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Module 4
Museums Emergency Programme Education Initiative
Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management Course

Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management for South East Europe TIEM-SEE

Museums Emergency Programme (MEP) Education Initiative

Project brief

Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management (TIEM) is a joint project of ICOM (the International Council of Museums), the GCI (the Getty Conservation Institute) and ICCROM (the International Centre for the study of the preservation and restoration of cultural property). It is organized in the framework of the Museums Emergency Programme (MEP). MEP is multi-faceted programme launched by ICOM in 2002 and is a response to the needs expressed by museum professionals all over the world to develop expertise in the areas of emergency preparedness and response (for further details, visit: http://icom.museum/mep.html).

Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management (TIEM) is a project designed to build capacity in national heritage institutions to undertake risk assessment and emergency management. It is a regional project, designed to stimulate local networking and sharing of resources that are essential for efficient and quick first response, in the event of an emergency.
After a successful regional TIEM project in Asia in 2005-2006, the target region for TIEM 2007-2008 is South Eastern Europe, and especially the following countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia. The Section of Museums and Cultural Objects of the Division of Cultural Objects and Intangible Heritage of UNESCO is supporting the initiative in the region.


Collaborating Institutions
UNESCO, Section of Museums and Cultural Objects, Division of Cultural Objects and Intangible Heritage
ICOM-SEE, Sub-regional Group of ICOM Europe

At the end of the project participants will be able to:

  1. understand, assess, and manage risk to cultural property, specifically as it relates to the participants' institution and region
  2. develop and implement emergency plans and strategies for before, during, and after an emergency
  3. create professional and technical alliances with local/national/regional emergency preparedness and response providers
  4. create public awareness and social, political, and economic support

Course Methodology

Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management is a three-phase course that spans an approximately eight-month period of collaborative learning and capacity building. It includes:

Seminar: Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management for Southeast Europe (TIEM-SEE)
As a start to the project, a one day Seminar: Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management for Southeast Europe (TIEM- SEE), organized by ICOM in occasion of the ICOM General Conference, will be held in Vienna on 18 August 2007 (programme). The Directors of the selected institutions participating in TIEM-SEE and some international keynote speakers presenting examples of Integrated Emergency Management for museums are participating in the Seminar that is open to all ICOM members interested about it.

Phase I: Introductory Workshop (Ohrid, Macedonia - Tentative dates: 15-30 November 2007)
The workshop takes place in a museum context, in the target region. It introduces the concept of integrated risk management and includes lectures and practical sessions on risk assessment, emergency preparedness and response. At the end of the workshop, each museum defines its plan of action for Phase II of the course.

Phase II: Distance Mentoring
Phase two comprises the self-defined programme of practical work to be carried out by the participating museum teams, over a period of seven-months in their own institutions. This work programme takes the participating museums through the processes of a risk assessment and the basic steps of an emergency plan. Guidance is provided during this period by means of distance mentoring, i.e. on-going support using communication tools such as, intranet site, e-mail, internet, phone, fax, etc.
The Phase II work assignments are designed to allow participants to pursue their other job responsibilities although participants should be prepared to spend up to 10% of their work time on Teamwork related activities.  (Example: a participant who works a 40-hour week, will likely spend up to 4 work hours during most weeks of Phase 2 in either readings or in Teamwork assignments within his/her museum.)  As Teamwork participants pursue this work, they can share their experiences with their regional colleagues. They have access to readings and to other professionals who serve as mentors, helping participants through the process and advising them on how to resolve challenges.  In order to be able to access teaching materials and assignments and to remain in contact with mentors, during Phase 2 participants should have access to a computer with an Internet connection. 

Phase III: Final Review Meeting (tentative date: one week in June or July 2008)
The third phase is a review meeting, which allows participants to review progress and gain additional information and support from their colleagues. At the same time, it provides an opportunity to strengthen the professional network that is expected to emerge.

Expected Outcomes:
By the end of the Teamwork process, museums involved in this effort will have:

    • completed a risk assessment that will identify their priorities,
    • performed the fundamental steps of developing their institutional emergency plan and emergency management strategies,
    • established a local and regional network.

Target Group
The participants of the course Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management will be drawn from museums that can demonstrate their commitment to undertake risk assessments and emergency management within their institutions and that can dedicate staff to this effort during the entire length of the project. Beside the museum teams, the course includes 2 participants who are professionals involved in the development and in the teaching of Museum or related studies programme. Thus, the target group is:

  1. 10 National Museums or related heritage institutions in South Eastern Europe, represented each by 2 staff
  2. 1 National museum from another region of the world – The National Museum of Lebanon
  3. 1-2 Universities with Graduate Programmes in Museum Studies/Fine Arts/Art Conservation from South Eastern Europe, each represented by one of their senior teaching staff

Course Teaching and Mentoring Team
Teaching and mentoring staff will be composed of recognized professionals specialising in security and emergency management having both practical/theoretical experience and knowledge in the field of heritage conservation. They will represent a broad international perspective in their fields of expertise, coming from organizations and institutions such as ICCROM, GCI, and ICOM and its regional and international committees and other associated professionals.

Updated: 10 August 2007