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Conference in Val Senales: We will come back!

The conference offers a challenging program including lectures and workshops by practitioners and scientists from museum and adult education business, tourism, economics, leisure, publishing sector, and regional development research. As in every other sector returning visitors of archaeological open-air museums requires prospective and current adaptation of museum education strategies.

The participants from different European countries will analyze and discuss behavior characteristics of returning visitors, issues and current trends as well as new pathways and strategies in adult visitor education service. In addition the conference will provide a variety of additional leisure activities including rope climbing, hiking and different guided tours and visits.

The conference is a small part of a two-year European Union funded Learning Partnership called “Didarchtik”, its aim is to empower the project partners to improve their adult education services at Archeological Open-Air Museums and at other institutions of education in ancient technologies.

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Preliminary Program

Tuesday, September 20th
before 20:00 Arrivals
06:30 Glacier Tour to Iceman’s find spot [Meeting point: reception] Booking essential!
15:00 Visit to the Valley [Meeting point: reception]
17:00 Welcome drink [archeoParc, 3rd floor]
20:00 Dinner [Hotel Goldenes Kreuz]

Wednesday, September 21th
09:00 Welcome and Introduction to the Conference [archeoParc, 3rd floor]
Karl Josef Rainer, mayor of the local community, Senales, Italy
Ilaria Pulini (to be confirmed), chair of EXARC, Modena, Italy
Sissi Prader, chair of Südtiroler Museumsverband (umbrella association of the privat museums in South Tyrol), Merano, Italy
Alexander Rainer and Johanna Niederkofler, archeoParc Val Senales

09:30 Lecture: Informal learning activities of adults in holidays (working title)
Marcus Herntrei, EURAC research, Institute for Regional Development and Location Management, Bolzano, Italy

10:15 Lecture: Education strategies for adult (repeat) visitors in museums (working title)
Ilse Pürstl, Art educator and exhibition designer, Salzburg, Austria

10:45 Coffee and Snacks [Balcony]

11:15 Workshop: Adult repeat visitors in museums – to be continued
Start Up (getting to know each other, expectations,apprehensions, preparation of questions for the afternoon session) [Conference room]Ilse Pürstl, Art educator and exhibition designer, Salzburg, Austria

12:30 Lunch [Balcony]

14:00 Short presentations and discussion [Conference room]

Duties and responsibilities in adult education and special needs of frequenters in informal adult education services (working title) Paul Rösch, Director of Touriseum (tourism museum of South Tyrol) and chairman of URANIA (adult education organization), Merano, Italy

Examples for events and special offers directed to repurchasers in book market (working title) Hermann Gummerer, Director of folio Verlag, publishing company, Bolzano, Italy

Characteristics and needs of frequent travelers (working title) Wolfgang Niederhofer (to be confirmed), Director of Vai e Via, travel company, Bolzano, Italy

Get and stay in contact with sneakers (re)purchasers (working title) Gregor Niederkofler, Brand manager of New Balance Italy, Chiusa, Italy

16:00 Coffee [Balcony]
16:30 Start for leisure activities
a) Guided tour Oberniederhof farm and dairy with Petra and Jonny [Meeting point: reception]
b) Rope Climbing at Vernagt Lake with Klaus, Andreas and Ludwig [Meeting point: entrance archeoParc]
19:30 Dinner [Hotel Goldenes Kreuz]

Thursday, September 22th
09:00 archeoParc at a glance – Guided tour and activities for adults at archeoParc Val Senales [Meeting point: entrance archeoParc] Johanna Niederkofler, Ernst Gamper, Dario Ferroni, Irene Egger
11:00 Coffee and Snacks [Balcony]
11:30 Workshop continues [Conference room]
12:30 Lunch [Balcony]
14:00 Workshop continues [Conference room]
15:30 Meeting at Butser Ancient Farm 2012
Maureen Page, Director of Butser Ancient Farm, UK, and colleagues 16:00 Coffee
16:15 Workshop: Closing (review, evaluation)
17:00 Resting Time
Meeting of Didarchtik partners representatives [archeoParc, 3rd floor]
18:30 Walk or transfer to Mastaunalm [Meeting point: reception]
19:30 Dinner with typical dishes and music at Mastaunalm offered by the Mayor of Schnals municipality
22:30 Torch-light walk or transfer back to the hotel

Friday, September 23th
Visit South Tyrol Museum of Archeology at Bolzano, where Ötzi is exposed since 1998, or go to the Val Senales Glacier by cable car, close to his find spot. [own arrangement]