ANDREJA RIHTER, Slovenia (President): from 1986 to 2000 she was Director and programme manager at the Museum of Recent History Celje. In 2000 she was appointed Minister for Culture in the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. She has been National Correspondent of the European Museum Forum since 1997. From 1998 to 2001 she was also President of the Board, organiser of annual national meetings and many international meetings of the Slovenian Museum Association. She is now Head of the International School of Museology of Celje where she is actively involved in the organisation of seminars, lectures and workshops. She is an active tutor and professor specialized in work with children and youth. She is also Director of the Forum of Slavic Culture, Board member of ICOM-ICTOP and Board member of Hands-on! International.
WIM VAN DER WEIDEN, Netherlands (Chairman): Trained as an historian, he became director of Museon, the National Museum for Education and the first space theatre in Europe, Omniversum, both in The Hague. He was a member of the board of the Dutch Museum Association and one of the initiators of the Dutch Museum Pass. He was also chairman of ICOM Netherlands and a member of the Executive Council of ICOM. (International Council of Museums). In 1989 he became a member of the European Museum Forum and was since 2002 its chairman. For a period of 12 years he was director of Naturalis, the National Museum of Natural History in Leiden. In this period a complete new museum was built under his supervision. Since October 2003 he has been involved in the promotion of Dutch history. In that capacity he wrote the first draft for the future National Historical Museum.
MASSIMO NEGRI, Italy (Director): Scientific Director of the Executive Master in European Museology at the IULM University of Milan, teaches Museography also at the Post Graduate Master Course in Industrial Heritage as well as in the Erasmus Mundus Course on Industrial Heritage within the Course of History, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, of the State University of Padua. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Museum of the Duomo of Milan. Former Director of the European Museum Forum (1999-2009) and member of the Jury of the European Museum of the Year Award from 1983 to 2009. In 1993 he was awarded by the King of Spain the Cross of Officer of the Orden de Isabel la Catòlica.
ARNO VAN BERGE HENEGOUWEN, Netherlands: after his biology studies at Leiden University he became director and curator of the Natural History Museum in Tilburg. Later he was head of the Natural History Department of the educational museum of The Hague, Museon. Museonder, the first underground museum in the world developed for the National Park De Hoge Veluwe, was one of the highlights and was followed by a new visitor centre in the same park. He wrote the plan for an exhibition about plants in Botanica in Bremen’s Rhododendronpark. He wrote several popular science books in topics as marine biology, evolution and biodiversity.
KARL B. MURR, Germany: Chairman of the Judging Committee. Since 2009 head of the State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg; 2005-2009 Researcher of the State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg. PhD with the thesis "The Middle Ages in Modern Public memory of Emperor Ludwig of Bavaria in the Kingdom of Bavaria." 1999 Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University (Cambridge / Mass, USA). Studied modern history, Bavarian History, Medieval History and Philosophy at LMU. Since 2013 Chairman of the Judging Committee of the European Museum Academy.