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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

Science ♥ society
Anne PrugnonMark ReadPascal GoblotStefan FahrngruberJörg Ehtreiber

How to predict, imagine and communicate what the future of our planet or society might look like to our audience? How can we use science to explore uncharted territories without falling into the issue of being too kitsch, too doom and gloom, too...

Research, theory & evaluation
Patricia VerheydenDaria DvorzhitskaiaNils Petter HauanAndrea DurhamVictoria Thomson

Why is it important to evaluate exhibitions and how do we account for different stakeholders?

In this workshop session our presenters will give a short presentation on their implement evaluation research methods within the exhibition...

Pre-conference workshop
Ryan JenkinsSebastian MartinMARINA LEONARDReid BinghamBeatriz ReyRaquel ArévaloIda Hirsenfelder

Art and artists can inspire children, visitors and us to think about museums in new ways. As more and more science organisations explore possibilities for tinkering-based programmes and environments, artists can also play their part. This pre-...

Audrey O'Connell

A preview of current and upcoming touring science exhibitions across Europe and the world. This fast-paced session will give you a glimpse of a large range of exhibitions on offer, leaving it up to you to make contacts and find out more.


Strategy & vision
Ronen MirRobert FirmhoferLinda Abraham SilverNetzach FarbiashDerek FishLinda ConlonAlemayehu Abera

This interactive session will present collaborations with developing countries to implement science centres and STEM education projects, as well as insights from the 2nd Science Centre Global Workshop. Topics include:

* Working with...

round table
Strategy & vision
Nele Van der ElstMarjolein Van GinnekenPieter TijtgatJose Augusto OcampoJens Astrup

If we really want to succeed in lifelong learning, STEM and digital literacy for everyone, we need to have clear goals and a toolbox for reaching those goals. Nowadays, many science organisations create exciting, popular exhibits that are...

round table
Business & fundraising
Nele Van der ElstDries DesagherVictoria ThomsonJoanna KalinowskaKatherine McAlpineHava ContiniShamini Balan

We talk and exchange a lot of ideas with our peers about programmes, interaction with the audience, etc. but despite having businesses to run, revenues to gain and business models to write, we don’t discuss the business behind the science...

Strategy & vision
Patricia VerheydenMikko MyllykoskiAilsa BarryMARIBEL IBARRAYuko OkayamaMaria Isabel GarciaJulia WillisonElizabeth RasekoalaLath CarlsonJuan Pablo Gaviria Arteaga

What are our greatest fears and hopes for the future of our field? How do we see the world evolve, and what will the role of our institutions be? Will science centres and museums still exist? Moreover, if they are still around what will they be...

Social event

Enjoy traditional, Slovenian, gastronomic delights at the Conference's Gala Dinner, together with 1200 Conference participants. And expect a Kersnikova twist!

More about this event coming soon.

Strategy & vision
Marianne BenningAmparo Leyman PinoAlex VerkadeFrank Kupper

First half of the session: a darkened room. Anonymised seating. Voices speak up in the dark to confess personal professional sins, doubts about their institutions and dubious things we do as a science engagement community. Second half of the...

Science ♥ society
Raphael ChanayThomas B BergViola HoffmannAnnemarie van EekerenNils Petter Hauan

Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges we face, but simply presenting an exhibition or a publication on the facts and figures doesn’t seem to have the desired effect on the public. What could be more effective? Should museums take...

Exhibit development
Alisson BoiffardMarie PichardHana DethlefsenTom Cummins

To become strong STEM thinkers, children need to play. How can we provide rich play experiences that give children the skills they need in order to deal with the challenges of the future?

Children are born curious and deeply enjoy...