Monday Morning Coffee

Never boring, very often inspiring. And, at least, you’ll find friendly people who are very much into academic heritage like you!

Next: Monday, December 12th, 10 a.m. Paris (9 a.m. Lisbon/London, 11 a.m. Athens)

There is no registration, just join! More information including a link to the “virtual café” will be sent via the newsletter/mailing list.

Ideas, questions or suggestions are very much welcomed. See you soon!
Delphine, Frank and Martin

Delphine Isseman, <>
Frank Meijer, <>
Martin Stricker, <>

Previous Monday Morning Coffees

October 17th: Pleasant chat …

… about the various ways we honour and remember the history and heritage of our own institutions and how that is changing in recent years with more and more reflexive and critical perspectives. Also: models and chairs in Delft!

September 5th: Catching up
  • Recent conferences: our great Universeum “Tour de Belgium“ this July, ICOM/UMAC in Prague, the Flensburg meeting about “Objects of Understanding
  • The new and improved Universeum Newsletter
  • Teaching collections outside of higher education from primary and secondary schools to vocational institutions (inspired by the Flensburg conference)
  • How much is visiting museums connected to well being? Should we put that aspect front and center, like it is done in Aberdeen at the moment?
May 23rd, 2022 & June, 27th: Today at the University Museum!

Marek thinks, we should tell each other more about what is going on at our local museums and in our regional networks. We all agree. We develop some ideas. And we kept the discussion going until we had a plan. Coming soon: really interesting news!

March 28, 2022: Mathematical Models and The Challenges of Collection Management

Robert showed us the relaunched Digital Archive of Mathematical Models.

February 21, 2022: Pleasant chat

We chatted in a small group. Very pleasant, very motivating. 😊

January 24, 2022: New Year edition

Our optimistic (as always) outlook into the new year. It will be a year with lots of conferences where we will be able to meet in person again:

December 13, 2021: The impossible collection

4 Screens on 4 LocationsJean Davoigneau and Loïc Jeanson organized a live observatory visit with the title: “The impossible collection“. They  shared the result of their research project on French meridian circles (a meridian circle is a specific category of refracting telescope, used to measure transit of stars across the local meridian). For that, they explored new approaches to mediation and the use of digital tools. We virtually and simultaneously connected with Toulouse, Hendaye, Besançon, Paris and Strasbourg to discover the instruments in situ and share with the participants of the project.

November 15, 2021: Open Talk

No fixed topic. The floor was open for everybody to share ideas, hopes and plans for the coming period. Also: European Academic Heritage Day 2021: Hidden Stories.

September 2, 2021: Live from….! at the UMACUniverseum Conference 2021

Video here! With Liselot Neervoort (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Rüdiger Hoffmann/Jörg Zaun (Historical Acoustic-Phonetic Collection of Technical University Dresden), Peny Theologi-Gouti (Science and Technology Museum of the University of Patras) and Laurens de Rooy (Museum Vrolik, Amsterdam).

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 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