European Commission - 7th Framework Programme European Museums and Libraries in/of the age of migrations last updated: February 2015

Research and collections in a connected world

24-28 September 212

Adelaide, Australia | University of Adelaide



How can museums and galleries contribute to the needs of a world that is awash with information but hungry for meaning? To address this important and timely question, we will offer a diverse program of events exploring the potential of research:

  • By museums: the role of collections and curatorial expertise in understanding current global challenges such as climate change;
  • With museums: research collaborations with industry, academia, government and community;
  • About museums: how the process and outcomes of research can transform the social, economic and educational role of museums in a rapidly-changing world.

Within this overarching theme, session threads will embrace the arts, natural history collections, heritage sites, specialist collections, visitor research, social history, living collections, community initiatives, digital heritage and interdisciplinary ventures


Keynote speakers:

  • Ms Jill Austin, Curator - Chicago History Museum
  • Mr Roy Clare CB, Director - Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Prof Amareswar Gall, Executive Director - International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Copenhagen & Professor of World Heritage & Sustainable Development, University of Split, Croatia
  • Dr Robin Hirst, Director Collections, Research and Exhibitions - Museum Victoria
  • Dr Catherine Hughes, Project Director - Atlanta History Centre
  • Dr Sarah Kenderdine, Special Projects - Museum Victoria and Visiting Assoc Prof & Director of Research, Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment - City University, Hong Kong
  • Mr Victor Steffensen, Director - Mulong Productions
  • Dr Dennis Wm. Stevenson, Vice President for Botanical Science - New York Botanical Garden
  • Mr Nigel Sutton, Creative Director - NDS Productions Pty Ltd


Registrations for Museums Australia National Conference 2012 is now open



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