laureates featured in dubrovnik, september 2017

imagines

28 september 2017

Virtual Architecture Museum: Russia by Vizerra

Heritage in Motion / Apps for mobile devices

To see the stunning works of architecture that no longer exist or remained unimplemented ideas of the artists, not on a piece of paper, but in the way you would look at any other ordinary building. To travel in time, recreate the ruined monuments, fly over the city… To do this, you don’t have to possess super powers that are often attributed to fictional characters. The Virtual Museum of Architecture application for smart phones and tablets is all you need. And the impossible becomes possible: the beauty of architectural concepts reveals itself, real and visible.

Sydvestjyske Museer: Augmenting the Historic City: Trade and Merchants’ Life in Ribe

2016 MUSE Awards / Games and Augmented Reality Gold

Based on an iBeacon location-based mobile application providing Augmented Reality, texts, images, links, audio, video and animations, the exhibition rooms of merchant’s house from 1583 merge with the old town’s cultural heritage. Users explore and experience many facets of merchant life in the old town from the late 1500s onwards. The once so important harbour comes back to life via Augmented Reality, the town’s role as an ox trade assembly point and its  vibrant markets are experienced through immersive video, and interactive 3D models and video communicate building structures and room functions.

Mosman Art Gallery: "SYRIA"

AVICOM 2016 F@IMP Awards / Video Art Prize

SYRIA, by Khaled Sabsabi, explores the kaleidoscope of life in Damascus before the current war, portraying the complexities and beauty of the city, in contrast to the images of destruction that we now see on the daily news. Incorporating moving images from the artist’s large archive of recordings of Damascus since 2004, SYRIA has the beautiful complexity of fractal geometry, with which it shares a self-sustaining system of self-similar patterns that span different points in time. 

Granaries of Memory

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016

Granaries of Memory draws on the oral history of local communities, especially related to the intangible heritage of food culture in Italy. Researchers from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Northern Italy conducted over 1000 interviews within various communities to capture people’s memories of food and regional cuisine. These interviews were recorded and are available to the public online in video format in a web archive. The archive has been online since 2012. In 2016 it was remodelled and relaunched.

AnnoTate

Museums and the Web GLAMi Awards 2016 / Platinum

AnnoTate is Tate and Zooniverse’s online crowdsourced transcription tool. Since 2015, the public have been using it to help decipher the writing found in over 17,000 items from artists’ archives. In exploring these letters, diaries and sketchbooks through transcription, participants gain rich insights into the personal lives of artists, discover untold stories, explore social histories, and encounter artwork situated in practice. In turn, AnnoTate users help to produce full transcripts that will appear on the Tate website. Other organisations can get involved too: the code for AnnoTate is produced with an Apache software license, and freely available on github.

Brooklyn Museum: ASK Brooklyn Museum

2016 MUSE Awards / Mobile Applications Gold

ASK Brooklyn Museum was developed over the course of a year, through an iterative process of testing pilot ideas directly with visitors. The museum learned that the visitors want to talk about art with real people in a dynamic, personalized way. To provide this, it developed a chat app that connects visitors to a team of experts who answer their questions in real time. The team has developed a unique engagement model through texting, using visitors’ questions as springboards for longer conversations. Chats are deep, averaging 14 messages across multiple galleries.

Provincie Limburg: Limburg 1914-1918, Small stories from a Great War

Heritage in Motion / Best Achievement Award 2016

WWI was not only a trench war, but also a war of occupation! The German occupation had an impact on the province of Limburg and its daily life. Many interesting “small stories” have been preserved. “Limburg 1914-1918: Small stories from a Great War” is a multi-layered project that combines many different communication tools to engage a large audience in the personal memories of the Great War. The province of Limburg initiated several innovative public projects: a unique launch, social media activities, a short movie, a video exhibition and a huge participative project by all communities with 44 huge concrete ‘stahl’helmets’.

"The voyage on board the cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi" by Rosphoto

AVICOM / FIAMP 2016 Website and Webart Gold

The voyage on board the cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi is an album of photographs dated from the late 19th century which provide a unique opportunity to see the life of the first Russian armoured cruiser through the eyes of the ship’s contemporaries. Thanks to multimedia technologies, the photo album — an item which is originally meant to be held in the hands — has been turned into an interactive object, thus allowing the visitors to examine all facets of the matter, including the historical context

ArchivPortal – D – Building a German Archives Portal by Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg

Heritage in Motion / Websites and Online Content Award 2016

For the first time, the German Archives Portal “Archivportal-D”, financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), offers centralized and comprehensive access to the records of various kinds of German archives. The portal is a national aggregator for the European Archives Portal and contributes to the process of making European archival records accessible for everybody at any time and from anywhere.

British Art Studies Online Journal

Museums and the Web GLAMi 2016 People’s Choice Award

Founded in 2016, the journal British Art Studies is an innovative space for new research and scholarship of the highest quality on all aspects of British art, architecture, and visual culture. British Art Studies is digital-only and one of the few completely open access journals in the field of art history, providing a forum for the growing debate about digital scholarship, publication, and copyright. Its editors, based at the Paul Mellon Centre and the Yale Center for British Art, work collaboratively with authors to develop innovative ways to present new research digitally. 

Historic Royal Palaces: Movie Maker Mission

Museums + Heritage Awards 2016 / Educational Initiative

Movie Maker Mission 500th anniversary project brought together Aardman and thousands of children to co-create an animated yarn, telling 500 years of Hampton Court’s history in just over five minutes. It enabled 11,000 children and young people to visit the palace and contribute their ideas to this unique retelling of the palace’s history. Working with professional presenters and animators, participants learned animation and drawing techniques, met characters from the palace’s past and explored the historic stories, spaces and artefacts before creating pictures, sounds, voice-overs and music for the film.

