Ecsite Annual Conference 2012

May 31 2012 - June 2 2012
Space and Time, Unlimited

Cité de l’espace, in Toulouse – France’s fourth-largest city – was the proud host of Ecsite’s 2012 Conference. 995 people attended.

Over 800 conference photos available on Flickr:

Coverage of the conference from Knowtex including videos, pictures, interviews:

Thanks to all for a successful and memorable conference.

“We are really excited to be involved in the preparation of this conference,” says Jean Baptiste Desbois, CEO of Cité de l’espace. “We are like a space team launching a mission!”

Professionals from science centres, natural history museums, universities, aquariums, zoos, research institutes and private companies will converge in Toulouse in spring 2012 to discuss the hottest topics in science communication.

Cutting-edge developments in the field, over 70 inspiring sessions, debates, workshops, a range of warm social engagements and unparalleled networking opportunities for which Ecsite Conferences have become famous.

Two days of Pre-Conference Intensive Workshops took place at Cité de l’espace on 29 and 30 May and the main Conference was held at a state-of –the-art venue in central Toulouse. The city’s famed Natural History Museum, also a partner of this year’s conference, opened its doors and gave attendees the chance to experience world-class collections and luscious bio diverse gardens.

“The scientific culture is really dynamic in Toulouse,” says Desbois.

This strong science culture comes partly from the fact that over 40,000 of the city’s citizens work in the space or civil aviation fields and over 15,000 in research and development labs. Toulouse is also a hub of the European aerospace industry.

Bring your ideas, meet new faces, reunite with colleagues and challenge yourself. We look forward to welcoming you to Toulouse, a gem of scientific culture in Midi-Pyrénées France, from 31 May – 2 June, 2012.

The numbers tell the story

  • Years of Ecsite Annual Conferences: 23
  • Participants expected in 2012: 1000
  • Speakers and conveners: 300
  • Number of sessions: 75
  • Session hours: 100
  • Estimated exhibitors: 55
  • Countries represented: 55
  • Pre-Conference Intensive Workshops: 6, held over 2 days
  • Pre-Conference participants: 200
  • In 2000, the Ecsite Annual Conference attracted 300 people; by 2009 we had increased attendance to one thousand.
  • The Ecsite Annual Conference is the second-largest science communication event in the world – you don’t need to be an Ecsite Member to join in on this amazing experience.

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Event ID Code to keep for the booking: 14142AF
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Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 15:21
Thanks to our conference photographer, Rachel Barranco, the 2012 conference photos just keep on comin’. Have a look on our Flickr photostream: