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Regional Trainings

Regional Trainings

Each year ICOM organises different Regional Trainings to give museum professionals from all over the world the chance to participate in high level workshops led by international experts. These workshops also aim at creating regional networks for museum professionals that they can use to exchange information or to initiate and develop collaborative projects.

ICOM’s goal is to reach all regions with its trainings workshops every two years, so that all museum professionals can have the possibility to attend.

Depending on the geographical region, ICOM Trainings are developed in our three official languages: English, French and Spanish.

  • Next project : ICOM Training Programme in Nigeria

 In November 2022 museum professionals from Nigeria will have the opportunity to participate in a training programme to develop a holistic understanding of the functions of a museum and identify and recognise the need to promote participatory and interdisciplinary projects.

The objective of this training is to offer museum professionals different strategies and tools that contemporary Nigerian museums can use to protect and communicate their country’s heritage in a participatory manner.

This programme will take place in Lagos, Nigeria, from 21 to 25 November 2022, and a series of grants will be offered to 25-30 participants.

The workshop is organised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art, Pan-Atlantic University, and ICOM Nigeria, thanks to the support of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution.

Call for applications – Criteria:
To apply for this programme, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Be an ICOM member or commit to joining ICOM if selected;
  • Occupy a middle-management museum position in Nigeria;
  • Be no more than 45 years of age;
  • Fluent in English.

Documents
Applications must be accompanied by the following documents in English:

  • A Curriculum Vitae of the candidate indicating training, work experience, publications and current work responsibilities (one or two pages maximum);
  • A fully completed Application Form (see below);
  • A motivation statement (one page);
  • A letter of recommendation from the director of the candidate’s institution;
  • Proof of payment of 2022 membership fees, if applicable (copy of the ICOM card with 2022 sticker or official document from the National Committee);
  • A copy of the first page of the candidate’s ID.

All applications should be submitted through the online form before midnight (CET+1), September 16, 2022.

Apply here

Here are some of our last projects:

  • Museum futures today: relevant, meaningful and responsible, South Africa

In November 2019 museum professionals from ten different countries of English speaking Africa had the opportunity to meet at IZIKO Museums of South Africa (Cape Town) to develop their skills in community and stakeholder engagement.

The workshop was organised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) thanks to the support of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution.

The training workshop encouraged the participants to rethink their role as museum workers and as participants and partners in social and community change.

  • Museums for reconciliation: communities, pedagogies and memories, Colombia

In October 2019 participants from nine different countries of Latin America participated to this workshop organised by ICOM Secretariat, the Colombian Museum of Memory and ICOM Colombia in the Museum La Tertulia (Cali).

The workshop promoted a reflection on the museological and pedagogical challenges that contemporary Latin American museums are facing when developing projects linked to the construction of memories and to the processes of resistance, resilience, dialogue and reconciliation in times of conflict. The programme was especially meaningful in an historical moment in which social and political tensions are rising worldwide, and war and conflicts are recent or still going on in many Latin American countries.

  • Be creative, build alliances, Morocco

In June 2019 museum professionals from seven different countries of French-speaking Africa participated in a five-day workshop in the Aman Museum for the Water Civilisation (Marrakesh) about marketing and fundraising for museums.

The project was the result of a collaboration between ICOM, ICOM Morocco and the French Ministry of Culture.

Thanks to this workshop the participants learnt how to enhance the capacities of museums in the creation and development of innovative alliances and fundraising activities. Through participatory activities, seminars and lectures, the workshop offered a space for dialogue and reflection between museum professionals of the region.

  • Museums management, Qatar

In October 2018 a total of 67 international professionals working for different Qatari museums  benefited from this workshop organized by ICOM together with Qatar Museums.

The training courses focused on relevant subjects such as: “The Ethical Museum”, “Managing a Museum Today – Good practices”, “Museums as Engines of Cultural Diplomacy”, “Promoting the Museum in the Digital Age”, and “Developing Engaging Exhibitions”.

  • Managing Museums in Times of Crises, Iran

In September 2018 25 iranian museum professionals had the possibility to participate at a workshop on risk management and disasters response, organized by ICOM and ICOM-Iran.

The training workshop dealt with three different topics: “Understanding risk management”, “Being prepared and how to identify potential risks”, and “Responding to crises and emergencies”. It was a great opportunity for the participants to learn about first-aid for cultural heritage, stabilisation, documentation, packing and storing.