The Field Museum: The Switch: A Bill Stanley Story

MUSE 2016 Awards / Video, Film, and Computer Animation Gold

Created to honor the work of the gregarious and beloved Director of Collections at The Field Museum, Bill Stanley, who died unexpectedly while conducting fieldwork in Ethiopia. Bill inspired countless young scientists. This animated short film puts the work of natural history museums in a larger context — as told by Bill himself — as places where artifacts can be seen and studied, but also as places where one museum professional or scientist can make an enormous difference in the life of a young person.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu Website

MAPDA 2016 / Institution Website Level B Best in Show - Multimedia

Art gallery websites are primarily marketing tools – shop windows for programmes and activities — and research tools that provide access to collections. But increasingly they are expected to also act as incubators for thoughts. Digital editors are commissioning and publishing exciting new writing, audio and video, as well as bringing legacy content to new audiences. Together these very different strands of content can be used to tell stories. With the 2016 website redesign Christchurch Art Gallery made a significant shift, from a traditional art gallery website to a more magazine-like approach that put its writing, and thinking, at the forefront of the visitor experience.

Prehistoric Picture Project. Pitoti: Digital Rock-Art in Cambridge

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016

This research project asked what difference could digital techniques make to the research, recovery and public display of prehistoric rock-art from the UNESCO world heritage site of Valcamonica (BS) in the southern Alps? The Cambridge led team from the Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, St Pölten University of Applied Sciences and the Bauhaus University Weimar, showed that the preparation of art historical / archaeological data for public display can produce academic research insights that shed light on the nature of the art itself. 

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core programme

29-30 september 2017

European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk, Poland

European Museum Forum / Council of Europe Museum Prize 2016

The mission of this cultural institution is: “Discover history and decide about the future”. The heart of the ECS is an exhibition commemorating the Solidarność revolution and the fall of communism in Europe. The exhibition is the focal point of the works of the education centre, the science and research centre, the archive, the library and the media library. The ECS is also a public space, a venue for the meeting of the citizens who feel responsible for the development of democracy, and a zone for practicing solidarity and citizenship.

Den Gamle By, Aarhus, Denmark

European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2016

The project’s aim was to update Den Gamle By (The Old Town open-air museum) and to focus on the inclusivity of the institution. This was achieved by adding two town districts from the 20th century to the museum’s pre-industrial environment. The updating was done in close cooperation with the people, by using their skills and memories. The new, contemporary segment increased visitor numbers by 30 percent and this additional income gave the museum a platform to address relevant subjects such as homelessness, old people’s dementia and youngsters with mental disabilities.

Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou, China

Chinese Museums Association / Most Innovative Museums of China 2016

Guangdong Museum was opened to the public in October 1959. The new building is located in the new city axis in Guangzhou, the Zhujiang New Town. It covers an area of 41,000㎡. There are more than 170,000 objects in the museum collection, amongst which are pieces of ancient calligraphy, paintings and ceramics - all at the top level of the national museums in China. Chaozhou Woodcarving especially in particular carries distinctive local characteristics. In addition to the temporary exhibitions, three permanent exhibitions are on display: Guangdong History and Culture, Natural Resources and Art Exhibitions. 

Estonian National Museum, Tartu, Estonia

Estonian Museum Awards 2016 / Best Permanent Exhibition

The title of the “Echo of the Urals” exhibition derives from the scientific-mythical idea that the primary home of the Finno-Ugric peoples can be found in the foothills of the Ural Mountains. The museum aimed to negotiate traditional ethnography of the Finno-Ugric peoples and modern gender discourse. This topic enables the museum to demonstrate a wide range of the Finno-Ugric cultural particularities. In the display, the Finno-Ugric connections are articulated by the interactive image of the language tree, the presentation of the history of ideas about the Finno-Ugric peoples and issues of gender dialog through ethnographic objects. 

Iberarchivos Programme for the Development of Ibero-American Archives, Madrid , Spain

UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize 2016

Iberarchivos – Programa ADAI was set up in 1999 as a result of the 8th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Governments of 1998. This Programme is oriented towards the development of projects that enable the preservation and dissemination of Ibero-America's documentary heritage and the training of specialized employees to manage the archives. It also focuses on collaboration between archivists in Ibero-American countries to encourage a common work methodology, the purpose of which is to strengthen long-term links between Ibero-American archives, improve conservation and access to documentary heritage.

San Diego Natural History Museum: “Coast to Cactus in Southern California”, San Diego, United States

American Alliance of Museums / Excellence in Exhibition Awards 2016

San Diego, California, is known for its incredibly diverse terrain and is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world, meaning areas that have the highest concentration of different species of any geographic area of similar size. Using specimens from the Museum’s scientific collections alongside immersive environments, hands-on interactives, live animals, and innovative media, Coast to Cactus in Southern California illustrates that richness by taking visitors on a journey through these habitats and the plants and animals that live in them.

Museu da Misericórdia, Porto, Portugal

Portuguese Museum Award 2016

The Museum is located in the historic centre of Porto in a building that used to be the head office of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto from the mid 16th century up to 2013. Over the years, the building suffered a number of interventions, the last of which was its adaptation for museum facilities. The MMIPO has a double purpose; one is letting people know the history of the Misericórdia do Porto and its institutional purposes, and the other is to divulge its artistic collections, through a set of resources that reflect the memory and the identity of the organization, projecting it into the future.

Conservation Study Of The Village Gostuša In Pirot District, Niš, Serbia

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2016

The Village Gostuša project was developed with the support of the Serbian Ministry of Culture and was composed of reconnaissance, research, mapping, recording, geo-positioning, systematization and digitalization of the recorded documents, preparing the designation proposal, publishing, promotion and action planning. In two campaigns, more than twenty experts and students spent around two months working in the field, succeeded by one year of office work by three architects to complete the project. From the year 2015 the team have been working on conservation project, dedicated to the full rehabilitation process of the village and the whole region.

The State Darwin museum, Moscow, Russia

Intermuseum 2016 festival Grand-prix / ICOM Russia Award

The State Darwin Museum was founded in 1907 in Moscow, and this year celebrates its 110th anniversary. The museum’s collection includes about 400 000 items, with over 5 000 exhibits in the exposition. The annual attendance exceeds 600 000 visitors and the museum hosts over 60 temporary exhibitions per year. It serves also a scientific centre for the museology of natural history museums in Russia. Each year the museum organises over 10 public festivals, with each event gathering up to 7 000 visitors. The museum features a comfortable environment for people with disabilities. 

