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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

Rachel HaydonStephanie PaceMaria XanthoudakiPernille Hjort

There are various motivations to involve audiences in the co-curation and co-creation of exhibitions and activities, such as encouraging ownership, harnessing different perspectives, establishing relevance and fostering longer term relationships...

Social event

A networking highlight!

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

Traditionally exhibitors bring specialties from their home countries.

Justin DillonAmito HaarhuisSara TougaardAndy LloydYuri MattemanPaweł Barczyński

Science centres and museums share a long tradition of involving scientists in the development of events, exhibitions and educational activities. Traditionally scientists provide us with the latest discoveries and the most adequate explanations on...

Strategy & vision
Robert FirmhoferBarbara StreicherAndres JuurLynn ScarffAsger HøegErnesto ParamoTapio KoivuMiruna Amza

Raymond Kurzweil, famous American author, inventor, computer scientist and futurist predicts that by the year 2030 implants will enhance human intelligence and memory; nanobots smarter than biology will eradicate diseases; transport and...

Equity & Inclusion
Amito HaarhuisEffrosyni NomikouMaarten OkkersenClaire Pillsbury

Science centres and museums today are taking active part in gearing their audiences for the so-called "wicked problems" of the 21st century. At the same time, science centres are facing pressure to respond to challenges such as increased...


See all information about this series of workshops here.

Laura MeadeClaire BownGundy van Dijk

How can we encourage deeper thinking in science centres and museums? Not only do we want to develop visitors’ abilities to think scientifically, but also their inclination to use these abilities and to raise their awareness of situations where...

Pre-conference workshop
Brad IrwinKevin CrowleyMaria XanthoudakiRyan JenkinsAntonio Gomes da CostaHeather KingPaola RodariBeth StoneLAURENT CHICOINEAU

Facilitation within museums and science centres is changing! New forms of facilitation are emerging from tinkering to digital interaction. The way we think about training and professional development is fundamentally shifting. In our two-day pre...

Sharon AmentSharon AmentBrad IrwinMaria Xanthoudaki

The first 'Ecsite trial' took place during the 2015 Ecsite Annual Conference, debating the role of competitions for school students. A Judge presided, lawyers presented their arguments, and the jury made the final decision on their place within...

Exhibit development
Sheena LaursenRikke MagnussenMaria ZachariassenLydia Schulze HeulingHeidi Rosenström

It is well known that the planning and development of an exhibition is a complex task. Throw in a scientific research team and you’ve got yourself an (exciting!) challenge.

How can the slow process of research feed into the faster momentum...

Malvina ArtheauIsabelle Chabanon-PougetMatthieu VernetMelissa RichardKate KnealeJohn SearDaniel Rosqvist

The GameLab is an informal drop-in space entirely dedicated to gaming.
Want to play some yet-to-come games designed by science centers? Ready to participate in an on-going experiment of collectively designing a game, from idea to...

Equity & Inclusion
Raquel da CunhaŁukasz BuryJohn DowneyHélder Ferreira

There is a place for magic shows in science centres and museums.

In this session you'll have a chance to "bust" a series of (what many call) magic tricks. Yes, this is entertainment, but there is a lot of serious science and technology...