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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

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Maria XanthoudakiAnne Lise MathieuMaria XanthoudakiBarbara StreicherMatteo MerzagoraJennifer CorreaSally DuensingHeather KingMarcin ChydzińskiPaola Rodari

Brought to you by Ecsite’s THE Group, this workshop will focus on the explainers’ profession and their work with visitors. Training will be provided through interactive activities, contributions from keynote speakers and from your fellow...

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Human Resources
Owain DaviesLinda LeucharsBjørn Winther JohansenLeila Schembri

Confident, experienced staff are the key ingredient to operating a successful science centre. They are essential in all areas, from front of house explainer roles to managerial and administrative staff. But how can new teams be developed in a new...

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Science in Society
Antonio Gomes da CostaJosé Vítor MalheirosSuzanne de CheveignéMichelle WilsonVladimir de Semir

In this session, we will explore what “scientific culture” means for science communication institutions: Is it a form of culture, specific to scientists and researchers that science centres and museums should make available to their audiences? Or...

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Explainers & visitor services
Sally Duensing

This session will focus on museum practice and research insights for designing spaces appropriate for social situations and why this matters when thinking about spaces that facilitate learning. Presentations will discuss intentions and outcomes...

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Science in Society
Eli KuslanskyJosé-Carlos ArnalEli KuslanskyTrent LethcoWalter Staveloz

Legible Cities is a trend where the virtual world of image and data is overlaid on the physical world of environment, structures and vehicles. In Legible Cities, inhabitants, through sensors, displays, visualizations, and installations get access...

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Outreach
milene wendlingJAVIER HIDALGOValentina di SarnoCharles Bishop

How do planetariums integrate with their environment? What are its links with an exibition hall, heritage museum, or scientific workshop room? How do planetariums distinguish themselves and draw audiences? This session will be a discussion about...

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Exhibit development
Sharon AmentFrancis DURANTHONQingjin Meng

Some science centres and many natural history museums run exhibitions about palaeontology and archaeology, using modern methods, exhibits and new technologies to catch public attention. This session will highlight specific examples of how science...

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Exhibit development
Lech NOWICKILAURENT CHICOINEAUMassa Mufti-HamwiLaurence Muller

What can we gain by introducing the humanities to science centres, including philosophy, languages, literature, history, visual arts, music and theater? What goals can we achieve and what can we loose? Can we clothe a philosophical or literature...

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Technology
Christophe ChaffardonAreti DamalaSofoklis SotiriouPeter SlavenburgIlaria ValotiNathalie Cimino

As smartphones and tablets become more and more popular with visitors, museum professionals face multiple challenges in designing and evaluating interactive mobile experiences around these devices. This workshop will focus on deploying mobile...

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Science in Society
Michel BOUFFARDSylvestre MauriceGil DENISChristophe BONNAL

With a vast number of challenging space missions and a wealth of discoveries in recent years, space is providing innovative tools for a rapidly changing world.

In this dedicated session, you are invited to a series of lively...

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Equity & Inclusion
Eric Lawrinjeremy martinatNasreddine CHAB

The place of sign language in science museums is an area of concern for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. Using gesture and visual communication, sign language allows special needs visitors access to science exhibits in different ways: through...

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Explainers & visitor services
Marjelle van Hoorn

Social media is everywhere. Individuals and institutions use it all the time. Social media can influence the way people perceive time and space. The ideas of time and space are changed through social media; the museum space gets bigger and bigger...

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