On 23rd January 2018, Krems on Danube in Lower Austria hosted an international conference “Safeguarding Cultural Heritage from Natural and Man-Made Disasters” coorganised by the Danube University and the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Research Council of Italy (ISAC). The city was also a place of the first working meeting of the international project ProteCHt2save co-financed by the programme of European Union – Interreg Central Europe.

The city of Bielsko-Biała was represented during the meeting by employees of the Regional Development Agency in Bielsko-Biała, Jan Sienkiewicz and Aleksandra Chrystowska-O’Shea, and Bielsko-Biała District by a group of employees of the Emergency Management Team of the Bielsko-Biała District.

The participants of the meeting could discuss practical aspects of the protection of the culture and art and to try their skills in the simulations of the rescue actions of flooded books or sculptures in the building “on fire”. The exercises took place mainly in the historical site of the Göttweig Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near Krems in Lower Austria, which, actually, burnt indeed in 1718, most likely as a result of an accidental human-caused fire.