MEET is the annual gathering of educators, evaluators and technologists working across the cultural sector, held in conjunction with the Museums Galleries Australia conference. MEET 2018 will be on Monday 4 June, 9.30am—5pm at the National Sports Museum, Melbourne Cricket Ground, with a morning session of keynote speaker and lightning talks, followed by an optional afternoon session of workshops and other goodies.

The overall theme of the day is making connections, and each Network is focusing on one of the other conference sub-themes:

  • Education – breaking barriers
  • Evaluation – championing innovation
  • Technology – places of engagement


9-9.30am Registration

9.30am Welcome and introduction to MEET

9.35-10.15am Keynote – Professor Genevieve Bell, ANU (includes question time)
Knowing our audience, knowing our tools and guiding our communities: given the current pace of change, how are we going to shape our future within the contexts of evaluation, technology and education?

10.15am Morning tea (provided)

10.45am Lightning Talks:

  • Using feedback to create a successful digital excursion – Fiona Bowen, Learning Producer, MoAD
  • Re-imagining the little Leaellynasaura polar dinosaur: a co-creative tactile Mixed Reality museum experience – Kaja Antlej, Lecturer in Industrial Design
  • Testing audience response to increasing temporary exhibition prices – Abbie McPhie, Audience Research Manager, National Museum of Australia
  • Deepening Engagement – Georgia Close, Manager of Student and Teacher Engagement and Athena Cabot, School Access Program Coordinator, Museum of Contemporary Art 
  • Educators as curators of student learning – Ethel Villafranca, PhD Researcher, University of Melbourne
  • Big ideas, little people and craft: PlayUP at the Museum of Australian Democracy – Brooke Treble, PlayUP Facilitator, Museum of Australian Democracy
  • “This is our voice” – inviting visitor voices into learning programs – Karolina Novak, Education Program Producer and Tilly Boleyn, Curator, MAAS

12pm Panel / wrap-up / Q&A

12.30pm Lunch (provided) including tours of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the opportunity to visit the National Sports Museum

2-5pm Optional afternoon workshops:

2-3pm Easy 360 video creation – make your own 360 video in one hour! Jonny Brownbill, Museum Victoria

3-4pm Co-design – what it is and how to do it: case studies from the field Lynda Kelly, LyndaKellyNetworks / Andrew Hiskens, State Library Victoria /  Linda Angeloni, State Library Victoria

4-5pm Voice to text chat interfaces – how can they be used in our institutions? Jonny Brownbill, Museum Victoria

Tours of National Sports Museum will run through the afternoon.

There is a café downstairs for those who just want to chat.



Genevieve Bell

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Genevieve Bell
Photo: Tegan Osborne (ABC)

Professor Bell joined the ANU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in February 2017, after having spent the past 18 years in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel’s product development by developing the company’s social science and design research capabilities.

Prof Bell now heads the newly established Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, launched in September 2017 by the ANU in collaboration with CSIRO’s Data61, in building a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology and their impact on humanity.

Lightning Talks

Kaja Antlej

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Kaja Antlej

Lecturer in Industrial Design
Dr Kaja Antlej is a Lecturer in Industrial Design at School of Engineering, Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env, Deakin University, interested in human-centred design, 3D technologies and heritage interpretation. She has a MA in Industrial Design and PhD in Heritage Studies.

Tilly Boleyn

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Tilly Boleyn

Curator, MAAS
Tilly Boleyn is a  whose interests focus mainly on science, health and medicine. She is a massive nerd who is curious about the world and everything in it.

Fiona Bowen

Learning Producer, Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD)
Fiona works with the learning team to develop, deliver and evaluate onsite and online learning programs and resources for students and teachers. One of her current projects is to create engaging digital outreach programs that provide unique and transformative learning experiences exploring what it means to be an informed and engaged citizen.

Athena Cabot

Athena Cabot

School Access Program Coordinator, Museum of Contemporary Art
Athena is a published essayist with a background in creative and analytical writing. She brings an enthusiasm for literature and language to her work as an artist educator at the MCA.

Georgia Close

Georgia Close

Manager of Student and Teacher Engagement, Museum of Contemporary Art
Georgia works closely with a team of Artist Educators in the development of creative learning programs and resources for schools audiences. She has coordinated education and children’s programs in a range of museums and galleries, including Campbelltown Arts Centre and Cockatoo Island, for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Abbie McPhie

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Abbie McPhie

Audience Research Manager, National Museum of Australia
Abbie is passionate about using research, insights and evaluation strategies in the development of effective policy, business strategy and communications. She has extensive market research experience, both agency and client-side, and in quantitative and qualitative research, as well as experience in the development of evaluation frameworks and strategies.

Karolina Novak

Karolina Novak

Education Program Producer, MAAS
Karolina is an artist and educator with a background in fine arts and secondary visual art education. She has worked in school and museum settings and in teacher professional development, including as a Program Designer and Facilitator at Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, as Education and Outreach Coordinator at UTS Art, and as a teacher in a Montessori Adolescent Community. As a member of the Learning team at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, she currently works with the team to develop and deliver learning programs for audiences of all ages across the Museum’s three sites.

Brooke Treble

PlayUP Facilitator, Museum of Australian Democracy

Ethel Villafranca

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Ethel Villafranca

PhD Researcher, University of Melbourne
Experienced museologist, communicator, educator, & former Fulbright Scholar. Pursuing PhD at the University of Melbourne.




Lynda Kelly

Lynda Kelly

Director, LyndaKellyNetworks
LyndaKellyNetworks is a consultancy specialising in audience research, digital production and learning across the cultural sector and government. Lynda has worked in state and federal Government for over 35 years and in the cultural industry for 30 years.

Jonny Brownbill

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Jonny Brownbill

Online Development Manager, Museums Victoria
Jonny has been delivering online and network connected projects and services for cultural organisations for the past 20 years. His experience spans from the early days of the web, through networked audio-visual streaming into large museums, to apps and experiences for the always on devices our millions of visitors carry into our spaces. In his current role, Jonny oversees the development and day-to-day operation of the museum’s corporate and venue websites, ensuring visitors and stakeholders have access to information and services relevant to their needs.

Andrew Hiskens

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Andrew Hiskens

Manager, Learning Services, State Library of Victoria
Development and management of the Library’s Learning Services Division and its program offerings – onsite, offsite and online. His responsibilities have at different times covered education, exhibitions, publishing, public programmes, marketing and literary programming. Prior to that, Andrew worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). He is interested in the intersection of libraries, learning, technology and ideas.

Linda Angeloni

Linda Angeloni

Project Manager, Learning Services, State Library of Victoria
Linda has worked in programming and content design for over 10 years. Most recently she oversaw the redevelopment of the soon to be re-launched Inside a Dog website. Having worked for many years in education prior to working at State Library Victoria, she designs collaborative processes and programs with and for young people. She also developed the consultation process run with children and teens which informed the Library’s upcoming Vision 2020 building redevelopment. She is currently on a staff fellowship mapping the relationship between heritage pictorial collections and the needs of children, families and early years educators.​


The National Sports Museum is located inside Gate 3 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Brunton Avenue in Richmond, within the confines of Yarra Park.

There are a number of ways to get to the museum, including public transport, walking, cycling or by car. See the NSM visiting guide for more information.


Contact Dr Lynda Kelly, Convenor, Evaluation and Visitor Research National Network, evrnnma@gmail.com

Updates will be posted on this website as we shape the program.

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