November 15, 2023 / Vienna, Austria, International Conference: KUMID's members Saadet GUNER and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut AYDIN presented through online the Paper on “Role of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster-Resilient Cultural Heritage: Case of KUMID, Turkiye” to the International Conference ICOMOS.AT Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 28 (CHNT28) 

We would like to thank the congress speaker and esteemed academician Prof. Dr. Alpaslan KUZUCUOĞLU for taking our photo during the presentation in the magnificent hall of Vienna's Historical Rathaus City Hall.

October 29, 2023 /Book-Signing Day, İzmir  "“ANTROPOSEN VE YENİ İNSAN” Prof. Dr. Çiler ÇİLİNGİROĞLU 
As KUMID, we were with our esteemed member Prof. Dr. ÇİLER ÇİLİNGİROĞLU, at the Book-Signing Day held at the Izmir Book Fair for her latest book, “ANTROPOSEN VE YENİ İNSAN” (Anthropocene & New Human)

In the book published by Yeni Human Publishing House, the author aims to inform the reader about the sudden ecosystem change and the humanitarian crisis it created. An important publication for those studying disaster and crisis. Thank you and congratulations.

Yeni İnsan Publishing House: LINK.
E-Mail: yeniinsanyayı[email protected]
Anthropocene Research Group: https: LINK:


October 14, 2023, PANEL, İstanbul :  Istanbul Bar Association,  Environmental Urban Development Law Commission organized a panel in Turkish titled "WHAT IS CULTURAL HERITAGE" and WHY SHOULD IT BE PROTECTED? "Within the Scope of “Environmental Rights" on October 14, 2023.
In the third session of the panel to be held in Istanbul Bar Association Cultural Center, Galata, Istanbul, Türkiye , KUMID made the presentation titled PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE AT RISK. (Happy 13 OCTOBER, Int'l Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. UNDRR)


08 June 2023 at 04:00 PM SEMINAR: İstanbul  (Online)  MİMAR SINAN FINE ARTS UNIVERSITY (MGSU) ,  FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, RESTORATION DEPARTMENT, Preservation-Restoration Doctoral Seminars-4,  KOR 600 in MSGSÜ, Institute of Science and Technology Conservation and Restoration Program. İstanbul

Participants:   Students and Academicians:                                 
  1. SAADET GÜNER, President, Friends of Cultural Heritage Association (KUMID) Project Coordinator
  2. Assoc. Prof.Dr. M. NİLÜFER KİRAZ, KUMID Member, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Head of the Repair Department of the School of Cultural Heritage Preservation and Restoration
 We would like to thank the aforementioned Head of Department and Dr. Lecturer BURCU BÜKEN CANTİMUR for the invitation and organization.

June 06, 2023 at 06.00-08.00 PM  SEMINAR, İstanbul : (Online)  
T.C. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University, (FSMVU)  Dean's Office of the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Interuniversity Solidarity Academy Event,

Participants: Students and Academicians
  1. SAADET GÜNER, President of KUMID and Project Coordinator,
  2. EFTAL KİRAZ: Istanbul Conservation and Restoration Center Laboratory Acting Manager,, Member of KUMID and Project Researcher .
 Moderator: Dr. Lecturer ZEYNEP TANRIVERDİ from FSMVU
We would like to thank the aforementioned Dean's Office and Dr. Lecturer ,Zeynep TANRIVERDİ for the kind invitation and organization.

30 May 2023 at 02.00 pm , SEMINAR, İzmir : Seminar titled “DISASTER RISK IN MUSEUMS” was given by KUMID to the museum officials of Izmir Konak Municipality (*) (5) and the Alsancak neighborhood administrators (2) where the museums are located (2) at Alsancak Türkan Saylan Cultural Center. After the general presentation at the seminar, the risks of museums , disaster preparedness activities and preventive conservation measures were determined interactively with the participants. After the seminar, “Certificates” and KUMID publications were presented to the participants.
We would like to thank İzmir Konak Municipality, Culture and Social Affairs Manager Mr. Abdullah TUNALI and Alsancak Türkan Saylan Cultural Center Representative Serpil BIRSIN for their kind invitation and hosting to the seminar, which was accompanied by the İzmir members of KUMID.
 (*) 1. Izmir Women's Museum, 2. Mask Museum, 3. Izmir Cartoon Museum, 4. Radio and Democracy Museum, 5. Ümran Baradan Game and Toy Museum

3-5 May 2023,  ARTICLE : KUMID’s (FOCUH)’s TURKISH-ENGLISH article published in HERITAGE MAGAZİN, the journal of Heritage Istanbul 7th International Conservation, Restoration, Archeology, Museum and Librarianship Fair and Conference held at Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Center (3-5-May 2023), together with articles by other esteemed authors
You can read the journal at the link . Thank you. LINK:, You can find the introductory summary about KUMID (FOCUH) on page 192.

