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Learning for Life and the Role of Museums

Evening lecture

Date: 11.12.2014

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Bassanosaal
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010, Wien

19:00 Uhr

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Mit Lynn Dierking und John Falk kommen zwei der profiliertesten und wohl einflussreichsten akademischen Forscher nach Wien, die sich seit Jahrzehnten mit Motivationen und Erlebnissen von Besuchern in Museen beschäftigen. Zahlreiche Bücher und Publikationen bezeugen ihre beeindruckende Vorreiterrolle in einer Thematik, die erst seit wenigen Jahren auch in Mitteleuropa an Bedeutung gewonnen hat. Für Museen, die sich zu besucherorientierten Institutionen wandeln, sind ihre Forschungserkenntnisse eine überaus wichtige Grundlage für das Verständnis individueller Besucherbedürfnisse, aber auch Ansatz und Entscheidungshilfe für einen Paradigmenwechsel nämlich einer strategische Neuausrichtung der Rolle der Museen im gesellschaftlichen Kontext.

Why do people visit museums, what do they do there, and what, if anything, do they take away from these experiences? In this presentation Drs. John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking will explore these questions, framing the use of museums and other cultural institutions within the context of lifelong, free-choice learning. Throughout they will offer a “visitor’s eye view” of museums and other cultural institutions, discussing how changes in societies worldwide are affecting these institutions and the people who visit them, drawing upon research they have conducted over the last 30+ years. Highlighting the talk will be findings from a recently completed International Science Center Impact Study that demonstrates the value that visitors themselves derive from these experiences.

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Lynn Dierking, OSU Center for Research on Lifelong STEM, USA
John Falk, OSU Center for Research on Lifelong STEM, USA


Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
/ecm Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
ICOM Austria

Eintritt frei, Anmeldung unter falk(at) erforderlich

Young Leaders 2014

Training Programme

Date: 16.–19.12.2014

Muzej Ribnica
Ribnica, Slovenia

Museum Leadership Programme

A training programme for young Slovenian museums professionals aspiring to become leaders in museums and drive forward necessary change.

Society is changing rapidly which not only has implications on the public role of museums but also in the way we experience and see museums as part of our cultural framework. As a result far-reaching changes to the museum sector are a necessity to make sure museums stay relevant to society. New museum models need to be established which are open, communicative, innovative, creative, as well as entrepreneurial, to strike the balance between the necessary collecting and preserving aspect of heritage work and the engagement of the public not only as consumers but as active participants.

This also means we have to rethink how our museums are managed and operated and what kind of leadership skills we need to develop. Leadership can play a role at many different levels in museums. It is not just the director at the top of the institution who can motivate staff, we also need visionary leaders who have a creative ambition to share their enthusiasm and inspire staff at all levels.

This 3.5 day intensive leadership programme with a follow-up day 4 months later is set up as a pilot project introducing 8-12 young museums professionals on how to exercise their influence in making museums better places and bring about institutional change.

The main aim of this introductory training programme is to establish a new way of museums thinking with the notion that we have to share responsibilities to be able to best co-create robust and flexible museum organisations that meet the needs of a changing society.

Target group

A training programme for young Slovenian museums professionals aspiring to become leaders in museums and drive forward necessary change.

Limited spaces (8 – 12 maximum); interested museums professionals have to go through an application process

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