Mission

Ecsite’s vision is to foster creativity and critical thinking in European society, emboldening citizens to engage with science. Its mission is to inspire and empower science centres, museums and all organisations that engage people with science, and to promote their actions. The network gathers more than 350 organisations in Europe and world-wide.

Our vision

Ecsite’s vision is to foster creativity and critical thinking in European society, emboldening citizens to engage with science.

A European platform

Ecsite, the European network of science centres and museums, was created in 1990. Ecsite’s mission is to inspire and empower science centres, museums and all organisations that engage people with science, and to promote their actions. 

Active in the field of science communication, our 350+ members are science centres, museums, research bodies, festivals, universities, planetariums, foundations and learned societies, companies, local authorities…

Ecsite members' convening power draws more than 40 million citizens each year to science-related debates, exhibitions, workshops, events or platforms.

As a network, Ecsite catalyses its members' collective strengths into a powerful voice, at the forefront of public engagement with science.

To service its members, Ecsite organises the largest professional science communication conference in Europe, represents science engagement at European level, shapes and spreads best practice through its publications and awards, takes part in European projects – and more. Join!

Ecsite acts as a platform to:

  • Shape the future of science engagement
  • Watch trends, boost creativity and learn from each other
  • Harness its members’ collective powers and catalyse social impact
  • Collaborate at European level and worldwide

 

Each day, our members inspire people about science and technology

Ecsite members welcome over 40 million visitors per year in their venues - and many millions more through their websites and outreach activities.

They create life-changing experiences, stimulate creativity, enable dialogue, spread tools for innovation. They are vibrant hubs,  providing a common ground where all stakeholders can meet and discuss controversial and contemporary issues about science and technology. They inspire young visitors to embark on scientific careers. They contribute to changing attitudes towards science and technology.

They put on exhibitions, run workshops and courses, host debates and conferences, manage online platforms…

Ecsite’s actions concentrate on Europe but we welcome members from all around the world: our network spans 50+ countries.

Our values

Cooperation

We promote knowledge and ideas sharing as key to the success of each of our members.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

We commit to actively nourishing procedures that welcome diversity in the organizational nature, purpose, opinions and perspectives of our members, in compliance with Ecsite’s objectives and values. We commit to including everyone as a participant regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, ability or political affiliation.

Integrity and Professionalism

We commit to ethical standards that make us accountable and transparent and to identifying and promoting efficient and valuable practices in our field.

Creativity and Innovation

We champion a culture of innovation. Our members stimulate creativity and critical thinking among citizens.

Active citizenship

We believe science capital is an essential condition for a well-functioning democracy. We advocate for the involvement of citizens in the research process.

More about Ecsite

Discover our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, leaf through Ecsite's annual reports,  and read up on the association's history

Discover Ecsite’s Statement on science and evolution, Ecsite’s Declaration on public engagement in climate change and Ecsite’s Position on biodiversity

Browse through a wealth of Ecsite corporate publications in this website's resources section.

Download the Ecsite logo and visual identity guidelines.