 30-5 May 2023- EXHIBITION: We met with our members, guests and fulfill our longing at KUMID booth (F11) during the 7th International Conservation, Restoration, Archeology, Museum and Librarianship Fair and Conference. This year, we presented our projects and activities for the protection of cultural heritage in disasters at our boot.

April 2023, ARTICLE :
AFETLERDE KÜLTÜR MİRASININ KORUNMASI: ÖĞRENCİ TOPLULUKLARINDAN SİVİL TOPLUM KURULUŞLARINA YOLCULUK ( Protecting Cultural Heritage in Disasters: Journey From Student Communities To Civil Society Organizations)  (Page 114-120)
Authors :
  1. AKYOL Ali Akın,  Assoc.Prof. Dr. (KUMID, Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli Üniversitesi),
  2. GÜNER Saadet , (KUMID),
DIGITAL PUBLICATION SPEKTRUM MAGAZINE :  @ 2023, Tasarım Rehberleri Araştırma Geliştirme ve Uygulama Derneği (Design Guides Research Development and Application Association)  ISSN: 2791-9463, with the contributions of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Restoration (Page 114-120) Issue 09, April 2023, PDF (in Turkish)  LINK:
Content: In the first part of the article,  the role and importance of the Student Societies (SC) and Student Clubs (SK) officially established  in the universities in Turkey, which we describe as start point of the way to go to Civil Society Originations (CSOs). In the second part of the article, examples are given on how these STs and SKs  will contribute to the providing of humanitarian needs and to the protection of the cultural assets before, during and after the disaster. 

March 12, 2023: KRT TV “CITY & LIFE”  PROGRAM,   Live Broadcast: 
KUMID President Saadet GÜNER and KUMID’s EU  Project Partner, Istanbul Aydın University Disaster Education, Application and Research Center (IAU-AFAM) Coordinator Serhat YILMAZ and other esteemed academics participated in the live broadcast of the program “CITY AND LIFE” prepared and presented by Osman GUDU, Architect on KRT TV.

KUMID’s EU Project output “A GUIDE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN MUSEUMS, 2020” was widely introduced in the program.
YouTube Link of the broadcast:


March 12, 2023,  Milliyet Daily: A part of the article written by KUMID in Milliyet Daily  was published with the signature of President Saadet GÜNER.
Milliyet  Daily , 12 March 2023 / Culture and Art News – by Seray Şahinler, “It is not rubble that is scattered. It is history”   LINK:

February 09, 2023, MoCT's Statement : T. C. Ministry of Culture and Tourism's (MoCT) Statement on Our Museums and World Heritage Sites in Earthquake Affected Provinces" in Turkish was published.
First of all,  we express our sincere condolences to the ministry staff  who lost their lives in the earthquake and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured ministry staff member
It is good news to learn that there is no irreversible damage to our cultural assets in this first statement.
The statement was immediately translated from Turkish to English by KUMID and shared through social media accounts.
In Turkish                                     in English 
February 06, 2023 at 04:17 a.m. Earthquakes in Turkiye:  The catastrophic earthquake that affected 11 provinces (*) in Türkiye and northern Syria centered in Pazarcık District of Kahramanmaraş Province…  
We have our people who lost their lives and were injured, our buildings destroyed, our social, cultural and economic losses, our historical cities that were largely destroyed like as Hatay…… Our pain and losses are huge...
(*) Adana, Adıyaman, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaraş

International Virtual Conference on DISASTER MANAGEMENT: CULTURAL MONUMENTS AND HERITAGE”, Karachi, Pakistan 
29 October 2022 : KUMID attended to the the international conference titled “DISASTER MANAGEMENT: CULTURAL MONUMENTS AND HERITAGE” held in Karachi after the devastating flood in Pakistan (August 2022) and organized by the Endowment Fund for the Preservation of the Sindh Heritage (EFT) (*) 28-29 October 2022, Karachi , Pakistan) presented a paper on 29 October 2022.
Invited as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) from Turkey, members of KUMID , Mr. Saadet GÜNER and Mr. Assoc. Dr. Mahmut AYDIN gave examples of their projects and activities on disaster and risk management in the first part of their presentation. They then emphasized the importance of working in dialogue and solidarity with multiple partners in disasters.

