Annual Conference sessions

The first Ecsite Conference took place in 1989. Here you can browse all conference sessions since 2010. Use the search engine to look for people, topics...

Looking for an older session? Our digital records start in 2007, with programme pdfs attached to each conference page

STEP UP/DOWN THE STAIRCASE | new session format | participants can be standing or seated, according to their fitness.
Antonia CaolaVesna PajićBlazej DawidsonKarsten Madsen

Question on the 17 SDGs & their implementation by each participant’s institutions will be the starting point to illustrate experiences on this strategic issue. Conversation will arose from the questions & become the stimulus for...

Strategy & vision
Hillary SpencerJulie LeclairCarina JaatinenGretchen BakerHillary SpencerFrancesca Polo

#takingrisks session abstract

The act of risk taking is of increasing importance in both our professional and personal lives. This session will ask the following questions: What is risk? Why do we take risks? What is failure? What does...

Strategy & vision
Carmen FenollosaAliki GiannakopoulouMaya HalevyGiovanni Stijnen

In 2015, Carlos Moedas, defined three strategic priorities for European Research and Innovation : Open Innovation, Open Science, and Openness to the World. Open science is the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination...

Meredith DobyPeter BishopKristin AlfordMeredith DobyMikko Myllykoski

Thinking about the future is fundamentally important for people of all ages. How can we as science centers provide a platform for this thinking? We can use future thinking to push our boundaries and those of our communities. Three diverse museums...

The Grand Bazaar now has a unique and well-established format of its own.
Martin KulhawczukIan RussellJohn DowneySamar D. KirreshPedro PomboHanne MadsenPeeranut KanhadilokMarco MirandaElin RobertsNoel JacksonDerek FishRonen MirSara Bagge

Welcome to the Grand Bazaar. Here dozens of creative and hands-on table-top activities await you, whether new to the profession or seasoned. At each station, create, experiment, or play with the truly wonderful variety of activities and...

Catherine MurphyDesiree VaccariniThomas B BergDobrivoje Lale EricMARINA LEONARDCatherine MurphyDesiree Vaccarini

Performance is being used across scientific organisations in many exciting ways. The reasons for this range from attempting to bring science to life, engaging new audiences, deepening understanding of key content and inviting in artists to open...

Idea jam-session
Strategy & vision
Lizzy BakkerBernhard KehrerAmparo Leyman PinoJochen HungerStefan FahrngruberBrad MacDonaldPaul OrselliHolly HastedMaarten TaborskyBob Van CleemputteMaarten OkkersenAdam Boal

During this session, Experimentarium’s rooftop will turn into a verbal playground, in which we will jam with ideas, improvise, and be as creative as we can be.

The set-up is simple: everyone gets one minute to share an idea that they’ve...

Manuel CiraAna Noronha

When it comes to the environment, it can be a challenge for us to push the borders of education, through to engagement, all the way to advocacy. Join us for this dynamic, collaborative workshop session where you will experience a new set of tools...

Mark WinterbottomMike PetrichBronwyn BevanMaria XanthoudakiHeather King

Tinkering has been part of the Ecsite community’s professional practice for some time. The Exploratorium was an early adopter of the approach and a leader in a global movement which encompasses museums, science centers, maker fairs, professional...

Research, theory & evaluation
Armin DuffSergey MukhametovWolfgang KesselheimSybill EbersNils Petter HauanChristina Brandenberger

The dawn of the digital era brings new tools for visitor research, for instance the possibility to track visitors and their activities. These methods stretch the boundaries of visitor research by entering the area of big data. Instead of asking...

House of Commons debate
Strategy & vision
Patricia VerheydenMikko MyllykoskiAntonio Gomes da CostaAndrea DurhamTom RockwellMarilena Pace

What is the future of science engagement? Will science centres still be relevant in engaging the public with science? Or should we focus on programs and outreach activities? Will artificial intelligence take over from human educators or is...