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July 12, 2019

You Ready? Introduction to Disaster Risk Management for Museum Professionals Workshop

You Ready? Introduction to Disaster Risk Management for Museum Professionals workshop

ICOM’s Disaster Risk Management Committee invites ICOM members for a pre-conference workshop on disaster readiness, response, and resilience, hosted by the Kyoto National Museum. Participants will learn the basic principles and terminology of DRM, an overview of disaster planning and preparedness, with practical exercises for documentation, evacuation, and salvage of museum collections.

Lead instructors for the workshop are Corine Wegener, ICOM DRMC / Director, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and Samuel Franco Arce, ICOM DRMC / Program Coordinator, Blue Shield Guatemala.

Participation is free, but preregistration is required and limited to 50 participants. Lunch and breaks are included. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring note-taking materials. Language: Japanese and English with translation provided.

Museum professionals are by necessity the first responders when disasters threaten collections. The ‘Are You Ready?’ workshop will help museum professionals better understand their risks and how to contribute to planning at their own institutions. The aim of the activity is to provide museum professionals an introduction to disaster risk management principles specific to museums and collecting institutions.

It is the ethical and professional responsibility of museum professionals to prepare to protect collections from damage in disasters and preserve them for future generations.

To register, please email Nana Kaneko at before 15 July 2019.




Between the 1st and the 7th of September 2019, Kyoto (Japan) will host the biggest and most important conference of museums in the world. More than 3.000 museum professionals and experts from all international backgrounds will participate in this triannual event, the 25th General Conference of ICOM.  After 24 successful editions, ICOM’s flagship conference has become a worldwide reputed hub for exchange about the topical issues museums tackle today, as well as the most innovative solutions.

ICOM Kyoto 2019 website