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Museum Learning Summit

Call for Speakers

The call for speakers for the Museum Learning Summit has now closed.

MuseumNext is a global conference series on the future of museums. Over the past 12 months our events have brought together more than 25,000 museum professionals for our virtual conference series, which has offered insight, inspiration and actionable advice.

Each MuseumNext conference has a theme, around which our community comes together to discuss the future of museums. In July 2024 we’ll be holding a virtual conference looking at learning in museums. 

We’re looking for inspiring case studies, actionable strategies and new ideas that can help our community to innovate with their education programmes.

We’re now looking for speakers to make 20-minute presentations for this event.

Over the course of the Museum Learning Summit, we intend to delve into pivotal themes shaping the future of Museum Education. Each has been chosen to spark conversation, inspire innovation, and foster collaboration across the global museum community.

Engaging Young Audiences will showcase innovative methods to captivate and educate the next generation. Learning through play, co-curation, and creative workshops are just the tip of the iceberg in our work to make museums meaningful learning experiences.

Digital Transformation in Museums will  explore the seismic shifts digital technologies have introduced to museum education. From immersive virtual tours to the transformative potential of AR and VR, we will examine how digital tools can expand access, enhance engagement, and create novel educational opportunities that transcend physical boundaries.

Inclusive and Accessible Education follows, focusing on strategies to ensure museum learning is open to all. This segment will address the creation of multisensory experiences, the importance of language accessibility, and the development of culturally competent programming to welcome diverse audiences.

In The Role of Museums in Formal Education, we’ll discuss the symbiotic relationship between museums and educational institutions. From curriculum integration to field trips and teacher training, this theme will highlight the essential role museums play in formal education systems.

Sustainability and Environmental Education will urge museums to take the lead in educating the public about sustainability, environmental issues, and climate change, leveraging exhibits and programs to foster a more sustainable future.

Community Engagement and Collaboration emphasises the power of museums to act as community hubs, developing programs and exhibitions that reflect and celebrate local cultures, histories, and interests.

Curating for Education will explore how curatorial practices can align with educational objectives, using storytelling and exhibit design to facilitate deep, meaningful learning experiences.

Evaluating Museum Education will introduce methods for assessing the impact of museum education, from visitor feedback to learning outcomes, ensuring that programs not only engage but also achieve their educational goals.

Future Trends in Museum Education looks ahead, considering how emerging technologies and societal shifts will shape the future of museum learning, challenging us to stay ahead of the curve.

Lastly, Ethics and Social Responsibility will confront the ethical imperatives in museum education, including the respectful representation of diverse cultures and histories, and the importance of accurate, unbiased content.

Please feel free to put forward any proposal that you feel fits with the themes of this event. 

The Museum Learning Summit will take place online 16 – 17 July 2024.

Please note: The ideal presentation features museum professionals sharing their first hand experience of work on Museum Learning initiatives. We’re not looking for talks on theory or commercial presentations showcasing products or services.

Presentation Format

MuseumNext follows a fast-paced, twenty-minute presentation format, emphasising practice over theory.

All talks must be pre-recorded to ensure high-quality presentations and minimise technical difficulties. Speakers should be available for live Q&As if time zones permit (event runs 2pm – 7pm London time zone).

All presentations must be in English.

IMPORTANT: Download our speakers guide here, to see examples of past presentations and tips for making your MuseumNext presentation a success.

How to Apply

Submit proposals using this form, including the title, presenter names, theme summary, relevant links, and expected learning outcomes.

Deadline: May 1st 2024

What’s next?

Our conference peer panel will review all proposals and curate the event program.

We will respond to all applicants by May 10th, 2024.

Pre-recorded talks will be required by July 1st to allow for captioning, use in marketing and tech checks.