The BC Museums Association invites proposals from individuals interested in speaking at our 2018 conference on the theme of Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration.
Sessions will explore a range of topics, such as relationships with Indigenous and diverse communities, social justice through exhibitions and programming, and engaging diverse audiences through innovations and new technologies within museum, art gallery, and cultural centre practices.
BCMA encourages proposals that explore best practices and/or innovations, making connections with colleagues, and workshops for museum professionals in areas such as exhibit design or development, education, budgeting, fundraising, volunteer management, marketing, and storage.
Proposed sessions in the following formats should focus on practice rather than theory, on topics of interest to the museum, gallery, archive, library, history and heritage sectors:
New in 2018, the BCMA introduces a Lightning Talk session! Lightning Talks are quick, five-minute presentations that provide an opportunity for highly focused topics or fun top-level highlights. Presenters can arrange their slides to advance automatically every 15 seconds, or can control them from the podium. Lightning Talk sessions move quickly: talks run from one to the next and each presenter has a strict time limit of five minutes.
Lightning Talks are a great way for emerging professionals or first-time conference presenters to gain experience presenting at BCMA conferences. They are also a good opportunity for projects or topics that may not be fully formed or suitable for a full session format.
*Please Note: Lightning Talks are not eligible for a speaker discount registration. Lightning Talk presenters also giving a presentation, workshop, and/or Ask the Expert plenary will receive their normal speaker discount for those sessions.
Presenters will be asked to provide the conference committee with presentations ahead of conference to ensure quality content for conference attendees.
The BC Museums Association annual conference gathers together professionals and volunteers in the museum, gallery, cultural centre and historic site community. Presenters have a unique opportunity to gain recognition and exchange ideas with hundreds of registrants from across BC.
Presenters receive discounted conference registration*, if they register for Conference prior to the Early-Owl deadline.
Presenters are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation. Speaker fees and/or honorariums are not provided.
*Lightning Talks are not eligible for a speaker discount.
Complete the proposal submission form linked below.
In the online form you will be asked to provide critical information in support of your submission. This includes:
The deadline for submission is midnight, May 21, 2018. Notification of accepted proposals will be issued in June 2018.
Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 250-356-5700.
Check out this great resource from Museum Hack to help you with your conference session: 5 Tips for Designing a Great Conference Session