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.
10th CoMuseum International Conference
The 10th CoMuseum International Conference is taking place on 2–4 December 2020. Due to Covid-19 social distancing measures, CoMuseum 2020 will be a fully virtual event.
At the tenth annual conference, professionals from museums and cultural organisations, artists, civil society representatives, educators, activists, and university students will examine the role of leadership for museums and cultural organisations during challenging times, the role of museums in the protection of civil rights and the promotion of social justice, the ongoing digital transformation in the cultural field, the stance museums take towards climate change and the ecological emergency, as well as the well-being of their staff and visitors.
Plenary event | 2 December 2020
On 2 December, the CoMuseum will host its plenary event, featuring keynote presentations, fireside chats and panel discussions, which will focus on the following themes:
- Leadership in Museums and Cultural Organisations
- The Social Impact of Museums: Communities, Human Rights, Social Justice
- Digital Transformation and Digital Skills
- Greening the Museum and Wellness for Visitors and Staff
The line-up of speakers features international and acclaimed professionals from the museum and cultural sectors, including:
- Nick Merriman, Chief Executive, Horniman Museum and Gardens
- Dr Tom Fleming, Director, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy; Expert on Creative Economy, Cultural and Arts Policy
- Amy Porteous, Producer, Creative Programmes, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
- Jenny White, Head of Visual Arts Programme at the British Council, Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
- Dr Alexandra Bounia, Professor of Museology at the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean
- Iphigenia Taxopoulou, General Secretary at mitos21, Associate partner at Julie’s Bicycle
- Prodromos Tsiavos, Head of Digital and Innovation, Onassis Foundation
- Dr Spencer R. Crew, Interim Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Smithsonian Institution
- Catherine Devine, Microsoft Worldwide Education, Business Strategy Leader – Libraries and Museums
- Lori Fogarty, Director and CEO, Oakland Museum of California
- Elizabeth Merritt, Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums, American Alliance of Museums
- Adam Rozan, Director of Audience Engagement, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; Adjunct Professor, Harvard University Extension School; CoMuseum International Advisory Committee
- Anna Sailer, Deputy Director, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt
Workshops and masterclasses | 3 & 4 December 2020
On 3 and 4 December, the CoMuseum will present a series of online workshops and masterclasses for museum and cultural professionals. The workshops will be conducted in English without interpretation.
For further information about the conference programme and speakers, visit the CoMuseum website.
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:
- Managing Cultural Institutions, curated and hosted by Anastasia Andritsou, Director British Council in Greece
- Managing Museums, curated and hosted by Dr George Manginis, Academic Director of the Benaki Museum
- Managing Cultural and Educational Programmes and Partnerships, curated and hosted by Cynthia Harvey, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Greece
The digital discussions were recorded and are available on the CoMuseum YouTube channel.
Previous editions of the International Conference for Museums are available on the CoMuseum website.
Maria Papaioannou | Maria.Papaioannou@britishcouncil.gr
Katerina Galani | Katerina.Galani@britishcouncil.gr
The CoMuseum is being organised in partnership with the Benaki Museum and the Embassy of the United States, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Athen and the Ambassade de France en Grèce/Institut Français de Grèce.
The conference is being organised with the strategic co-operation of Unisystems and the support of Microsoft.
The conference is taking place under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, and the City of Athens and Thessaloniki.