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September 18-21, 2024 (Wednesday - Saturday)

Galway, Ireland


Early registration now accessible! Click here to register today with discounted rates.


Printable schedule: forthcoming

Venue sites: forthcoming

Photo credit: Savage Beauty' by Kari Kola: A European Capital of Culture Commission, Galway 2020 | Photo: Cormac MacMahon 


Kari Kola © Cormac Mac Mahon Galway 2020.jpg




The Idaho Museum of International Diaspora’s (IMID) annual global conference is our signature educational and professional networking program held in various parts of the world. Our inaugural 2023 launch – Museums: The Future of Diaspora Engagement – was held in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, and our 2nd annual global conference – Climate on Culture – is confirmed for 2024 (September 18-21) in Galway, Ireland. Mark your calendars and prepare to join us for an enriching experience to #LearnDiscoverExplore through our speakers, partners, conference participants, and many more.

The conference is a result of the IMID's global engagement work, reflecting the vision of the IMID’s Global Leadership Council (GLC) and years of concerted efforts by council members. The GLC serves as a catalyst to expand the reach and impact of the IMID’s mission and vision across the globe.


Mission. To influence positive community transformation by highlighting the lives of diaspora and cultural groups from around the world.

Vision. To inspire an international movement of museums and institutions dedicated to diaspora and cultures. 


The GLC leads the international efforts to build a global network of cross-sector leaders, educators and academics, policymakers, and practitioners to elevate the relevancy of diasporas and cultures in museums, educational and cultural institutions, corporations, and governments. This responsibility resulted in the launch of the IMID's signature global conference program in collaboration with IMID's Academics and Research Team. Stay tuned for registration information and details.

ABOUT | 2024 Culture on Climate


Climate on Culture is the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora's 2nd annual 2024 global conference in Galway, Ireland.  The aim of this conference is two-fold: 

  1. Bring together a network of a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders, partners, and key participants in an immersive and cultural experience to #LearnDiscoverExplore the impact of climate on culture in broad and specific diasporic contexts; and 

  2. Create a platform for exchanging ideas and igniting conversations and collaboration beyond the conference scope.


While there are varying definitions and usage of the word “climate” in contextual settings and conversations, we define “climate” – particularly its impact on culture or vice versa – from two approaches: 

  1. External and environmental conditions (e.g., weather) over a period; and

  2. Prevailing attitudes, opinions, standards, cultures, etc. in the context of geographical (local, national, international), cultural, organizational, industry sector, academics, political, technological environments and more.


  1. Understand the parallels between challenges and opportunities of cultural preservation among climate diasporas.

  2. Engage participants to learn how culture and diaspora museums can play a critical role in shaping and showcasing the cultures of diasporas impacted by climate.

  3. Learn from cross-sector leaders and practitioners about the integral and critical role of culture as a resource for mitigation and adaptation of climate change.

  4. Discover how we are connected to each other and the environment through the lens of climate on culture from different perspectives (sociological, psychological, political, intercultural, educational, etc.) while taking into consideration the past–present–future scenarios and realities.

  5. Explore creative and sustainable opportunities and partnerships to impact transformational change.


1. Educators / academic professionals and researchers

2. Museum professionals, artists, and leaders and cultural practitioners across cultural and diaspora institutions

3. Private and government sector leaders

4. Organizations across industry sectors working with refugees and immigrants

5. People and organizations in the climate and environmental work


Early registration now accessible! Click here to register today with discounted rates.


Details forthcoming about the 4-day conference schedule (September 18-21, 2024). 

Day 1 (September 18, Wednesday):  Foundational

Day 1 is dedicated to providing participants with a deep dive immersive experience into the conference topic, providing a shared understanding and grounding of participants. Conference sessions will be held at the University of Galway.

VIP Partnership Dinner program agenda forthcoming.

Day 2 (September 19, Thursday):  Cross-Sector

Day 2 will be held at the Atlantic Technical University with access to arts, media, culinary platform, and additional learning platforms aligned to conference topics. The sessions will draw upon these various sectors/fields to advance interactive and immersive discussions centered on the conference topic.

Day 3 (September 20, Friday):  Workshops

Day 3 is the last day of the conference. It will be held in the city center and involve various workshops that will run in parallel. Many of the workshops will have both morning and afternoon sessions. The hands-on approach workshop will provide participants with cultural competencies and skills, knowledge, tools and/or models of practice.

Day 4 (September 21, Saturday):  Taste of Galway

This wrap-up day is open to all conference participants. Participants will enjoy a fun and lively networking experience over a delicious brunch and enjoy opportunities to share their feedback about the conference, exchange ideas and information, and build a network of friends and partners.

VIP Partnership Dinner

September 18 (Wednesday) | 7:00pm

JEKYLL at HYDE Hotel, Forster St, Galway, H91 PY7E, Ireland


Early registration rate $50 (full rate $75) | Purchase your ticket here today! 

Wedding Table Set

Join us September 18 for a special night of networking, cultural entertainment, and partnership opportunities!

Delight and excite your evening at our special VIP Partnership Dinner. At the end of the evening's program, hosted by Idaho Museum of International Diaspora's Global Leadership Council, our goal is to explain the world around us and invite partners to join our movement.


The conference speakers represent at least four geographical regions; however, several represent different diaspora groups who now live in their resettled host countries. The conference's range of speakers represent various industry sectors and personal and professional backgrounds. Stay tuned to learn more about our speakers. 


All of the conference sessions and workshops will be held in various venues in Galway, Ireland. Online participants will receive a Zoom link within 48 hours from the start of the conference (Sept. 18). Please see the schedule for information about conference sessions / workshops and venues. More details forthcoming.

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