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Synopsis and Concept

The theme for the National Heritage Board's (NHB) IMD Singapore Symposium 2024, Museums, Education, and Research, recognises the important role museums play in the research and activation of initiatives for youth engagement, the well-being of its visitors and as institutions that provide quality education to help shape our understanding of the world.

IMD 2024 Symposium EDM

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Symposium Programme and Speakers List

Singapore Time (GMT+08) Programme 
0930 - 1000 Registration and Breakfast
1000 - 1005  Welcome and Introduction 
1005 - 1010 

Welcome Address by:
Chang Hwee Nee
Chief Executive Officer of National Heritage Board, Chair of ICOM Singapore and Chair of the Museum Roundtable

1010 - 1015 

Opening Message by:
Eunice Baez
Vice Chair of ICOM Advisory Council and President of ICOM Costa Rica

1015 - 1040 

Keynote Speech by:
Tan Tai Yong
President of Singapore University of Social Sciences

1040 - 1100  Morning Break
1100 - 1240  Panel 1: Insights on Youth Engagement and Education in Museums

With varied modes of online entertainment and social media targeting youths nowadays, museums are finding it harder to compete for the attention of younger audiences. This panel will feature youth engagement efforts by museums in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and the United States of America, and highlight how these museums leveraged research and data to address issues faced by youth and help make their content more relevant to youths.

Michele Y. Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Museum of Pop Culture
United States of America

Abigail S. Buendia
Associate, Tours and Education
Ayala Museum
The Philippines

Hasibul Haque Imon
Programme Coordinator
Liberation War Museum

Moderated by:
Stephanie Tham
Assistant Director, Strategic Planning and Data Management
Secretariat, NHB Youth Panel
National Heritage Board
1240 - 1350  Lunch Break
1350 - 1530  Panel 2: Insights on Social Prescriptions in Museums

Social prescription refers to the professional referral of patients to community-based institutions to improve their health and well-being. As social spaces, museum visits have been recommended in some countries to address these non-medical needs. This panel will showcase case studies about the impact of social prescription programmes in museums using examples from museums in the United Kingdom, Canada and France.

Nancy Hey
Director, What Works Wellbeing
Trustee, National Centre for Creative Health
United Kingdom

Melanie Deveault
Director, Learning and Community Engagement
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Selma Toprak
Deputy Director, Visitors and Education
Head, Education and Outreach Centre
Centre Pompidou

Moderated by:
Shawn Ee
Clinical Psychologist
Lecturer, Murdoch University
Founder, the Psychology Practice
1530 - 1550  Afternoon Break
1550 - 1730 

Panel 3: Insights on New Approaches to Accessibility for Museums

Museums are also social spaces for the public and should be constantly developing new approaches and initiatives with the help of their communities to ensure that their offerings are more accessible to wider segments of their communities. This panel will showcase case studies from the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America

Alison Eardley
Reader in Psychology, Cultural Heritage and Inclusion,
University of Westminster
United Kingdom

Noemie Giard
Head of Visitor Services
Musée Carnavalet, Histoire de Paris / Paris Musées

James Monroe
Creative Director of Programming, Centers for Public Science Learning
Museum of Science, Boston
United States of America

Moderated by:
Eunice Baez
Vice Chair of ICOM Advisory Council
President of ICOM Costa Rica

1715 - 1725  Closing Remarks and Feedback
1725 - 1730  Photo Taking

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About IMD Singapore Symposium

IMD Singapore Symposium is a signature event organised by ICOM Singapore in collaboration with NHB and the Museum Roundtable to encourage thought leadership and the sharing of international best practices amongst museum professionals.

About ICOM Singapore

The ICOM Singapore National Committee represents all ICOM members in Singapore. Presently chaired by Ms Chang Hwee Nee, Chief Executive Officer of NHB, ICOM Singapore is supported by a secretariat at NHB and works closely with the Museum Roundtable.

About the Museum Roundtable

The Museum Roundtable is a collective established by NHB in 1996 to promote a museum-going culture amongst Singaporeans and to position museums as unique cultural destinations. The members comprise over 60 public and private museums and heritage galleries covering the subjects of national history, culture and community, art, defence, lifestyle and collectibles, healthcare, science and innovation. Together, members collaborate on exhibitions, festivals and programmes, share best practices, and focus on building and raising the capabilities of its members.