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Webinar – Mu.SA: Training of museum professionals in the digital age

ICOM – Hellenic National Committee and Hellenic Open University – DAISSy Research Group are offering a webinar to BMN member, on April 30, 2020 | 13:00-14:00 CET. The webinar aims at presenting the results of the Mu.SA (Museum Sector Alliance) project and discuss the training needs of museum professionals for digital and transferable skills.

The project Mu.SA was designed to support museum professionals in their digital transformation journey so as to become more resilient and efficient in today’s challenging times. It is implemented under the coordination of the Hellenic Open University, with the participation of 11 organisations from Greece, Italy, Portugal and Belgium and supported by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Philippos Mazarakis-Ainian, Vice President of the Hellenic National Committee of ICOM and Artemis Stamatelou, Museologist-Researcher Mu.SA project, Hellenic National Committee of ICOM will present how the mapping of the training needs of museum professionals in the digital age has been done. Panagiota Polymeropoulou M.Sc. Archaeologist – Museologist / Researcher, DAISSy Research Group, Hellenic Open University will talk about emerging role profiles and the contribution of the project in the training of museum professionals.

The webinar is addressed to the members of the Balkan Museum Network and registration prior to webinar is necessary in order to receive the link.

Philippos Mazarakis-Ainian

Philippos Mazarakis-Ainian, trained in archaeology, history of art and protection of architectural and urban heritage, works as curator of plans and drawings and of arms and armour in the National History Museum in Athens – Greece. He has presented numerous related exhibitions, editions and events. Among others, he was scientific coordinator for the UNESCO exhibition project “Imagining the Balkans, Identities and Memory in the long 19th century”, which involved the cooperation of 12 museums from SE Europe. Today he is presenting another major exhibition entitled “The WAR to end all wars, 1914-1918”. He has designed and implemented the NHM policy and infrastructure on digital documentation, including managing EU funded digitization projects. He is currently vice-president of ICOM-Greece as well as of the IAMH (International Association of Museums of History, ICOM-affiliated).  He has also occupied positions as Treasurer of ICOM/ICMAH, and of ICOM-Greece, President of IAMH.  He participates, on behalf of ICOM-Greece, in the EU funded Erasmus+ project MuSA (Museum Sector Alliance), for training museum staff in digital skills.

Artemis Stamatelou

She is archaeologist-museologist, based in Athens, Greece. She studied Archaeology, History of Art and Museology at the University of Athens. She is a PhD candidate in Museology at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina. She currently works as a Museologist and project manager at the National Historical Museum in Athens. Since 2017, she also works as a researcher in the ‘Mu.SA: Museum Sector Aliance’ project on behalf of ICOM-Greece. Since 1997, she has been working as a museum professional in institutions of various types regarding their mission and collections. To name a few: Municipal Art Gallery of Athens, Byzantine and Christian Museum, Hellenic Children’s Museum, Foundation of the Hellenic World. She is a member of the Balkan Museum Network and of the Balkan Museum Access Group an innovative international initiative that promotes accessibility and inclusive interpretation.

Panagiota Polymeropoulou

She is Senior Researcher, member of the DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University, working in EU Projects related to culture. She is a graduate of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with degree in Archaeology and History of Art and holds a Master of Science (MSc.) with honors in Cultural Informatics and Communication with specialism in Museology from University of the Aegean, Mytilene. She was adjunct faculty in the Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, teaching cultural heritage and museology. She has worked as archaeologist in excavations with the 2 Ephorates of Antiquities (Achaia and Aitoloakarnania) of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. Her professional activity focuses on museology, digital cultural heritage, virtual archaeology, e – learning, ICT skills in Culture. Her research is published in scientific journals and in Conference proceedings. She is member of ICOM.

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