- ChairpersonI am the Experience director at Heureka, the Finnish science centre. My background is in history and classical philology, which both keep inspiring me through my life and times in science engagement. I think that in our profession we are dramaturges and storytellers. I am also the President of the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists. Besides science communication, I have a broad interest in cultures and languages – and especially in building bridges between them. – To live and to mix.
- ExpertI am the Head of Programming at Science Gallery Dublin, having joined in 2010 and developed shows such as ILLUSION, GROW YOUR OWN, LIFELOGGING and SECRET. I have previously worked in science broadcasting, youth outreach, and informal education. I hold an M.Sc. in Science Communication from Dublin City University and a BA (hons) in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am a regular contributor to Irish radio and organise TEDxDublin.
- ExpertI have spent my whole career working on quality science education, from being a STEM teacher trainer and author of a study book for student teachers, a presenter of science experiments in a television show, to creating memorable experiential learning experiences in a science museum. Now as Deputy Director of NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam, I am concerned with transforming the museum in a 21st century context, introducing a new STEM curriculum in the Netherlands and really involving citizens in scientific and technological developments.
- ExpertI am Development Division Director. I graduated from Inter-Faculty Studies in Environmental Protection at the Warsaw University, and worked in educational and fundraising NGOs as the Project Coordinator and Director of Development. I joined the team at the Copernicus Science Centre prior to its opening and have collaborated with all the CSC sponsors in joint events and activities ever since. My earlier professional experience in the field of fundraising resulted in setting up the Copernicus Club membership programme for the Centre’s regular visitors. I am a member of the Programme Committee of the European network of science centres and museums (Ecsite) annual conference (since 2013).
- ExpertI am Scientific Coordinator at Kiel Science Outreach Campus (KiSOC) / IPN, Germany. I hold a PhD in Nanoscience and worked as curator for Nano- and Bioscience at the Deutsches Museum in Munich for eight years. Today I am Scientific Coordinator of the Kiel Science Outreach Campus (KiSOC).
- ExpertInspiring and motivating especially children and young people to engage in the world of science and engineering has been a major part of my career. As Programme Manager at Experimentarium my main focus of work has been strategically managing a portfolio of European projects and have as such been in charge of many science learning projects and international relations. Furthermore, I have been involved in several initiatives aiming to motivate young people to engage in STEM with a specific focus towards engaging women. I am a passionate advocate of gender inclusion and member of the diversity interest group under Ecsite. Being a member of the ACPC committee since 2015 I have appreciated inspiring and thought provoking insights and discussions.
- ExpertI am Head of Communications & Marketing at the Museon (The Hague), since 2012. As a member of the management team, I am involved in a wide range of policy areas and play an active part in formulating the museum concept, devising a vision and planning for the future. The Museon is a partner in various international projects and I am responsible for the management of these. This includes the overall management of the High Tech Romans project, which is in the hands of the Museon. Since 2009, I have been a member of the programme committee of the Ecsite Annual Conference. I am also an elected member of the board of the VSC (the association of science museums and science centers in the Netherlands and Flanders) and chair of the editorial committee of Spokes, the monthly online magazine of Ecsite.
- ExpertI am Project manager at Ustanova Hisa eksperimentov - The House of Experiments, Ljubljana, Slovenia. I am an experienced project manager in the non-profit and profit sector with international work experience. I am also the coordinator of the Slovenian science festival Znanstival. I am a passionate museologist interested in the development of science communication.
- ExpertI am Curator of the Exhibitions division, Exhibitions projects department, Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (Universcience), Paris, France. Originally an expert in children's exhibitions with a science background, I am now working on travelling shows and European projects. I am on the lookout for all kinds of museographical proposals, in science centres of course but also in art and societal museums. I advocate for the intellectual and cognitive comfort of all visitors, whether experts or novices.
- ExpertI have been CEO and a first employee of Techmania Science Center since 2006, Pilsen, Czech Republic. I have been a Chairman of the board of the Czech Association of Science Centers since its beginning in 2014. I have earned my master’s in education and I am focused on learning especially the way students can get skills needed in the 21st century through the cooperation of formal and informal Education.
- 2016 conference host representativeI am Executive Manager of the Austrian Association Science Center-Network which I co-initiated in 2005. I have been working in science communication since completing my PhD at the University of Vienna as a molecular biologist. Enabling joyful learning in open and engaging settings is what I cherish within the network and in science center activities for various publics. I am an advocate for social inclusion and diversity and was a Noyce leadership fellow in 2013/14.
Contact nameCarlosCatalao AlvesBoard MemberCiencia Viva2017 conference host representativeWith a PhD in Education, University of Cambridge, UK, I was a multimedia project manager for education at Cambridge Training and Development. Back in Portugal, in 1996, I joined the founding team of Ciência Viva as project director. I returned later to Cambridge for a PhD in science education and communication. After 2007, I became chief of staff for Education and Culture at the Lisbon City Council, and am, since then, one of the directors of Ciencia Viva and its network of science centres. I teach Science Communication and Education, in master programmes at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and I am a research associate at the CIES, Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia. My research is focused on the social mission of universities and scientific institutions, particularly in terms of its contribution to science education and public engagement with science.
Contact nameMaria JoãoFonsecaInterim Executive CoordinatorNatural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto2017 conference host representativeWith a background in animal biology and biology teaching and a PhD in science education and communication, I am currently Interim Executive Coordinator at the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto. I am also Head of Communication at the Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetics Resources (CIBIO-InBIO), in Portugal, being in charge of coordinating and promoting science communication and outreach activities. I have been involved in the design and evaluation of formal and informal educational activities, teacher training, and outreach initiatives for all sorts of audiences.
- 2018 conference host representativeI have been Head of public engagement and exhibitions at the Natural history museum and Science history museum of Geneva since 2014. I graduated in Neurosciences and Scientific communication from Lyon and Strasbourg Universities (France). After a few years as journalist and as scientific mediator in Paris, I joined the Musée des Confluences project in Lyon, first as exhibition designer (2002-2010) and then as a strategic director (2011-2014). I am interested in the relations between sciences and societies, of cultural identities and their stakes. I particularly focus on the meaning of photography in this perspective and I collaborate to the International Extraordinary Textiles Festival in France and to extra europe as curator.
- Ecsite Office representativeI am the Executive Director of Ecsite. Before I joined Ecsite in 2006, I was working for the Office de Coopération et d’Information Muséographiques (OCIM, France) as a Training coordinator and Special projects manager. From 1992 to 1994, I was Professional development coordinator and then Executive director of the Société des Musées Québécois. I have an MBA in Management of Cultural Organisations from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal. I studied Physics at the Université du Québec, Canada.
- Ecsite Office representativeI am a science communicator. I hold a Museum Studies MA from Leicester University (UK) and started my career in museums, developing and delivering exhibitions at the Natural History Museum, London and the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium, before moving to an exhibition design company. In 2014 I joined Ecsite, where I act as the Communications and Events Manager. I am interested in storytelling and public engagement across all media.