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Newsletter - 02/2015

NEMO's 1st Learning Exchange!

From 2-4 February 2015 the German Museums Association (GMA) hosted NEMO's first International Learning Exchange. Participants from five countries came to Berlin to learn about the GMA, its structure and its projects. The ensuing vivid discussions ranged from the comparison of the various associations and institutions to experiences in the educational sector. Have a look at the presentations and pictures on our website.



News from our Members

Call for Applications for Travel Grants to the Herrenhausen Symposium

The Herrenhausen Symposium "Museum of Cultures, Wereldmuseum, Världskulturmuseet,... What Else? Positioning Ethnological Museums in the 21st Century" by the Volkswagen Foundation in cooperation with Deutscher Museumsbund (GMA) will take place from 21 June until 23 June 2015. The Volkswagen Foundation offers up to 20 Travel Grants to young researchers (Ph.D or Postdoc), who wish to attend. Applicants are required to apply until March 15, 2015 by using the application form at
Further information...

Applications for Children in Museums Award open until 28 February

The Children in Museums Award has been established by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums to recognise excellence and innovation in exhibits designed for children within the museum sector. Applications for the 2015 Awards are welcome from children’s museums as well as education, children and youth departments in museums and science museums, both long-established and recently opened.
The application form and other details can be found on the websites of Hands On! and EMA. Applications can be submitted until 28 February 2015.

Museomix - "Cultural Makethon"

MUSEOMIX is part of the European cooperation project CREATIVE MUSEUM (ERASMUS +)  to raise awareness and bring together actors, museums, and innovation. MUSEOMIX is the French initiative of the international cultural 'makeathon'. For 3 days mediators, tinkerers, designers, developers, graphic designers,  artists, writers, and scientists will gather to invent, design, prototype and test innovative museum installations with new technologies.
The next event will take place from 6-9 November 2015

Spring Conference of the the Association of Swedish Museums

The Swedish museum sector's most important annual forum is held in Sigtuna in the County of Stockholm from 15-17 April 2015. This year's theme is: "The Museum – a pivot of democracy", and is concerned with how the museum sector can influence the society in which we operate.
Further information...

Regional Museum Conference of the Balkan Museum Network - Call for Applications

For the third time, the Balkan Museum Network organises the regional museum conference "Meet, See, (critically) Do 2015".  It will take place in Novi Sad, Serbia, on April 15-17. The conference will be hosted by the Museum of Vojvodina and will cover topics such as community engagement, intercultural policy and museums, and art and activism. The conference is free of charge and most of the expenses will be covered, applications are open to museum and heritage professionals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia until 1 March 2015.
Further information...

Museum Card arrives in Finland

One million museum cards are sold in the Netherlands every year. Inspired by this example, the Finnish Museums Association is building a museum card system, which will be launched in May 2015. One card costs 54 EUR and is valid for more than 170 Finnish museums for one year.

Co-curated display opens at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow

A new display co-curated by wheelchair users has opened at Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Facilitated by a curator, a group of wheelchair users selected four wheelchairs. They also chose the target audience, the interpretation includes their words and photos and the group decided the key message: "The chair doesn't define the person."

Are museums media educators?

How do museums manage in a rapidly changing media world? How can museums contribute to media education in their work? These were the main questions for a report that was done in Finland at the end of 2014 by the project 'Link – making museums into media educators'. When starting to solve the questions the main challenge was to figure out what media education means in Finnish museums. Material for the report was acquired through a questionnaire, experiences gathered during a media education theme week in museums and workshops arranged by the project in 2014. The English abstract of the report can be found here.

First Congress of Polish Museum Professionals

In late April 2015 the First Congress of Polish Museum Professionals will be held in Lódz, Poland. It is meant to be a constitution of modern Polish museology that will look for new definitions for the basis of museology – museum, museum professionals and museum artefacts. The event is planned for 1200 attendees.

UpSKILL– Informal learning activity to upskill cultural managers

Cultural managers rarely invest in the new skills and competencies they may need to deliver successful projects, business growth or audience development strategies. The European project UpSKILL brings partner organisations together by fostering mobility as an informal learning activity for the exchange of innovative training practices. A report of one of the events will be available by June.
Further information...

Social Media and Museums

The Swiss Museums Association has recently published a short, practical guide on social networks for museums. This publication aims to encourage all those who have never used these tools, or only to a very little extent, to discover the potential. It is also useful to all those who are already users, to enable them to find out where they are and to adjust the way in which they use Social Media.  Available in German, French and Italian.

Museum Education Center in Yerevan, Armenia

For strengthening the capacity of museum staff in implementing educational programmes the Museum Education Center will prepare and conduct certified training for museum educators in November 2015. The training programme will support the participants in understanding the key issues of organising educational programmes. The participants should be able to develop their own educational programme to take part in the contest for the best educational programme award.
Questions and inquiries can be send to:

Call for Papers for Conference "UNESCO World Heritage and the Role of Civil Society"

The international NGO Conference on 26 and 27 June 2015 in Bonn, Germany organised by World Heritage Watch will address different topics concerning the situation of World Heritage Sites and the involvement and participation of civil society. Everybody of any occupational background - except officials involved on state or international level in decision-making on world heritage sites - is invited to submit papers which they believe could contribute to reaching the Conference's objectives. The conference will have two fora, one will focus on the assessment of the situation of selected World Heritage Properties, while the second forum deals with Civil Society, States Parties and UNESCO. Submission on either of the topics can be made in English, French, Russion or Spanish to by 20 March 2015.

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