Call for papers, IMA Education and Outreach forum

6 Mar 2020


Note this forum is scheduled to take place on Friday, 3 July 2020 at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Dublin.  With the safety of participants as our primary concern, we have alternative measures in place for it to be presented online should we deem this advisable. 

Submission Deadline: Wednesday 6 May, 2020

The Irish Museums Association would like to invite museum and educators from the wider cultural sector to submit a proposal for the annual Education and Outreach forum.

Held each Spring, this forum is a key event in the calendar for museum practitioners and educators to meet and discuss topics of interest to their learning programmes, with a focus on the social and environmental impact of museums.

From discussing resources to individual projects, the forum provides an informal platform to reflect and engage with colleagues. It is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas, where a lasting contribution can be made to the development of life-long education in the museum context.

Submissions must be sent by Wednesday 6 May 2020 to Gina O’Kelly, Irish Museums Association, at and must contain:

  • Full name, job title and institution (if applicable)
  • Email address and telephone number
  • Personal Biography (150 words max)
  • Proposed Title of presentation
  • Presentation Abstract (200 words max)

The forum will consist of short papers of 15 minutes’ duration with ample time for discussion.

Speakers must be available to present in person on 3 July 2020. The language of the forum will be English.

Papers are selected by a panel of museum professionals and educators. Detailed information on the members of the panel and selection criteria is available from Gina O’Kelly at the IMA.

For more information on past forums and activities of the Irish Museums Association, please visit

The IMA gratefully acknowledges the support from our host venue, the National Museum of Ireland, and the funding the IMA receives from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council of Ireland.