis communication and strong civic engagement during her first experience as excavation director Carmen Löw realized the potential and necessity of a transparent and participative approach in archaeology. While being responsible for cultural mediation in an international cultural park, she gained insight into professional cultural marketing from her colleagues and learned that without the proper expertise, it would not be possible to exploit the full potential of archaeological Research. After moving to Austria, she began to do studies in this aspect and to develop her skills in this regard. In addition to apprenticeships in PR and cultural education, she has advanced training in crisis communication, fundraising and marketing & sales. Carmen Löw studied classical archeology, ancient history, German philology and archeology of the Middle Ages in Saarbrücken and Bamberg. She worked as an excavation director of rescue and research excavations in Germany and was involved in the management of several French and Austrian research...

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Martina Polig

I started my education with a Bachelor degree in archaeology and conservation of cultural heritage at the University of Ca’Foscari in Venice (Italy). After my BA, which provided me a strong and very broad knowledge basis in the principles and theories of cultural heritage studies as well as insides into different time periods and cultures, I decided to specialize in new technologies applied to archaeology. This decision brought me to Sweden for three years, where I acquired my MA at the University of Lund, in which I received training in various methods and tools related to new technology such as GIS, Image Based Modelling, 3D modelling, laser scanning and RTI. Following my MA I won a research grant by the C.M. Lerici foundation in Stockholm, which funded a research project that I carried out in six months as a research assistant at Lund University. During my time in Sweden I developed a keen interest in the use of 3D models as means to generate new knowledge and to facilitate interpretation and understanding of cultural heritage. Besides working with software specialized in the visualization of 3D data, I have been mostly investigating different ways to use 3D models in a 3D GIS environment. I am continuing the work within my research interest at my current position as research assistant at STARC, a research center dedicated to Science and Technology in Archaeology at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia...

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