National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish Museum of the Year 2016 Award

Sweden’s biggest museum of technology has a national charter to preserve technical and industrial history as part of the cultural heritage of Sweden. At the Museum, you can experience exhibitions on inventions, energy and the environment along with other areas of topical interest in a fun and inspiring way. The Museum also includes a Science Center, “MegaMind”. The galleries cover around 10,000 m2 and the Museum attracts more than 300,000 visitors every year. A programme of successful renewal work has enabled the Museum to achieve its objective of being ‘every little genius’s favorite place’.

York Art Gallery, York, United Kingdom

Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2016

York Art Gallery reopened on the 1 August 2015 following an £8 million redevelopment, was a finalist for UK Museum of the Year 2016 and won the Family Friendly Museum Award 2016. All areas of the gallery are creatively displayed and accessible to all. The Gallery’s excellent collection of Western European paintings has designated status. In addition, the collection of over 5,500 British Studio Ceramics is housed within the gallery in the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). The gallery hosts an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions and public engagement projects.

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland

European Museum Forum / European Museum of the Year Award 2016

Facing the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes on the rubble of the Warsaw ghetto and destroyed prewar Jewish neighborhood, the POLIN Museum honors those who died by remembering how they lived. At the heart of the museum is a multimedia narrative exhibition, a journey of a thousand years, which recovers the historic diversity of Poland and the memory of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world. With its innovative educational and cultural programs, POLIN Museum is an agent of transformation that can move an entire society forward. 

Pearson & Associates: Kaiapoi Museum, Kaiapoi, New Zealand

ServiceIQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards / Best Museum Project

At 4.35am 4th of September 2010 a magnitude 7.1 earthquake destroyed not only the Kaiapoi Museum but the surrounding communities in Canterbury, New Zealand. There was no respite given by the earthquake god Ruaumoko who then struck the same area with a magnitude 7.3 on 22nd of February 2011, decimating the already fragile nerves of people with the loss of human life and destroying the city of Christchurch. By 2013 Canterbury had experienced over 13,000 aftershocks. This is the story of Kaiapoi Museum, the first museum to be rebuilt and reopened during and after this tragedy.

Employees And Activists Of The National Museum Of Bosnia And Herzegovina In Sarajevo

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2016

IN 2015, NGO AKCIJA Sarajevo initiated a civil society campaign, “I am the Museum”, to remind residents that the most important cultural institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been closed for almost three years, and to influence those in charge to resolve this problem. This campaign emphasized the strong commitment of the employees of the National Museum of BiH to keep the Museum active, in very difficult political and economic circumstances. The campaign, which galvanized a massive community response to save the Museum, was awarded the Europa Nostra Grand Prix for 2016.

Adopt A Monument, Tampere, Finland

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2016

The Adopt-a-Monument scheme run by the Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum enables citizens to take a proactive role in the management and conservation of cultural heritage in their own living environment. The concept is a result of extensive research and based on the idea that the museum is a facilitator; the initiative and need to work for cultural heritage must come from adopters. The mission of the adopters is to make sites accessible and to bring joy to others. There are currently more than 400 volunteers working within the Adopt-a-Monument teams.

Vukovar Municipal Museum, Vukovar, Croatia

European Museum Forum / Silletto Prize 2016

Founded in 1947, the Museum is located in the baroque palace of the counts Eltz on the right bank of the Danube. It was almost entirely destroyed in the Croatian War in 1991, but continued its work in exile until 1997. Returning to the ruined palace, it was an active force in reconstructing the social and cultural life of Vukovar. The permanent exhibition, which shows a time span from prehistory until nowadays, refurbished the memory of the city. The Museum became a guardian of heritage, tolerance and peace for which it received the Silletto Award, EMYA 2016.

Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan

Japan Institute of Architects Grand Prix 2016

In the heart of Oita City, a “Museum of Encounters and of the Five Senses” was born. The building was designed by world-renowned architect Shigeru Ban. It is an invigorating architectural space that lets in a great deal of light and is filled with versatility. This museum has been developed so that it is not only a culmination of the heritage of both art and museums worldwide, but also so that it is a place where people can locally experience global encounters amidst objects from different cultures. The Museum’s aim is to create singular and unrivalled experiences of art in a place fit for the twenty-first century.

Vest-Agder Museum, Kristiansand, Norway

Norwegian Museum Of The Year 2016

Vest-Agder-Museum is a regional museum, consisting of 20 different museums spread across the county, including city museums, open-air museums, birth homes of artists, fortifications, factories, railways and ships. The museum is committed to taking care of its valuable collections, maintaining the buildings, railways and ships and creating new knowledge about these through research.   Vest-Agder-museum has also focused on sensitive contemporary issues - for example poverty and sexual abuse. In relation to such issues,  Vest-Agder Museum has taken on a national role in developing methods for dealing with this type of subject matter.

Micropia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

European Museum Forum / Kenneth Hudson Award 2016

This unique museum, located in the restored and renewed listed heritage building “de Ledenlokalen”, shows the smallest yet most powerful and numerous forms of life on earth. After a development of 12 years, involving the close collaboration of many international parties, Micropia opened in 2014. The museum focuses on the relationship between microbes and the visitor, and makes the visit very personal. Visitors have live views of microbes moving, eating and reproducing. Through interactives the visitor becomes part of the microbial world, and vice versa. Design, soundscape, art and architecture complement the space.

Preserving and Promoting Dance Heritage in Berlin, Germany

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016

In 2011, the Berlin based non-profit organisation DIEHL+RITTER launched - with an overall budget of 6 million euro - the project Tanzfonds Erbe (Dance Fund Heritage) to encourage artistic projects dedicated to the cultural heritage of dance. The funded projects range from stage works, films to exhibitions, festivals and websites. The results are all documented and allow the general public to openly access the history of 20th century and contemporary dance through a well-designed website, which includes videos of rehearsals, interviews and performances as well photographs, artworks and articles relating to dance thus creating access to the heritage of dance for future generations.

Lion Salt Works Restoration, Cheshire, UK

National Lottery Best Heritage Project 2016

In 2015, the Lion Salt Works Museum located in Northwich, North-West England re-opened after a four year £10 million restoration. One of the last open-pan, salt-making sites in the world, the Museum has the UK’s highest protection status. The Museum tells the story of the salt and the impact it has made on the region’s people, industry and landscape. It does this through fun, interactive displays and numerous events. The Museum has won eight awards since opening, including, after a nationwide vote, the highly prestigious National Lottery’s ‘Best Heritage Project’.

