CoMuseum 2021 conference poster – Caption ‘(Re)Positioning the museum of tomorrow | 11th CoMuseum International Virtual Conference’
Wednesday 01 December 2021 to Friday 03 December 2021

In 2020 the CoMuseum International Conference is launching as a physical and digital platform for museums and cultural professionals. Its goal is to share the best ideas and practices from around the world, highlight contemporary challenges and create a global network of professionals that will co-design a ‘culture-edge’ future for our societies.

After a decade of annual events offering capacity building for museums and the cultural community in Greece, the Museum Conference will soon launch its new identity, focusing this year on the digital sphere. The CoMuseum International Conference, previously taking place in Athens and Thessaloniki, will feature top international experts from museums and cultural institutions, who will share insights and ideas on the present and future of museums.

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11th CoMuseum International Conference

The CoMuseum is coming to a screen near you on 1–3 December 2021!

While the Covid-19 crisis is not yet over, and as the global community is called upon to tackle the challenge of social equity and the climate emergency, museums and cultural organisations are already thinking about their new position in the world.

The CoMuseum 2021 will explore the repositioning of museums so that they are ready to take on their new role through a human-centred approach, with new tools, skills and leadership models.

Some of the topics that the CoMuseum 2021 will address include sustainability and digital strategies; the future of content in relation to collections, curating and storytelling; the social impact of cultural organisations; and the role of museums in the climate crisis.

The three-day conference is admission-free and the working language is English.


Speakers and workshop leaders from the UK include:

  • Richard Sandell, Professor of Museum Studies, Co-director of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester
  • Katy Bunning, Lecturer at the School of Museum Studies, Member of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester
  • Dr Bernadette Lynch, Writer, Researcher, Lecturer, Solidarity in Action Network
  • Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
  • Lucia Pietroiusti, Founder, General Ecology, Serpentine Galleries
  • Aksana Khan, Community Mentoring Officer, Arts Emergency

The full programme of the three-day conference – including the full line-up of speakers from the UK, US and EU – is available on the CoMuseum website.


Registration for the conference will remain open until 1 December 2021.

Past events

10th CoMuseum International Conference

The conference is available online – watch the recorded sessions.

Leadership in Challenging Times

The CoMuseum International Conference organised a series of digital conversations with local and international experts from museums and other cultural organisations:

Previous editions of the International Conference for Museums are available on the CoMuseum website.

Further information

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The CoMuseum is being organised in partnership with the Benaki Museum and the Embassy of the United States, in collaboration with the British Embassy in Athens and Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative.

Major Sponsors: Uni Systems and Microsoft.

The conference is taking place under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the City of Athens and ICOM Greece.