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Towards a new strategy

Ecsite is currently conducting a fundamental review of its strategy to look ahead and build a stable, solid future for the entire network. All Ecsite members are invited to take part in this process and join the discussion throughout the year by participating in strategy design activities. 

The constant evolution of our field coupled with the end of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and changes in the internal and external environment led the Ecsite Board to conduct a fundamental review of the Ecsite strategy to look ahead and build a solid future for the entire network.

This strategic design process will last until the end of 2020 with three main phases: 

  • A research and insights phase to explore the future of science engagement 
  • An ideation and selection phase to define what Ecsite is and/or can be
  • A design phase to develop the strategy and action plan

With Ecsite members and external stakeholders, we will run interviews, organise workshops in the coming months and coordinate multiple activities during both the Ecsite Conference and at Directors' Forum, all aiming at gathering information from the science engagement community and listening to the needs of Ecsite members.

Ecsite members: this is your strategy

What are the challenges and opportunities in your organisation? How do you want this to be translated in Ecsite's strategy? 
Ecsite is your network, this strategic exercise is a valuable opportunity for you and your organisation to tell us what you hope for, desire and need for the future of the network and the field.

You can get involved by participating in one of our workshops

During these workshops, participants will be invited to define trends within and outside the science engagement field, discuss the challenges and opportunities your organisation faces and explore how a network such as Ecsite can best help you. 

The workshops will take place in March, April and May of this year.

Open and free to all Ecsite's members staff in all job roles

directors, facilitators, curators, marketers, learning professionals, exhibition developers, etc.

All the workshops are facilitated by Anatal Perlin, a highly experienced strategy consultant, specialised in speculative design methodologies on future topics. 

Important information:  Due to the uncertainty regarding the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Ecsite decided to cancel the five In-Person workshops originally planned in Brussels, Munich, Barcelona, Helsinki and Milan. They will be replaced by five additional online workshops that will be organised in September.

Virtual design sessions

To ensure that all Ecsite members can be involved in the strategy process, online workshops are organised in March and May.

The workshops will be looking into the future of science engagement from the angle of the topics listed below:

  •  Equity (23 and 30 March, 13:00-14:30 CET): As science engagement organisations, how do we change who we are and what we do to be relevant to all members within our community?
  • Challenging participation (8 and 15 April, 13:00-14:30 CET): How does fostering participation challenge our organisation? To what extent are we willing to give up control?
  • Non-thematic workshop (17 and 24 April, 15:00-16:30 CET)


Register here

Important information

The design workshops will be held in English. Registration is free of charge and is on a first-come, first-served basis with a restriction of one person per organisation. If needed, a waiting list will be set up.


Questions? Contact us at strategy@ecsite.eu