Participants at a Museum Professionals Network meeting

What is the Museum Professionals Network?

Our Transforming Future Museums programme has kick-started the creation of the Museum Professionals Network: a peer-focused network that will operate as a space to improve knowledge sharing, explore unexpected fields and modes of collaboration, and foster peer-to-peer consultation. We aim to create a platform that will facilitate transversal and cross-sectoral collaborations, exchange of expertise across the museum and cultural sector in Greece, and challenge the status quo in professionals’ perceptions as well as in their working environments.

Emerging from our first International Museum Academy, the network aspires to empower and engage museum professionals in a journey of personal and collective professional development for the future well-being of museums and their people. The Museum Professionals Network will form part of a supportive and collaborative peer network to explore the role of museums and culture in Greece, and ways of bringing different culture professionals together. 

We aim to create a museum community that will share knowledge, exchange good practice, develop skills and encourage openness.

The principles of the network are:

  • peer-to-peer contact and learning
  • sharing knowledge, exchanging good practice and encouraging openness
  • writing and sharing: reflecting on projects and their impact
  • fostering working cultures and collaborations with museums and networks within and beyond Greece.

The programme is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

What are the network’s aims?

The Museum Professionals Network aims to:

  • foster working cultures which encourage openness, collaboration, innovation and allow for risk and failure
  • create an empowered national network of museum and heritage professionals who will share knowledge, exchange good practice and work as champions and advocates for the sector
  • give participants access to a growing global network of museum professionals and connect them with other institutions and individual professionals in an international forum
  • broaden vision and strengthen professional confidence of the museum workforce to empower them to become agents of change within their organisations and shape the future
  • provide members with opportunities for professional development
  • articulate clear arguments and raise awareness of the value of heritage and museums in cultural, social, economic and environmental development, and provide advocacy for the sector to influence national, regional and local policies and stakeholders
  • connect with similar networks in Europe and internationally
  • connect with creative and other industries (e.g. suppliers).

Who can be part of the Museum Professionals Network?

The Museum Professionals Network welcomes professionals from the following backgrounds:

  • museum and heritage professionals from a broad variety of backgrounds
  • freelance museum and cultural managers, as well as freelance curators
  • museum and heritage organisations; small, mid or large-scale
  • policy and decision makers at a national, regional and local level
  • other professionals who could contribute to museum workings, already or potentially.

Pop-up meetings

The Museum Professionals Network is coming together once again with a series of reunion pop-up meetings in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Museums as sandboxes for civil society and placemaking

On the occasion of Tom Flemming’s workshop for our Museum Professionals Network, we are delighted to invite you to his talk on the role of museums via the concept of the museum as a sandbox: an open innovation platform which brings together and amplifies the trends of our time.

Dr Tom Fleming is a leading international expert on the creative economy, cultural and arts policy, and creative cities and regions. His work focuses on advising governments, municipalities and institutions across the world to develop effective research, policy, strategy and action across the creative economy. He has led strategic research projects in every region, with a particularly strong track record in Europe, Russia, SE Asia, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Places are limited. Reservations will be confirmed following online registration.

When Monday 29 June 2020, 18.00
Where Benaki Museum (Amphitheatre)
1 Koumbari Street & Vas. Sofias Avenue
106 74 Athens
Information 210 369 2386

Pop-up meetings: Network members only

5 March 2020
Museum Professionals Network guided
tour by the NEON team
5 March 2020
Museum Professionals Network social
29 June 2020
Museums as sandboxes for civil society
and placemaking Athens workshop
30 June 2020
Museums as sandboxes for civil society
and placemaking Thessaloniki workshop

Meetings 2017–18

In 2017–18 we ran ten meetings with the Museum Professionals Network covering the following topics:

  1. Network and my role
  2. From a network to a community
  3. International Museum Academy Athens
  4. International Museum Academy Thessaloniki
  5. Updates from the Network’s working groups
  6. Accessibility in museums
  7. Evaluation and museums
  8. Organising events in museum spaces
  9. Museums and digital skills
  10. Audience research and museums


For further information, please contact Maria Papaioannou:

Telephone 210 369 2336