Wimpole Hall’s Gothic Tower in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016

The two year project saw the conservative repair of the building: the stabilisation of its structure and fragile surfaces, and the reinstatement of missing and damaged elements, while ensuring that its weathered beauty was not compromised.  Conceived in the 18th century as a picturesque ruin, rich with historical allusions, and the focus of a designed landscape, the building had been degraded by time, weather, vegetation, animals and vandals.  A rigorous process of research and analysis and an interdisciplinary conservation approach enabled an aesthetic run to be rescued from real ruin.

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: The Lister Project, Edinburgh, Scotland

Museums + Heritage Permanent Exhibition Award 2016

The Lister Project has transformed Surgeons Hall Museum into a vibrant and important medical collection-based museum. The £4.5 million project has received six different architectural and heritage awards and won the best permanent exhibition for the UK in the 2016 Museum and Heritage Awards. The project unites new buildings and display space connected to the magnificent 1832 Playfair Building on Edinburgh’s Nicolson Street. It is centred on a digital dissection theatre portraying the first public dissection in Scotland in 1702. The museum welcomes over 70,000 visitors a year.

GeoFort, Herwijnen, The Netherlands

International Association for Children in Museums / Children in Museums Award 2016

GeoFort is a science center in the Netherlands where visitors can experiment with cartography and navigation at a beautiful old fortress. GeoFort emphasizes the importance of spatial thinking to a broader audience and stimulates younger people to choose geosciences related study. Visitors are invited to experience the geo-ICT behind climate change, renewable energy, big data, tracking 'n tracing, satellite images, geodesign, Minecraft and many more topics.

Changzhou Museum, Changzhou, China

Chinese Museums Association / Most Innovative Museums in China 2016

This comprehensive museum is devoted to collecting the historical and artistic cultural relics of the Changzhou area, as well as natural specimens, and houses more than 30 000 objects. Its best collections include jade from the Liangzhu Culture, pictorial brick  from the  Southern dynasties, lacquer from the Song dynasty and painting and calligraphic works of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Its permanent exhibitions are History and Culture of Changzhou, Natural Resource of Changzhou, Gallery for Master Xie Zhiliu and Hardwood Furniture Donated by Liu Guojun. Changzhou Museum was  selected as one of the nation’s first-class museums in 2017

Horsens Museum & Kvorning Design & Communication: Horsens Prison Museum, Denmark

Museums + Heritage International Award 2016

Horsens State Prison was built in 1853 as the first modern prison in Denmark. In the Museum, which opened in 2012, the 153-year long history of the prison, and the real-life story of former prisoners/guards come to life through the delicate use of dramatic historic narratives, quotes, animations, smells, lighting, sounds and analogue means. An authentic prison atmosphere and knowledge is combined with state of the art design, and strong social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to create a vibrant and interactive museum, as well as a platform for social debates.

Museum Victoria and Princes Hill Primary School: Building Our School Museum, Melbourne, Australia

MAGNA Awards 2016 / Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement

The creation of a school museum, with the support of Museum practitioners, is the perfect vehicle for developing deep inquiry-based learning.  In 2015 Princes Hill Primary School and Museum Victoria developed a partnership to support a learning inquiry into Museums. A grade 3&4 cohort of 120 students engaged in a year-long study which culminated in the creation of the Princes Hill Primary School Museum which opened to the public in December 2015. This presentation will tell the story of that project and further applications of this approach with other schools.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Canada

Soft Power Destination Awards 2016 / Soft Power Organization

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region. Using multimedia technology, original artefacts, and other innovative approaches, the Museum creates inspiring encounters with human rights appropriate for all ages. Collecting and presenting intangible heritage, transmedia storytelling is used across core and temporary exhibition programs to engage audiences in reflection and dialogue.

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Development and Innovation in Museums in China

SPOTLIGHT: Prof. Dr. AN Laishun

The tremendous changes and transformations of Chinese society have had a profound influence on China’s cultural ecology, including museums. The constant improvement in museum policy circumstances has significantly supported the “museums boom” in this country: rapid growth in the number of museums; free admission to public museums; 10 million objects registered (re-registered) in 4 years; averages of 20,000 exhibitions and some 550 million visits every year; and remarkable increase in private museums as a new trend… However, an appropriate balance between growth in number and improvement of quality is becoming a hotly debated issue in the Chinese museum community.

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presenters of imagines 

Alexander Lavrov, CEO, Vizerra

Presenting: Virtual Architecture Museum: Russia by Vizerra

Alexander has almost 20 years experience in computer graphics related areas. During these years he has managed to work in a popular science film studio, worked as a motion designer on television, as a CTO, a strict lecturer at a university, kindly instructor at a CG school, CG supervisor in a feature film studio, whilst also being CEO at Vizerra. He is the co-founder of the all-Russia AR&VR association and a member of ACM, IEEE and a member of the Academy of interactive arts and sciences.

Mikkel Kirkedahl Nielsen, Curator, Sydvestjyske Museer

Presenting: Augmenting the Historic City: Trade and Merchants’ Life in Ribe

Mikkel is a Danish museum professional who obtained an MA in History and Film and TV at Aarhus University in 2007. Since then, he has worked at Danish museums, often producing and implementing film and other media in history exhibits, and publishing articles about history or uses of various media in museums. Since 2010 he has been curator at Sydvestjyske Museer, and is currently finalizing his PhD project entitled “Towards an Authentic Experience: Integrating historical environments and exhibitions using audio-visual and digital media” at Aalborg University.

Jane Bramwell & Hannah Barton, Tate

Presenting: AnnoTate

Following a career in Further Education libraries, Jane Bramwell has been Head of Tate Library and Archive since 2009 and Project Lead on the Archives & Access project between 2012-2017, from which AnnoTate was developed.  She is passionate about access and increasing audiences to museum library and archive collections. Hannah Barton has been Project Coordinator of Tate’s Archives & Access project since 2015, during which time AnnoTate was launched. She is highly interested in digital communications, and is currently working towards a PhD in digital cultures at Birkbeck, University of London.

