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Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation is pleased to welcome colleagues to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, for the 46th CIMUSET Annual Conference.

CIMUSET, the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Science and Technology, is an International Council of Museums (ICOM) committee composed of museum professionals from the fields of science and technology.

The conference will be held in joint with the International Association of Transport and Communications Museums (IATM), an international forum for museum professionals working in transport and communications museums.

The conference will take place October 15 to October 18 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum, with inspirational visits to the Canada Agricultural and Food Museum, top destinations around Ottawa, and nearby Montreal.


Dear colleagues, friends and CIMUSET members,

I have the great pleasure to welcome you to the 46th CIMUSET annual conference in Ottawa. We are very happy to have this year a joint conference with IATM and Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation.

Since its creation in 1972, ICOM-CIMUSET continues to carry out a programme of activities related to the preservation of the cultural heritage within science and technology and dissemination of knowledge within this field. Our important purpose is to provide a forum for communication, co-operation and information exchange between museums, professional workers and others concerned with preservation of the cultural heritage within science and technology and dissemination of knowledge of the technical and scientific heritage.

We also support the aims and objectives of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

This conference is based around a topical theme which concerns, not only scientific and technical museums, but all museum’s community in the world.

Museums in a Digital World” is a highly topical issue which will, no doubt, stimulate a particular interest among all participants.

This conference will be an opportunity to our colleagues to discuss and exchange their ideas and their experiences and reflections. This meeting will be also a real forum dedicated to the study of the different aspects of technical and scientific heritage and an important opportunity for our colleague to promote their museums and science centres.

I hope that 2018 CIMUSET conference will be an intense moment of sharing and exchanges and an opportunity to discover the richness and diversity of the Canadian cultural heritage.

Yours sincerely,

Ech cherki DAHMALI

CIMUSET Chairperson.

Ech cherki DAHMALI – CIMUSET Chairperson

Ech Cherki DAHMALI

Welcome from the President of IATM

Dear Colleagues and IATM Members,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to my home town of Ottawa for the 2018 IATM conference. This year is a special year as we celebrate IATM’s 50th anniversary.

As the museum industry continues to explore the vastness of the opportunities in the virtual realm, this year’s conference promises to further expand our notions of the digital museum. The programme is filled with engaging key note speakers, panels, presentations and workshops. IATM Members will also have the unique opportunity to a specially curated visit ExpoRail – the Canadian Railway Museum.

IATM is pleased to continue its long standing tradition of providing excellent networking and professional development opportunities to its members. This year’s special 2018 joint conference with ICOM-CIMUSET will provide even more opportunities to share knowledge and expertise with our museum colleagues from around the world.

I wish you all an excellent conference, and look forward to helping you discover Canada’s National Capital, Ottawa.

With warm regards,

Stephen Quick
President, IATM

Welcome from the President and CEO of Ingenium

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to Ottawa and to the joint CIMUSET–IATM 2018 Conference.

My colleagues and I at Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation are pleased to host CIMUSET’s and IATM’s annual conferences this year.

The conference theme of Museums in a Digital World speaks directly to every museum professional as we find ourselves living in two worlds – the real and the virtual.

The goal of the Conference is to help you to bridge the gap between the two.

The strengths and advantages of digital – immediate access and worldwide reach, engagement, and participation – allow us to easily venture outside our four walls to enhance our relationships with our existing audiences and develop new connections and networks.

The City of Ottawa is in Canada’s Capital Region which spans the Ottawa River to include la Ville de Gatineau in the province of Quebec. The entire Region is a cultural and historical delight. You will not be disappointed if you arrive before the Conference or stay after.

Congratulations and thank you to the conference planning committee for an exceptional program that promises thought-provoking educational sessions, compelling keynotes, congenial social events, and fascinating outings and excursions.

My Ingenium colleagues and I wish you a rewarding conference and a pleasant stay in Ottawa. I look forward to meeting you while you are here.

Christina Tessier,
President and CEO
Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

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