Krems. Natural disasters, climate change and man-made intentional or indirect impacts not only threaten lives, but also cause damage to cultural property or even irreparable loss of cultural heritage. Museums, collections and archaeological sites benefit from emergency and evacuation plans that have been tested before disasters occur. The Summer University from 22nd to 26th August 2016 will develop such emergency plans with participants and test them with emergency services.

The participants' task during the Summer Academy is to develop an evacuation plan for a museum or depot in the event of an emergency. Three working groups will focus on the legal aspects of an evacuation, the correct inventory of objects to be evacuated, and the most efficient methods of preparing for an evacuation by the emergency services.

Focus on Traismauer Museum, a future UNESCO World Heritage Site
The group work focuses on a real project: the museum in Traismauer. It is part of the future UNESCO World Heritage Site Danube Limes. Lectures on topics such as the protection of cultural property, humanitarian law, the 1954 Hague Convention and the Danube Limes in Austria will be given to the participants before they begin working in teams. The museum in Traismauer, its archaeological collection and an analysis of the initial situation constitute another important aspect of the development of the evacuation plan.
At the end of the week, the results of the group work will be tested in an evacuation exercise with various emergency services.


Summer Academy Cultural Property Protection 2016
When: 22 - 26 August 2016
Where: Danube University Krems
        Dr Karl Dorrek Str. 33
        3500 Krems


Course fee: 550 Euro (for students, members of the military and emergency services 250 Euro),

                         costs for accommodation and meals are not included.


Language: The Summer Academy will be held in English.


A certificate of attendance will be issued. 6 ECTS points will be awarded for full attendance, group work and presentation of results on the final day.


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