CIMA XVIII programme

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Map of the congress locations!


9 May

Arrival day

15.00 Bus transfer from Tallinn Airport to Tartu

CIMA transfer bus will depart from parking lot A in front of ground floor entrance of Tallinn Airport.

10 May


9.00 Meet in the lobby of Hotel Dorpat for transport to Estonian Agricultural Museum

9.30 Registration

10.00 Introduction to Ülenurme Manorial Estate and Estonian Agricultural Museum

11.30 Workshops

  • Workshop 1. Sustainable agriculture - past and future. Fibre plants
    • Workshop leads:
      • Oliver Douglas, Museum of English Rural Life, United Kingdom
      • Rando Värnik, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
    • Contributors:
      • La galette, bien évidemment, mais pas seulement: le renouveau de la culture du sarrasin et ses nouveaux modes de consommation (The galette, of course, but not only: the revival of buckwheat cultivation and its new modes of consumption) - Marie-Christine Aubin, AFMA/AIMA, France
      • The Museum’s activities for dissemination of knowledge about sustainable agriculture - Dorota Matela, National Museum of Agriculture and Food Industry in Szreniawa, Poland
      • Water and appropriate Technology in Rice Cultivation – Medium -long and -wide Bottom Sole Plough - Hisashi Horio, Kobe University, Japan
      • Challenges & opportunities in safeguarding the culture of the Belgian draft horse. - Chantal Bisschop, Center of Agarian History, Belgium
      • Growing flax and hemp in Slovenia today. - Barbara Sosic, Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Slovenia
      • Arnold Pastak, Director of the Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics
      • Growing arable crops and flax exhibition at Estonian Agricultural Museum. Kerle Kadak, Estonian Agricultural Museum
  • Workshop 2. Museum education and research
    • Workshop lead:
      • Isabel Hughes, Museum of English Rural Life, United Kingdom
      • Mare Kõiva, Estonian Literary Museum, Estonia
    • ​Contributors:
      • The role of livestock in the activities of the National Museum of Agriculture and Agricultural - Food Industry in Szreniawa. - Julia Hanulewicz, Małgorzata Pietrza, National Museum of Agriculture and Food Industry in Szreniawa, Poland
      • Using nature materials in workshops with children in Latvia. - Margita Poriete, Riga Latvian Society, Latvia
      • Food and war in Belgium: rural and culinary heritage of the Great War. - Yves Segers, Interfaculty Centre for Agrarian History, University of Leuven, Belgium
      • Project Deadly Dreams. The cultural History of poison. - Anne Jorunn Frøyen, Jaermuseet, Norway
      • The National Museum of Agriculture - Workshops for Romanian peasant calendar. - Andreea Panait, The National Museum of Agriculture, Romania
      • Museum pedagogy at Estonian Agricultural Museum. - Anna-Kristina Rätsep, Estonian Agricultural Museum, Estonia
      • How to influence public opinion about agriculture, best practice in exhibition making at Jaermuseet. - Anne Jorunn Frøyen, Jaermuseet, Norway
  • Workshop 3. Conservation and restoration. Digital media in museums
    • Workshop leads:
      • Paulina Kryg, National Museum of Agriculture and Food Industry in Szreniawa, Poland
      • Martin Sermat, Open Air Museum, Estonia
      • Kerry-Leigh Burchill, Canada
    • Contributors:
      • Cultural Heritage – research into innovative solutions and methods for historic wood conservation. - Paulina Kryg, National Museum of Agriculture and Food Industry in Szreniawa, Poland
      • Restoration at the Estonian Agricultural Museum. - Liina Lemsalu, Toomas Asi, Mati Mänt & Karl Käärik, Estonian Agricultural Museum, Estonia
      • With or without the guidelines for digitisations? Validity of the guidelines for digitisations. - Martin Sermat, Mari Siiner & Joel Leis, Conservation and Digitization Centre Kanut at Open Air Museum, Estonia
      • Collections Online – Estonian Museum Information System MuIS. - Kadri Nigulas, Ministry of Culture, Estonia
      • Using and re-using digital content. What it takes to make museum smart? - Laura Kipper, Estonian History Museum, Estonia
      • Digitalization at Estonian Agricultural Museum. - Merlin Lumiste, Kaire Ilula, Kaarel Vissel, Estonian Agricultural Museum, Estonia
      • Paper conservation on example of conserving E. Einmann’s art. - Maiga Davõdov, Estonian Agricultural Museum, Estonia
  • Workshop 4. Bread and traditional food
    • Workshop leads:
      • Vahur Kukk, President of the Estonian Rye Association, Estonia
      • Merli Sild, Director of Estonian Agricultural Museum, Estonia
    • Contributors:
      • Latvian traditional rye bread symbolism and use in calendar and family celebrations. Traditions and modern interpretations. - Indra Cekstere, Riga Latvian Society, Latvia
      • RYE 2016, RyeRoute – International Project. - Vahur Kukk, Estonian Rye Association, Estonia
      • Laivi Mesikäpp, Eesti Toidutee (Estonian Culinary Route)
      • Hands on workshop. - Kateryna Kalyuzhna, baker from Ukraine, Iti Toom, baker from Setomaa, Estonia, Tiina Ivandi, Estonian Agricultural Museum bakery hostess, Estonia
      • Traditional Seto cuisine. - Iti Toom, Estonia
  • Workshop 5. Living Animals in Museums
    • Workshop lead:
      • Pierre Del Porto, France
    • Contributors:
      • How animal husbandry in a museum context can help us educate the public about a more sustainable future. An example from Lorsch (Germany). - Claus Cropp, Open Air Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology, Germany
      • Animals at the C. R. Jakobson Farm Museum. - Kadi Ruumet, C. R. Jakobson Farm Museum, Estonia
      • Animals at the Estonian Agricultural Museum. - Margus Väli & Reelika Närap, Estonian Agricultural Museum, Estonia
      • Hands-on workshop on the museum field
  • Workshop 6. Agriculture and rural life in art
    • Workshop lead:
      • Surajit Sarkar, Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University, Delhi, India.
    • Contributors:
      • Artistic collections of the National Museum of Agriculture in Szreniawa – presentation of the life of rural inhabitants in Polish painting. - Hanna Ignatowicz, National Museum of Agriculture and Food Industry in Szreniawa, Poland
      • The Ploughman. - Kaarel Kütas, Estonia
      • Rao Heidmets, Estonia
      • Marat Viires, Maiga Davõdov, Estonian Agricultural Museum, Estonia
      • Solo exhibition A Long Field of glass artist Tiina Sarapu, Estonia

