Thursday 9 June – University of Amsterdam
Location: Agnietenkapel, Amsterdam (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229-231, Amsterdam)

08:30 – 09:30 Registration/Coffee
09:30 – 10:00 Opening session
9:30 – 9:40 Welcome by Professor Geert ten Dam, President of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam
9:40 – 9:50 Sofia Talas, President Universeum
9:50 – 10:00 Steph Scholten, director Heritage Collections Department, University of Amsterdam
10:00 – 12:00 Thematic session: Connecting collections
15 minute presentations, followed by 5 minutes for questions & debate.
The way we use university collections is constantly changing. It can be a challenge to stimulate and increase their use for research, education, university p.r. and public display. It’s another challenge to use collections across different disciplines (e.g., natural history collections used in humanities and social sciences, scientific instruments and illustrations used in history of design or social history, etc.). Why is it this difficult and which new angles should be considered?
Chair: Sébastien Soubiran
10:05 – 10:25 Karin Tybjerg, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen
The exhibition of scientific objects as a knowledge producing object
10:25 – 10:45 Neil Curtis, University Museums, University of Aberdeen
Re-conceptualising the role of the university curator
10:45 – 11:05 Mungo Campbell, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Bones and books; new approaches to transdisciplinary research in the collections of William Hunter
11:05 – 11:25 Paulina van der Zee, Ethnographic Collections, Ghent University
Connecting the Ethnographic Collections of Ghent University to different source communities
11:25 – 11:45 Mark Macleod, University of Worcester
Creating connections by seeing beyond an artefact’s designated purpose
11:45 – 12:05 Evangelos Papoulias, Myrsini Pichou, Fay Tsitou, University of Athens
Connecting collections with digital storytelling: a pilot project for the Athens university history
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at the venue.
13:00 – 15:00 Thematic session: Connecting collections with Research and Education
15 minute presentations, followed by 5 minutes for questions & debate.
Over the last few years we have seen the university boards demanding increased use of collections in research and education. Many university collections that originated and subsequently dissociated from teaching and research, are now re-connected to education and scientific investigation. How did they find their way back into the labs and the curriculum? How can new ways of object based learning and research give new meaning to collections?
Chair: Roland Wittje
13:05 – 13:25 Cornelia Weber, Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Using collections and objects in university teaching. A report on the situation in Germany
13:25 – 13:45 Sarah Dellmann, Utrecht University
Lantern slides: documents of the scientist’s self-image (1900–1940)
13:45 – 14:05 Hans Mulder, Special Collections, University of Amsterdam
Read those books! Successful attempts to use the collections of Artis Library in education and research
14:05 – 14:25 Maria Dolores Sanchez-Jauregui, Harvard University
Harvard art museums 1766–2014: building in the grounds of the philosophy chamber
14:25 – 14: 45 Charlotte van Wijk, Technical University Delft
The continued significance of collections for design education
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 5 Minute session & debate: Connecting library, archive, documentary and museum collections
5-min papers, followed by debate
Divisions within university collections are often constructed: objects with objects, books with books, documents with documents. What are the benefits of (re)connecting them? What about collections that contain books and objects as well as archival documents? And what about the so called ‘documentary collection’ such as photography, lanternslides, film and catalogues? These are somewhat overlooked within the academic heritage sector, while these collections contain a wealth of information. In this session we want to discuss how by (re)connecting these types of collections, they can be of better use for teaching, research and for presentation to a wider audience.
15:30–15:40 Introduction to the theme by Steph Scholten (chair of the session)
15:40 – 16:00 • Mara Fausone, Marco Galloni, Scientific & Technologic Archives, University of Torino – Archives, museums and libraries work together
• Helen C. Rawson, Museum Collections Unit, University of St Andrews – Connecting collections – Creating links between museum and library collections at the University of St Andrews
• Moreno Clementi, Antonella Miola, University of Padova – Two hundred and five years of chaos: botanists’ imperative need of access to historical collections
16:00 – 16:20 Debate
16:20 – 16:35 • Maria Lanng, Annette Buhl Sørensen, Laila Zwisler, History of Technology Division, Technical University of Denmark – Do connections require wired people?
• Isabel Rotthier, Charis Verbelen, University archives of Ghent University – Ghent University virtually
• Marek Bukowski, Museum of Medical University of Gdańsk – Several collections and only one history
16:35 – 16:55 Debate
17:00 – 17:30 Short walking tour through the campus, leading to The Special Collections, Oude Turfmarkt 129
17:30 – 19:30 Poster session & drinks at the Museumcafe at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam
Venue: The Special Collections, University of Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 129
Introduction by Sébastien Soubiran, Universeum Boardmember


