Closing Dinner

This evening will open with a reception amid the museum’s impressive trains. Delegates are then invited to enjoy a three course plated meal. Cash bar.

Presentations / Panels

Transport Collections in a Changing Cultural Landscape

Sharon Babaian and Fiona Smith Hale, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation; Jim Cullen
Transport museums and collections are part of a rapidly changing cultural landscape. Their core functions remain the same – to collect, conserve, document, and interpret the material, textual, and oral history of transportation – but the context in which they carry them out is shifting. Demographic change, evolving educational norms and standards, new approaches to scholarship in transport history and museology, new communications technologies, and evolving attitudes to diversity, accessibility, accountability, sustainability, public value, and social inclusion are re-shaping the ways that museum professionals think about and do their jobs. This session will explore some of the ways in which museum professionals are confronting and embracing these challenges.

Tour of Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM)

After an unexpected closure in 2014, the Canada Science and Technology Museum reopened in November 2017. This private tour of the all-new museum will share the story of its rebuilding and will give delegates the opportunity to dive into Canada’s scientific and technological history.

IATM Excursion

Excursion to Exporail

IATM delegates will travel to nearby St-Constant for a specially-designed tour of Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum.


AR Technology Application in Science and Technology Museum – ‘Roaming in Science and Technology Museum’ of China Science and Technology Museum as an Example

Qianqian Hao, China Science and Technology Museum
This presentation uses the app ‘Roaming in Science and Technology Museum’ of China Science and Technology Museum as an example of how the exhibition hall ‘Science Paradise’ utilizes AR technology to achieve strong participation, interaction and sharing. It summarizes operation problems and lessons learned, such as a reluctance to download apps, more sophisticated AR scene design, and interaction increasing game design etc. Finally, this paper analyzes several application scenarios of AR technology in science and technology museums such as AR museum guiding, virtual instructors, exhibits’ full-display, interactive operation of exhibits, AR virtual games, AR culture and creative products, and so on.

Three ‘R’ in Science Wagon

Zhichao Jia, China Science and Technology Museum
As an important component of China’s modern science and technology museum system, Science Wagon plays an important role in China’s Rural Vitalization Strategy and the development of rural science literacy. The China Science and Technology Museum (CSTM)
uses Science Wagon to carry out science communication work in rural areas. In order for the rural public to connect with leading technology, CSTM has made some exhibits using virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) technologies, such as AR Jacob’s Ladder and MR ‘Jiaolong’ (China’s manned deep-sea submersible). This presentation will introduce the application of VR, AR, and MR technologies in Science Wagon.

From Employee-centric to User-centric, Migrating 4 Distinct Museum Websites Together Under One Name

Lauren DiVito, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
In 2017, the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation rebranded as Ingenium —Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. Ingenium and its three museums —the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum —celebrate creativity, discovery, and human ingenuity, focusing on the stories of people. With this user-centric shift came the need to consolidate 4 separate websites under one banner while preserving each museum’s unique identity. Working within a tight timeline, our aim was to restructure existing content to increase visitor experience and create stronger cross-promotional opportunities, all while emphasizing accessible and inclusive design. This presentation will include a discussion around our process, agile methodologies, challenges, failures, successes, and our roadmap for the future.

Digital Technologies in Museum Activity – the Learned Lessons

Nina Borisova, The A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications
The A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications (St. Petersburg, Russia) founded in 1872 faced a large-scale reconstruction at the beginning of the 2000s. It became the beginning of a complex introduction of digital technologies. We recognized many advantages of digitalization (electronic base of museum objects, automation, new life of expositions, etc.), but have faced also problems, such as frequent need for change of software products, projective and other equipment; a problem with preservation of the digital materials due to the obsolescence of the carriers; the computerization of exposition space and its transformation into a game zone (at the expense of demonstration of historical collections) is not always really popular with museum’s visitors.


IATM Meeting @ CSTM

This casual evening event is an occasion to meet or reconnect with fellow IATM members and supporters. Light canapés and cash bar is included.

Visit to Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (CAFM)

In the heart of the City of Ottawa, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is a uniquely urban working farm. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the barns, meet the animals, and visit the exhibits.

Visit National Gallery of Canada and Bytown Museum

Study tour: Old and New Technologies in Canada’s Capital City

Bytown Museum and National Gallery of Canada
Built in 1832, the Rideau Canal spans 202 km to connect the Ottawa River with Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River. With an impressive network of 45 locks, the construction of the canal was a feat of engineering. Guides from the Bytown Museum will share their knowledge and stories of this iconic waterway and UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the National Gallery of Canada, delegates will discover the exhibit Anthropocene, a multi-disciplinary show that uses film, photography and new technologies to explore the impact of humans on Earth. Gallery staff share their experiences in planning and mounting this ambitious exhibit.

Tour of Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM)

This behind-the-scenes tour will give delegates the opportunity to explore the museum’s extensive aircraft collection, learn about Canada’s fascinating aeronautical and aerospace history, and converse with curators and interpretative staff.