The first European Conference on Heraldry and Vexillology in Europe

organized by IHW, took place in Cieszyn on 27-29 September 2012 with participants from 12 countries in Europe and 1 participant from the United States.

The following papers were presented: Czech regional flags, German municipal flags, Contemporary Heraldry in Lithuania, Flag standardization on the example of the flags of Estonian provinces, Coats of Arms of the municipalities in Macedonia, Usage of civic flags in Bohemia and Moravia before 1945, Coats of Arms and Flags in Belarus, Symbols of the Ukrainian raions, Creation of Communal Symbols in the Czech Republic, Activities of the Polish Heraldic Commission, Thirty Years of Catalan Vexillology and Heraldry/Arms and Flags of Catalan Communities, Functions and Usage of Civic Arms, The reasons behind the Russian Changes of the Polish Civic Arms in the 19th Century, Can logotype became a symbol of a Self-governed Entity?

I European Conference Report

I Europejska Konferencja Heraldyczno-Weksylologiczna

II IHW Conference on Heraldry and Vexillology

took place in Cieszyn on 4-6 September 2014. This time there were participants from 13 countries of Europe and 3 participants from Georgia.

Presented were the following papers: Georgian Territorial Heraldry, History and present, Historical Flags of Milano, Lithuanian Civic Heraldry under Tsarist and Soviet Occupation, Historic aspects of the Heraldry of Byelorussian Oblasts, Coats of Arms of Władysław II Jagiellończyk in Transylvania, Moldavian Heraldry and Vexillology during the Reign of Prince Stephen the Great, Tha Cornerstone of Vexillology and Heraldry, Symbolism of Raven in the European Heraldry, Coats of Arms of the Zaporozhian Army; from a Sign of the Military Organization to the Territorial and State Symbol, Coats of Arms of the French Oversees Possesions, Romanian Territorial and Civic Heraldry, An Unusual Flag of Barcelona: the Santa Eulalia’s Flag (1588-1714), The Arms and Flags of Irish Counties and Cities, Flags of the Second Republic of Poland.

II Conferenza Europa di Araldica e Vessillologia

III IHW Conference on Heraldry and Vexillology

took place in Cieszyn and Opava on 1-3 September 2016 with participants from 5 countries of Europe and one from Georgia.

The following paper were presented: Nonexecuted proposals of Colours of the Communist-Era Polish Armed Forces, Economic Realties Reflected in the Heraldic Seals of the Medieval Moldavia, Coats of Arms and Flags of Jersey, Coat of Arms of Dublin and their Modifications During Last 400 Years, Religious Symbolism on the Early Rural Seals and their Impact on the Present Heraldry of Communities Adjoining the Border, Territorial Arms in the Coats of Arms of the Contemporary Districts of the Western Mazovia, Arms and Flags of the districts of Ostrava, New Publication on the Arms and Flags of Abchasia, An Armorial Souvenir of the Byzantine Empire: the Presence of the Double-Headed Eagle of the Cantacuzino (Kantakouzenos) Family in Today’s Romanian Civic Heraldry, Current Flags of the Levantine Nations, Colours and Flags of the Polish Voluntary Firefighters.


Cieszyn 6 – 8 September 2018

            The conference fee will amount to circa 180 Euro, and will cover Conference materials, lodging (four nights in double rooms with bath), meals, excursion to Pszczyna (Castle Museum, wooden churches, open-air museum, enclosure of the European bison), and farewell diner. Detailed information will be gradually presented on our web site www.instytutheraldyczny,pl.


The deadlines for final version of a Presentation is 30 July 2018 (a complete copy in  PDF. If possible, the images should also be provided as separate files in jpg format (300 dpi is preferred).

Please direct questions and final versions of Presentations to e-mail: We need the following information: Presenter’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address; Title of paper or presentation; Abstract (maximum 200 words, in English) of the paper or short presentation;.


Papers and short presentations may be presented in Polish and English. There will be simultaneous translation.

The medium for delivering slides accompanying papers and short presentations is Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt). Computer (Windows), digital projector, screen, podium, and microphone will be available.