Friday 10 June – Utrecht University
Location: Academiegebouw (Central Building, Domplein 29, Utrecht)

07:45 – 08:00 Departure bus from Amsterdam (Allard Pierson Museum, Oude Turfmarkt 127) to Utrecht (Academiegebouw). The bus returns from Utrecht to Amsterdam at 22:00 h. after the conference dinner.
09:00 – 09:30 Coffee
09:30 – 10:00 Opening session
9:30 – 09:45 Welcome by Professor Bert van der Zwaan, Rector Utrecht University
9:45 – 10:00 Introduction by Paul Voogt, Head University Museum Utrecht
10:00 – 11:30 5 Minute session & debate: Connecting collections with the public
5-min papers, followed by debate
How do you connect collections with the general public? Around 2010 museum director Nina Simone coined the phrase ‘the participatory museum’ — as a way of reconnecting with audiences. Scientific collections have always been generated by experts outside of the public domain. Our challenge is to use these collections in different contexts, in different eras, for different purposes and different audiences. What role do we give ‘the general public’ in our activities? Are they merely consumers of our products or do they have a stake in developing new meaning and uses?
10:00 – 10:10 Introduction to the theme by Paul Voogt (chair of the session)
10:10 – 10:25 • Jelle De Schrijver, Ghent University – Workshops in the autopsy room: educating about the nature and the ethics of science
• Paul Lambers, University Museum Utrecht – The collection of the University Museum Utrecht in teaching and on internet: new contexts for historic objects
• Geert Vanpaemel, KU Leuven – Can university collections generate trust in science?
10:25 – 10:45 Debate
10:45 – 10:55 • Marlen Mouliou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – University museum collections as cultural teasers, university students as museum ambassadors and mediators
• Ramunas Kondratas, Vaiva Klajumaitė, Vilnius University Museum – Interesting Tales From Vilnius University
10:55 – 11:30 Debate
11:45 Departure bus to Sciencepark Utrecht
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch (courtesy of the University Library of the Utrecht University).
13:00 – 14:15 Tours to Museum Bleulandinum (anatomy), the Special Collections department of the University Library or the storage room of the University Museum
14:15 Bus back into the city center, Academiegebouw.
15:00 – 17:30 Working groups (The Preservation of Recent Heritage of Science and Digital Initiatives)
17:30 – 17:45 Walk to the University Museum Utrecht (Lange Nieuwstraat 106, Utrecht – 5 minutes)
17:45 – 18:15 Wrap up session working groups
18.15 – 19.00 Drinks at the Old Botanical Garden Utrecht (next door to the University Museum)
18:30 – 22:00 Optional dinner at the Old Botanical Garden Utrecht – including visit to the garden and University Museum
NB: you can no longer register for the dinner.
22:00 Departure bus back to Amsterdam
(If you want to hang out a bit longer in Utrecht: trains are going back to Amsterdam Central Station regularly until 00:58.
NB: After that trains are going every hour from 2:07 on.)


