Call for Papers, Workshops, Events & Activities: Museum Next Dublin

For the last seven years MuseumNext conferences have focused on the future of museums and how the sector is forging ahead, showcasing innovative ideas and delivering thought-provoking insight. The Museum Next team continues to do so with the next conference taking place in Dublin in April 2016 and is looking for speakers to deliver energetic and inspiring 20-minute presentations. Deadline for Workshops, Events & Activities is Friday 13 November 2015. Deadline for Paper Submissions is Friday 27 November.

MuseumNext is a major conference on the future of museums, since 2009 it has acted as a platform for showcasing best practice today to shine a light on the museum of tomorrow. MuseumNext Dublin will be the 8th European conference and will feature a day of activity with tours, workshops and exhibitions highlighting the city of Dublin followed by two days of curated conference sessions at the Mansion House in the city centre.

Call for Workshops, Events & Activities

The Museum Next team is inviting its community to get involved and take part in the programme on Monday 18 April 2016. Whether you are an organisation, venue or individual they’d love you to run an event, connect with the delegates and enhance the programme. During the last conference, a museum hosted an evening reception for the delegates, they had facilitators running workshops, networking events, a series of city walking tours, presentations at museums, curator led tours, social events and evening receptions.

The proposal should include:

  • Name / organisation
  • Description of the activity (no more than 400 words)
  • Where it will take place (if known – if not we can pass on venue info)
  • Capacity
  • Duration

Deadline for submissions: Friday 13 November 2015

Conference activity on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 April will consist of one stream of curated activity with presentations and on-stage conversations from a range of inspiring presenters all taking place at the Mansion House, right in the heart of Dublin city centre.

Call for Papers

Papers can be submitted around the following categories.

Digital Innovation and Creativity

How is your organization leading the way within the sector? Subjects could include (but are not limited to): using different platforms to engage with visitors and the community; approaching programming from new perspectives; engaging new technology or embarking on collaborations with other organisations. Perhaps you would like to share how your organization has developed creative, boundary-pushing projects and what the impact and outcomes of this work have been.

People Within Museums

How are you engaging with and encouraging your staff, do you have a talent strategy and are you cultivating leaders of the future from within. Are your museum workers encouraged to be brave, innovative and share their ideas? Are they valued as one of the institution’s greatest assets and encouraged to become sector leaders.

Recent studies have demonstrated inequalities across ethnicity, gender and class in jobs within the cultural and creative industries. How are you addressing this?
Cultural education in schools is under threat; do you have lines of progression working in collaboration with schools, students and universities?
Tell us how you cultivate a supportive working environment and value your staff, offering ethical working practices and fair pay across the workforce.

Participation and Audiences

Share the innovative ways you are connecting with your audiences, how you are encouraging new visitors to your venue and how you have developed different methods of engagement. Are you collaborating with other arts organisations, commercial companies or engaging with external programmes to increase audiences and extend your reach. Have you developed a new visitor experience or membership programme, are you using new technology or different channels of engagement to connect with specific groups?

The Business of Museums

In this tumultuous time of changing funding landscapes, museums need to be more resilient and business-led to ensure the sustainability of their organizations. How are you ensuring your relevance, what are your measures of success? Are you charging your visitors or is entry to your venue free, how are you using your spaces and expertise to generate income? Have you been particularly successful in cultivating philanthropic relationships or developing tailored membership schemes.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 27 November 5pm.

Proposals should contain the following information:

  • The title of your presentation
  • Name of presenter and contact details
  • Organisation
  • Summary of your presentation (no more than 400 words)
  • Relevant links
  • Which theme detailed above your presentation links to.

Presentations will be selected by a panel of museum professionals and all presenters will be informed of final decision by 4 December 2015. The decision of the panel is final. Each presentation selected will receive ONE ticket to the conference. Travel and accommodation is not included.

If you are interested in proposing a workshop, tour, talk, social evening or paper please email

For more information please have a look at the conference website.

Management Topic: Marketing & Communication
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 26, 2015