Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

March 9, 2017

Course Announcement

Disaster Risk Management of Cultural HeritageTwelfth  International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

Date: 28 August to 16 September, 2017

Place: Kyoto, Kobe and Kumano, Japan

Application deadline: 5 April 2017

Organized by:

Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, in cooperation with UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS/ICORP & ICOM

Supported by: Japanese National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH)

Sub theme of ITC2017

Towards Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Disasters

Cultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human-induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, terrorism etc. Recent examples include Earthquakes in Central Italy and Myanmar in 2016, the Nepal earthquake in 2015, the Balkan floods in 2014 and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. These disasters not only affect the immovable heritage components such as monuments, archaeological sites and historic urban areas but also cause damage to the movable components that include museum collections and heritage objects that are in active use, such as religious and other artefacts of significance to the local community. Continue reading…

20th International Course on Stone Conservation – SC17

March 7, 2017

20th International Course on Stone Conservation – SC17

Dates:  9 October – 8 December 2017

Place: Mexico City and Chicanná (Campeche), Mexico


20th International Course on Stone Conservation – SC17Background

In many regions of the world, stone was historically the predominant material used for building and artistic purposes. Accordingly, the conservation and maintenance of architectural and decorative stone is a core activity in such regions. Factors such as climate change, pollution, use demands, lack of maintenance, and inappropriate past treatments present challenges for the conservation of stone buildings, structures and objects. In addition to these factors, the decline in traditional building techniques, craft practices and repair methods is also threatening our ability to sustain stone structures and objects into the future. These conservation issues require a multidisciplinary approach that involves professionals, craftspeople, policy makers and owners.

The International Course on Stone Conservation was created in 1976.  Nineteen courses have successfully been conducted between then and 2009 in Venice, and since 2011 it has been held biennially in Rome. The new course which will be held in Mexico reflects advances in practice, science, and technology, including the integration of practical methodologies for stone conservation on sites, buildings and structures. Continue reading…

SOIMA 2017: Sustaining Sound and Image Collections

February 8, 2017

SOIMA 2017: Sustaining Sound and Image Collections



SOIMA 2017: Sustaining Sound and Image CollectionsDeadline extended:  April 3, 2017

Date: 9 July to 23 July 2017

Place: Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Organizers: ICCROM and the University of Ghana




The Challenge

Recorded sound and images have captured our world, our lives and our imagination. They bring us knowledge, enjoyment and inspiration.  They also enhance many professions, from education, design, software development and human rights advocacy, to those more directly related to audiovisual media, such as film and documentary production.

Thanks to rapid advancements in social media and information technologies, it has become much easier to share and use sound and image content. Yet contrary to common perception, not all content is readily usable. Beyond large broadcasting archives and dedicated audio-visual repositories, there is extremely valuable sound and image content, both still and moving, spread among diverse cultural and research organizations and individual collections, including in museums, libraries, universities, and archives.

Collaboration, and exchange of information and know-how between institutions and specialists is key to unlocking this heritage

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Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science

October 25, 2016

Course Announcement

International Summer School 2017

Communication and Teaching Skills courseWhen
10 – 21 July 2017

Rome, Italy

Successful interdisciplinary collaboration is essential for meaningful conservation actions. A shared understanding of core principles of the diverse fields involved is the basis on which such collaboration is built.

Conservation education programmes and professional development activities are under pressure to teach more in less time. The course aims to explore the potential of new didactic approaches to learning about conservation and science. Continue reading…

Wooden architecture conservation and restoration

September 30, 2016


Wooden architecture conservation and restoration © Phot: Kizhi Open Air MuseumDates: 11 – 30 September 2017 (arrival date 10 September, departure date 1 October)

Location: Kizhi Island (11 days) and Petrozavodsk (10 days), Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation

Chief organizer:


  • Petrozavodsk State University and UNESCO Chair of Wooden Architecture Research and Preservation
  • Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia
  • Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

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Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

July 22, 2016


Athar course announcement

Dates: 4 – 27 October 2016

Place: ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE

Course Partners

  • ICCROM, through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE
  • Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Background and Aims

In response to political upheavals and the subsequent need for emergency preparedness in the Arab region, ICCROM-ATHAR offers this course on “Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis.” It is designed for heritage and other relevant professionals in the Arab region, and provides tools that support risk management before, during, and after a crisis.

The course is based on the achievements, success and experiences acquired in a series of international courses on “First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis” developed by ICCROM since 2010, first with emphasis on conflict situations and then addressing other types of complex emergencies.

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Regional Course – Promoting People-Centred Approaches

June 20, 2016


Course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture

Promoting People-Centred Approaches
Promoting People-Centred Approaches

Dates: 4 – 13 October 2016

Place: Lake Ohrid region (Albania/Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)



This course is aimed primarily at Albanian and Macedonian experts from partner institutions working on the UNESCO-EU project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Albania. However, the opportunity is also provided to participants in the region who demonstrate that they are in the process of engaging communities in heritage management and that they wish to share their experience and strengthen their approaches. The course follows the model of the first course on ‘Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture’ implemented in October 2015.

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