Ecsite Annual Conference 2013

June 6 2013 - June 8 2013
Dreams, the spirit of innovation

The 2013 Ecsite Annual Conference took place in Gothenburg, Sweden and was hosted by Universeum. It gathered 1,058 participants from 47 countries.

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The Opening Ceremony

Keynote Susan Greenfield

Keynote Dominique Pestre

The Closing Ceremony

Conference theme

Dreaming ideas into reality is the spirit of innovation. Dreams, as sources of uncommon images and ideas, contribute to developing inventions. Once inventions become socially accepted and used, they become innovation. Dreams enrich innovation with meaning and purpose.

The online registration is now closed. It is still possible to register for the Ecsite Annual Conference 2013 on site in Gothenburg. Registration desks are open 08h00-17h30 at the Conference Centre from Tuesday 4 June to Saturday 8 June. We accept payment in cash (Swedish Crowns-SEK) or by card (Maestro, Visa or Mastercard only). No cheques are accepted.

Innovation calls for thinking in flexible, integrative and multidisciplinary ways; it requires an ability to synthesize humanity’s diverse cultural and economic realities to face the future in a proactive way.

Innovation was once only associated with new the development of new products and technologies. But innovation now encompasses new ways of offering services, fresh business models and management practices, as well as new processes, pricing plans and routes to market.

Once attributed to a select group of professionals — designers, engineers or scientists—innovation has now come to be viewed as the responsibility of entire organizations and sectors. The imperative is for innovation to engage people’s skills and imaginations as often and in as many places as possible.

If innovation was traditionally directed by the producers, it is now increasingly led from the opposite direction with users or consumers in the innovation driver’s seat. With this in mind, informal learning environments must make way for innovative methods and new technologies in order to remain vital in the 21st Century. We realize that society’s participation in our various processes and offers is crucial. How can our communities initiate innovative endeavors in all aspects of our work?

Science communicators must play a double role as agents of creativity and as the interface between invention and user. Can science centres and museums afford not to be at the heart of this process? More than ever, science communication organizations are needed as leaders and dreamers of innovation amid our world’s changing demographics, evolving meanings and perceptions, threatened natural world, shaken economy, imbalanced access to resources, power de localization, and blurred areas of trust.

How can science centres, museums and science communication professionals help future generations innovate for social well-being? How can we harness the confidence and insight for new approaches to problem-solving? Where can we find the motivation, inspiration and commitment to turn dreams into reality?



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