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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

Panel
Strategy & vision
Hillary SpencerJulie LeclairCarina JaatinenHillary SpencerFrancesca Polo

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 risk-taking look like from an...

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Strategy & vision
Ronen MirRobert FirmhoferDerek FishLinda ConlonMaya HalevyMaurice BitranNetzach FarbiashKim Gladstone Herlev

Where are science centres headed? In November 2018, 25 science centre leaders convened together with 25 local professionals for a weeklong workshop in Israel, discussing the future of our field. Intense discussions led to the formation of four...

Keynote
Science ♥ society
Audrey Dussutour

"The blob: a genius without a brain". 

Audrey Dussutour is a Researcher at the Research Centre on Animal Cognition of Toulouse University, France. Her unit works on animal cognition, neuroscience, animal behaviour and computational biology...

Panel
Science ♥ society
Laura SmillieÂngela Guimaraes PereiraMalgorzata KossowskaPaula Pérez SobrinoLaura Smillie

To "make the world a better place" we need to understand how political decisions are taken, not just by politicians or civil servants but also by voters. So how do they do this?

This was the question we asked ourselves as the European...

Social event

A Copenhagen landmark, the Wallmans Circus Building has been a venue for popular entertainment for more than 100 years. The space was once home to elephants, seals and clowns and is now offering a dinner & show experience combining musical...

Panel
Research, theory & evaluation
Lauren DeereGrace FieldsAdam RutlandLuke McGuireZain Iqbal

Explainers and educators are one of the most important assets you have to increase engagement and learning in your science centre. Could you make your educator team more effective by recruiting teenagers?

The STEM Teens project is...

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Strategy & vision
Manuel CiraFrancisco Franco del AmoAnne-Marie BruyasWalter StavelozPeter de HaanCarole PalecoRosalia VargasHenrik Helsgaun

In 2009 we were in Copenhagen for COP15, representing science centres and museums in the fight against climate change. Ten years later, we find ourselves back in the same city. And this time, it’s for crisis talks. The IPCC’s latest report was...

Panel
Science ♥ society
Marie HobsonLuisa MassaraniMaria XanthoudakiBrooke Smith

Many scientists want to connect with the public, but their efforts to do so are not always easily achieved or effective. Some programmes and institutions are leading the way in identifying the support needed to enable scientists’ connections with...

Workshop
Science ♥ society
Ryan JenkinsRannei Solbak Simonsen

In this hands-on workshop for beginners, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of LED fashion. We will make and construct using electronics and simple everyday materials as we hack our conference badges and create personalised wearables to show...

Workshop
Exhibit development
Sheena LaursenRyan JenkinsHenrik HelsgaunLeigh-Anne Stradeski

How can we design activities for our visitors to play with in ways that encourage science awareness? Thinking about our visitors, what they might be interested in and how that interest can be fed is crucial to the development of such activities...

Guided tour

Experience the most beautiful oasis of the city, the Botanical Garden, on a guided tour through the largest living plant collection in Denmark. In summer, the gardens are in full flower and during the tour you will be shown plants at their most...

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Exhibit development
John DowneySarah de LauneyDaniela De AngeliAnne Land

Before stepping into a cultural establishment, most visitors have already decided what they should find there and what kind of experience they will have.

In museums with protected collections, visitors expect authentic “real” objects and...

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