Tagungen und Konferenzen 

18. Dezember 2019
- 19. Dezember 2019

Saal Hannover
Chausseestraße 111
10115 Berlin

Please register your participation at the conference office.

Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum
Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie
Ernst-Ludwig-Platz 2
55116 Mainz

Sandra Hahn M. Sc.
E-Mail: bifo(at)rgzm.de

Mercure Hotel Berlin City
Invalidenstraße 38
10115 Berlin
T +49 30 30826-0
F +49 30 30826-100
E-Mail: h5341@accor.com

Interdisciplinary Research on Museums as Informal Learning Spaces - New Ways and Concepts

1st International Conference in Berlin: Research and Intermediation for Sustainability

Museums are central places of knowledge preservation and research. At the same time – and some may say primarily – museums are spaces in which this knowledge can be transferred, mediated and shared. They have the potential to act as a hub of public dialogue in which a public that progressively relies on fact-based and discursive knowledge has the opportunity to fnd insights, develop their own ideas and encounter people who challenge their set view of the world. Yet why and what people learn at the museum, whether and how they interact with the exhibition space is still quite unknown.

Therefore, this conference deals explicitly with the museum as an informal learning space. Researchers from all over the world will discuss questions such as: Which skills do visitors bring to the museum? Why do they decide to go to a museum in the frst place? And who does not visit museums? Finally, all these questions aim to develop the museum into a location where people are invited to participate in enhancing our knowledge about the world.

Programme (PDF)

Scientific Programme, 18th December 2019

Welcome and Introduction
Alexandra Busch and Olaf Köller

Keynote: Social Interaction, Museum Learning and the ‘Age of Participation’
Graham Black (Nottingham Trent University)

Panel I: Identifying Learning Outcomes – Goals, Challenges and Chances
14:00-16:00 Chair: Johannes Vogel (MfN Berlin)

Making Sense of Sensemaking: Creative Learning in Semi-formal Settings
Kirsten Drotner (University of Southern Denmark)

Unpacking the Museum: Learning and Participatory
Strategies as Motors in Meaning Making and Relevancy

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (State Ethnographical Collections of Saxony)

Audience Research and Evaluations at City
Museums and at Natural History Museums from the Perspective of Museum Management and Museum Communication

Tobias Nettke (University of Applied Science Berlin)

15:30-16:00 General Discussion

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

Panel II: Museum Literacy
16:30-18:30 Chair: Doris Lewalter (Technical University Munich)

Prerequisites for the Use of Exhibitions – a First Approximation Using a Delphi Study
Lorenz Kampschulte (Technical University Munich)

Reaching Beyond the Choir: Broadening Participation in Museums through Inclusive Practices
Martin Storksdieck and Jill Stein (Oregon State University)

Flying Ships and Talking Exhibits – About Playful Experiences in Museums
Thomas Lilge (Humboldt University Berlin)

18:00-18:30 General Discussion

18:30-18:45 Summary of Day 1

19:30 Conference Dinner Get Together

We would like to invite you to our dinner get together with the congress participants. The dinner will be accompanied by poster sessions and speeches of the Leibniz research museums.

Where: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Sauriersaal, Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin

Please register your participation at the conference office.

Scientific Programme 19th December 2019

Panel III: Visitor Analyses
8:30-11:00 Chair: Inga Specht (DIE Bonn)

8:30 -9:00
The Collaboration for Ongoing Visitor Experience Studies (COVES) and the Value of Shared Reporting
Ryan Auster (Museum of Science, Boston)

Uncovering Value Segments in a Science Museum: How Teachers Perceive and Evaluate their Students‘ Learning Experience
Helge Kaul (EBC University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg)

New Ways of Addressing Visitors – Evaluation of the Special Exhibition Artefacts
Volker Schönert and Linda Gallé (MfN, Berlin)

Guess Who is Coming to Museum
Gun-Brit Thoma and Olaf Köller (IPN, Kiel)

10:30-11:00 General Discussion

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Panel IV: Ways and Formats to Achieve Learning Effects
11:30-13:30 Chair: Alexandra W. Busch (RGZM, Mainz)

Re-conceptualizing Museums for Active and Informal Learning
Anne Tove Austbø (Stavanger Maritime Museum)

Organizational Learning and Informal Learning: Recent Developments from within the Smithsonian
Colleen Marzec (Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.)

Formats for Learning in Museums – Evidence from Psychological Research
Doris Lewalter and Stephan Schwan (TU Munich and IWM Tübingen)

13:00-13:30 General Discussion

13:30-13:45 Summary of Day 2

13:45 Closing and Lunch

Initiators of the conference

Univ.-Prof. Alexandra W. Busch
General Director
Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum
Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie

Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller
Managing Director of Research
IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
Department of Educational Research and Educational Psychology


Sandra Hahn M. Sc.
Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum
Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie