From 10-12 November 2016 NEMO – the Network of European Museum Organisations, our long standing partner since the first edition of We Are Museums – is holding its 24th Annual Conference “Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums” in Karlsruhe, Germany.

NEMO acts as a voice and network for over 30.000 museums and museum organisations throughout Europe providing them with information, networking and opportunities for cooperation and promoting their work and value to policy makers in Europe. The conference will explore the economic dimension of museums by looking at business models for museums that can lower financial dependency from public funding on the one hand and examining museum’s positive spill-over effects on different parts of society on the other.
In the wide spectrum of the economic value of museums, such as cultural tourism, job creation, regional competitiveness and development, cooperation and the creative industries, it will be discussed how museums in Europe can best open up to the manifold opportunities and engage in cooperation with other sectors.

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In two panels, speakers will share best practice initiatives, examples, studies and strategic approaches showing the economic impact of museums, cooperation and partnerships, among them Sharon Heal, director of the Museums Association (UK) and Christoph Kremer, head of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. This year, Paul Spies, who recently became chief curator at the Humboldt Forum Berlin, will be interviewed by our executive board member Sofia Tsilidou from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. As always, on day two, a series of workshops offer hands-on activities to enable museum professionals to become active partners in and for the creative sector.
Participants will also have the opportunity to attend the meetings of NEMO’s Working Groups and join the talks by their guest speakers, as well as get to know the city of Karlsruhe during city and museum tours.
The programme of talks, workshops, meetings and cultural activities will bring together museum people from over 25 countries and connect them to the creative and economic sector, the EU and national policy makers.
If you want to connect to your European museum peers and relate to EU initiatives, programmes and policies, discuss with us at Karlsruhe Palace, home to the Badisches Landesmuseum since 1919!

This year, museum professionals who are members of an organization that is a member of NEMO or are members of We Are Museums receive a 20% discount on the registration fee!
Registration is open until 4 November 2016.
Find out more about the conference at http://www.ne-mo.org/about-us/ac2016.html or by following #moneymatters and #NEMOac16 on Facebook and Twitter!

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