MUTEC 2020: Innovative Exhibitors, Strong Partners and Expert Conference Programme
The international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology MUTEC will take place as planned from 5 to 7 November 2020 in Leipzig. Once again this year, it will offer a wide range of exhibitions and conference programmes. Innovative companies will present their products and services, and there are four exciting themed modules in the MUTEC Forum. Furthermore, there will be many expert events that examine current challenges facing the museum industry in greater depth. The Leipziger Messe Hygiene Concept ensures the health and safety of everyone involved during the corona pandemic.
At the exhibition, visitors can expect a comprehensive range of products and services from the fields of museum technology, exhibition design, media presentation, visitor services and collection management. MUTEC's portfolio ranges from air conditioning and measurement technology for cultural buildings to exhibition systems, ticketing, VR / AR technologies, digital data processing and archiving solutions, to library equipment and storage systems for archives and depots.
Exhibitors include companies from Germany, Belgium, France, Slovenia, Hungary and Austria. Among them are: AlfaVision, Ahlborn Mess- und Regelungstechnik, ARLED Solutions, Axess, COMBASE, die InformationGesellschaft, DroidSolutions, Empreinte Signalétique, ERCO Leuchten, Giant Monkey, heddier electronic, Holo-Systems/HANDMADE Interactive, Image Access, KLUG-CONSERVATION, MEDER ComTech, Robotron Datenbank-Software, Schnick-Schnack, Tactile Studio, VST, WERBÄR and ZFB - Zentrum für Bucherhaltung. Exhibiting for the first time at MUTEC are: COLANDIS, corporate friends, CV Entertainment, Flyvision, ibs tecnomara, SLIŠIŠVIDIŠ, VOMO Leichtbautechnik, WandDrucker WallPen and Wizard of Europe.
MUTEC-Forum's Four Themed Modules
In the MUTEC-Forum visitors can attend lectures from exhibitors and partners in the exhibition hall without prior registration or an additional participation fee. Short presentations provide valuable information from experts in theory and practice. There is combined expertise in the two-hour themed modules "Security", "City museums in transition", "Sustainability" and "Light".
In the security module, visitors can look forward to an exciting programme with a discussion panel and three specialist lectures. The security module will be opened by a panel discussion in which Dr Almuth Märker from the Leipzig University Library, Hans-Jürgen Voigt from Leipzig State Archives (both representing the Emergency Association of Leipzig Archives and Libraries), Dr Danny Weber (German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina / Emergency Association of Cultural Institutions in Halle) and Ralf Seeber from the Thuringian Cultural Council will participate. Dr Alke Dohrmann, from SiLK – Guidelines for the Protection of Cultural Property, will moderate the discussion panel. In addition, three exhibitors at MUTEC 2020 will contribute their expertise in the form of specialist lectures. Heddier electronic deals with object security in museums and castles. Ibs tecnomara is dedicated to working safely with contaminated objects and explains how the TRBA 240 can be properly implemented in archives. The company COLANDIS shows MUTEC visitors how the reduction of air pollution can improve the long-term conservation of exhibits.
The Verband der Ausstellungsgestalter in Deutschland (VerA) (Association of Exhibition Designers in Germany) represents the interests of independent exhibition designers from all over Germany. As part of their work, they organise events on education, exchange and cooperation. This year, on the first day of the fair, the association will be leading the "Museums on the Road" event with the thematic block "City Museums in Change" at the MUTEC-Forum. In short lectures, exhibition designers will present projects that deal with the topic of "neighbourhood" in terms of the relationship between a museum and the city and its citizens.
German Museum Association (DMB): Two Working Groups Meet at MUTEC
Two working groups of the German Museum Association (DMB) will hold their conferences at MUTEC. At the annual conference of the Volunteer Working Group, the federal Volunteer Working Group, as well as the regional representatives and working groups of volunteers, meet. This year the event is devoted to questions of the legal position of the practical training in museums and memorials. The main focus will be on issues that have not yet been sufficiently clarified. A common point of contention is, for example, how to evaluate a practical training programme in terms of training and professional experience. Parenthood during the practical training year has also raised difficult questions. The plan is to work out a catalogue of specific questions together for subsequent processing and clarification. The federal working group will also present the status of its projects, such as a planned award for museums or the current "Volobotschafter-Projekt". In addition to the shared commitment to fair working conditions in the practical training, the autumn conference also focuses on further training and networking opportunities, as well as exchange.
The “Building Management and Security” working group will hold its annual autumn conference as part of MUTEC. Museum employees from large, medium-sized and small museums will meet at the conference to discuss current issues. This year, the focus is on a specialist exchange on the threat to museums from criminal activities. Furthermore, expertise from the areas of Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) and the operation of buildings will be presented.
ICOM Deutschland First Time Partner at MUTEC
For the first time this year, MUTEC will be supported by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Deutschland as a partner. The largest forum for museum professionals in Germany and Europe is dedicated above all to the promotion of young scholars, the provision of specialist museum-related information and the further training of museum professionals. As part of this year's MUTEC, the ICOM members meeting, as well as the ICOM conference for young professionals, will take place. The third year of ICOM Deutschland Young Professionals is geared towards students and volunteers as well as freelancers and museum staff who have been in the profession for under five years The conference deals in particular with the issue of "Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Museum Work".
Other highlights in the specialist program include the advanced training conference of the Saxon Museum Association (SMB), the IIIF Outreach Event, the conference "Let the Countryside Prevail!" from the University of Technology and Economics (HTW) Berlin as well as courses on depot planning and the salvage of cultural assets.
denkmal and MUTEC: Unique combination of trade fairs under one roof
denkmal, the leading European trade fair for the preservation, restoration and renovation of old buildings, takes place under one roof with MUTEC. denkmal combines a lively exhibition with a multi-faceted conference programme, rightly considered to be the most comprehensive further education event in the entire industry. It furthermore acts as a cross-sectoral and transnational networking event for participants and political stakeholders. Together, denkmal and MUTEC form a trade fair network that is unique in Europe, building a bridge between the various sectors and inspiring interdisciplinary dialogue around the preservation of cultural heritage.
Hygiene Concept for the Health and Safety of Visitors and Exhibitors
The Leipziger Messe Hygiene Concept, which has been tailored to denkmal and includes various protective measures, ensures the health and safety of everyone involved in times of the corona pandemic. The concept is based on current recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and has already been reviewed and approved by the responsible health authority of the city of Leipzig. There has been close coordination with the local authorities.
The key aspects of the trade fair are museum technology and equipment, visitor service, media presentation, museum infrastructure as well as archiving and digitisation. With this broad range, the trade fair is aimed at operators of museums and collections, exhibition halls, science centres, galleries, archives and libraries. A visit is also worthwhile for architecture offices, consulting firms and museum restorers. The conference programme covers current developments and challenges in the industry. MUTEC has been held under the same roof as denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, since 2010 and has been organised by Leipziger Messe since 2016. In 2018, 105 exhibitors from ten countries presented at MUTEC, which drew 14,200 visitors together with denkmal.
denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, presents products and services in all areas of repair, inventory, conservation, restoration, renovation and reconstruction. It has been held biannually since 1994 and invites the international industry to the Leipzig Convention Centre. In addition to the interdisciplinary exhibitor mix, visitors to the trade fair can expect a high-calibre, international conference programme. 447 exhibitors from 19 countries showcased products and services at denkmal 2018. The conference programme featured around 200 events catering to an interested audience. The 13th edition of the trade fair attracted 14,200 visitors (together with MUTEC). The international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology MUTEC and the trade fair Lehmbau take place at the same time as denkmal.
Mr Felix Wisotzki
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