Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards

The Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards encourage those people and organisations who demonstrate innovation, creativity and who through their work actively show how they are making an impact. They are a source of inspiration for others.

Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards

Encouraging participation, fostering curiosity, engaging minds, having fun.

Created in 2015, the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards encourage creative and impactful work within the informal science education sector.
Open to all Ecsite members, they provide a prestigious incentive and reward, and contribute to the development of excellence in science engagement.

Like the ever-developing field of science itself, the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards are dynamic, with categories changing each year.

The awards are named after José Mariano Gago (1948 - 2015), a key figure of European science engagement. He was a founder of the Portuguese Ciência Viva network of science centres and an active contributor to Ecsite activities over the years. "In a few decades Mariano Gago was able to build a modern scientific community deeply rooted in Portuguese society, implementing his vision that science is source of both technical and human progress. Mariano Gago was also the founder of LIP," explained Mário Pimenta President of the LIP laboratory, generous contributor to the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards.

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Past awards

Browse through past editions: categories, winners, jury members...

past awards

2016 Strategic Partnership awards

Musik med hela kroppen


Winner: Tekniska museet, Stockholm, Sweden - for the partnership undertaken with artist Håkan Lidbo on the interactive exhibit “Make Music with Your Whole Body”. The exhibit is part of MegaMind, a new exhibition space dedicated to creativity and was co-created with children, taking into account the needs of physically impaired visitors.

The Jury was impressed by the openness of this collaboration, and the evidence of profound learning both on the artist’s and on the science centre’s side. This project struck a chord with the Jury: it is an inspiring example of co-creation for the science engagement community.

Highly commended

Highly commended project: International Centre for Life, Newcastle, United Kingdom - for their partnership built with the Northumbria University. The partnership served as the basis for a continuing programme of activity that reinforced Life’s mission to be the best place in the UK for enthusing and engaging everyone in science, and Northumbria University’s vision as a research based, business focused, and professional university with a global reputation for academic quality. It included (and continues to include) exhibitions, public events, courses, internships, research collaborations...

The Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Gala Ball of the 2016 Ecsite Annual Conference on 9 June in Graz, Austria. 


This year, Ecsite members were competing for one prize: the Ecsite Strategic Partnership Award, recognising extraordinary collaboration between an Ecsite member and an external partner whose work together enabled them to achieve goals neither of them could have reached by themselves alone. 

The prize

One senior manager from the Tekniska Museet will be invited to the 2016 Ecsite Directors Forum (16-18 November 2016, Granada, Spain) where they will share their experience in a workshop they will run for their peers.

The Jury

  • Chair of the Jury