September 21, 2021

Registration for DRMC Hybrid Conference 2021 is now open!

“Interdisciplinary Networks for Cultural Heritage Risk Management:
Case Studies and Opportunities for Collaboration”

4-7 November 2021, Japan
This conference will be held both in person and hosted online via Zoom.

Around the world, museums are aware that their staff and collections face risks from disaster events—including earthquakes, tsunami, fire, climate change, in addition to political instability and conflict. The prior experience of museum professionals in addressing these disasters helps to inform our field about strategies to help safeguard lives and collections. With the backdrop of the Tenth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, ICOM DRMC is bringing together a conference that shares knowledge and expertise, case studies of good work done by museum professionals ahead of a disaster, responses to a disaster, as well as examples of strategies that failed.

We will explore questions such as: How should museum professionals plan for a disaster? With what governmental and non-governmental actors has it been beneficial for museums to coordinate their actions and responses? What training aids have been particularly helpful? What have museums done in a moment of crisis? What strategies and interventions have not succeeded and why? What might have been done differently? What role do museums have in commemorating a moment of disaster and its aftermath? What is the role of leadership in responding to disaster events in a museum? In raising these questions, ICOM DRMC aims to strengthen the expertise within ICOM on disaster risk management by encouraging professional networking around this important global topic.

For more information and further updates, visit DRMC 2021 Annual Conference Website


4 November
DRMC Conference at Tokyo National Museum (Ueno, Tokyo),
12:00pm-5:00pm Japan; 11:00pm-4:00am Eastern, 8:00pm-1:00am Pacific, 5:00am-10:00am CEST

5 November
Move to Iwate Prefecture (Tokyo Station to Morioka Station by Shinkansen)
Excursion at Iwate Prefectural Museum (Morioka, Iwate)

6 November
Excursion at Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum (Rikuzentakata, Iwate), 9:00am-12:00pm Japan
Symposium on the Tenth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Rikuzentakata City Community Hall (Rikuzentakata, Iwate), 1:00pm-5:00pm Japan

7 November
Excursion at Old Oide Elementary School (Storage of affected materials of Rikuzentakata CityMuseum) and New Rikuzentakata City Museum (under construction) (Rikuzentakata, Iwate), 9:00am Japan

Conference Organizers

・ICOM Japan
・Japanese Association of Museums
・Cultural Heritage Risk Management Center, Japan
・Tokyo National Museum
・Kyoto National Museum
・Iwate Prefectural Museum
・Rikuzentakata City

Conference Co-organizers

・Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage
・United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Office in Japan


For enquiries regarding this Call for Papers, please contact:
DRMC 2021 Annual Conference Organizing Committee via email.