Michele F. Fontefrancesco, Research Fellow, University of Gastronomic Scienze, Pollenzo

Presenting: Granaries of Memory

Michele is a social anthropologist specialising in Economic Anthropology and Folklore studies. He is a research fellow, Italy. Since 2010 he has been a member of the research team developing the Granaries of Memory at University of Gastronomic Scienze, Pollenzo, Italy. His works have been published internationally and they have investigated themes of political and economic development, in particular the use of intangible heritage as a resource for local change.

John Cheeseman, Director, Mosman Art Gallery

Presenting: Mosman Art Gallery: "SYRIA"

Beside being the Director of Mosman Art Gallery John is also the President of Regional and Public Galleries New South Wales (RPGNSW) and Board Member of AVICOM (the International Council of Museums' International Committee for Image, Sound and New Technologies).  He was formerly the Director of Blacktown Arts Centre (Sydney, Australia) and in previous positions was a cultural planner, curator and practicing artist. John maintains a strong interest in supporting interpretive projects, cross-artform practices, social engagement and site-specific works and is currently pursuing a range of projects focussed on international exchange.

Nadine Seidu, Project and PR Manager, German Archives Portal

Presenting: ArchivPortal – D – Building a German Archives Portal by Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg

Nadine Seidu is the project and PR manager of the “German Archives Portal” at the State Archives of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. She studied cultural and communication science and specialized in the research of cultural identities. After graduating, Nadine worked with the “Historical Museum of the Palatinate” and “Atelier Brückner”, an international office for exhibition design. She is enthusiastic about the presentation of cultural heritage in the digital world and takes a stand for open access to all kind of cultural data.

David Simpson, Web / Publications Coordinator, Christchurch Art Gallery

Presenting: Christchurch Art Gallery

David Simpson is a publisher and editor specializing in the fine arts. He began his career making books and magazines for the National Galleries of Scotland, before relocating to New Zealand in 2008 to work as Web / Publications Coordinator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. He is responsible for he continued development of the Gallery’s multi-award-winning website and magazine.

Alexey Tikhonov, Head, Phototechnology department, Rosphoto

Presenting: "The voyage on board the cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi"

Having a background in philosophy and engineering, Alexey has more than 15 years of experience in UI/UX/web development and photography. After joining ROSPHOTO he became gradually involved in developing digital preservation strategies for the Russian museum community as well as digital presentations of museum content.

Sandro Claes & Dirk Bouve, Province of Limburg

Presenting: Limburg 1914-1918, Small stories from a Great War

Sandro Claes, Head of the Services for Cultural Heritage (PCCE and Monument Watch Limburg), and Dirk Bouve, Coordinator of Projects, have been employed at the Province of Limburg since mid-2011. Currently their main tasks include: daily content and business management, fostering collaboration within project teams, responsibility for awarding grants to cultural heritage projects, coordination of the Limburg 1914-1918 project, day-to-day management support for Erfgoedplus.be, and the re-destination of the coalmine site in Beringen. Under their guidance, the PCCE took a new direction with innovative projects that have already received considerable international recognition.

Brad Dunn, Web and Digital Content Director, The Field Museum

Presenting: The Switch: A Bill Stanley Story

Brad is the Web and Digital Content Director for The Field Museum where he oversees online digital strategy, website experience, social media, and digital content creation. His work blends his experience in interactive, theater, and experiential game design. He has crafted user- and story-driven multichannel engagements across digital devices and real world spaces for exuberant live audiences, smartphone wielding consumers, smiling children, intoxicated cruise ship passengers, and upper eastside arts funders. 

Baillie Card, Editor, Paul Mellon Centre

Presenting: British Art Studies Online Journal

Baillie Card is an Editor at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. She manages the Centre’s online research journal British Art Studies and is responsible for shaping the Centre’s broader digital and print publications strategy. Prior to joining the Centre, she was a Commissioning Editor at I.B.Tauris & Co. and organised auctions of contemporary art at Sotheby’s London. Baillie has an MA in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh and an MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford. 

Alison Lightbown & Fennela Goodhart, Hampton Court Palace

Presenting: Historic Royal Palaces, Movie Maker Mission

Alison Lightbown worked in the learning departments at the V&A and Barbican Arts Centre before moving to the Geffrye Museum where she was Head of Learning. She is now Head of Explorer Programmes at Historic Royal Palaces, where she is responsible for programmes for schools, families and young people at each of the six palaces. Fenella Goodhart began her career in heritage at the Group for Education in Museums and moved to the National Trust as Learning & Interpretation Officer for Osterley Park House and then to Historic Royal Palaces, where she is now Explorer Manager for 0 - 11 programmes across HRP sites.    

Frederick Baker, Research Afilliate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Presenting: Prehistoric Picture Project. Pitoti: Digital Rock-Art in Cambridge

Frederick Baker is an Austrian British cultural heritage scholar, visual archaeologist and film director. Affiliate Research Scholar at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and and College Research Associate at Wolfson College, Cambridge. His current Digital Humanities research concerns the proto-cinema of prehistoric rock-art and its digital presentation through interactive 3D film in both cinema and exhibitions. He recently directed "Pitoti Prometheus" an award winning film for Virtual Reality mixing live action and rock-art. His feature and documentary films for the BBC and Arte have won awards worldwide and have also been shown at Cannes.

Sara Devine, Director, Digital Engagement, Brooklyn Museum

Presenting: ASK Brooklyn Museum

Sara Devine, Director of Digital Engagement, leads the Brooklyn Museum’s ASK app program, a Bloomberg Connects digital engagement initiative. A vocal visitor advocate, her expertise lies in crafting accessible and engaging visitor experiences and reaching audiences across platforms. She collaborates across departments on all aspects of digital engagement. Sara is also a visiting professor and curriculum coordinator at Pratt Institute’s School of Information for their new graduate program in Museums and Digital Culture. She enjoys sharing ideas and learnings at professional conferences and via the Museum’s blog, BKM Tech.

