Type of Funding
UNESCO is inviting disaster management practitioners and cultural heritage conservationists to apply for the International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2018 organized by the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Japan. This 13th edition of the International Training Course will be held in Kyoto and Kobe in Japan from 29 August to 19 September, 2018, and the theme of this year’s course is “Towards Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Disasters”. Participants from developing countries do not need to pay for the training.
A total of 13 participants will be selected for this course, comprising half from disaster management or relevant fields and the other half from cultural heritage conservation field, who are all supposed to work together to learn the principles and practical know-how for balancing disaster management measures with those needed for conserving the values of cultural heritage. Each participant will select 1 cultural heritage site in his or her own country as case study, which site should be vulnerable to 1 or more natural hazards such as earthquake, fire, flood and/or landslide. Academic support will be given to participants to help them develop risk management plans the cultural heritage sites in their home countries.
The training course includes classroom lectures, field based learning through site visits and practical demonstrations at the Cultural Heritage Sites and museums in Kyoto and Kobe, along with workshops, team projects, discussions and individual/group presentations.
All participants do not need to pay for tuition, even those from developed countries.
The course organizers will bear all basic necessary costs for participants from developing countries (see the Official Website for eligible developing countries). This includes: most economical round trip travel cost to and from Kyoto, accommodation and necessary transportation fee on the training program and a payment of 3,000 JPY per diem for meals.
Applicants should be from the cultural heritage conservation and management sector or the disaster risk management sector, or who are from both a sector that consists of both cultural heritage conservation and management and disaster risk management.
From the cultural heritage conservation and managment sector, applicants are expected to be:
- Professional staff of international, regional, national, provincial and local heritage organizations, and from governmental departments such as Department of Archaeology;
- Cultural heritage professionals working in heritage sites and museums in the public and private sectors and caretakers/custodians of religious sites and communities;
- Urban planners or development practitioners working in the field of management of cultural heritage;
- Researchers, lecturers and doctoral scholars working in the field of cultural heritage from academic institutions and research organizations;
- Employees of NGOs working in the field of cultural heritage conservation and management; and
- Private professionals working in the field of cultural heritage conservation.
From the disaster risk management sector, applicants are expected to be:
- Professional staff of international, regional, national, provincial and local heritage organizations, and from governmental departments;
- Members of international, regional and national humanitarian response agencies;
- Urban planners or development practitioners working in the field of disaster risk management;
- Researchers, lecturers and doctoral scholars working in the field of disaster risk management from academic institutions and research organizations;
- Employees of NGOs working in the field of disaster risk management; and
- Private professionals working in the field of disaster risk management.
From both Cultural Heritage Conservation/Management and Disaster Risk Management: applicants are expected to have the combined skill sets of both sectors. Applicants could include security and facilities staff from heritage sites and museums.
Applicants attached to a cultural heritage or disaster management department/organization/university are preferred, as they can disseminate the knowledge gained from the course at a local, national or regional level.
The application form is available online. Completed forms are to be submitted via email by 19 April 2018.