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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

Marianne BenningMeie van LaarBronwyn BevanKevin CrowleyKaren Knutson

How to connect formal and informal education at a regional or local level? Schools, after-school care institutions, science centres, museums, zoos, libraries, nature organisations, farms, companies... A well-functioning learning ecosystem creates...

Explainers & visitor services
Catherine OUALIANAntonio Gomes da Costagiovanni crupiBrad IrwinEvanthia IoannidouJoanna Kalinowska

Every day on our venues' floors explainers engage in a direct interaction with the public. But, frequently, our institutions include more “explainers” than we acknowledge: many professionals started their careers as explainers, and then moved on...

Strategy & vision
Carmen FenollosaAliki GiannakopoulouMaya HalevyJeroen Wiegertjes

In 2015 EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas defined three strategic priorities for European Research and Innovation: Open Innovation, Open Science, and Openness to the World. Open Science is the movement to make scientific research, data and...

Science ♥ society
Daniel RosqvistMonika Mayer

In this drop-in session, take the opportunity to meet with fellow museum professionals and makers and learn about all things tinkering and making.

Come by at any time during the session to explore the Ecsite Conference’s MakerSpace, hang...

Parody religious service
Sharon AmentMarjolein van BreemenKevin CrowleyBronwyn BevanAlex VerkadeCristin Dorgelo

“Free your mind and the rest will follow” is the theme of this year’s Science Assembly. Inspired by religious revival meetings, we will offer you songs, laughter, inspiration, and meaning. As a theme we will focus on STEM learning ecosystems....

Exhibit development
Koen PetersEugeen van WeesCatherine MurphyDirk Bertels

Personalisation, storytelling, participatory strategies: the exhibition designer of the 21st century needs to know all these techniques to communicate science information effectively. But what about the role of atmospherics? How does it interact...

Margaret Wertheim

"Mathematics as Material Play"

Margaret Wertheim is an internationally acclaimed writer, artist and curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider...

Strategy & vision
Gillian ThomasTrautmann CharlieLeigh-Anne StradeskiGillian ThomasKirsten EllenbogenHanne Haack LarsenTrautmann CharlieLeigh-Anne Stradeski

Every manager, whether a first time one or a CEO, can achieve greater impact if they have a good working relationship with their own manager. Agreement on strategic projects as well as daily tactical work are critical and can occur most easily...

Social event

Mingle with other first-time delegates and meet a few conference old-timers who will be sharing their tips and tricks to make the most of the Ecsite conference.

Join this informal breakfast for a refreshing start to intense hectic...

Strategy & vision
Malvina ArtheauRaquel da CunhaWiktor GajewskiAlejandro MancillaVesna Pajić

Occupational burnout occurs in all professions and ours is no exception. Many in our line of work root their motivation in values, a sense of mission and the people they serve. But sometimes we...

Exhibit development
Kate KnealeRan PelegMalka YayonJohn SearClaudia SodiniYael Bamberger

Escape games are a popular cultural phenomenon and this phenomenon has not bypassed the Ecsite community and conference: in 2018 the Conference hosted a first Escape room demonstration. Whether you missed it last year or were lucky enough to make...

Research, theory & evaluation
Joana Lobo AntunesGioia MoslerMalvina ArtheauDaniela De AngeliIain ColemanLiesbeth de BakkerDerek FishRobert WestNatt DayIndrayani Ghangrekar

Collaborations between science centres and universities can provide effective routes to success, as well as rewarding experiences for both sides. But where to start? What to aim for? How to build the necessary bridges? Answers to these questions...