SOS Heritage
SOS Heritage

SOS Heritage

University for Continuing Education Krems

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Anna Kaiser


Duration 5 units
Unit 4 hours/unit
Licence CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Participants 248
Availability Unlimited
Start Date 31 May 2024
Costs € 0.00

General Course Information

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SOS Heritage is a project funded by the EU Creative Europe Programme, led by Mazzini Lab Società Benefit (IT) and implemented in partnership with 4 other organisations from 4 European countries: the Center for Cultural Property Protection of the University for Continuing Education Krems (AT), the Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane (IT), the Transylvania Trust Foundation (RO) and the National Museum Kruševac (RS).

Based on the European cultural context, the project takes concrete actions to strengthen the cultural sector's capacity to deal with the challenges and opportunities of digitisation and risk management for tangible cultural property, and to establish a set of best practices for the enhancement and promotion of cultural heritage.

Climate change and resource scarcity are among the major threats of our time. They are forcing cultural sector actors to optimise their skills and knowledge in assessing, managing and preventing risks to their collections and buildings from natural disasters and climate change.
In many countries, a new professional group is emerging informally in the cultural sector: the Risk Manager for Cultural Heritage.
Cultural heritage professionals need specific skills and competencies to assess the risks to their collections and objects, carry out deeper and more accurate analyses, and develop effective risk management plans.

This online course is specifically designed for experts and professionals in the cultural sector (e.g. owners of historic houses, conservators, restorers, managers and staff of historic buildings, monuments, archaeological sites, museums, archives, libraries and art galleries) and provides know-how and (digital) tools to meet the current challenges posed by the climate crisis.




Course Content

Professionals and stakeholders in the field of material cultural heritage need specific skills and competences for risk assessment of their collections and objects in order to be able to carry out deeper and more precise analyses and to create functioning risk management plans. In a total of 5 units, SOS Heritage highlights the importance of preparing for the impacts of (future) climate change on this cultural property in order to sustainably manage our cultural heritage.

The following topics will be covered

  • Basics of Cultural Heritage Protection
  • Categorisation of Risks
  • Preparing and Handling
  • Preparation of Emergency Plans
  • Management of complex Emergencies with the SOS Heritage Web App

Course Goals

This course is designed to provide professionals aspiring to a career as a risk manager for cultural property with specific skills and competences in the following areas, which have arisen in the European cultural sector, particularly as a result of natural disasters and climate change:

  • Risk assessment
  • Crises management
  • Creation of sustainable emergency plans
  • Disaster prevention measures
  • Use of digital tools to manage complex emergency situations

Previous Knowledge

No previous experience is required for participation. Course held in English.
As a basis for this course we recommend the online course of our sister project: 'Risk Management for Cultural Heritage Protection'.

Course Procedure

SOS Heritage consists of 5 units divided into several thematic lessons. Each lesson covers the topic in detail. A number of international experts in various fields of cultural management and protection present their lectures in short video units. Additional self-learning materials are also provided or linked to, to ensure independent and in-depth study of each topic.
Your learning progress will be assessed through self-assessment questions on the content of the videos and self-study materials in one or more quizzes per unit. Unit 1 covers essential topics and is a mandatory module and prerequisite for the following units. After passing all Unit 1 quizzes, the following units will be unlocked and can be completed at your individual schedule. In order to receive the course certificate, all quizzes in the course must be passed.


For actively participating in the course you will receive an automatic certificate which includes your username, the course name as well as the completed lessons. We want to point out that this certificate merely confirms that the user answered at least 75% of the self-assessment questions correctly.


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Course Instructor

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Anna Kaiser
Ass.-Prof. Dr. Anna Kaiser

Asst.-Prof. Dr. Anna Kaiser is a specialist in the field of cultural heritage protection. In 2013 she received her doctorate sub auspiciis praesidentis at the University of Vienna with a thesis on the Roman military. Since 2015 she has been a researcher for cultural property protection at University for Continuing Education Krems and has ever since played a significant role in the establishment and international positioning of the Center for Cultural Property Protection, of which she has been head since 2023. As such she acts as coordinator for several EU projects on cultural heritage protection, climate change, preservation and sustainable use of cultural heritage. Anna Kaiser teaches and holds lectures for national and international audiences on the broad topic of cultural property protection and emphasizes the particular importance in creating sustainable as well as feasible interfaces between civil stakeholders, various emergency services and especially the military.

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The partnership consists of three organisations working in different areas of protection and promotion of tangible cultural heritage - monuments, historic houses (and their family archives) and museums - and two technical partners with competences in risk management, digitisation, communication and promotion of cultural heritage using state-of-the-art methods and tools:

  • Mazzini Lab Società Benefit (MLAB) [Italy] - A benefit society with expertise in project management related to the communication and promotion of cultural heritage and heritage institutions and the protection of tangible cultural heritage; technical expertise in digitisation and the provision of training in cultural heritage risk assessment and management; maintains an extensive network of institutional actors at international level and stakeholders in the field of cultural heritage such as archives, museums, libraries and galleries
  • Center for Cultural Property Protection - University for Continuing Education Krems (UWK) [Austria] - a state university oriented towards continuing education; holds with its Center for Cultural Property Protection a special expertise and huge eperience in protection of cultural heritage in (climate change unduced) natural catastrophes an cost-efficient preparedness measures for moveable and immovable cultural heritage; focuses on a hoistic approach to the topic;  high-level research professinals/facilities and teachers in the field of risk management and protection of cultural heritage; network of international stakeholders in the field of tangible cultural heritage
  • Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane (ADSI) [Italy] - an association of owners of historic buildings throughout Italy who represent an important part of Italy's cultural heritage and work to preserve and enhance it; extensive network of historic building owners, local and regional heritage stakeholders and national & international institutional actors; expertise in assisting with digitisation and outreach of cultural collections, risk assessment of buildings and collections
  • Transylvania Trust (TTRUST) [Romania] -  a registered charity founded by conservation professionals and volunteers with the main aim of preserving and promoting Transylvania's rich and diverse built heritage, encouraging society to be receptive to the historic built environment; expertise in the management, conservation and promotion of tangible cultural heritage such as Banffy Castle and its art collections, and in the digitisation and communication of cultural heritage projects
  • National Museum Kruševac (NMK) [Serbia] -  in addition to the presentation of rich cultural heritage through exhibitions, catalogues, professional publications and media, NMK devotes due attention to research, publishing, cultural-educational and pedagogical activities, as well as to the affirmation of authentic values of Serbia; expertise in the management and conservation of various types of tangible cultural heritage (natural, weapons, artworks, archaeological repertoires) and digitalisation of tangible cultural heritage with the aim to improve, through transnational cooperation, the promotion and involvement of citizens with new technologies.
All project partners work closely with their respective national and international institutions and actors in the fields of culture, cultural education and cultural heritage protection. Numerous experts from these collaborative partnerships have contributed their expertise and know-how to this course.

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