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August 26, 2021

ICOM Prague 2022ICOM Prague International Symposium 2021: register and participate online

The ICOM Prague International Symposium 2021 will take place both online and in person on August 26, 2021.

Every year preceding an ICOM General Conference, an International Symposium is held in the host city to introduce the main themes. For the first time, this pre-conference will be hybrid, opening the doors for a wider, international participation. ICOM Prague International Symposium 2021 will provide an overview of the upcoming ICOM Prague 2022 General Conference, from the axis of the scientific programme to the new hybrid infrastructure.

26 August | Online programme

10.00 – 10.15
Official opening of the ICOM Prague International Symposium 2021 (National Museum of Prague)

The themes of ICOM Prague 2022
10.15 – 10.45
Purpose: Museums and the Civil Society
This session will tackle the role museums can play as active members of society, with regards to defending human rights and promoting social engagement and political involvement.

10.45 – 11.15
Sustainability: Museums and resilience
This session will explore how museums can contribute to the development of a more sustainable society, focusing in particular on the climate emergency and the development of sustainable funding models for cultural institutions.

11.15 – 11.45
Vision: Museum and leadership
This session will investigate how resilient, adaptable and creative museum leadership can navigate times of crisis and facilitate the development of new business models for museums.

11.45 – 12.15
Delivery: Museums and new technologies
This session will evaluate the impact of new technologies on audience engagement, museum learning, the protection of collections and visitors and the overall museum experience.

12.15 – 12.30
Morning session wrap up and Discussion

12.30 – 14.00
Lunch break

The milestones of ICOM Prague 2022
The afternoon sessions will tackle the innovative hybrid format of the 26th ICOM General Conference and other institutional milestones.

14.00 – 15.00
The first hybrid General Conference: How the ICOM Prague 2022 will look like

15.00 – 15.30
Museum definition panel discussion

15.30 – 15.45
Current process of revising the ICOM Code of Ethics

15.45 – 16.00
On ICOM’s contribution to sustainability

16.00 – 16.15
The ICOM Strategic Plan 2022–2028: Process, progress and goals

16.15 – 16.30
Getting ready to celebrate ICOM’s 75th Anniversary

16.30 – 16.45
Official Closing of the International Symposium

How to attend the International Symposium

The Symposium will be live broadcasted online on 26 August from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CEST upon registration. The presentations will be in English and Czech, with simultaneous translation.

For the online attendance please register here (please note that the link will be active once online registration is available from July 15, 2021).

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