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Newsletter 11/2017

What a NEMOvember!

We celebrated NEMO's 25th birthday and held our annual conference from 9-12 November 2017 in Ghent, Belgium. During the Annual General Meeting, NEMO's members also elected a new NEMO Executive Board!

Additionally, NEMO joined several meetings throughout Europe, heading to Bologna for ICOM Europe's General Assembly, to Ljubljana for the Centre for Creativity's Kick-off and Rome for Culture Action Europe's Annual Conference. Our next journeys will take us as far as Baku for the next NEMO Training Course and to Milan for the European Culture Forum and official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

We would also like to share the most recent developments at EU policy level with you. Have a look at our responses to the EU's Open Public Consultation on Europeana to help you submit your reply!

Last, but not least, please save the date for NEMO's next annual conference from 15-18 November 2018 in Europe's Capital of Culture Valletta, Malta!

Happy reading,

the NEMO office




Meet the new NEMO Executive Board!

The executive board was elected during the Annual General Meeting on 11 November 2017, as part of NEMO's 25th Annual Conference in Ghent, Belgium.
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Public Consultation on Europeana

The European Commission has launched an evaluation of the digital cultural heritage platform Europeana for organisations and members of the public with a personal or professional interest in digital cultural heritage or Europeana...
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NEMO responds to Open Public Consultation on Europeana

NEMO has responded to the Open Public Consultation on Europeana by the European Commission and shares its responses for orientation.
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European Commission Communication: Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture

The European Commission adopted a communication on 14 November intended to contribute to the Leaders' meeting in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017, where they will discuss the future of education and culture.
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NEMO at Culture Action Europe's "Beyond the Obvious" conference

NEMO attended the Culture Action Europe annual conference from 15-17 November in Rome. A panel on heritage and social innovation was moderated by NEMO's Secretary General Julia Pagel.
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European Culture Forum 2017 in Milan - Launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

From 7-9 December 2017, Milan, Italy, will host the European Culture Forum 2017. NEMO will participate in the event organised by the European Commission that raises the profile of European cultural cooperation and also marks the...
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Voices of Culture - Brainstorming Report on "Skills, Training and Knowledge Transfer" published

Within the Voices of Culture Programme – structured dialogue for civil society on culture - a new brainstorming report was published. NEMO participated in the meetings on the topic "Skills, Training and Knowledge Transfer:...
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European Commission's Study on 'Fighting illicit trafficking in cultural goods: analysis of customs issues in the EU' published!

The study by the European Commission provides an analysis of the regulation of imports of cultural goods into the EU, relevant in the fight against illicit trafficking from third countries into the EU.
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Policy Paper on International Cultural Relations and Cultural Diplomacy in the EU

The recently published policy paper by the EL-CSID project (coordinated by the Institute for European Studies) identifies some of the key opportunities and constraints in the advancement of International Cultural Relations and...
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New Compendium feature 2017: Summaries of national profiles

The compendiums are summaries highlighting key information from the traditional Compendium country profiles and follow a decision made at the Assembly of Compendium Experts in Wroclaw (November 2015). They give certain regard to...
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Call for Paper: MAI Conference 2018

The MAI conference (museums and the internet) takes place from 14-15 May 2018 in Potsdam, Germany. The organisers are looking for presentations, posters, ShortCuts, short presentations and workshops. The call is open until 12...
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Finland selects its Museum of the Century

The Museum Centre Vapriikki, which is situated in Tampere, has been crowned Museum of the Century by musician A.W. Yrjänä at the Cultural Gala of the Century on 18 October 2017.
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ENCATC Research Award goes to PhD thesis on museums and their business models

On 28 September 2017, Dr. Rebecca Amsellem received the 4th ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management for her PhD thesis "The international strategies of museums and their new business models",...
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22.11 - 24.11.2017, Elefsina, Greece

Workshop by HMO Training Heritage Leaders: Human Resource Management for Heritage Organizations
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22.11 - 24.11.2017, Cologne, Germany