Saturday 11 June – University of Amsterdam
Location: Allard Pierson Museum, Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam

09:30 – 10:00 Coffee
10:00 – 11:30 Thematic session: Connecting collections II
15 minute presentations, followed by 5 minutes for questions & debate
Chair: David Gaimster, Director of the Hunterian, University of Glasgow
10:05 – 10:25 Augusto Garuccio, Ruggero Francescangeli, Alessandro Monno, University of Bari
The study and exploitation project of the collection of ancient marbles ‘Francesco Belli’
10:25 – 10:45 Maria Economou, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Connecting the Hunterian collections using a digital trail and engaging students. Lessons for research and education
10:45 – 11:05 Jean Davoigneau, Françoise Le Guet Tully, French Ministry of Culture and the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur at Nice
Databases for connecting collections to the public: a case study
11:05 – 11:25 Beatriz Escribano Belmar, University of Castilla-La Mancha
Disseminate and teach university collections. The case of the collections and archives of contemporary art in Cuenca
11:30 – 12:30 General assembly
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch at the Museumcafé
12:30 – 13:30 Tour Allard Pierson Museum (Archeology) or Special Collections
13:30 – 17:00 Tours by bus to the Museum Vrolik (anatomy), Artis Library and Science Park (computer museum)


Poster session Thursday 9 June

A.M. Cardeira, University of Lisbon New Virtual Museum of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon: Collections and Virtual Tour
Hélène Chaudoreille, Annael Le Poullenne, Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University* Psl-explore: a new portal for a new community
Edo Dooijes and Taco Walstra, University of Amsterdam How do we make the history of computing relevant to today’s students?
L. Cirlot, J. Wagensberg , S. Vallmitjana, I. Garcia Malet, P. Mateo, University of Barcelona The new museum of the University of Barcelona
Andreas Fotopoulos, Esther Solomon, University of Ioannina In a… hidden museum
Ana M. Galán-Pérez, Alejandra Herrera-Picazo Espinar, University of Seville Virtual platform project – Network of museums and collections from the university of Seville
C. Garrido, I.M. García, Universidad Complutense, Madrid The etching collection of fine arts faculty (Madrid): a didactic museographical proposal
Antonella Gasperini, Valeria Zanini and others, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, Osservatorio Astronomico, Padova Connecting a collection of astronomical collections
René Lommez Gomes, Federal University of Minas Gerais – Brazil ‘Connecting Collections’: a project for the dissemination UFMG’s scientific collections through films designed for digital façades and fulldome environments
Ivana Mitrovic, Museum of Sport, University of Begrade The re-entering of the Museum of sport into teaching activities
V. Montenegro, A.M. Pastore, A. Garuccio, University of Bari The series of geometric models by Luigi Campedelli, Department of Mathematics, University of Bari Aldo Moro
Nathalie Nyst, ULB Museums Network, Free University of Brussels How does the ULB museums network organize yearly activities connecting collections?
Robert Päßler, Daniel Lordick, Technische Universität Dresden Digitization as the precondition for the connection of and interaction with mathematical models – chances and challenges
Nicolas Robin, University of Teacher Education St. Gallen Educational Material Culture: Scientific teaching collections as educational research artefact
María Dolores Ruiz de Lacanal, Universidad de Sevilla Museums and Collections from the University of Seville
Anke Tietz, TU Bergakademie Freiberg Broad interdisciplinary linking of collections – only a dream?
Costas Tsiamis, Georgia Vrioni, Athanassios Tsakr, Athens University History Museum Re-discovering the disease: from a biological phenomenon to cultural knowledge for the athens university history museum visitors


Program Committee

Steph Scholten, University of Amsterdam (Chair, NL)
Marike van Roon, University of Amsterdam (NL)
Esther Boeles, University of Amsterdam (NL)
Paul Voogt, Utrecht University (NL)
Paul Lambers, Utrecht University (NL)
Reina de Raat, Utrecht University (NL)
Marta Lourenço, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Sébastien Soubiran, University of Strasbourg (France)
Sofia Talas, University of Padua (Italy)
Bruno Vila, University of Aix-Marseille (France)
Roland Wittje, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)