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HandsOn! Conference 2023 Create the magic poster


HandsOn! Conference 2023 Create the magic poster
HandsOn! Conference 2023 Create the magic poster



At Hands On! International Conferences, innovation meets inspiration. Hands On! has organized conferences since 1996 – every two years, we (co-)host a special event at which we explore the latest developments in the field of children’s education in museums, children’s museums, and science centres. Join us on a transformative journey of knowledge exchange and networking, as we bring together thought leaders, experts, and enthusiasts from around the globe.

Our conference is a dynamic platform that fosters insightful discussions, cutting-edge workshops, and meaningful connections, all aimed at driving positive change in diverse fields. Whether you’re an industry veteran or a curious mind, this is your opportunity to engage with the latest trends, share your insights, and collaborate towards a brighter future. Discover new horizons, amplify your expertise, and be a part of the vibrant tapestry of ideas at Hands On International Conferences.

About this year's conference

Are you non-stop committed to the next generations? Are you looking for new ways to shape a sustainably positive future? Be part of “CREATE THE MAGIC! – for a better tomorrow”. Creaviva, Zentrum Paul Klee and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums will be your hosts and facilitators in Bern from 25 – 27 October 2023.

Together with 160 other curators and future designers, you will learn how to make your scientifically or culturally oriented institution more fit for the future and how to shape your offers more participatory. The variety of socially relevant topics helps you to question yourself, your actions and your institution and to improve your effectiveness.

For more information, the program and registration for our 2023 conference visit

Special offer for members

Members receive a discount for the Hands On! Conference, which takes place every two years in a different cultural city. This is a unique opportunity for the international Hands On! community to meet, exchange ideas and get inspired. Members can submit proposals to host lectures, workshops and presentations about their organization during the conference.

Past conferences

Vienna 2021

Frankfurt 2019

Czech Republic 2017