International Conference on Industrial Heritage Tourism



Zabrze 7th – 8th April 2022

Pogoń Sports Hall in Zabrze

406  Wolności  Street, Zabrze, Poland




The conference is organized within the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 and is part of the “City as a Space for Development” project. The project is being implemented from January 1, 2022 to April 30, 2024, and its value is 3,521,346.00 EUR (85% from Norwegian funds, 15% from the State Budget).

It is assumed that the planned activities within the project will give an impulse to, among others, increase the economic development of the city through the development of urban specializations, strengthen the integration of residents, increase their environmental awareness, make the urban space more attractive, and at the same time increase the number of initiatives for active spending the free time in “new” urban space.

The conference focuses on the motto of the project implemented under the Norwegian funds: Zabrze – City as a Space for Development. The conference covers the analysis of urban space with industrial facilities, primarily historic ones, which are subject to revitalization and adaptation for public, commercial and cultural purposes, e.g. as art galleries, concert halls, theatres, as well as facilities available to various groups of recipients. Just like active production plants and all other facilities operating in this space, they should also be subjected to environmental management and greening, wherever it is possible. It is about spatial planning and such exploitation of these objects that would be in harmony with the surrounding nature. The result of this approach, strengthened by the presence of art in public spaces of cities, referring to the industrial heritage, will be their aesthetics, attractive and beneficial for both residents and visitors, tourists.

The topics discussed during the conference will allow for the development of a broader perspective of the introduced system solutions during the project implementation, so that the created space is inclusive and developing.


About the partner:

Silesian University of Technology

As part of the “City as a Space for Development” project our partner – the Silesian University of Technology – is responsible for the implementation of the following activities:

  1. Implementation of the task related to the Municipal Accessibility Standard, which will include practical proposals for improvements in the field of activities related
    to the broadly understood accessibility in the city for residents, in accordance with the provisions of, among others, the Accessibility Plus Programme, experience gained within bilateral cooperation, good practices in in the field of creating friendly urban spaces.
  2. Implementation of activities related to environmental education, raising awareness and the level of integration around ecology, including:
  • integration around greenery – complementary to work with residents in the social dimension.
  • workshops and classes for residents – environmental education classes, workshops for young ecologists, thematic and intergenerational workshops.


7th April 2022

Opening of the conference, inaugural speeches.


Panel I Nature-based solutions as a concept for making the industrial city space sustainable.

Introduction to the panel and moderation:

• Krzysztof Rostański, Ph.D. (habilitated) Eng. Arch., Professor at the Silesian University of Technology
Heuristic approach to being inspired by natural patterns in landscape architecture.

• Katarzyna Dzióba – Deputy Mayor of the City of Zabrze
The importance of greenery in revitalization and in environmental education of Zabrze residents in the context of climate change and sustainable development.
• Edyta Sierka, Ph.D. (habilitated), Professor at the University of Silesia
Potential (for) green infrastructure.
• Henryk Czubek, Ph.D. – Head of the UNIDO Team, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the UN Office and International Organizations in Vienna
Polish possibilities of using participation in UNIDO in programming sustainable development of urban organisms.
Agnieszka Puszczewicz, Ph.D. – Director of the Croatian Tourist Community
Croatia: full of natural beauty and sustainable development.
• Michał Wiśniewski, Ph.D. – Head of the Education Centre – Heritage Academy at the International Cultural Centre in Krakow
Krakow – a modern city, a green city.
• Tomasz Zubilewicz – presenter, TVN journalist
Present time. Are we ready for it?


Coffee break


  • Professor Franz Schausberger – Institute of the Regions of Europe
  • Valter Glavićič – Mayor of the City of Labin

Labin Mine. The mining past as today’s attraction.


Panel II Art in public space – transformation, aestheticization or greening of space?

Introduction to the panel and moderation:

  • Tomasz Koclęga – sculptor, lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Katowice

Art in public space in the context of shaping the identity of a place.



  • Robert Piaskowski – Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Krakow
    for Culture

Cultural policies and goals of sustainable development, culture
and ecology.

  • Małgorzata Rozenau – painter and graphic designer, lecturer
    at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Katowice

Ecological themes in art in public space.

  • Matylda Sałajewska – author of installations in public spaces

Shaping social awareness through artistic activities in public space.

  • Michał Janowski – Wallonia

Art in public space and tourist areas on selected examples. Batumi, artistic aspect of the development of Georgian resort.

  • Waldemar Czechowski – documentary filmmaker

The impact of painting – visual arts – on architecture.

  • Joanna Szczepankiewicz-Battek, Ph.D. (habilitated) – WSB University in Wrocław, Institute of Tourism and Recreation

Wrocław-Nadodrze and its revitalization processes – street art and other initiatives.



8th April 2022

Opening ceremony of the 12th International Tourism Fair in Zabrze


Beginning of the 2nd day of the conference

Signing a partnership agreement between the Polish Chamber of Tourism and the Economic and Services School Complex in Zabrze in the field of promotion and providing mentorship to the Tourism in Economics field of study.


Panel III Art in public space and greening of space in building the tourist product and marketing communication of the city.

Introduction to the panel and moderation:

  • Bartłomiej Walas, Ph.D., Professor at the University College of Tourism and Ecology in Sucha Beskidzka

Contemporary tourist attractiveness of the city as a sum of the experiences of its residents and visitors.



  • Teresa Latuszewska-Syrda – President of the Urban Forms Foundation
  • Włodzimierz Szeląg – Deputy Director of the Polish Tourist Information Centre in Vienna
    Green Vienna – tradition and modernity
  • Sebastian Nasiłowski – Member of the Board of the Polish Chamber of Tourism
  • Karolina Gnusowska-Weiss – President of the Wielkopolska Branch
    of the Polish Chamber of Tourism
  • Agnieszka Puszczewicz, Ph.D. – Director of the Croatian Tourist Community
    Zagreb: street art, the new face of the city.
  • Paweł Kołodziejski – Director of the Museum of Nature
    and Technology in Starachowice
    Iron Valleys. Tourist values of natural and post-industrial heritage. Opportunities and challenges
  • Magdalena Szczypkowska – Deputy Head of the Development and Projects Department of the Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze
    Art and education in the industrial spaces of the Coal Mining Museum in   Zabrze

End of the conference




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Sport and entertainment hall POGOŃ

ul. Wolności 406

41-800 Zabrze


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