Museums in the Digital Age

Speakers: Simona Grigaliuniene (Lithuanian Business University of Applied Sciences), Elīna Vikmane (Latvian Academy of Culture), Elīna Bērziņa (Latvian National Museum of Art).

Moderator: Alise Pokšāne

How have museums adapted to the digital age and introduced technology in their everyday work? What digital processes are involved, and how have they changed the possibilities and prospects in the specific field?

Assoc. prof. dr. Simona Grigaliuniene is the head of the Department of Technology at Lithuanian Business University of Applied Sciences. Simona has a doctoral degree in technology and experience in research projects.

Elīna Vikmane is the director of the Cultural Heritage Governance and Communication international master’s degree programme at the Latvian Academy of Culture (Latvijas Kultūras akadēmija) and a board member of the Latvian Museums’ Association and Latvian Contemporary Art Museum Foundation. Appointed by the Minister of Culture, she serves on the Culture Heritage Expert Commission at the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia (Valsts kultūrkapitāla fonds). Recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award 2021 by the Inclusive Museum Network, she focuses her research on the opportunities and constraints Latvian museums face in exploring and expanding their social role in contemporary society. Her research interests include sustainable development, digital innovation in museums and the diffusion of innovation.

Elīna Bērziņa is the Head of Education at one of the largest cultural institutions in Latvia - the Latvian National Museum of Art. She has studied arts and culture at Maastricht University (the Netherlands) and University of Vienna (Austria). Her work is mainly concerned with museum accessibility to various audiences, sustainable museum practices and the role of cultural institution in the well-being of the society. Elīna has lead some of the most innovative and extensive museum education projects in recent years, receiving acknowledgment from diverse Latvian organisations and institutions. Additionally, Elīna works with the Latvian Museum Association on furthering museum accessibility to schoolchildren.

Alise Pokšāne is a second year Biology Master's student with a background in archaeology, having received her Bachelor's in History in University of Latvia. Alise's is passionate about history, bioarchaeology, ancient DNA research. Her main research is devoted to studying Ancient Baltic populations, combining methods from both history and biology.