As a member of Ecsite, you will be able to exchange experiences with the best professionals in the field, collaborate on European projects, attend the Ecsite Annual Conference at a discounted fee, participate in high-profile events, keep abreast of the latest news from other members and the EU institutions - and much more.
Categories of membership
All members Ecsite members are united by an interest in the field of science engagement and in the objectives of Ecsite. They share Ecsite’s mission, values and position statements.
Ecsite welcomes three different categories of members, according to organisation status (profit and non-profit) and location (Europe or outside).
All membership applications are reviewed by the Ecsite Board, that also decides on the best fitting membership category for each applicant. Board meetings are usually taking place in March, June and November.
You will find more details on eligibility criteria and categories in the Internal Regulations. To simplify, in most cases:
- Full Members are non-profit organisations based in geographical Europe that have science engagement at the heart of their activities. They have exclusive access to a number of benefits (see below), including participation in Ecsite governance and acces to the Directors Forum.
- Associate Members are non-profit organisations based outside of Europe.
- Sustaining Members are for-profit organisations active in the field of science engagement. Provision is also made for one-person companies.
Summary of benefits to different membership categories
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|BENEFITS||FULL MEMBERS||ASSOCIATE||SUSTAINING||1-PERS. COMPANY|
|ENRICH YOUR PRACTICE / DEVELOP YOUR NETWORK|
|Network with Senior management and take part in the Directors Forum||X|
|Join the community of professionals of the four Thematic groups||X||X||X|
|Enjoy discounts and / or priority on learning opportunities||X||X||X||X|
|Visit Ecsite members for free with Ecsite Move||X|
|Enjoy a discount on Annual Conference registration fees||X|
|Enjoy a larger discount on Annual Conference registration fees||X||X||X|
|Be invited by Ecsite to participate in EU-funded projects||X||*||X|
|Receive Ecsite’s monthly magazine Spokes by email||X||X||X||X|
|Access members’ only news||X||X||X||X|
|Receive your copy of Spokes Panorama, a yearly digest highlighting trends in the field||X|
|RAISE YOUR VISIBILITY AND ENLARGE YOUR MARKET|
|Enjoy a booth rental discount at the Annual Conference Business Bistro||X|
|Get a discount on the Annual Conference Sponsors packages||X||X|
|Promote your travelling exhibitions on EXTRA for free||X||X||X||X|
|Display your corporate profile on the online Members directory||X||X||X||X|
|Publish your news and events on the Ecsite website’s members page||X||X||X||X|
|Advertise on the Ecsite website at a reduced rate||X||X||X|
|GOVERN YOUR ASSOCIATION|
|Join the Board of Ecsite||X|
|Vote at the Annual General Meeting||X|
|Be part of the Annual Conference Programme Committee (ACPC) and other committees||X|
|Receive a printed Annual Report||X||X||X||X|
|MAKE THE CASE|
|Receive structured information and be part of advocating efforts at European and national levels||X|
2017 membership fees
For Full members there are four different fee categories, depending on the yearly turnover of your science engagement activities.
Fees for other membership categories do not depend on turnover.
Associate to Full transition*
|< €1 million||
|€1 million -
|€5 million -
|€15 million and over||€3,000|
*Associate to Full transition: in 2017, a number of formely Associate members are being asked to become Full members. In this transition year, these organisations are being charged the lowest Full membership rate, regardless of their turnover.
The annual turnover (or operating income) includes all incomes such as: revenues from admission, educational activities, rental of premises, revenue from rented outreach/ travelling activities and exhibitions, memberships dues, financial support from national and local government and from local authorities, grants and funding, restricted funds released during the year, donations, sponsorships (cash only), proceeds from fundraising activities and financial investments such as stock shares in companies.
Note that in cases where a member is part of a larger organisation (research institute, university etc.) the declared turnover should take into account only those activities that relate to the science engagement part of the organisation.
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