MEST Seminar 2022

The AEJM MEST Seminar 2022 for museum educators will take place from 24 until 26 October in Oslo, Norway. The programme hosted by our colleagues from the Oslo Jewish Museum will focus on best practice in secondary schools programming. The seminar further zooms in on Generation Z (or Gen Z or “zoomers”) that nowadays constitutes our visitors from secondary school groups.

Gen Z is born between 1997-2012 and is mostly known as digital natives, but also for their more flexible attitudes towards identity, diversity, gender, and individualism. Due to the pandemic, museums have not been able to physically welcome Gen Z on their premises over the last years. Now that the museum sector is gradually opening its physical doors again, our educators and Gen Z are experiencing a reboot. How does Gen Z challenges us to develop new educational practices? Which opportunities does Gen Z offer to museums and museum pedagogues?

The MEST Seminar in Oslo aims at enhancing professionalism in museum education practice at Jewish museums in Europe and at strengthening this network by offering learning, exchange, and networking opportunities. The intensive 3-day MEST seminar programme comprises various hands-on workshops, presentations, and discussion, as well as behind-the-scenes visits to museums in the Oslo area and meetings with Norwegian museum professionals, including:

  • keynote session by Manfred Levy (retired), previously Head of Education at Jewish Museum Frankfurt
  • best practice session on communication strategies for school programmes by Jewish Museum London
  • best practice session on secondary school programmes by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • discussion session on mutual challenges
  • visit to the Intercultural Museum
  • visit to the 22 July Center
  • visit to the Memorial and Learning Centre at Utøya

Seminar Dates
24-26 October 2022

This seminar has a limited number of participants. It is primarily open to staff members of AEJM member institutions (Full or Institutional Associate Members) that are working as museum pedagogues or that are involved in the creation and development of educational programmes. Participants are required to attend the full seminar programme – registrations from delegates who can only partially participate will not be accepted.

Registration is closed.

Travel Support
Travel support is available for AEJM member institutions with limited financial means that would like to send a staff member to MEST professional development activities.

Upon registration, please motivate your application for travel support and give an estimation of the ticket costs to/from Oslo.

Initiated by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw (PL) and Oslo Jewish Museum (NO), AEJM’s Museum Education Seminars and Training (MEST) is a professional development programme that addresses educators from Jewish museums in Europe. Jewish Museum in Trondheim (NO) holds a role of as a partner in the programme. MEST is curated and produced by Eva Koppen.

MEST is part of the Jewish Cultural Heritage Project supported by the EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, and by the state budget of Poland.


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