In 2020 for the first time The European Museum Academy invited students on master level programmes to participate in our efforts to stimulate further development of the museum sector in Europe. Each of the 75+ European Universities were invited to contribute with one master paper in English, from which a panel of judges from the European Museum Academy pool of experts should select The European Museum Academy Master Study of the Year. The overall criteria for assessing the master studies have been the extent of European relevance and inspiration.
The European Museum Academy jury for this Academy award 2020:
- Dr Anne-Louise Sommer, director, Designmuseum Danmark
- Dr Sandro Debono, consultant, Office of the President of the Republic of Malta
- Professor Massimo Negri, scientific director, European Museum Academy (chair of jury)
Winner: We congratulate Sofia Elamson from the University of South Eastern Norway as the winner.
Sofia Elamson received her Master’s degree from the University of South-East Norway, where she developed her thesis side by side with the Erasmus+ project Heritage Training for Young Adults (HETYA). The HETYA project as well as the thesis explored the museum institution as an arena for inclusive growth and lifelong learning, and allowed Sofia to combine her knowledge on European policy with studying the cultural heritage field. Her experience as a scientific assistant with an interdisciplinary perspective encouraged Sofia to continue her career within research and project administration under the Horizon 2020 programme, and she is today working as an adviser within renewable energy research. Sofia is passionate about environment and sustainable development, and committed to integrate aspects of equality, democracy and inclusion.
Special Recognition: We congratulate Athina Grammatikopoulou from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/ University of Western Macedonia for an exceptionally interesting contribution in the competition.
Athina Grammatikopoulou holds a BA in Informatics (A.U.Th./Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), a M.Sc. degree in Educational Technology (School of Informatics, A.U.Th.), and an Interuniversity M.A. degree in Museology and Cultural Management (School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, A.U.Th.) ran by A.U.Th. and the University of Western Macedonia, Greece. She is a research associate at the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) since 2016, where she has participated in various national and European research projects related to the preservation, analysis, modeling and transmission of Cultural Heritage resources using advanced modern technologies. Her main research interests include Human Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), Sensimotor Learning and Game Based Learning. Her involvement with these research areas has led to the co-authoring of several scientific papers for international conferences and journals.