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2020 Ecsite Conference

Kersnikova Institute
Kersnikova Institute
Kersnikova ulica 4
1000 Ljubljana
11 June 2020 - 13 June 2020
Echoes from the future

#Ecsite2020 - See you in Ljubljana

The European science engagement Conference is open to all professionals who engage audiences with science and technology.

The 2020 Ecsite Conference

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ecsite Board decided that the 2020 Ecsite Conference would not take place. The 31st edition of the Conference was due to take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia and would have been hosted by the Kersnikova Institute. Instead, Ecsite hosted #EcsiteOnline, a range of alternative webinars, days and sessions to keep the science engagement network connected and stimulated. All #EcsiteOnline days and webinars are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

The theme: Echoes from the future

How will climate change, big data, personalised medicine, artificial intelligence, fake news or biodiversity loss shape the future science engagement? How will our missions, discourses, tools evolve? What new skills, partnerships, management styles or collections policies do we need for the future?

Science engagement organisations could be one of the spaces where challenging ethical questions are tackled and the future anticipated and co-invented. At a time where public discourse about the future seems torn between hopeless dystopia and hopeful reliance on technology, can we empower citizens to envision, shape and demand more sustainable, ethical, human-led and human-centred technological solutions? Can we go further and create participatory situations in which citizens co-own the future's production mechanisms?

At the Kersnikova Institute, scientists, artists, mediators and engineers are working together to create new meanings and visual vehicles.

About the Host

The Kersnikova Institute serves as the institutional framework for three progressive venues: Kapelica Gallery, a world renowned platform for contemporary investigative arts; the hacker space Rampa, where relations between society, science, technology and art are being reconsidered; and the inspirational laboratory BioTehna, which focuses on the artistic research of living systems. Thanks to twenty year of strong programmatic focus, the Kersnikova Institute belongs to the few internationally known centres dealing with contemporary investigative arts, science and cutting edge technologies.

About Ljubljana

Named European Green Capital 2016, Ljubljana is a city built to the human scale, offering visitors friendly experience with a personal touch. Its attractive historical quarter has a cosy, lounge-like feel and the city offers good value for money. Ljubljana's central European location, with an eye to the south east regions, is an asset for a European conference such as the Ecsite Conference.

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Kersnikova Institute

The Kersnikova Institute is one of the most progressive art spaces where activities in the renowned Kapelica Gallery - Gallery of Contemporary Investigative Art are made possible by research and development laboratories BioTehna (biotechnologies), Rampa (mechatronics), and Vivarium (bionics). Research, production and exhibitions fuel the educational programme, where investigative learning enables children, young people and adults to acquire cultural knowledge of the scientific and technological state of the art.

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