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Museum Emergency Programme
Preparedness and response in emegency situations


International Symposium on Cultural Heritage Disaster Preparedness and Response
23 - 27 November, 2003
Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, India

List of Speakers

Introduction and welcome address

  • Mr. Manus Brinkman, Secretary General of ICOM, and Professor Amareswar Galla, Chair of ICOM's Regional Organisation for Asia and the Pacific
  • Dr. A.K.V.S. Reddy, Director, Salar Jung Museum

Inauguration of the Symposium at Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad


  • Sri. Surjit Singh Barnala, H.E. the Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Chairman, Salar Jung Museum Board
  • Shri Dhanendra Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Department of Culture, Government of India
Plenary Presentations
  • Mr. Abdullah Ahad Abbasi, Director of the Department of Historical Monuments, Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Mr. Théodore Aglassa, National Committee of the Blue Shield of Benin, Cotonou, Benin
    "Presentation of the National Committee of Blue Shield of Benin"

  • Mr. Larry Armony, President MAC (Museums Association of the Caribbean), General Manager Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society, St Kitts, West Indies

  • Professor Patrick Boylan, Chair of ICTOP (ICOM International Committee for Training of Personnel), Leicester, United Kingdom
    "Assessing Risk: Museum Emergency Planning for Natural, Civil and Armed Conflict Risks"

  • Ms. Kathy Dardes, Senior Project Specialist and Ms. Katharine Untch, Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, United States
    "Presentation of MEP education strategy proposal"

  • Mr. Yonten Dargye, National Library of Bhutan, Research Officer, Thimphu, Bhutan
    "A brief overview of fire disaster management in Bhutan"

  • Mrs. María Teresa Dutli, ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), Chief of the Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Ms. Nevra Erturk, Yildiz Technical University, Research Assistant, Istanbul, Turkey
    "Earthquake preparedness and cultural heritage losses: case study of Istanbul museums"

  • Mr. Jan Hladik, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Division of Cultural Heritage, Paris, France
    "Risk-preparedness under the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Second Protocol"

  • Mr. Rohit Jigyasu, Architect, Planner & Conservation Consultant, Chandigarm, India
    "Developing ICCROM Training Kit on 'Risk Preparedness for Cultural Heritage' - Scope, Nature and Challenges"

  • Mr. Pavel Jirásek, Chair of ICMS (ICOM International Committee for Museum Security, Prague, Czech Republic
    "Natural Disaster Co-operation and Solution (Floods in Prague 2002)"

  • Mr. Per Kåks, Senior Adviser , Heritage without Borders, Stockholm, Sweden
    "Threats and measures, some examples of how to deal with the protection of the Cultural Heritage on a short and long-term basis"

  • Mr. Franz Grupp, Arequipa, Peru
    "The earthquake of 2001 in Arequipa, the lessons learned, and the international network for rescuing cultural heritage in danger"

  • Mr. Manuel López Iglesias, MSF (Médecines sans Frontières), Technical Consultant for Human Resources Management and Team Coordination in Field Projects, Barcelona, Spain
    "Médecines sans Frontières: Key Issues in Emergency Projects"

  • Mrs. Cristina Menegazzi, ICOM Programme Specialist
    "MEP Module 1 - Survey and Latin American and African Survey Missions"

  • Mrs. Freda Nkirote, National Museums of Kenya, Collection Manager, Nairobi, Kenya
    "Cost-effectiveness in Emergency Preparedness and Response: the case of Sub-Saharan Africa"

  • Mr. Jean-Aimé Rakotoarisoa, Director University Museum, Antananarivo, Madagascar
    "Fire of the Rova - The Queen's Palace in Antananarivo"

  • Mrs. Barbara Roberts, Conservator, The Frick Collection, New York, United States
    "Networking and Communication - Our best hope for an adequate response to emergency events"

  • Ms. Corine A. Wegener, Civil Affairs Command, United States
    "The Iraq National Museum: Networking, Coordination and Collaboration in Wartime Iraq"

  • Mr. Jørgen Wadum, Chair of ICOM CC (ICOM International Committee for Conservation), The Hague, Netherlands
    "Past Failures for Future Learning"

Working Group Sessions at Salar Jung Museum

  • Ms. Tandon Aparna, Curator, Amar Mahal Museum and Library, Kashmir, India
    "The Need for Community Involvement In Preventing and Responding to Heritage Emergencies In Jammu and Kashmir"

  • Ms. Pienke Kal, Head Curator, Koninklijk Institut voor de Tropen (KIT), Amsterdam Netherlands
    "Disaster Preparedness in Jakarta Museums"

  • Mr. Miguel Herrera Gallegos, Director, Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural, Ministerio de Cultura, Juventud y Deportes, San José, Costa Rica
    "Cultural Heritage in Costa Rica: Networking in Disaster Preparedness and Response"

  • Mrs. Doris Maza Garcia, State Historic Preservation Office, Puerto Rico
    "Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico: a case study of risk preparedness"

  • Mrs. Chantal Radimilahy, Archaeology Researcher, Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie, Antananarivo, Madagascar
    "Community responsibility and involvement in emergency preparedness and response - case study: Madagascar"

  • Mr. Mwadime Wawza, Programme Manager, Programme for Museum Development in Africa (PMDA), Mombassa, Kenya

Reports and recommendations of the Working Groups

Updated: 14 June 2005