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

Exhibit development
Carina JaatinenLee Skolnick, FAIASuzanne MacLeodMikko Myllykoski

This workshop follows up on, and offers an opportunity to put into practice the themes of the preceding panel session. Participants will be invited to take on one of a series of group...

Social event

A networking highlight!

Ecsite invites all participants to come together for a drink among exhibitors' booths.

Traditionally exhibitors bring specialities from their home countries.


Science ♥ society
Aliki GiannakopoulouMaya HalevyMeie van LaarVanessa MignanMarianne Pouget

A number of science centres and museums seem to have begun undertaking new roles: beyond enthusing young people about science and inspiring them to embrace STEM careers, these organisations are more and more involved in projects and activities...

Strategy & vision
Ana NoronhaMaria MenendezAndré AbreuHans Gubbels

Science centres and museums can take advantage of the inherent wonder Space inspires in order to enhance their exhibitions and activities about sustainable development on Earth.

Explore how space science and technology contributes to the...

Annette KlinkertMiha KosLeonardo AlfonsiMarco MirandaIrena Cieślińska

From science museums and centres to research institutions and citizens associations, an increasing set of actors are transforming the city into an arena for new forms of science communication and engagement. This session will focus on the...


Say goodbye to our 2018 hosts and hello to the Experimentarium team who will be welcoming us for the 2019 Ecsite...

Mark WinterbottomElizabeth McGregor JacobidesDeepak MehtaAlina NatmessnigMarjolein van Breemen

Good news! 21st century skills are not about technology and coding only. Competences like communication & collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity are also increasingly significant. How can we, informal...

Research case study
Research, theory & evaluation
Armin DuffWolfgang KesselheimArmin DuffChristoph HottigerChristina Brandenberger

How do we explore natural phenomena around us? What does it take for personal discoveries to happen? Due to the internal and subjective nature of these processes, these questions are almost impossible to answer. However, when visitors explore...

Isabelle Chabanon-PougetMelissa Richard

The GameLab is an informal space run by an international team of game developers. With experience of many forms of game making from real world live action to virtual reality they invite you to drop in and explore how games and play can be used in...

Equity & Inclusion
Luisa MassaraniJessica Norberto RochaChristelle GuiraudAndres RoldanAnna Riethus

In 2017 RedPOP, Ecsite's sister organisation in Latin America, undertook a survey among the region’s science centres to understand how they tackle accessibility in respect to different kinds of disabilities. Studied factors spanned communicative...

Science ♥ society
Frank KupperJantien SchuijerPatrizia FamàMaria ZоlоtоnоsаMarianne Pouget

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) stresses that societal engagement is essential for steering research and innovation towards acceptable ends. The idea is that carefully facilitated interactions between societal actors (dialogues or co-...

Explainers & visitor services
Eamonn O'NeillAnnette LeinYihsuan LinAndré SeirafiJack Gelsthorpe

Developing an app takes a lot of time and effort. It has to have an effective design, be simple to use, and most importantly provide relevant, timely and engaging content for the user. Yet, despite all the work we put into planning, developing...