International Virtual Conference on “Climate.Culture.Peace.(CCP) 24-28 January 2022, by ICCROM
01.12.2021 . ICCROM & First Aid and Resilience (FAR), flagship program of ICCROM announced that international virtual conference on “Climate.Culture.Peace.(CCP)” will be held on 24-28 January 2022. Conference is generously supported by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and seeks participation from all CPF target countries.

17.02.2022: KUMID’s case study "YES, we have a story to share from Türkiye on Archaeological Heritage & Forest Fires-Kelenderis  ". was found acceptable by Scientific Committee of Climate.Culture.Peace.(CCP)
 Case study was prepared Saadet GUNER , Assoc.Prof.Dr. Mahmut Aydın  , Member of KUMID &  Head of the Kelenderis Ancient City  Archeological  Excavation with the assistance of Mustafa ÜLKER from Kelenderis and Deniz SERBEST from KUMID. It will be published on the web page of CCP soon.  

18.02.2022:   Saadet GUNER and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut AYDIN was invited to 5-min ignite talk about the subject “How to work with multiple actors in time of crises” for the session " At the Forefront of Culture, Heritage, and Climate "non 28 January 2022 / 10.00-10.30 am CET Rome time

28.02.2022: KUMID’s to 5-min ignite talk was realized successfully by Saadet GUNER. PDF 
 Video: Link 1:
Video : Link 2:
(KUMID’s Presentation is  between  32:36 and 40: 34 minutes)
Unfortunately, Mahmut Aydın could not attend the presentation because his very close relative passed away on the same day.


01.04.2022 Climate.Culture.Peace – 2022 Highlights, Conference Report and Book of Abstracts  now available! They are the treasure of the rich resources about the subject.  
Book of Abstracts : PDF
Watch all videos of the conference: Link 1:Link 2:
Download the Conference Report
Read the Conference in Numbers:
Watch the Conference Highlights:
We are proud to announce that the presentation of KUMID members Saadet Güner and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Aydın was among the presentation of distinguished participants in this important event. It was an incredible opportunity and honor to be a part of Climate.Culture.Peace

29.07.2021-01.08.2021: Case Study: Big and deadly fires in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey and Preventive Conservation & Risk Preparedness  Measures & Evacuation Period at the Kelenderis Archaeological Excavation Site (Aydincik-Mersin, Turkey)

This case study is published with the courtesy of Associate Professor Mahmut AYDIN, Head of the KELENDERIS Ancient  City Excavation. He is also the lecturer at Batman University, Member of KUMID and Academic Partner of the EU Project of KUMID  " DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN MUSEUMS 2020  and its output " A GUIDE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN MUSEUMS 2020. All rights reserved. They can not be published without reference and permission.

DOCUMENTATION: Photographs-Videos: Head of Excavation Assoc. Dr. Mahmut AYDIN and Visiting Scholar Assoc. Dr. Sultan KARAOĞLU (Kocaeli University) in Kelenderis.
PREPARED BY : Deniz SERBEST , Archaeologist, Voluntary Worker for KUMID
Assoc. Dr. Mahmut AYDIN gave permission to be published  this case study on the KUMID website, with the view that it will contribute to the " DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN MUSEUMS PROJECT 2020  " and its output (26.08.2021)  KUMID presents  its endless appreciations to  him. 
More information about the Project and its output please click the link.

15-30 June 2021: Before the beginning of the archaeological excavation, the environment and fodder were cleaned against the possible fire hazards.
29.07.2021-06:00 a.m. It was seen at 06:00 a.m  that the big and deadly forest fires that started in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey reached the Aydıncık district of Mersin province, where Kelenderis is located.

