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An independent panel of expert judges, representing the European museum sector, will determine the winners of EMYA Awards. The judges will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging debate ensuring that the winning museums are truly outstanding.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

Profile EMYA Judging Panel

  • Judges are invited by the EMF Board of Trustees to participate in the panel based on their experience, acumen and expertise. The panels membership reflects a wide international range, and a wide range of professional disciplines associated with the achievement of excellence in European museums
  • The judging panel exists of a maximum of 13 persons and a minimum of 9
  • Judges should serve for a term of three years from the date of their appointment. The Board of Trustees can invite a judge to serve for a second term
  • The Chair of the judging panel sits on the Board of Trustees as a formally appointed Trustee
  • Judges are independent and receive no personal or financial benefit from their participation. While the role is unremunerated, travel and out of pocket expenses are paid
  • In the selection process diversity in gender, age and cultural background is aspired.


Kimmo Antila, MA, Finland

Kimmo appreciates museums as learning environments and believes that museums can also deal with the difficult issues. Kimmo is interested in narratives and technological solutions at the museums and he is enchanted by stories, art and music.

Kimmo Antila is the director of the Finnish Postal Museum (since 2012) located in Tampere and he has studied i.a. history, computing science, sociology, museum management and industrial heritage (University of Tampere, Deutsches Museum, The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm).

He had been working at the museums, universities, companies and state offices since the beginning of the 1990s. Antila was as a lecturer at the Finnish University Network for the History of Science and Technology (2002- 2006) and the project manager for Museum Centre Vapriikki (2006-2012), including the project lead and curating for Tampere 1918, Museum of Finnish Civil War (EMYA 2011 special commendation).

Kimmo is a member of the board in the Finnish Museum Association (2015-) and a board member and past president for the Finnish Society for the History of Technology (2004-). In previous years he had been a member of the board in two international organizations ICOM-CIMUSET (2010-2015) and ICOHTEC, International Committee for the History of Technology (2010-2013). He is member of the EMYA judging panel since May 2016.

Karmele Barandiaran, Spain

Karmele is interested in socializing museums in order to facilitate access to knowledge and stimulating the critical sense of citizens

Karmele Barandiaran is Head of the Development and Public Area at San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian-Spain (EMYA 2013 Special Commendation). She has been Assistant Director for the relaunch of the new and reinvented San Telmo Museum. Karmele has taken part in the creation and management of many small/medium size museums. She has been Manager of the Oiasso Roman Museum, Director at the Zumalakarregi Museum, Director of the Igartubeiti Country House Museum and Manager of the Rezola Concret Museum. She was founding partner and co-director of K6-Cultural Management (1989), Senior Museum Technician of the Regional Council of Gipuzkoa and Board Member of the Association of Museums Professionals of the Basque Country (1995-1999). Since 2008, Karmele is Member of the Advisory Council of Museums in the Basque Government.

Marco Biscione, Italy

Marco Biscione is Director of the Museum of Oriental Art in Turin. Marco is interested in the relationships among societies, communities and museums and the way they interact.

Trained as an anthropologist (University of Rome, London School of Economics), he worked at the Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “L. Pigorini” in Rome (1983-2002) as curator of the Pacific Department. After an experience as seconded national expert in Culture at the European Commission -DG Education and Culture in Brussels (2002-2006) and later on at the Council of Europe - Direction for Culture and Cultural Heritage in Strasbourg (2009-2010), he was appointed Director of the Civic Museums of Udine (2010-2014). He is member of the EMYA Judging panel since June 2017. 

Dr Christophe Dufour, Switzerland

Christophe is devoted to museology and the creation of exhibitions, favouring topics on the side lines of traditional natural history

Director of the Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Neuchâtel, Switzerland from 1981 to 2016

Under the direction of Christophe Dufour, the Natural History Museum of Neuchâtel has become reference in Switzerland and Europe in the fields of research and museology. His PHD thesis in entomology has set up a methodology for processing biological data with the help of computers. It was followed, in 1985, by the opening within the museum of the CSCF (Swiss Centre of cartography of the fauna) to promote automated cartography and monitor the fauna of Switzerland (

Temporary exhibitions produced by the Natural History Museum of Neuchâtel under the direction of Christophe Dufour have gradually drawn national and international attention. The museum has indeed gained recognition as an important center of creation. Several of its exhibitions have travelled in Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Québec. The museum and its exhibitions were honoured by several distinctions.

Metka Fujs, Slovenia

Metka is following Pamuk’s advice to read museums as novels and observe their impact in socialization and cultural participation.