Festive opening of Open Collections Exhibition

Exhibition opening starts at 16.30.

Welcome Reception in Estonian Agricultural Museum

Welcome reception starts at 18.00. More info about the event can be found here.

Bus will return to City Centre and Dorpat hotel at 23.00

11 May

Study tours in Tartu City and County

More info about study tours can be found here.

Boat ride on river Emajõgi

More info about the boat and ride can be found here.

12 May

Plenary session

See keynote speakers here!

8.30  Bus transfer from Hotel Dorpat parking lot (Soola 6) to Estonian University of Life Sciences main building
8.30-9.00  Registration and morning coffee
9.00-9.20  Welcome speeches and congress info
  • Urmas Klaas Mayor of Tartu
  • Mait Klaassen Rector of Estonian University of Life Sciences
  • Illar Lemetti  Chancellor of the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia
  • Merli Sild President of AIMA
9.20-11.00  Plenary I - keynotes
  • Rethinking Prosperity through Edible Landscapes - Pamela Warhurst, Incredible Edible, Incredible Edible Todmorden, United Kingdom
  • Organic Estonia - Why, for Whom and When? - Krista Kulderknup, Organic Estonia, Estonia
11.00-11.30  Coffee break
11.30-13.00  Plenary II
  • A contribution of Belgenny Farm to the Social Sustainability of Australian Agriculture - Cameron Archer, Belgenny Farm Trust, Australia
  • How to Influence Public Opinion about Agriculture: Best Practice in Exhibition-making - Anne Jorunn Frøyen, Jaermuseet, Norway
  • The project "Portraits of Players of Rural and Maritime Areas" - Edouard de Laubrie, National Museum of Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseille, France
  • Animal Energy in the Theatre of Agriculture: Sustainable Futures at the Ecomusee d’Alsace, France. - Cozette Griffin-Kremer, AIMA, France
  • Interpreting Agriculture with a Focus on the Humanities - Debra Reid, The Henry Ford, United States of America
13.00-14.00  Lunch
14.00-16.00  Plenary III - work in progress, workshop summaries
  • Forces for Change: the Social History of Agricultural Technology in Museum - Felicity McWilliams, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading and King's College London, United Kingdon
  • Traditional Cossack Culture Conservation in National Sholokhov Museum-Reserve - Natalia Trofimenko, National Sholokhov Museum-Reserve, Russia
  • How to Make History Alive: The Agricultural Exhibition Park Elonkierto. - Marja-Liisa Vieraankivi, Anneli Nuoranne Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland
  • 10 May Workshop Summaries by workshop leads
16.00-16.15  Coffee break
16.15-17.00  Panel discussion: How can museums contribute to addressing today's agricultural and rural challenges?
Confirmed panellists: Cameron Archer (AUS), Kerry-Leigh Burchill (CAN), Anne Jorunn Frøyen (NOR), Elsa Hietala (FIN), Krista Kulderknup (EST), Edouard de Laubrie (FRA)

17.15  Bus transfer to hotel Dorpat (bus departs from university's parking lot)
17.30-19.00  AIMA General Assembly
19.15  Bus transfer to hotel Dorpat (bus departs from university's parking lot)
20.30-23.00  Congress dinner at restaurand Atlantis


AIMA General Assembly

AIMA General Assembly starts at 17.30. General Assembly programme will be sent via e-mail in April.

Congress dinner

Congress dinner starts at 20.30 at Restaurant Atlantis. More info about the event can be found here.

13 May

Themed fields trips to selected regions

More info about field trips can be found here.

14-16 May

Post-congress tour to Saaremaa

More info about post-congress tour to Saaremaa can be found here.