Universeum Voices During COVID19: Reconnecting Online #2

Online Meeting

Reconnecting online #2: how to re-open the doors?

The 3rd of June 2020, the Universeum network  shared some experiences of managing the COVID-19 crisis.

Most European countries are more or less easing the lockdown the coming weeks. We can slowly return to our routines, we can start thinking about working with our collections again. One of the first measures that will impact our community, is re-opening our museums and galleries. We have to work out how we can offer an optimal service, despite of the safety measures and we have to figure out how to offer Covid19-compatible activities. But there is still great uncertainty on many levels. Taking all of this into account: do we really have to re-open as soon as possible? How do we manage to re-open? What are the main difficulties we have to overcome? How can we still organize true interaction with our visitors?

The meeting was moderated by  Maria Economou, Vice-Chair of Universeum and Andrew Simpson, Vice-Chair of UMAC.

Speakers :

Isabel Garcia Fernandez, U-museum, Complutense University of Madrid
Joanna Ślaga, Jagiellonian University Museum, Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Raquel Barata, National museum of natural history and science, University of Lisbon


Isabel M. García Fernández

Isabel M. García Fernández is the Vice-rector for Culture, Sport and University Extension of the Complutense University of Madrid. She is responsible for the Cultural Heritage of the University which comprises 30 museums and collections. Her research interests include museography and preventive conservation.

Joanna Ślaga

Joanna Ślaga – MA in law studies and German literature. Chief Cataloguer in the Jagiellonian University Museum and Vicepresident of the Polish Association of University Museums. Works in the field of legal protection of museum collections, particularly university special collections creating the academic cultural heritage. Apart from working at the Jagiellonian University Museum (museum custodian), cooperates with other university museums in matters such as cataloguing, managing and protection of heritage goods.


Raquel Barata

Raquel Barata is the Head of Education and coordinates the Programs and Audiences Department at the National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon, being responsible for the public offer and for national and European projects for science promotion and education. She is graduated in Biology (FCUL, 1996) and PhD in Psychology (ISCTE-IUL, 2014) with the thesis “Environmental education in the context of society: How to promote pro-environmental behaviors?”. Her research integrates the evaluation of environmental education initiatives according to the Inquiry-based Science Education (IBSE) methodology. She is the author of scientific publications in the area, an accredited trainer of school teachers and supervisor of curricular internships and master projects.


Reconnection online #2 - 3 June 2020

Reconnecting online #1 - 7 May 2020