Within the framework of Germany's presidency of the Council of the European Union, NEMO and the German Museums Association are co-organising the online conference Museums and Social Responsibility - Values revisited from 17-18 September 2020.

The conference will focus on what social responsibility means for museums. Through their daily work, museums make a significant contribution to social responsibility by dealing with questions that are connected to social cohesion, social inclusion and social diversity. From 17-18 September, we will discuss what museums can do, what is needed, and what still is missing to make an impact on our European society. We want to redefine and clarify the field for the museum landscape.


    The conference will take place on the online events platform Hopin. To participate in the conference, you have to register via an account on Hopin. Sign-up will only take a minute and we guarantee you a smooth and engaging digital conference experience.

    Get to know our speakers

    Sabine Verheyen

    CULT committee

    Speaker Time Icon 17 Sep. 15:15-15:4

    André Wilkens

    European Cultural Foundation

    Speaker Time Icon 17 Sep. 11:35–12:05

    Sara Brighenti

    Future of Museums group

    Speaker Time Icon 17 Sep. 14:30-15:10

    Dominika Szope

    ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

    Speaker Time Icon 17 Sep. 11:35–12:05

    Core subjects and issues of social responsibility

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) defines social responsibility according to seven core subjects; organizational governance, labour practices, the environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues, community involvement and development. The latter two can also be recognised as cornerstones of museums' everyday activities and actions. Therefore, we have decided to focus on the core subjects community involvement and development to discuss what social responsibility means for museums. Short lectures, panel discussions and workshops will be dedicated to the following topics:

    • Community involvement
    • Education and culture
    • Employment creation and skills development
    • Technology development and access issues
    • Wealth and income creation issues
    • Social investment
    • Health Issues

    Join us online from 17-18 September

    The conference is the first of three and all are organised by museum organisations located in the countries holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union. All three conference will focus on different aspects of social responsibility.

    1. Museums and Social Responsibility - Values revisited: Digital Conference in Germany (online), 17-18 September 2020
    2. Museums and Social Responsibility - Participation, Networking and Partnerships in Lisbon, Portugal, April 2021 (TBD)
    3. Museum and Social Responsibility – what comes next? in Maribor Slovenia, 23-24 September 2021 (TBC)
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