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presenters of the core programme

Thomas Bloch Ravn, Director, Den Gamle By

Presenting: Den Gamle By

Museum director at open-air museum since 1996, Thomas has PhD in cultural history. Since 2000 he has been the Chairman of the board of The Danish Centre of Urban History. He was President of the Association of European Open Air Museums 2007-11 (vice-president 2005-07). Thomas has published books and dissertations about urban history and crafts, and debating articles about museology and museum development.

Jun Wei, Director, Guang Dong Museum

Presenting: Guang Dong Museum

Dr. Jun Wei received his PhD. in archaeology from Peking University and has been the director of Guangdong Museum since 2012. He has led the GDM into becoming an epicenter for art, culture and natural history in China, attracting some 1,500,000 visitors annual. Previously, he served as underwater archaeologist and deputy director of Guangdong Administration of Cultural Relics. Dr. Wei is a member of ICOM-ASPAC and the president of Guangdong Provincial Museums Association. He has published over forty academic essays on the subjects of museum studies, archaeology and cultural heritage conservation.

Art Leete, Professor of Ethnology, University of Tartu

Presenting: Estonian National Museum

Professor Leete has studied the Finno-Ugric peoples of Siberia and the Russian North since the early 1990s. His research interests cover hunting practices, religious change, ethnographic images and political changes among the indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic. As a member of the “Echo of the Urals” permanent exhibition team, Art has participated in the preparation of the new building of the Estonian National Museum during the last ten years.

Cristina Díaz Martínez, Head, International Cooperation Service, State Archives

Presenting: Iberarchivos Programme for the Development of Ibero-American Archives

In addition to her post in the General Sub-Directorate of State Archives, Cristina is also the technical unit coordinator of Iberarchivos-ADAI Program.  She had previously worked in the Historical Archives of the European Parliament, in the Portal of Spanish Archives, in the archives of the Spanish General Directorate of Railways and in the General Archives of Simancas. She has a degree in Geography and History from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Master's Degree in Archival Science of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She entered the Spanish State Corps of Archivists in 2002.

Beth Redmond-Jones, Vice President, Engagement and Education, San Diego Natural History Museum

Presenting: San Diego Natural History Museum: “Coast to Cactus in Southern California”

Beth Redmond-Jones is the Senior Director of Public Programs at the San Diego Natural History Museum where she oversees exhibitions, education in the US and Baja, California, and volunteers. Beth has developed, designed, and project managed exhibitions and public programs for numerous cultural institutions and has held a number of senior and executive management positions in museums over the past 27 years. She serves on the board of the National Association for Museum Exhibition, a Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums. 

Elena Vasić Petrović, Director, Institute for Cultural Heritage Preservation Niš

Presenting: Conservation Study Of The Village Gostuša In Pirot District

Prior to her current post, she was an architect-associate at the same Institute from the year 2004 to 2012, where she gained conservator’s and chief designer’s licenses. Elena specialized in Stone Conservation in 2011 and Management of Archaeological Sites with Mosaics 2014-2015. She is the author of five exhibitions, a newspaper feuilleton, twenty-eight papers and articles and three publications, all dealing with heritage preservation. She is founder and Editor in Chief of the “Pillars of Heritage”- Journal of the Institute, and serves at times as a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Niš.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Presenting: Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Also a University Professor Emerita at New York University, Barbara received honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and University of Haifa and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. She serves on the Board of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, on Advisory Boards for the Jewish Museum Vienna, Jewish Museum Berlin, and the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, and as an advisor for museum and exhibition projects in Lithuania and Israel.

Anna Kliukina, Director, State Darwin Museum

Presenting: State Darwin Museum

Anna was born into a military family in 1949 and graduated from the N.K. Krupskaya Moscow Pedagogical Institute in 1972. She hs worked as the Director of the State Darwin Museum in Moscow since 1988 and has been a member of ICOM since 1993.  She managed to complete the construction of two large buildings for the Museum, move the collections there and create an exhibition area of about 5,000 square meters. There are over 60 temporary exhibitions in the Museum each year, with an annual attendance of 600 000 visitors. 

Qianping Lei, Deputy Director, Academic Department, Changzhou Museum

Presenting: Changzhou Museum

Qianping graduated from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013, with a Doctoral degree in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, and has worked in the Changzhou Museum since August 2013. She is mainly responsible for collections research and interpretation, academic communication and natural exhibition planning and design. During the recent three years, Qianping has curated 3 natural history exhibitions for Changzhou Museum, published 2 professional works, translated a book and wrote 8 SCI thesis.

Gaby Lees, Assistant Curator of Arts Learning, York Art Gallery

Presenting: York Art Gallery

2017 marks Gaby's tenth year at York Art Gallery. She designs, manages and delivers all aspects of public and community engagement at the Gallery, in collaboration with the curatorial team and freelance artists. Her role has increasingly involved programme and strategy development, particularly throughout the redevelopment process. York Art Gallery prides itself on offering a warm welcome to all visitors, believing that people cannot take the time they need to look at the art on display unless they feel fully at ease and comfortable.

Basil Kerski, Director, European Solidarity Centre

Presenting: European Solidarity Centre

Basil Kerski is a German-Polish manager of culture, editor, publicist, and political scientist, of half Polish and half Iraqi descent. He studied political science and Slavic studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1998 he has been an editor-in-chief of the bilingual Polish-German journal DIALOG. Mr Kerski has worked for the Aspen Institute Berlin, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Social Science Research Centre (WZB) in Berlin, and the Bundestag. He is an author of more than twenty German, Polish and Ukrainian books analyzing history and politics.

Tomas Ribba, Educator and Project Leader, National Museum of Science and Technology

Presenting: Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology

Tomas' key tasks at the museum include: educational development, workshops for students, teacher training and collaboration projects with partners, in both business and academia. His goals are to make science and technology exciting, arouse curiosity about how things work and provide children and adults with tools so they can develop and explore the world of technology themselves. He started his career as a primary teacher. Later he studied a bachelors program in technology and pedagogy at Stockholm University and has worked at the museum since 2006.

