Call: MuseumNext 2015

MuseumNext 2015
Geneva, Switzerland
19 – 21 April 2015

MuseumNext is Europe’s major conference on the future of museums. The event brings together delegates from around the world to discuss ‘what’s next?’ for the museum sector. We are now inviting the international museum community to participate in our 2015 conference by proposing presentations, workshops or panel discussions on the subject of ‘What’s next for museums?’ We are seeking excellent examples of today which shine a light on the museum of tomorrow.

The conference will be a dialogue about what’s next in all aspects of the museum, including architecture, exhibitions, technology, skills, collections, conservation, purpose and leadership.

All presentations should deliver thought provoking insight, showcase innovative ideas, reveal ‘how to’ or even share stories of what not to do.

At the end of each session we want delegates to be able to take away knowledge that they can apply to their own work.


There are three ways to participate in the MuseumNext Geneva programme: to make a presentation, to run a workshop or to hold a panel discussion.

Presentations at MuseumNext are 20 minutes long, while both the workshop sessions and the panel discussions should be 1 hour 30 minutes. Please keep these timings in mind when making your proposal.


Proposals should contain the following information:

  • The title of your presentation, workshop or panel discussion
  • Name or names of those presenting
  • Organisation(s)
  • Summary of your presentation (no more than 500 words)
  • Relevant links
  • What you expect delegates to learn from your session

Please note that all MuseumNext presentations and proposals should be made in English. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 31st October 2014.

After this, an international peer panel will consider all proposals and we shall inform all those, successful or otherwise by 31st November 2014.

Please note:

  • The decision of the panel is final.
  • Your proposal should be emailed to no later than 31st October 2014.
  • One person from each presentation or workshop will receive free entry to MuseumNext.
  • All those participating in a panel discussion will be eligible for free entry to MuseumNext.


Since MuseumNext was founded by Jim Richardson in 2009, the event has acted as a platform for asking ‘what’s next for museums?’ showcasing the best museum practice today to shine a light on the museum of tomorrow.

During this short time we have seen major changes in audience expectations, technology and funding. MuseumNext has been at the forefront of addressing this, bringing together a passionate international community who are shaping the future of museums.

You can explore the previous MuseumNext conferences in the history section of the website.


If you have any questions about this call for papers, please email Jim Richardson:


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