UMAC-Universeum 2021 Conference: “Live from …”

We are very excited to announce that the Working Group Digital Initiatives is organising two “Live from …” sessions at the UMAC-Universeum 2021 Online Conference on September 2. You will find all the relevant information (program, abstracts, registration) on the conference pages of UMAC and Universeum.

See you soon!

Monday Morning Coffee with Delphine, Frank & Martin

Let’s meet online once a month for an informal chat, a talk, a sigh or a smile. And maybe coffee or tea? It will be an open room to talk about anything academic heritage related or maybe something else? Let’s see!

Next Monday Morning Coffee: T.B.D

The summer holidays are here and we are on a break. See you after the conference!

You don’t have to register, just come by! More information including a link to the “virtual café” will be sent via the newsletter/mailing list.

Any ideas, questions or suggestions? Please, contact us! See you soon!
Delphine, Frank and Martin

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Previous Monday Morning Coffees

June 28, 2021: Holidays are here, and the end of the pandemic is near

Or is it?

April 19, 2021: LIVE! From the Observatory of Astronomy of Strasbourg!

A rather spontaneous and low-tech experiment of a live session from the Observatory of Astronomy of Strasbourg. We had the opportunity to discover the site, including the recently restaured celestial globe of CoronelliPierre-Alain Duc, director of the observatory, was our friendly host, and Sébastien revealed his considerable talents as camera operator.

March 1, 2021: Digital Strategies at the Museum of English Rural Life

We were joined by Kate Arnold Foster, Guy Baxter and (hopefully) Joe Vaughan from the Museum of English Rural Life (University of Reading). We talked with them about how they managed to acquire and maintain more than 150.000 Twitter followers, and how they engage such a fine social media audience with other digital platforms of museum and university collections.

February 1, 2021: Intangible Heritage

January 11, 2021

December 7, 2020: Decolonising academic heritage

November 2, 2020: Visualisation and online exhibition resources

Online Workshop: Digital after the crisis, June 25th: documentation

Digital after the crisis. Short term effects and long term impacts of COVID-19 on online collections and usage of digital tools for academic heritage
Thursday, June 25th 2020


  • Annelies Van de Ven (UCLouvain, Belgium)
    One-block at a time: Overcoming imposter syndrome in a digital museum world
  • Slađana Savić (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, Serbia, The Great Serbian Chemists’ Collection)
    We’ll meet online – An online exhibition at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Chemistry
  • Myrsini Pichou (Athens University History Museum, Greece)
    Emmanouil in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic


About the Working Group

The Working Group Digital Initiatives started in 2015, with a workshop during the Universeum meeting in Athens. Since then we have organised workshops in Utrecht, Belgrade, Glasgow and Brno, around different topics on digital academic heritage (see below).

We, the current chairs of the Working Group, are: Delphine Issenmann, from the Jardin des sciences, Université de Strasbourg, Frank Meijer, from the Dutch Foundation for Academic Heritage and Martin Stricker from the Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany.

We are always happy to meet you and work with you on one of our workshops during Universeum meetings. And in between: if you have any ideas, remarks or suggestions regarding the working group and its activities, please don’t hesitate to contact us (you’ll find our emails at the bottom of this page)!

Previous Workshops

Workshop at 2019 Universeum Network Meeting in Brno
Thursday, June 20 2019, 9:00 – 12:00

Workshop at 2018 Universeum Network Meeting in Glasgow
The Human Factor
Friday 15th of June 2018, 10:00 – 12:30
Workshop Report Glasgow (PDF)

Workshop at 2017 Universeum Network Meeting in Belgrade
Friday 6th of June 2017, 15:30 – 19:00
Workshop Report Belgrade (PDF)

Workshop at 2016 Universeum Network Meeting in Amsterdam/Utrecht
Friday 10th of June 2016, 15.00 – 17.30
Workshop Report Utrecht (PDF)

Workshop at 2015 Universeum Network Meeting in Athens
Friday 12th of June 2015, 9:30 – 13:15
Presentations and Talks Athens (Zip Archive)


Delphine Issenman
Frank Meijer
Martin Stricker