Rick Pearson & Te Awhina Rangimarie Arahanga, Pearson & Associates

Presenting: Kaiapoi Museum

Rick Pearson is a Principal of Pearson & Associates Architects, a company of experienced & talented architects specialising in museum exhibition and interpretation design. Rick has won numerous architectural awards for work in both architecture and exhibition design, recognising his talent and depth of experience in both. He has worked in most major museums throughout New Zealand over a wide range of exhibition typologies. Te Awhina Rangimarie Arahanga is a museum consultant specialising in exhibition design and curation, a writer and researcher, and a social and cultural historian.

Tuija-Liisa Soininen, Head, Pirkanmaa provincial museum at Museum Centre Vapriikki

Presenting: Adopt-a-Monument

Tuija-Liisa Soininen is a cultural environment specialist, originally an archaeologist, who works at Vapriikki, one of the biggest and most innovative museums in Finland. She enjoys developing cultural heritage management initiatives and working with different kind of cultural heritage specialists to create new ideas and working methods. She is responsible for the protection of the cultural environment of the area, developing the local cultural work and organizing archaeological and built heritage research.

Ružica Marić, Director, Vukovar Municipal Museum

Presenting: Vukovar Municipal Museums

Ružica Marić graduated in Archaeology at the University of Zagreb in 1979. She has worked as a curator and, since 1993, as director of the Vukovar Municipal Museum. Since 1984, together with Professor Durman, she has been involved in the project of establishing the Vučedol museum and archaeological park. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, she was a member of the team responsible for reconstructing the Eltz palace, the return of stolen artworks and the museological concept. She set up a series of cultural events in the ruined palace and town, which won awards nation-wide.

Teiichi Sato, Chairman, Oita Prefectural Arts, Culture and Sports Promotion Foundation

Presenting: Oita Prefectural Museum

Dr Sato has served as the Chairman of the Foundation since 2013. He is a Senior Adviser at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and an Honorary Executive Director of the Tokyo National Museum. From 1964 he worked as an official of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture and served as Vice Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture from 1997, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO from 2003 and as Executive Director of the Tokyo National Museum from 2007.

Aida Kalender, Programme Director, AKCIJA in Sarajevo

Presenting: Employees And Activists Of The National Museum Of Bosnia And Herzegovina In Sarajevo

Aida Kalender is an experienced cultural manager and activist, and is currently a programme director of AKCIJA in Sarajevo, an independent cultural NGO dedicated to cultural policy and advocacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is Head of the Creative Europe Desk for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aida holds a Masters degree in Arts and Media Management from the Utrecht School of Arts, Netherlads, and a Masters degree in European Cultural Policy from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Christopher Henry, Director, Heritage, Surgeons’ Hall Museums

Presenting: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: The Lister Project

Chris Henry is an experienced museum professional with twenty years’ experience in the museum profession. He started his career at the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London and is now Director of Heritage at Surgeons’ Hall Museums. He has completed several large projects including the Royal Armouries at Leeds and the Royal Artillery Museum at Woolwich, and has worked at every level of the sector. He has appeared on many television and radio programmes and is a regular contributor to industry journals and publications, publishing eleven books during his career.

Willemijn Simon van Leeuwen, Founder and CEO, GeoFort

Presenting: GeoFort

Since 2006 Dr Willemijn Simon van Leeuwen is founder and CEO of the science center GeoFort. Her passion is to make sence of fun of dull looking geo-ICT topics. Willemijn studied cartography and GIS at the University of Utrecht and obtained her master degree in 1996.

António Tavares, Chairman, Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto

Presenting: Museu da Misericórdia

António Tavares holds a degree in Law and a PhD in Political Science, Citizenship and International Relations. He was a member of the Portuguese Parliament and is currently the Chairman of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto, which includes the MMIPO, the Mercy Museum of Porto.

David Adshead, Director, The Attingham Trust

Presenting: Wimpole Hall’s Gothic Tower in Wimpole

David Adshead, MA (Cantab), MLitt, FSA is an independent historian and historic buildings adviser and a director of the educational charity The Attingham Trust for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections.  He was formerly the Head Curator and Architectural Historian of the National Trust. Chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (2012-15), he represents ICOMOS-UK on the Tower of London World Heritage Site Committee. He has published widely on aspects of British and European architectural history and on historic houses and collections.

Prof. Dr. AN Laishun, Vice President and Secretary General, Chinese Museums Association

Presenting: SPOTLIGHT - "Development and Innovation in Museums in China"

Dr An is the Deputy Director of the New Cultural Movement Museum of Beijing since 2012 and Executive Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Museum Magazine since 2003. He was Deputy Secretary General, Chinese Society of Museums from 2002-2008;  Guest professor in heritage/museology studies in three Chinese Universities, Deputy Director, International Friendship Museum of China from 2007-2012 and many more. He holds Ph.D in Chinese History, Nankai University, China (2005); Master of Arts in Museology, Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam School of the Arts, the Netherlands (2001); Bachelor Degree in History and Museology, Nankai University, China (1984).

Jasper Buikx, Spokesperson, Micropia

Presenting: Micropia

Jasper Buikx graduated as a biologist at Leiden University, the Netherlands, with master’s degrees in research and science communication & education. He is one of the (micro)biologists at the ARTIS Royal Zoo in Amsterdam. Since the opening of ARTIS-Micropia in October 2014, Buikx is responsible for Micropia’s scientific content and education, and is spokesperson for the museum. His passion is to make the invisible microbe world visible to the general public and bridge the gap between science and society.

Madeline Ritter, Managing Partner, Diehl+Ritter

Presenting: Preserving and Promoting Dance Heritage in Berlin

Madeline Ritter is a lawyer, arts manager and internationally renowned dance curator. Since 2004 she has been initiating and directing large scale and state funded strategic projects for dance in Germany with a long term impact (Tanzplan Deutschland, Tanzfonds, Dance On, Tanzpakt). She is a certified coach and facilitator of processes of change and teaches cultural management at various European universities. Amongst other roles, she is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pina Bausch Foundation.

Kate Harland, Senior Learning and Operations Officer, West Cheshire Museums

Presenting: Lion Salt Works

Kate Harland has a 25-year career in community education, museums operations and learning programmes. During the lengthy and complicated restoration of the Lion Salt Works, she worked closely with the curator, archaeologist, architect and builders to ensure the outcome offered layered interpretation for a range of existing and new audiences. This vision was to tell the story of salt in Cheshire: the process of brine salt production; the lives of the workers; the story of the restoration.  The public response has demonstrated the changes in the community interface with heritage. 

