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9 November 2021 - 12 November 2021
Hands On! Conference 2021: Hands On – into the future
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Open until 12 November 2021



The creative and interactive workshops are the special part of the Hands On! Conference 2021. We want to challenge the online format and create a unique and inspiring experience in small workshop groups.

All you need to know as a participant:

  • We are offering 90 workshop spots.
  • There is a maximum of 10 participants per workshop group.
  • 9 Austrian institutions will host the 9 workshops.
  • Each organisation that has purchased a full conference ticket will receive three workshop spots for 9, 10 and 11 November. The workshops can be attended by the same staff member or by 3 different staff members per day.
  • Each day, each workshop group will take part in a workshop at a different institution so that they will get to know 3 institutions by the end of the conference.
  • Workshops focus on the three questions of the future: How will we work in the future? For whom and with whom will we work? What will we offer our visitors in the future?

Who doesn't like surprises? That's why the participants will be divided into workshop groups by Hands On!. We make sure that the participants are well mixed so that exciting discussions can take place. All registered organisations will receive a beautiful handmade logbook. This box, designed by a Viennese artist, contains information, essential tools you will need during workshops and little surprises. After your registration, the box will be sent to you by post.

MQ Vienna

  • ZOOM Children´s Museum
    • Facing the challenge of getting close while being far apart.
  • Architekturzentrum
    • The block of flats across the street is to be demolished. What should we do now?
  • Mumok
    • Interdisciplinary learning with digital tools.
    • Community building – outreach in the field of diversity and inclusion.
  • Kunsthalle Wien
    • What emojis tell us. A live film experiment.
  • Leopold Museum
    • Self-empowerment strategies in educational museum practice.
  • Dschungel Vienna
    • Dance Workshop “who breathes, can dance”


  • FRida & freD
    • Sometimes you have to think outside the box – along the lines of „passion over profession“, failure included.
  • CoSA
    • Why do we offer programming workshops at the Science Center? What is the goal?
  • Kunsthaus Graz/Joanneum  
    • How will we work in the future? With a new communication tool: the action case on the topic of “traveling into the future”.

Expert Circle

Expert Circle is our virtual round table for Hands On! members and newcomers. Professionals from museums and institutions worldwide come together in small groups to exchange ideas and discuss current issues. Hands On! raises a question at the beginning that could be the starting point for an exciting discussion.

Parallel Sessions

Parallel Sessions 1:

  1. Family Inclusion by Margaret Middleton
  2. History of Hands On! by Sarai Lenzberger
  3. Exhibit Design by Elisabeth Wohlschlager - FRida & freD

Parallel Sessions 2:

  1. Hands On!'s EU Project: 21st Century Children by Tereza Dobiášová Krejčí
  2. Children and Well-being by Antonella Russo-Ball and Kim Bryan
  3. Museums as agents of change by Studio Olafur Eliason and Museum for the UN



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