CALL FOR APPLICATIONS International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2020 2 - 24 September 2020, Japan


2 - 24 September 2020, Japan

Application Deadline: Monday, 6 April 2020

The Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University Kyoto, Japan, is organizing the 15th International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Japan from 2 to 24 September 2020, under the UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, in cooperation with UNESCO, ICCROM, and ICOM.

Cultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human-induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, typhoons, terrorism, etc. Recent examples include fires in Shuri Castle in 2019, the Notre-Dame de Paris in 2019, the National Museum of Brazil in 2018, and across Australia in 2019 and 2020, as well as a typhoon in Western Japan in 2018, earthquakes in Central Mexico in 2017, Kumamoto Japan, Central Italy, Myanmar in 2016, and Nepal in 2015, floods in the UK in 2015, in the Balkans in 2014, and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. In addition, climate change will cause floods, draughts, and bushfires that can create huge damage to both cultural heritage and the natural environment. These disasters not only affect immovable heritage such as monuments, archaeological sites, and historic urban areas, but also cause damage to movable heritage, including museum collections, heritage objects, religious artifacts, and other artefacts that are of significance to local communities. In the aftermath of a disaster, many architectural fragments of damaged or collapsed buildings require documentation, handling, and storage. As such, both movable and immovable heritage are exposed to various disasters. In light of these issues and challenges, the 15th International Training Course will give special focus “Towards the Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Risk of Fire”.  

The main objective of the course is to provide an overview of various aspects of disaster risk management of cultural heritage. In particular, the course provides interdisciplinary training to:

  • Undertake an integrated risk assessment of tangible and intangible, immovable and movable, cultural heritage by analyzing their vulnerabilities to natural and human induced hazards that can cause disasters;
  • Build integrated systems for the disaster risk management of cultural heritage by incorporating various measures aimed to reduce risks, responding to disasters, and recovering from them;
  • Formulate disaster risk management plans for cultural heritage that correspond to the local/urban, national, and regional levels, as well as policies for disaster risk management, humanitarian responses and recovery mechanisms;
  • Learn practical tools, methodologies, and skills for the disaster risk management of cultural heritage such as cost benefit analysis, value assessment, budgeting methods, and communication skills with various stakeholders ranging from decision makers to local communities; and
  • Strengthen the international scientific support network in order to build the institutional capacities needed to formulate comprehensive disaster risk management plans, which are fundamentally considering the characteristics of cultural heritage and the nature of hazards in the national and regional contexts.

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, 6 April 2020.

Application to the ITC is open to professionals and practitioners in the fields of disaster risk management, emergency response, and cultural heritage, or other fields.

For more details on the ITC, including application guidelines, please click here.




Disaster Risk Management


Ritsumeikan University Kyoto and other Heritage Sites in Japan


2 - 24 September 2020