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
There will be around nine Lightning Talks – three from each Network. If you would like to propose a talk, complete this form and submit by Monday 2 April.

12pm Panel / wrap-up / Q&A

12.30pm Lunch (at own expense – a list of nearby food options will be provided)

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

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.

A lounge space will be provided for those who just want to chat.

Call for talks

Our meeting shares best practice, innovations and ideas from our  community in the form of short “lightning” talks. We are interested in opinions, case studies and discussions related to the MGA 2018 conference themes:

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

Do you have a talk idea? Then submit your proposal for consideration! The deadline for submissions is Monday 2nd April.

Submit a proposal



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

There will be around nine speakers from our community presenting Lightning Talks – three from each Network. We’ll add details as the presentations are selected. Want to present? Complete this form and submit by Monday 2 April.


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.


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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