July 16, 2024
ICOM Webinar I Perspectives and Practice on Museums and Education for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific – International Council of Museums

As a follow-up to the Museum and Sustainability Conference organized by Shanghai University in November 2021, this webinar brings together experts from the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the role of museums in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on Quality education.

Participants will discuss museums’ relationships with local communities and Indigenous peoples and examine practices in Asia-Pacific museums around education for children, public service and sustainable cultural tourism.

The Museums and Sustainability Conference is jointly organized by ICOM International Museums Research and Exchange Centre (ICOM-IMREC) and Zhejiang Museum of Natural History with the support of ICOM and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China.

ICOM’s Working Group on Sustainability (WGS) acted as a special scientific advisory body to the conference, whose aim was to explore the role of museums in implementing the Resolution on Sustainability and the Implementation of Agenda 2030: Transforming our World, adopted at the ICOM General Conference in Kyoto (2019).

See you on 16 February 2022 at 12:00 (AEDT)! The webinar will be presented in English. Please register here to obtain the Zoom link.


Dr Jenny Newell is manager of Climate Change Projects, Australian Museum. She works to advance understanding and engagement in climate change. With a focus on the Pacific and Australia, she has held curatorial roles in London, Canberra, New York and Sydney. She continues to explore the potentials for positive human-nature relationships through community collaborations, publications and exhibitions.

Professor Fiona Cameron is Assoc. Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Contemporary Museologies at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Fiona has played a pioneering role in the establishment of digital cultural heritage studies and established the new fields of museums, the critical posthumanities and in the conceptual development of more-than-human museologies for a post-anthropocentric world. She is internationally acclaimed for her leading research on museum roles and agencies in the engagement of controversial topics through her postdoctoral work, and from the mid-2000s activating museum engagement in climate action. In 2011 Fiona led an Australian federal parliamentary briefing A Climate for Change contributed to national and international climate policy forums including co-writing policy on traditional knowledge and climate adaptation for the Vanuatu government and the UNFCCC, influencing policy.

Ni Zhang is Director of Children’s Museum Research Center, China (CMRC), Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, and Chair of the Board of Directors of Hohhot Lao Niu Children’s Discovery Museum. Ni Zhang, is the founding Director of Children’s Museum Research Center, China (CMRC) and the faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University. Ni Zhang has more than ten years of experience in the children’s museum field since her study at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. After coming back to China, she was a pioneer in founding the first children’s museum in Beijing. In 2013, she started to work as the founding director of Children’s Museum Research Center, China (CMRC), a professional institute committed to research and promotion of children’s museum education in China. Since 2012, she has been the board member of Lao Niu Children’s Discovery Museum of CNCC, and she has also served on the board of directors of Hohhot Lao Niu Children’s Discovery Museum.

Chaozhi Zhang is Professor of Sun Yat-sen University, China and UNESCO Chair holder on Sustainable Tourism in UNESCO Designated Sites. Dr. ZHANG Chaozhi is a full professor at School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University. He is UNESCO Chair holder on Sustainable Tourism in UNESCO Designated Sites, council member of sustainable tourism of World Economic Forum, and an expert member of ICOMOS-ICTC, IUCN-WCPA. He is also on the advisory committee of several Chinese governmental agencies such as National Forestry and Grassland Administration, and sits on the editorial board of several well-regarded SSCI journals. His main research interest lies in tourism development and sustainable tourism, and destination management. He has obtained six national research grants, and published more than 100 peer reviewed articles within the area of heritage and sustainable tourism.


Vinod Daniel is Chairman of the Board for AusHeritage (Australia’s Heritage Industry Network) and Board Member of ICOM.

ICOM Webinar I Perspectives and Practice on Museums and Education for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific