Directors' Meeting

The annual Directors’ Meeting is exclusively dedicated to NEMO’s full members, the national museum organisations. The 2023 edition will be organised on Sunday 19 November at the Museum of Visual Arts Malva in connection to NEMO's European Museum Conference in Lahti, Finland.

The NEMO Directors' Meeting presents an opportunity for directors of national museum organisations to exchange views with peers and to discuss trends and key developments in the European museum sector in an informal environment.

  • Who is it for? The meeting is only open for senior management of national museum organisations upon personal invitation.

The meeting takes place at the Lahti Museum of Visual Arts Malva and starts at 10:00 on Sunday 19 November.

One senior representative per NEMO full member organisation is welcome to join the meeting. If the director cannot participate, we ask you to please appoint a representative to join on behalf of the organisation.

New this year for our full members is a dedicated workshop on 20 November from 16:00-18:00 tailored to the interest and needs of national museum organisations. We will soon publish more information about the workshop “Pitching for a green museum sector”, which is open to all members of staff at national museum organisations and runs in parallel to the other workshop offers.

The public programme of the NEMO European Museum Conference starts from 14:00 on Sunday 19 November with tours followed by the opening reception.



Welcome and introduction

Moderated by Julia Pagel, NEMO Secretary General.


Tour de table

All participants give a short update.


Talk and Q&A

Museums Fighting Climate Change: Ways towards a Collaborative Community
Tabea Leukhardt (Germany), Institute for Future Culture.

Moderated by Julia Pagel.

The cultural scene is in a dilemma: we know about the threatening exhaustion of planetary boundaries, e.g. climate change. And we want to give our fair share to reduce our footprint. But implementation needs professional knowledge, skills, time and budget.

What do museums need for a fast and professional sustainability management and how can we activate resources? How can we form a community in which institutions support each other and that can speak for itself to other stakeholders?

This session will provide an insight into the requirements of strategic sustainability management at sector level and then offer space for discussion and debate.




Stretch your legs and get some refreshments.


Open Table Discussions

Discussions on topics relevant to museums organisations across borders will cover:

  • Current challenges and trends
  • Museums Association management Q&A
  • Main challenges for the sector in the sustainable transformation
  • Advocacy and lobbying for museums
  • Open table: Suggestions to NEMO



Malva Museum


We will wrap up the meeting with a buffet style lunch at Lahti Museum of Visual Arts Malva.

NEMO covers the lunch cost for all meeting participants.