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Nina Simon keynote speech at the 2017 Ecsite Annual Conference, Porto, Portugal. 17 June

Have you missed the two keynote speeches at the 2017 Ecsite Annual Conference in Porto?

Professor Alice Roberts is an anthropologist, author and broadcaster, and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. You can watch her keynote speech here. She’s been a familiar face on British TV since 2001 when she first appeared on Time Team Live, and has since presented several landmark series including BBC’s The Incredible Human Journey, Are We Still Evolving? and Origins of Us - as well as several Horizon programmes and the long-running Digging for Britain series. She’s written seven popular science books, including The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize in 2015. Alice Roberts' keynote speech was sponsored by The Kavli Foundation.

Nina Simon has been described as a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her audience-centred approach to design. She is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, where she led an institutional turnaround based on grassroots community participation. You can watch her keynote speech here. Nina is the best-selling author of The Participatory Museum (2010), The Art of Relevance (2016) and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. Previously, Nina worked as an independent consultant and exhibition designer with over one hundred museums and cultural centres around the world. Nina began her career at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. She lives off the grid in the Santa Cruz mountains with 14 people, 27 chickens, 5 dogs, and 1 zipline.

And while you're in our youtube channel, take a sneak peak at the Opening Ceremony video, including speeches by officials, host and Ecsite representatives, the 2017 Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards, all combined with musical and poetic interludes.

Annual conference

Ecsite Annual Conference 2017

This 28th edition brought 1,058 participants from 52 different countries to Porto, Portugal.  A warm thank you to our brilliant hosts: Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP) and Ciência Viva - and of course to all the participants who make this conference so special!