Annual Conference

CECA 2020 Annual Conference

The annual conference is the highlight of the CECA year. It is held in a different place in the world each year and lasts several days which give the possibility of Study tours in the museums of the country considered. A call for contributions is usually launched two months before, and any member of CECA can propose an intervention. It is the committee that runs the conference for the year that sets the final program.

The CECA annual conference will be held in Leuven, Belgium, from October 12 to 16, 2020.
Conference registration and payment as of June 1st, 2020.


1) Conference Theme


The 2020 CECA Conference will focus on a number of questions that are closely linked to co-creation in museums.
An increasing number of museums are operating within a participatory framework as regards ideas and activities. Taking an inclusive mission as their starting point, they are embracing dialogue, cooperation and co-creation with various communities and individuals, young and less young.
This new tone would seem to be irreversible. Collaborating and engaging in dialogue with the public is a motivating force for many organizations and one that is being worked on ardently, not only inside but also outside the museum walls. It is more than a trend; it is a new vision of the museum and its remit. Since co-creation affects several of a museum’s areas of activity, responsibility for it lies not solely with the educational or external relations departments, but with the whole organization. This means that we will have to adjust our organisation. A movement in which edu-curation (the educator’s participation towards exhibitions and gallery museography) can play a key role, because co-creation with the public can often be only successful if there is co-creation between the different departments in the museum.

Driving questions might include:

  • The influence of co-creation and edu-curating on museum presentations: what challenges do we envisage? <details>
  • Co-creation in the museum: how does cooperating with the public affect the organization itself? <details>
  • What can be the effects of co-creation in museums on communities/ society? <details>
  • Does an active dialogue with the public re-shape ‘educational work’ in museums? <details>

2) Terms and conditions of participation as a speaker

Participants are invited, around the theme “CO-CREATION INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM”, to share examples, ideas, best practices and research.
It is possible to propose an intervention during the conference and this in various forms :

6 themes will be discussed during the Special Interest Groups:

  • Cultural tourism – Coordinator : Frederike van Ouwerkerk  (ouwerkerk.f[at] or Ouwerkerk.F[at]
  • Professional development of museum educators – Coordinator : Wencke Maderbacher (wencke.maderbacher[at]
  • Surveying audience reception of educational and cultural programme – Coordinators : Anne Jonchery (anne.jonchery[at], Marie pierre Bera Delaporte (marie-pierre.delaporte[at]
  • New technologies applied to museums – Coordinator : Areti Damala (areti.damala[at]
  • Inclusive museum, global accessibility – Coordinators: Raffaella Russo Ricci (r.russo.ricci[at], Paolo Cuiça (paulocuica[at]
  • Discussing difficult issues, serving complex communities – Coordinator: Duckworth Adam (Adam.Duckworth[at]

Considering the usual very large number of presentation proposals, the organizers will give priority to contributions on the theme of co-creation, with the exception of research presentations which may relate to ongoin research outside the theme and of the Special Interest Groups presentations and discussions.

Contributions of all kinds will be announced in the conference programme.

The call for papers closes on April 15 2020
Proposals for papers should be sent to:

3) Another proposal during the conference: Applied Research Training Workshop

Improving the Effectiveness of an Educational or Cultural Program“.

Goal: To develop museum professionals who are already familiar with the research process, but who need to deepen certain aspects of it.

Participants: People who have already participated in the Good Practices Prize or the Colette Dufresne-Tassé Prize for Research or anyone who has already had some applied research experience in their institution.

What happens at the annual conference: The workshop will be offered by three trainers, in English, French and Spanish, to a small number of participants during a four-hour session. They will bring to the workshop a research project conducted by them that may be the same as the one presented for one of the Best Practice or Research Awards.

Applications: Applications should be sent before 15 April 2020 to the following address: PrixCDT[at] Nominations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with each language group (French, Spanish, English) not to exceed four people.