Our activities programme covers a wide range of sectors:

  • We organize training programs – workshops, brainstorms, seminars, focus group meetings – within the framework of academic curricula as well as in the context of extramural programmes for museum professionals in order to develop their skills in the field of European intercultural communication and museum innovative practices. It is a specific aim of the EMA Foundation to improve the possibilities for staff-exchange programmes and to raise funds for travel grants addressed to young professionals so that they can profit of these opportunities of personal growth.
  • We encourage programs focused on museum visitors’ studies in order to improve the qualities of collections’ interpretation and services offered by museums to the public.
  • We offer a unique consultancy service for the assessment of museums’ qualities in terms of concepts, management, organization and experiences offered to the visitor.
  • We support programmes focused on Total Quality Management in museums in the light of the concept of Public Quality in museums elaborated by Kenneth Hudson during the 25 years of his directorship of the European Museum of the Year Award organization.
  • We publish reports and other materials concerning issues of strategic interest for the enhancement of the museums’ role in contemporary society and to prepare them for the challenges of the future.
  • We are permanently engaged in networking at a European level thanks to its network of individual and organizational partners spread all over Europe and active in a variety of different areas of museum related issues.
  • We run a Special Projects scheme in view of the participation in EU programs dealing with active citizenship, cultural heritage, museums, archives and libraries, digitization of cultural heritage etc.
  • We collect materials and evidence of Kenneth Hudson’s works in cooperation with the University of Padua where a Kenneth Hudson library is held, catalogued and made accessible to post graduate students focused on industrial heritage at an international level.
  • We encourage and promote any other initiative which might contribute to the raising of the public profile of museums in Europe and the search for continuous improvement in all aspects of their activities. In this context a special role is played by the organization of the Luigi Micheletti Award as a tool for recognizing excellence and creativity in European museums of science and industry. This Award is part of a package called “The EMA Awards” which includes the EMA Prize, the DASA Award, the Heritage in Motion Award and the Museums in Short Award.