NEMO contributed to a EU Presidency conference about museums in Europe

 Four people sit on a lit stage. The rest of the room is dark. Behind them a presentation slide is projected. One person holds a microphone and talks.

Upon invitation by the French Ministry of Culture, NEMO spoke at the conference “Museums in Europe: what challenges for the future?” on 4 May 2022. The conference was organised from 3-4 May at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, within the framework of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was organised around two main themes: "Museums in Europe: strengths, weaknesses, perspectives of European museum models?" and "What joint projects for a Europe of museums after the crisis?".

The meeting gathered directors of museums, representatives of administrations responsible for museum policy in Europe, representatives of European institutions, professional networks and civil society from the 27 Members States of the European Union. NEMO’s Chair David Vuillaume contributed with a presentation in the dialogue about encouraging mobility and creating a community of museum professionals in Europe. He brought forward the kinds of mobility that would be created to achieve such a community and with which objectives. David was joined on the stage by Jean-François Chougnet, President of the Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée - MUCEM, Catherine Magnant, Head of the Culture Unit, European Commission, and Clara Camacho, Museologist and researcher at the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (Ministry of Culture) and National Plan for the Arts (Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education).

The conference set out to reflect on the challenges and future prospects for museums in Europe after the pandemic that has had a huge impact on museums. These reflections revolved around the role, values and missions carried by museums; the place of museums at the heart of the transmission of knowledge, education and the emancipation of the public; new models of cooperation and mobility for professionals; the challenges of tourism, sustainable development and public policy.