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November 15, 2023

ICOM Europe 2023 Annual Conference & General Assembly in Lahti,Finland Conference, Network

The ICOM Europe Annual Conference and General Assembly will take place on the 18th of November in Lahti, Finland, at the Lahti Museum of Visual Arts Malva.

The central theme of the conference is “Public Policies for Sustainable Development in Museums in Europe: Comparisons, Cooperation”.

Venue: Päijänteenkatu 9, 15140 Lahti. Seminar room – Kumma Workshop.

Conference Timetable

  • 9.45 am: Welcoming and Opening session
  • 10.00 – 12. 30 : Morning session
  • 12.30 – 2.00 pm : Lunch time
  • 02.00 – 05.00 pm : Afternoon session
  • 05.00 – 06.00 pm : General Assembly
  • 06.00 pm : Cocktail



Morning session 10-12.30
10.00am Welcome session:

  • Tuulia Tuomi, Director of Lahti Museums
  • Anne LAITI, Project Manager the MALVA Museum of Visual Arts
  • Juliette RAOUL-DUVAL, ICOM Europe’s Chair

10.30 – 11.15am
Keynote speaker : Hanna MATTILA, Project Manager in Lahti City ; « Lahti City’s Nature Positive -project”.
11.15 – 11. 45 Questions from the floor

11.45 – 12.15 Lectures:

  • David VUILLAUME, Chair/Julie PAGEL, Secretary General NEMO (The Network
    of European Museum Organisations) :” ACTION! Museums in the climate crisis”
  • Catherine FRANCHE, Ecsite Executive Director : Ecsite in the field of
  • Cristina LOGLIO, Europa Nostra Vice-Chair

12. 15-12.30 Questions from the floor
12.30-2.00 pm – lunch time

Afternoon session: 02.00 – 2.45

  • Carol SCOTT/Michèle RIVET : ICOM/IMREC, « Museums and Public
    Funding Research Project »  (video+online)
  • Morien REES, Presentation of the ICOM Sustainable development policy,
    from aworking group to a International Committee (video or online)
  • Henry McGHIE, consultant, Curating Tomorrow : Museum, sustainable
    development and the Sustainable Development Goals, member of the ICOM
    Sustainability WG (video)
    2.45-3 Questions from the floor

03.00 – 04.45 Roundtable discussion moderated by Alexandre Chevalier, ICOM Belgium National Committee

Lectures from ICOM National Committees’ chairs:

  • Austria: Peter AUFREITER, Director of the Technical Museum Vienna
  • France: Emilie GIRARD, Chair of the National Committee (online)
  • Georgia: Lana KARAIA, Chair of the National Committee
  • Italy: Giuliana ERICANI, ICOM Europe vice-Chair
  • Italy: Michela ROTA, National Committee. Policies and good practices in Italy for sustainability in museums
  • Netherlands : Caroline BREUNESSE, Chair of the National Committee. “ICOM Netherlands 2023”.
  • Spain : Maria Auxiliadora LLAMAS MARQUEZ, Chair of the National Committee. “Projects, incentives and public financing in Spain for the implementation of sustainable development initiatives in the museums”.

4.30 – 4. 45 Questions from the floor

4. 45 -5 Synthesis and Recommendations


ICOM Europe General Assembly

  • Review of ICOM Europe's activities in 2023.
  • Plans for 2024. Announcement of the date of the next General Assembly
  • Update on the Lisbon seminar by Mario Antas,
  • Accounts and budget forecasts
  • Discussion

Cocktail reception at MALVA, offered by ICOM Europe
Dinner on your own

All sessions will be recorded.

For those, who can not join us in Lahti, we invite to join online via this link at MS Teams platform