9-11 November 2016 | Karlsruhe, Germany

NEMO's 24th Annual Conference "Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums" took place in Karlsruhe, Germany from 10-12 November 2015.

The topics covered during the first day of the conference were also put together in the publication Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums.

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First conference day, 11 November 2015

NEMO's chair David Vuillaume, Petra Olschowski, State Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe's first mayor Wolfram Jäger and the president of the hosting German Museums Association and director of the Badische Landesmuseum Eckart Köhne welcomed the participants to NEMO's 24th Annual Conference.


How do museums create value?
Pier Luigi Sacco

First panel: Looking outside: Spill-over effects of museums
Moderation: Dragos Neamu, member of NEMO's executive board and Managing Director, National Network of
Romanian Museums 

Measuring the value of museums: options, tips and benefits
Richard Naylor, Director, BOP Consulting

The results speak for themselves, so why isn’t anyone listening?
Kimmo Levä, Secretary General, Finnish Museums Association

A critical reflection of Guggenheim's return on investment in Bilbao
Beatriz Plaza, Professor in Urban and Regional Economics in the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Creating more: partnerships with scientific, social and artistic sectors
Christoph Kremer, Director, Ars Electronica Museum

The potential of museums for the tourism sector at European level
Eric Philippart, European Commission, Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Second panel: Looking inside: Business models of museums - what works, what doesn't?
Moderation: Siebe Weide, member of NEMO's Executive Board and General Director of the Netherlands Museums Associations

Amsterdam's Museums: A better return through cooperation
Björn Stenvers, Director, Amsterdam Museums Foundation

Enabling cultural tourism: MuseumsPassMusées – entrance to 330 museums in 3 countries
Jan Merk, President, Museumsverband Baden-Württemberg, Director, Markgräfler Museum

POLIN: Examining a public private partnership model for museums
Dorota Keller-Zalewska, Deputy Director, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Austerity bites: how to avoid death by a thousand cuts
Sharon Heal, Director, UK Museums Association

Interview with Paul Spies
Interviewer: Sofia Tsilidou, Greek Ministry of Culture, Religious Affairs and Sports | Interviewee: Paul Spies, Director of Stadtmuseum Berlin and chief curator for the state of Berlin in the Humboldt Forum

Second conference day, 12 November 2015

On day 2 NEMO's Working Groups opened their meetings to all participants and the Working Group leaders Margherita Sani (LEM), Pascal Ennaert (IPR) and Ineta Simansone (Museums and Creative Industries) were joined by expert guests Veronika Sekules, Andrea Wallace and Chris Bailey respectively. Dietmar Osses facilitated a workshop on projects and guidelines for the work with migrants and refugees.

In the afternoon, participants could choose from 6 workshops. They revolved around the economic realm of museums and offered room to deal more in-depth with crowdfunding, EU-funding programmes, Museomix, quality criteria frameworks, pitching digital projects and the national museum week in the Netherlands.

Digital Innovation: A way to involve private investors
Thierry Baujard, Founder, Media Deals

Museum cooperation with colleagues from Europe: How to apply for EU culture funding
Sabine Bornemann, Creative Europe Desk, Germany

Museomix: How to set up Museomix in your museum
Davide Barruzzi, BAM! Strategie Culturali

National Museum Week: An award-winning initiative
Iris Noteboom, Netherlands Museums Association

Quality for museums: Setting up a quality criteria framework for museums
Edmund Miedler, Swiss Museums Association

A guide to crowdfunding for museums
Kleitia Zeqo and Isabelle De Voldere, IDEA Consult

The afternoon was concluded with NEMO's General Assembly for all NEMO members. A number of future activities was announced and current issues of members were discussed and put on NEMO's agenda.