First impressions of the conference in Ottawa

See you next year at the Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin!

Excursion to the Canadian Railway Museum in St. Constant

Conference participants trying the VR-App at the National Gallery of Canada

Day 2: Canada Science and Technology Museum

Day 1 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Presidents letter: Join us at this year’s conference!

Dear IATM members and non-members,


This past year we had a wonderful conference that took us to Lucerne, Berne and through the historic tunnels to the Ticino district of Switzerland on the Italian border. We were warmly welcomed by the Transport Museum in Lucerne, the Museum of Communication in Berne and to Bellinzona in Ticino and the Castello Sasso Carbero.

As always it was wonderful to bring together colleagues from museums facing the same issues with the same lack of resources. You can read the full report at

In Switzerland we tried a new type of model for the sessions. Instead of having presenters at each session we broke into groups and were given a problem to solve. It was an issue that the host museum was facing but one that everyone could relate to. The result was a great set of solutions and a tighter knit group of participating museums. We will feature the same format for some of the upcoming sessions this October in Ottawa where we will delve even further in to the issues we face in the 21st century as transport and communication museums.


This brings me to my yearly pitch to invite every member and any non-members who are considering membership to join us at this year’s conference. It is a wonderful way to engage with colleagues, share experiences and to remember how important the work that we accomplish actually is for our respective nations and the world around us. We work hard at getting the business of running a museum right but we often feel isolated in seeking solutions. There is always a moment at every conference, no matter how experienced the museum professional that we have that aha moment or epiphany during a conversation with others or one of the sessions. If you are going to invest in one thing this year I would enjoin you to make it this conference.

For many it is a long trek to North-America. But we have a great program ready for you and Ottawa is home to the national museums of Canada and a wealth of attractions. As Canada’s capital it plays host to many wonderful initiatives and you will be just in time for the changing leaves for which we are renowned. We will be in both Ottawa and Montreal for the conference. So please consider making the journey to Canada and join us for a great conference that we are cohosting with CIMUSET. This year will feature an even wider scope of museum professionals from both IATM and CIMUSET.

I look forward to greeting you all this fall.


Stephen Quick

Stephen Quick

International Association of Transport and Communications Museums

Deadline for Call for papers is ending soon!

IATM invites you to submit papers for the 43rd conference which will be held in Ottawa at 15- 17 (optional 18) October 2018. As usual we will start the conference with a Meet & Greet on Sunday, 14 October at the evening.

Please submit your Registration Form and your Call for Paper Application Form with abstract by midnight (12:00AM, EST) June 29th, 2018 to:

Call for Paper Application Form

Submission Guidelines:
• Abstracts must not exceed 250 words.
• Submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM, EST) June 29th, 2018. Late entries will not be considered.
• All submissions will be vetted by the Review Committee.
• Your submission (and any subsequent acceptance) of an abstract is a commitment by you to present your paper in person at the conference.
• Submitters will be notified, via email, by the Review Committee regarding the acceptance or rejection of their abstract by July 23, 2018.
• No individual may present more than one paper.
• Co-authors and co-presenters must be defined when submitting your abstract.
• We prefer submissions to be in English.

The meeting will be held in English with some limited translations from and to French when necessary.

Conference report 2017

The 42nd IATM Conference under the theme “Museum 4.0 – Digital opportunities for Transport and Communications Museums” was held in Lucerne and Berne (Switzerland) from 24 – 27 September 2017. Have a look at the report or the results of the round tables.


Welcome to Switzerland!


We are delighted to welcome you to Switzerland as guests of the 2017 IATM Conference. The Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne and the Museum of Communication in Berne have put together an exciting and wide-ranging conference programme under the theme Museum 4.0 – Digital opportunities for Transport and Communication Museums.

You can expect the following high points:

▶ Interactive presentations and discussions on the theme of Museum 4.0
▶ Tours of two of Switzerland’s most popular museums
▶ Lake cruise on famous Lake Lucerne
▶ Rail journey on the historic Gotthard mountain line into Canton Ticino, returning via the world’s longest railway tunnel (57 km)
▶ Visit to the refurbished Museum of Communication in Bern
▶ Efficiently organised IATM annual general meeting in Bern

Switzerland is the land of public transport. As evidence, every attendee is receiving an exclusive four-day Swiss Travel Pass providing free travel throughout the country’s public transport network.

We look forward to seeing you!
Register here!
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Swiss Museum of Transport Lucerne
Museum of Communication Berne

Conference report 2016

The 41st IATM Conference under the theme “The role of the artefact in 21st century museums” was held in Edinburgh and Glasgow  (United Kingdom) from 25 – 28 September 2016. Have a look at the report: IATM Conference 2016