The international ICOMOS symposium about “Cultural Heritage of Astronomical Observatories (around 1900) – From Classical Astronomy to Modern Astrophysics” took place, organized and chaired by Gudrun Wolfschmidt, head of the Institute for History of Science of Hamburg University, in cooperation with ICOMOS Germany and the Monument Protection Office Hamburg together with Hamburg University. In counted as the first event in the context of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 in Hamburg.
The objective of the ICOMOS symposium was to discuss the relevance of modern observatories for the cultural heritage of mankind.
Guests from 20 countries discussed in Hamburg the cultural heritage of observatories and presented their papers which described in detail the history of the buildings, the architectural features, the valuable instruments and the archive material of the observatories as well as the scientific achievements, inventions and discoveries.
Languages: English and German