29.07.2021: 06:00 a.m - 07:00 a.m
 Brain storm was made with the head of the excavation, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey (MoCT), the expert staff of the Klenderis excavation as well as other academics such as Prof. Dr. Yaşar Selçuk SENER, (Ankara HBU, Member of KUMID)  and measures were agreed jointly. Team of KELENDERIS started to implement them under the supervision of the head of the excavation.

29.07.2021: 07:00 a.m - 09:00 a.m : Kelenderis Harbor Mosaic (13X3m), which is one of the rare examples in the World, was determined as the most risky artifact against fire because the mosaic was protected by a wooden roof and there were trees around it.
For the protection and preventive conservation of valuable mosaics from fire and fire effects;
  • In order to reach the Harbor Mosaic by the shortest route, the security fences around the area were cut and the road was opened. (Pls click KUMID Youtube Video) 
  • Geotextile was laid on the mosaics. (Pls click KUMID Youtube Video) 
  • The sieved soil transported from the excavation area was laid on the geotextile with a thickness of 30 cm. (Pls click KUMID Youtube Video) 

Conclusion: By protecting mosaics.
  • It has been prevented that the toxic gases, tiny pieces, particles, etc. in the smoke and excessive heat of the forest fires  will be destroyed the integrity, designs and colors of the mosaics.
  •  It has been prevented that seeds that can be transported by wind, flames, etc., get between the mosaics and turn into plants and destroy the integrity, patterns and colors of the mosaics. 
  • Thus, the mosaics were put under temporary protection.
 The head of the excavation who knows disaster risk preparation and  the team of the excavation coordinated by him carried out all these preparations in a total of approximately 2 hours.

FINAL LOOK: “Task of Land” was completed. But how will they leave from there ?

29.07.2021: 09:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m  The dense smoke and heat of the forest fires around Kelenderis had already become dangerous enough to affect human health, especially breathing.
After negotiating with official institutions such as Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey (MoCT) and museums’ directors in the region,  the head of the excavation ordered the evacuation of KELENDERIS.
  • This time, evacuation preparations began at the excavation house and gusethouse. Archive documents, important documents, computers, equipment , basic personal items ..etc. were collected  and loaded into the cars . 
  • Basic preventive conservation measures were taken. For example, the propane cylinders used for cooking in the kitchen was evacuated to the safe zone. 

 The head of the excavation who knows disaster risk preparation and the team of the excavation coordinated by him carried out all these preparations in a total of approximately  1 hour.

29.07.2021: 10:00 a.m : Solidarity and Evacuation to Uzuncaburç: Forest fire covered the road. Thanks to the voluntary support of the visiting scholar Assoc. Prof. Sultan KARAOĞLU (Kocaeli University),  with her caravan and private vehicle of the head of KELENDERIS , excavation team of 18 people left Kelenderis towards the safe zone.
A very difficult and dangerous journey began through the fire. (Pls click KUMID Youtube Video 1) The Kelenderis team arrived at the Uzuncaburç (DIOCAESAREA) archaelogical excavation site two hours later and stayed there 2 days.  (Pls click KUMID Youtube Video 2

30.07.2021 02:00 p.m "International Virtual Conference on Museums 2021 ( IVCoM 2021)"
 These activities were summarized and presented at the last session titled “Disaster Resilient Museums”  hosted by KUMID of the . the "International Virtual Conference on Museums 2021 ( IVCoM 2021)"  For more information on the session, please click the link


31.07.2021:10:00 a.m   Re-evacuation to Solipompeipolis  : The excavation leaders in the region talked  with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. (MoCT).  The fire started to threaten the Uzuncaburiç (DIOCAESAREA) archaeological site on the hill and in the completely forested area. By order of the Ministry,  it was decided to evacuate all excavation sites i the region.  Uzuncaburç and Kelenderis excavation team were re-evacuated to the archaeological city of Solipompeipolis (Mezitli; Mersin) and stayed there for 2 days.

02.08.2021 10:00 a.m
  Head of Excavation Associate Prof. Dr. Mahmut AYDIN, who went to Aydıncık district on 01.08.2021 and checked whether the forest fire was under control or not, reported to the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums of MoCT that the danger was gone. The said  general directorate allowed all evacuated excavation teams in the region to return to their working areas.