EXPONATEC - International Trade Fair for Museums, Conservation and Heritage
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25.11 - 26.11.2017, Baku, Azerbaijan

NEMO International Training Course: Museum Marketing is Business: How to set it up, considering international experiences, knowledge and models
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26.11 - 30.11.2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Young Leaders 2017 - European Museum Leadership Programme (Application until 30 June 2017)
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28.11 - 29.11.2017, Budapest, Hungary

5th MUZEUM@DIGIT Conference
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07.12 - 08.12.2017, Milan, Italy

European Culture Forum
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17.01 - 20.01.2018, Hamburg, Germany

Cultural Leadership and Innovation Conference 2018
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29.01 - 29.01.2018, online

NEMO Webinar "The NL Factor - A journey in the educational world of Dutch museums"
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News from Our Members

IRISH MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION: Call for Papers: IMA 2018 Annual Conference "Collecting the Now"

The Irish Museums Association is inviting proposals for papers - with a focus on contemporary collecting - for the annual conference to be held on 2-3 March 2018 in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is noon, 27 November 2017. For further information see or contact Gina O’Kelly, Irish Museums Association:


DEPUTY DIRECTORATE OF STATE MUSEUMS, SPAIN: Conference 150 years of a profession: from anticuarians to curators

The conference held from 15-17 November 2017 commemorated the creation of the museums curator civil service in Spain, 150 years ago. During the three days, the conference tackled the current situation and profile of the museum curators at national and international level, in terms of access and training, career development and global recognition.
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H&M, HERITAGE AND MUSEUMS: WEAR Sustain Open Call 2 Launch Event for Central and Eastern Europe

The WEAR consortium, in cooperation with the local Greek parnters (Greek Hub): The Heritage and Museums - H&M Organization, Hellenic Clothing Industry Association - Textiles and Clothing Design Lab, and HELGRAMED - Hellenic Union of Graphic Arts and Media Technology Engineers, organised the WEAR Sustain Open Call 2 Launch Event for Central and Eastern Europe on 16 November 2017. WEAR Sustain seeks artists, designers and creative people of all forms to work with technologists to develop critical approaches to design ethical, sustainable, environmental, and aesthetic wearable or smart/e-textile projects.
The event presented the call to engineers, technologists and designers and facilitated networking, so new teams can be formed, and they can propose concrete projects within the framework of the second WEAR Sustain call.
Further information about WEAR Sustain...


GLASGOW LIFE/The Burrell Collection: The Burrell Collection receives major funding boost of £20million towards ambitious refurbishment

The Burrell Collection received a major funding boost with The UK National Lottery awarding £15 million and the Scottish Government awarding a further £5 million towards the refurbishment and redisplay of the acclaimed museum. The funding marks a key milestone towards the Burrell’s refurbishment and redisplay of almost 9,000 objects.
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GLASGOW LIFE/The Burrell Collection: A splendid record of one of the largest and most important tapestry collections in the world

The Burrell Collection has launched a richly illustrated volume ‘Tapestries from the Burrell Collection’ which presents, for the first time, the extraordinary tapestries in Glasgow’s Burrell Collection. Lavishly illustrated with new photography of each tapestry, this scholarly but accessible analysis will appeal to specialists and the general public alike.
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MUSE – Science Museum: The human genome on show

The MUSE - Science Museum will open an original and up-to-date exhibition on the topic which permeates the life of each person: the human genome. At MUSE, the newest science museum in Italy, curators are busy putting together the trilingual, interactive exhibition that will open on 24 February 2018.


BALKAN MUSEUM NETWORK: The Balkan Museum Access Group (BMAG) has been selected as an Innovative Practice of the Zero Project 2018

BMAG will be presented at the international conference in February 2018, featured in an annual report and promoted on the website and across the Zero Project's social media channels. This is a great recognition of the work the Balkan Museum Network has done in the last ten years to make museums more accessible for disabled people. For further information about the work of Zero Project and the award, please see their web site  

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