Meetings, Current

Artefacts 2021: Responding to COVID-19 (a virtual meeting)

To register please contact Johannes Sauter at

Abstracts will be available on this site two weeks before the meeting.

Preliminary Program All times given refer to UTC + 2.
[note that time allotted for each presentation includes 5 minutes for discussion]

Sunday, 17 October 2021|

Session 1
15.00: Welcome, Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum)
15.05: Responding and Reinventing Collections-based Public Programs, Andrew Johnston (The Adler Planetarium)
15.30: Responses of the Science Museum (title tbc), Tilli Blythe (Science Museum Group)
15.55: Science Museums and the Intangible: Curating Computer Code. Panel discussion, Moderator: Ross Parry (Leicester University), Panelists: Petrina Foti (Loughborough University & Science Museum Group), Hansen Hsu (Computer History Museum), Rachel Boon (Science Museum Group), Kimon Keramidas (New York University)
5 minutes break|

Session 2
16.30: COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and the Dynamic Face of Space Ecology, Cathleen Lewis (National Air and Space Museum)
16.55: Wicked Problems in Science Communication: A Munich Response to the COVID-19 Experience, Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum)

17.20-17.30: General Discussion

Monday, 18 October 2021

Session 3
15.00: Panel Discussion on Responses to COVID-19: Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum), Tilly Blythe (Science Museum Group), Martin Collins (Georgetown University)
15.30 The Ethics of Collecting COVID-19, Sophie Goggins (National Museums of Scotland)
15.55: Response of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers-Patstec, Catherine Cuenca (Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers)
5 mins break

Session 4
16.30: Curating under Quarantine: a Curarorial Response to the Challenges of the Pandemic, Erin Gregory,Emily Gann(Ingenium Group)
16.55: Across the Atlantic: The Conservation of Two Original Gliders by Otto Lilienthal, Charlotte Holzer (Deutsches Museum) and Deborah Parr (National Air and Space Museum)

17.20-17.30: The Meaning of the Crisis for Artefacts as a Group, Concluding Discussion