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Ema Press Release, July 2013

ACTIVITIES
EMA organises activities, publishes reports, runs special projects and award schemes, and raises
funds for a wide range of sectors.

Training programmes, including staff exchange programmes for
young professionals, are being arranged, as well as programmes concentrating on quality
management. Partnerships have been developed with a growing number of organisations with the
same interests in the museum and cultural sectors, including the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural
Foundation (PIOP), CosmoCaixa in Barcelona and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.
CURRENT NEWS

THE 2014 MICHELETTI AWARD for technical, scientific and industrial museum and for museums of
20th
-century history is now in its 18th year. The application form is online, with a closing date of 1
September 2013.
The winner of the 2013 Micheletti Award was the Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr in
Dresden, Germany, and was presented in April in Bursa, Turkey. Within this competition the winner
of the DASA Award was the Culture of Prevention Pavilion at the Parque de las Ciencias in Granada,
Spain.

THE 2014 CHILDREN IN MUSEUMS AWARD application form for stand-alone museums and
children’s sections of general museums, established in co-operation with Hands On! International, is
now available on the EMA website. The closing date is 1 October 2013.
The winner of the 2013 Children’s Museum Award was announced on the occasion of the Children’s
Book Fair in Bologna in March. The winner was the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, USA.,
where the museum was presented with a trophy which is a bronze statue of Miffy, the world-famous
children’s character created by Dick Bruna. The sculptor is Marc Bruna, Dick Bruna’s son.

THE EMA PRIZE
This new prize, launched in 2011 with the aim of recognising the outstanding results of
organisations, researchers and cultural institutions in creating pioneering museums or producing
studies and carrying on projects of European relevance which are destined to influence the
development of museological discourse at the international level. The first winner of this Award was
the Galileo Museum in Florence. The EMA Prize is not necessarily be given each year and is not
drawn solely from the list of existing candidates. It was not presented in 2012.
On 19 September 2013 the Prize will be presented to the Europeana Foundation on Thursday 19
September in the city of Bologna, on the occasion of the learning Museum Project international
conference. This event will be under the patronage of the Mayor of Bologna. Full details are given
in a press release on the EMA website.
On the same occasion a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Mrs Ioanna Papantoniou,
President of the Peloponnesian Folkore Foundation, Nafplion, Greece.

HERITAGE IN MOTION (HiM)
Have you made a multimedia project related to the European Heritage? Submit it for a Heritage in
Motion Award in 2013. The application form is available on www.heritageinmotion.eu. This is a
biannual multimedia festival of Cultural Heritage for the creators, the audiences and users of films,
games and websites on cultural heritage themes, and is a joint initiative by the European Museum
Academy and Europa Nostra.
Motivation In Europe every year thousands upon thousands of great films, games and websites are
made about the many facets of cultural heritage. Some focus on education, others on tourism,
others purely as an art form. Films, games and websites that are seductive and exciting, lead you to
discover, to experience and enjoy. They attract you to that castle or museum, make you move to
that Flamenco dance, and help you rediscover and understand your own street or neighbourhood
through, for instance Google-Layer. These often beautiful multimedia productions have never been
actively gathered anywhere in the world, nor combined nor opened, let alone be the subject of a
festival that focuses specifically on Cultural Heritage. And this while there is an urgent desire and
need for improved access to cultural heritage, especially among young people. That’s why we need
HiM!

THE LEM CONFERENCE AND PARTNERS’ MEETING IN BOLOGNA

The fifth and final Partners’ Meeting of LEM – The Learning Museum Network Project will be held in
Bologna, Italy 19-21 September 2013. On 20 September a conference will be held on the subject of
‘The Learning Museum’. Further information can be found at www.lemproject.eu.
Become an Associate Partner of LEM for free! You will join a network of more than 25 institutions
from 17 European countries. All the organisations represented are either museums, museum
umbrella organisations or cultural institutions with an interest in lifelong learning, museum
education, cultural policies and culture in general, who are interested to circulate ideas, exchange
practices, debate with colleagues in a European context, and support professional development of
relevant staff.