Metka Fujs is a historian and sociologist, museum councillor and since 2013 director of the Pomurje Museum Murska Sobota - Slovenia (EMYA 1999 Special Commendation) where she started her professional career as a curator in 1983. Since then she has been a member of different national bodies in the field of history, museums and cultural policy in general; a chair of Slovenian Museum Association (2006 – 2014), and an officer/board member of ICOM- ICR/ International Committee for Regional Museums (2004- 2016). She is an author of over 200 bibliographic titles about local history, cultural-history, regional development, museology and national legislation in the field of museums and cultural heritage protection; editor of several museum journals and newsletters and author or co-author of numerous museum exhibitions. Metka received three highest Slovenian national awards for achievements in the field of museums (Valvasor award) for two permanent and one temporary museum exhibition. Her favourite are themes in which she can capture the complexity of human life as a time, closed and disclosed spaces, bridges. Under the direction of Metka Fujs the Pomurje Museum has been or still is a co-operator or leader of several national or cross-border projects with partners from Croatia, Hungary and Austria and other cultural projects co-financed by EU.

Prof Dr Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Poland

Barbara is committed to role of museums as agents of transformation that can open a zone of trust for confronting difficult histories.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews and University Professor Emirita at New York University. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage. She has received honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the University of Haifa, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Republic of Poland. She serves on Advisory Boards for the Council of American Jewish Museums, Jewish Museum Vienna, Jewish Museum Berlin, and the Jewish Museum of Tolerance Center in Moscow.

Linda Mol, MA, Netherlands

Linda is of the opinion that museum (re)development is one of the most exciting phases in a museum's history. She is interested in the impact this has, both externally - (re)defining the museum's role in society and reaching new audiences - and internally - on an organisational level.

Linda Mol is a senior consultant and (interim) project manager in the museum field with 25 years of experience. She started her museum career as an assistant curator in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands. During the refurbishment project of the Egyptian, Near Eastern and Greek & Roman departments of this museum she became project manager. In the National Maritime Museum Amsterdam Linda was as Head of Exhibition & Interpretation, responsible for the refurbishment of the complete museum, including the development of public programmes for all audience groups. She is a guest lecturer and a member of several (inter)national advisory committees and museum boards.

Marlen Mouliou, MA, PhD, Greece

Marlen is interested in the social value and transformative power of museums for individuals and communities alike.

Marlen Mouliou is full-time Lecturer of Museology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens-NKUA (Faculty of History and Archaeology) and Scientific Co-ordinator of the Postgraduate Programme in Museums Studies, NKUA. She is also responsible for the Public Archaeology activities organized in the context of the NKUA’s excavation project in Marathon.

From 2010 to 2016, she has served as Secretary and Chair of the International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities (ICOM-CAMOC); currently she is one of the Co-Coordinators of the project Migration:Cities /(im)migration and arrival cities (jointly run by CAMOC, CAM, ICR). Since 2016, she has been Member of the Panel of Judges for the European Museum of the Year Award and Vice-Chair of the European Academic Heritage Network (UNIVERSEUM).

For 16 years, she has worked as an archaeologist-museologist at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (Directorate of Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programmes) (1997-2013). She studied

Archaeology and History of Art at NKUA and Museology (MA, PhD) at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

She is founding member of the Scientific Committee of the first scientific journal of museology in Greece [Tetradia Mouseiologias, 2004 onwards] and of the online journal CAMOCnews.

Her research focuses also on museum archaeology and interpretation, urban museology, public archaeology, public participation in culture, systems thinking in museology and heritage management, museum careers and professionalism.

Mark O’Neill, FMA, PhD, Scotland (Chair of EMYA2019 Judging Panel)

Mark is interested in the social purposes of museums and in the health benefits of cultural participation

Independent Researcher & Consultant; Associate Professor, College of Arts, Glasgow University, Research Fellow, Museum Studies, Leichester University; Adviser, Event Communication, London.

Mark was Director of Policy & Research for Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers arts, museums, libraries and sports services for the City of Glasgow from 2009 – 2016. As head of Glasgow Museums from 1998 – 2009 he led the teams which established the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and created the Riverside Museum (Emya 2012).

Dina Sorokina, Russia

Dina's interests include fostering development of multicultural dialogue and cross-cultural exchange, especially among museums and museum enthusiasts, particularly in the context of global cooperation

Dina Sorokina is the Director of The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum, an integral part of the first presidential center in Russia. She studied in Russia, graduated from St. Francis College, New York and received her Master's degree in arts administration, as well as professional certificate with qualifications of appraiser in the field of fine and decorative arts from New York University. Among other professional engagements, she previously worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York on various aspects of the museum work. She is currently involved in a number of social and philanthropic projects in Russia. She joined EMF/EMYA as a member of the judging panel in May 2017.