Kelenderis Excavation Team returned to the excavation site on 02.08.2021.

4-10 October 2021 We celebrated European Days of Conservation-Restoration 2021-E.C.C.O b
y sharing the poster in Turkish and English. 
 Poster in English.                Poster in Turkish 

We would like to thank our institutions (MoCT , museums...etc.) , directors, academicians, experts, heads of excavation sites in the region, their eam , civil society organisations (CSOs), KELENDERIS Team , volunteers..etc. ,  who contributed, guided and supported us during that difficult time.

Assoc.Prof. Dr. Mahmut AYDIN, 
Head of the KELENDERIS Ancient  City Excavation. Batman University and Member of KUMID 
December 2021 

April-October 2020: KUMID's Webinars....Preventive conservation preparedness for disasters, etc. were also included in the Online Seminars organized with the voluntary participation of our valuable members and guests of KUMID during the "fight against CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) and "Stay at Home" days.
 You can visit the links for detailed information and videos. Link 1, Link 2 


30.10.2020 : Earthquake & Tsunami in TurkeyA small-scale tsunami that took place in Seferihisar - Sığacık during the Aegean Sea  centered earthquake that occurred on October 30, 2020, the historical Sığacık Castle and Kaleiçi Houses built by Parlak Mustafa Pasha on the orders of Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent between 1521 and 1522 were adversely affected.

An old woman drowned and died during the tsunami. Her death was caused by the tsunami in Turkey and recognized as the first death because of this kind disaster.
This fact shows us that among the disasters in our country, we should take tsunami into account as well.

  • KUMID member Aytaç GUNER, documented Ebb Tide before tsunami by taking 3 photos and allowed them to be used in the KUMID studies.
  •   KUMID Member Mehmet UĞUR (Archaeologist, Seferihisar Municipality) documented the situation in Sığacık right after the earthquake and tsunami with videos and photographs. He allowed them to be used in the works of KUMID.  Video 1:Video 2:Video 3:Video 4:Video 5:,  Video 6:
   Ebb Tide before tsunami 

Destruction in Sığacık Castle and Sığacık after the earthquake and tsunami

14.11.2020: ICOMOS-ICORP Turkey in Seferihisar: Team of ICOMOS -ICORP Turkey under the Presidency of Prof. Dr. Zeynep Gül ÜNAL  arrived to Seferihisar, Izmir  to monitor  the destruction of the historical Sığacık Castle and Kaleiçi Houses after the earthquake and tsunami . 
The team invited KUMID’s members in Izmir to accompany their monitoring visits. Information and document were shared.This invitation and participation greatly contributed to KUMID's work on disaster.
KUMID Members in the visit:  Saadet GUNER, Doç. Dr. Ali Kazım ÖZ, Mehmet UĞUR,  Aytaç GUNER , Deniz SERBEST(Voluntary Worker for KUMID)


12 Aralık 2020:"International Virtual Conference on Museums 2020 ( IVCoM 2020)" "Disaster Risk Reduction in Museums Project" and its output "Disaster Risk Reduction Guidelines in Museums", 2020 " was presented to last session titled “"DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN MUSEUMS"”  hosted by KUMID of the "International Virtual Conference on Museums 2020 ( IVCoM 2020)" 
 For more information on the session, IVCoM 2020 please click the link.


18.12.2020 : SHELTER Project (Horizon 2020-EU) The European Union Project "Disaster Risk Reduction in Museums" and its output "Guidelines for Disaster Risk Reduction in Museums" were invited to the 2020 SHELTER Project (Horizon 2020-EU) Virtual Open Lab Meeting for exchange information.

The project will especially target a roadmap for increasing structural safety and reconstruction techniques for the Sığacık citadel walls.
For SHELTER, 23 partners from 9 countries gathered for implementing solutions regarding heritage preservation, climatology and climate change for several case studies in Europe. For more information, visit the Project website.

19.12.2020. VIRTUAL CLOSING CEREMONY of European Union Project on "Disaster Risk Reduction in Museums Project" and its output "Disaster Risk Reduction Guidelines in Museums", 2020 " was held on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 17:30-19:00 (ZOOM).

Please click for the video. Please click the link for information about the project and to access the PDF output in Engilish : 





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