Besides the regular activities, Pansumnet organizes regional gatherings and trainings to maintain contacts and to improve capacities of cultural heritage professionals in Sumatra.
Usually these events are also attended by individuals and organizations from other areas in Indonesia and from neighborhood countries in Southeast Asia like Malaysia and Singapore.
Since its establishment, Pansumnet Gatherings and Trainings were held in:
- 2000, Medan, North Sumatra
- 2001, Bangka, South Sumatra
- 2002, Padang, West Sumatra
- 2004, Bengkulu, Central Sumatra
- 2004-2006, a two years capacity building training in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra and in Bangka, South Sumatra
- 2015, Sawahlunto, West Sumatra
- 2018, Muntok, South Sumatra
Unfortunately Pansumnet didn’t have a regional meeting since 2006 due to various reasons but one main reason is since 2004 many areas in Sumatra experienced natural disasters continuously; started with tsunami in Aceh and Nias in 2004, Semangko West Sumatra in 2007, Padang West Sumatra in 2009 and earthquake and tsunami Mentawai West Sumatra in 2010. We lost a colleague from Aceh during the tsunami and many colleagues were occupied with post-emergency actions. Pansumnet members individually had regular contacts and supported each other during these difficult periods.
Pansumnet Gatherings was revived in 2015. The main reasons were calming down of the natural disasters in the regions and the number of heritage stakeholders in Sumatra that grows substantially. Originally, most of the members were non-government organizations and universities, but later many government agencies have heritage programs.
Most of key members of Pansumnet play important role in this development by assisting government agencies in producing appropriate policies and implementation. It was time to consolidate all stakeholders including the new ones.
The Pansumnet 2015 Gathering was a start for an expansion of the Pansumnet to a wider type of stakeholders.
Despite limitations and challenges, Pansumnet members were able to organize regular gatherings and trainings. All events were always funded partly by its members by mobilizing local resources. Local hosts managed to arrange financial and in-kind contribution for accommodation, meals, excursions and most logistic needs. Sometimes the gatherings were humble only for members and sometimes the gatherings were expanded with some extra programs.