John Olsen & Kathrin Pabst, Vest-Agder Museum

Presenting: Vest-Agder Museum

John Olsen, Director of the Museum since 2011, worked in Cultural historical museums since 2003. Educated as an archaeologist, he worked especially with medieval timber buildings and hunting/trapping of wild reindeer from the Stone Age until the present day. Kathrin Pabst, leader of the scientific department at the Museum, is a German ethnologist and holds a ph.D. in professional ethics. Her doctoral thesis was focusing on moral challenges museum employees face when working with sensitive topics involving external cooperation.

Anne Bjerrekaer, Director, Horsens Museum

Presenting: Horsens Prison Museum

Mrs. Bjerrekaer was educated as an archaeologist at Aarhus University. She started working as director of Horsens Museum in 2001. Along with the closing down of the State Prison in 2006, the Museum fostered the idea of using part of the unique old building as a museum of high international standard and funded the means in collaboration with the Municipality of Horsens. Anne Bjerrekaer is a member of the board of the Danish Prison Historical Society.

Liz Suda, Program Co-ordinator, Humanities Education, Melbourne Museum

Presenting: Museum Victoria and Princes Hill Primary School: Building Our School Museum

Dr Liz Suda is an experienced and passionate educator with more than 30 years’ experience working in secondary schools, universities and the museum sector. She has been Programs Co-ordinator for Humanities Education at Melbourne Museum for the past 10 years. Liz is interested in translating museum practices and knowledge into deep and powerful approaches to learning in all educational settings.

Corey Timpson, Vice President, Exhibitions, Research and Design, CHRM

Presenting: Canadian Museum for Human Rights

As Vice President, Exhibitions, Research and Design, Corey Timpson is a member of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) executive leadership, charged with the fulfillment of the CMHR’s national mandate. Corey is responsible for the direction and oversight of exhibition programs, research and curation, design and production across all media, digital platforms and transmedia storytelling, and library, archival, and museum collections. Corey also championed the creation of, and continues to lead, the CMHR’s internationally recognized inclusive design and accessibility practices.

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keynote speakers and members of the jury

Roberto Nardi, Director, Centro di Conservazione Archeologica Roma

Keynote Speaker and Member of the Jury at the Core Programe

Roberto Nardi received a degree in archaeology from the University of Rome and in conservation at the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro in Rome. In 1982 he founded the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica and he has directed more than 50 projects and training courses in 14 countries, including the Arch of Septimus Severus in the Roman Forum, the town of Zeugma in Turkey and the mosaic of the Transfiguration in the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai. He is President of the ICCM Foundation. In 2015 he received the Europa Nostra Award 2015, Jury and Public Choice for the conservation of the prehistoric sculptures of Mont’e Prama and then the Best in Heritage Project of Influence award in 2016.

Joost van der Spek, Content developer, Tinker Imagineers

Keynote Speaker and Member of the Jury at IMAGINES

Joost works at Tinker Imagineers since 2009. In this period Tinker grew to be the leading experience design agency in the Netherlands with a growing number of international assignments. As storyteller and concept developer, and as a trained historian, Joost has been involved in many of Tinker’s heritage projects. Like DOMunder, a project that has received several international design awards, including the Museums + Heritage Award 2015, the Heritage in Motion Best Achievement Award 2015, the Spark Experience Award 2015, and won the Best in Heritage IMAGINES Project of Influence award in 2016.

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programme moderators and members of the jury

David Fleming, President, UK Museums Association

Moderator and Member of the Jury of the Core Programe

David has published extensively and has lectured and advised museums, municipalities and governments in more than forty countries worldwide on museum management and leadership, city history museums, museum ethics, cultural heritage management, social inclusion and human rights. Besides his post at the Museum Association he serves as Director of Museums Liverpool and currently sits on a number of boards and governing bodies. He is Founding President of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums, Founding President of the Social Justice Alliance for Museums (SJAM), External Examiner at University of Leicester School of Museum Studies, Special Advisor at Museum for International Democracy in Argentina and much more.

Suay Aksoy, President, ICOM

Moderator and Member of the Jury of the Core Programe

With a Post-graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, an M.A. in Political Science from Goethe University Frankfurt and  B.A. in Economics from Boğaziçi University, she is currently a lecturer at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and in Bogazici University. In addition to engagement in many ICOM committees over the years, including chairing CAMOC, Suay Aksoy was the Founding Chair of the Association of Museum Professionals Turkey, Director of Cultural Heritage and Museums for the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency, Vice-President of the History Foundation of Turkey, Editorial consultant and coordinator of museum projects and lecturer in Political Science at the University of Istanbul.

Carl Depauw, General Manager, Art Museums Antwerp

Moderator and Member of the Jury of the Core Programe

Working in the 1980's at Museum Plantin-Moretus and the Stedelijk Prenten-kabinet, he published numerous articles, catalogues and books. In 2000 Carl became Director at the Rubens House and from 2004-2015 he was the director of the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS). The Museum received several awards and nominations in the field of architecture, design, museology and innovative communication and marketing practices. Carl takes part as member in several international institutions and organisations occupied in the fields of research in Art History and Museology, and acts often as an advisor.

Dr Viv Golding, Associate Professor, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Moderator and Member of the Jury of the Core Programe

Dr Viv Golding was elected President of the International Council of Museums of Ethnography (ICME) for a second term at the triennial conference in Milan (2016-19). She is Associate Professor and Joint Director of Postgraduate Research at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Prior to joining the University of Leicester (UoL) in 2002, Dr Golding had a varied professional career in London, organizing art and design courses for further education students (1980-1992) and formal education provision at the Horniman Museum (1992-2002).

Alex Palin, Business Developer, izi.TRAVEL

IMAGINES Moderator and Member of the Jury

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Alex is a head of product development, communications and marketing at izi.TRAVEL. He has more than 20 years of experience in ICT, where he was involved in various innovative ventures. As a Business Developer of izi.TRAVEL, he participated as a speaker in more than 60 international conferences dedicated to museums and cultural heritage and has organised and led many workshops.

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