By becoming a LEM Associate partner you will have the possibility to explore, in a regular exchange
with colleagues in the European network, the variety of ways in which museums in the 21st century
have the potential or are learning environments and at the same time learning organisations; that is
organisations which learn from other disciplines, as well as from their communities and from
different actors to meet the challenges of contemporary society. In addition to being able to consult
the regularly updated information provided on the website and receiving the monthly newsletter,
Associate partners have some benefits. Further information can be found at www.lemproject.eu.

THE 2013 KENNETH HUDSON SEMINAR
The fifth edition of the Kenneth Hudson Seminar will take place on 21 and 22 October in Ljubljana,
Slovenia. Further details will be available shortly on the website.

EMA CONTINUES TO GROW
Associate Partnership scheme details can be found on the EMA website.
We are very pleased to welcome the following colleagues to our organisation:
Pool of Experts
Gregor Isenbort, Director, DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung, Dortmund, Germany
Kilian T. Elsasser, Museumsfabrik, Luzern, Switzerland
National Representatives
Nikola Köhler-Korath, Head of Learning, FRida & freD Kindermuseum, Graz, Austria
Lars K. Christensen, Curator & Senior Researcher, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen
Triin Vaaro, Director, Tartu Toy Museum, Tartu, Estonia
Lana Karaia, Georgian National Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
Khaled Tadmori, Lebanon (representing the Middle East region)
Paulo Gama Mota, Director, Museu da Ciência, Coimbra, Portugal
Tijana Palkovljevic, Gallery of Matica srpska, Novi Sad, Serbia
Yuliya Lytvynets, Deputy Director, National Art Museum, Kyiev, Ukraine

ACTIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE FOLLOWING INSTITUTIONS
CosmoCaixa, Barcelona
The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia
DASA, The World of Work Exhibition, Dortmund
Europa Nostra, The Hague
Europeana, The Hague
Genus Bononiae – Carisbo Bank Foundation, Bologna
Hands On! International, The International Association of Children’s Museums
Luigi Micheletti Foundation, Brescia
Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, Athens
Scuola Normale di Pisa, Pisa

PUBLICATIONS
Proceedings of the Kenneth Hudson Seminars 2009-2010. Pardes Edizioni, Bologna 2011
ISBN: 9788889241578. € 12,00. Edited by: European Museum Academy (Ann Nicholls).
This book presents the proceedings of the first two museology workshops organised by the
European Museum Academy and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in Italy in 2009 and 2010.
In this period of global economic crisis, it has never been more urgent for people working in the
museum world to discuss and further analyse some of the topics presented in the museology
workshops organised in 2009 and 2010 by the European Museum Academy (EMA) and the Scuola
Normale Superiore di Pisa. The long economic crisis has provided the impetus for some of the
speakers to talk not only about money, or money needs for museum management, but in particular
about how to continue to preserve the cultural heritage. For some of the sector experts and
operators who took part in the debate, the crisis could even precipitate changes in museum
management and provide the opportunity to implement new strategies. The digital communication
era, the new forms of communication and cataloguing instruments, and the web-communication
based valorisation of the cultural heritage can be considered in a realistic approach as additional
resources, or even as an alternative to the existing ones.
This volume reports the past and ongoing discussions about this topic. The proceedings are related
to the first two workshops held by EMA and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Italy and dedicated to
Kenneth Hudson, the great museologist who died in 1999, and with whom all the EMA founders
actively collaborated. The volume, published in his memory, brings together a selection of 2009
Workshop contributions and all the speeches from the 2010 Workshop.
Banks and Museums Beyond Sponsorship: An Overview of Museums Created by Bank Foundations
Bononia University Press, ISBN 978-88-7395-610-5, € 25.00.
In June 2010 a Focus Group with this title was organised in co-operation with the Fondazione Cassa
di Risparmio in Bologna (Carisbo Foundation) and the Genus Bononiae museums in the City, the new
local city museum created by the Carisbo Foundation order to. The European Museum Academy
would like to express its grateful thanks to the Carisbo Bank Foundation – Genus Bononiae for its
valuable financial assistance in the production of this book. Further information can be found on the
EMA website. Free copies of the book are available for study and research purposes by contacting
info@genusbononiae.it.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
The co-operation between the Master Course in European Museology of the IULM University of
Milan and the International Course in Scientific Museography at CosmoCaixa in Barcelona under the
auspices of EMA is now in full operation with exchange of students, experts and didactic materials.

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