Joint annual meeting of ICOM-UMAC and Universum in Dresden

From September 24th to 29th, 2024, TUD Dresden University of Technology will welcome ICOM-UMAC and UNIVERSEUM European Academic Heritage Network, two influential associations focusing on university collections and academic heritage, on its campus. Following an online meeting held in 2021, for the first time, they will come together on site for an international conference hosted by the Office for Academic Heritage, Scientific and Art Collections of TU Dresden.

In accordance with the overarching topic “Shaping Transformation. University Collections in a Changing World”, experts and professionals from all over the globe are invited to discuss the impact of transformation processes on university collections and academic heritage. Three sub-topics will guide through the one-week event:

1. University Collections and Museums addressing Challenge and Transition
2. Activating University Collections for Research and Teaching in Times of Change
3. Academic Heritage Institutions as Places of Exchange and Discourse

A multifaceted program will offer panels and roundtables alongside workshops and working groups, inviting all participants to open dialogues across disciplinary and geographical boundaries. Collection visits and two specifically curated exhibitions will illuminate the rich culture of TU Dresden and other academic institutions in the city. A number of high-profile cooperations will enrich the program and open a perspective to broader contexts.

The organizers warmly invite all interested individuals to explore Dresden and its rich academic heritage.