UMAC Award 2018


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One of the activities of Campus Martius, courtesy Perm University.

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The winner of the UMAC AWARD 2018 is the project CAMPUS MARTIUS, or how to become a citizen of Perm University, from the Perm University History Museum, Russia.

Campus Martius is aimed at drawing attention to the historic collections of Perm University. A multi-format Forum was created at the University in front of the Museum, to hold events, involve university students, professors and graduates. At the Forum discussions about the consciousness and participation in campus life on basis of antique collections are taking place. Another activity is discussions outside the campus at international festivals, in public actions and lectures. The community is now much more involved in the museum and other post effects are related to the collections, the University and the education itself.

In the words of the 2018 UMAC Award Evaluation Committee: “Creating a forum for open discourse is a vital role for museums in higher education, equally important in engaging the community. The case of Campus Martius, with its collections-based public lectures, walks and excursions throughout the city, manages to engage students, professors, staff and also common citizens from Perm. It is an especially interesting case because it provides an innovative solution for a museum with limited space, limited resources and no visibility. Perm University History Museum has doubled its visitors and is now part of the cultural map of the city.”


“I am very proud of our Museum team. The UMAC Award encourages them to continue working on socially important projects, and our goal is to support them.”
Igor Makarikhin, Rector of Perm State University

“The UMAC Award came as a surprise for us, but at the same time, it is proof that we chose the right direction for museum development. Such support is significant as it gives strength to overcome barriers and find new forms of work. We hope that this victory will also inspire university museums in Russia. We can be bright independent agents that make the world a better place.”
Maria Romashova, Director of Perm University History Museum

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Outdoor Photo Exhibition: Plant-Insect Interactions

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium


Photo courtesy ULB.

The essence of this project is an outdoor exhibition of 109 colour photographs illustrating relations between insects and plants in the Jardin botanique Jean Massart. All photographs were taken by amateur photographers, regular visitors of the garden. The theme was “plant-insect interactions”. Why? Research has recently shown that the Jardin botanique Jean Massart is a hotspot of insect biodiversity, hosting 2,000 species of insects. An ode to biodiversity in the capital of Europe! The original project combines science with a rich and surprising approach.



Photosynthesis/The Garden by Our Visitors

University of Coimbra, Portugal


Photo courtesy UC.

The Botanic Garden of the University of Coimbra is a privileged setting for the photographic memories of those who visit the garden. Thousands of visitors took photos among the plants, capturing different periods of the Garden. After an open call, where people could share their photos and stories of the Garden, an open-air exhibition was created. And a personal archive of the Garden was compiled that continues to grow online. The project involves the citizens of the area and helps the research about the past of this botanical garden. The idea of the project is community engagement with the University.

The nomination in local media:

University of Coimbra


Tudo sobre Jardins


Notícias de Coimbra





Barbara Rothermel, Vice-Chair UMAC, USA
Graciela Weisinger Cordero, Vice-Chair UMAC, Argentina
Laishun An, Vice-President of ICOM, China
Muriel Guedj, Université de Montpellier, France

Terry Simioti Nyambe, ICOM Executive Council Member, Zambia
Chair (non-voting): Ing-Marie Munktell, Sweden