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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

Research, theory & evaluation
Bernadette SchrandtJuliana RestrepoJana HawigCarina BammesbergerBernadette Decristoforo

Conservation of nature, life and death and the time span of human evolution - three different exhibition topics that are hard to display, yet what impact do they actually have? Exhibition makers use a vast amount of resources and choose different...

Strategy & vision
Julia WillisonMarjolein van Breemen

Do you have an idea you want to get off the ground; a new science centre, an exhibition or an activity? Are you grappling with where to start or how to move it forward?

This clinic offers you a safe space in which you can explore your...

Pre-Conference workshop
Maria ZоlоtоnоsаEva DurallMairéad HurleyGène BertrandCarmen FenollosaMatteo MerzagoraWill Hunter

Travel grants available!

Are you convinced about the benefits of co-design but too afraid to let go? We hear you!

That is why we are inviting...

Word Cafe
Exhibit development
Bernadette SchrandtJose Augusto OcampoJoonas JuutilainenGunnar BehrensSteven SchaekenAlisson BoiffardEric Mika

“If museum exhibitions are to survive the major irreversible social changes brought on by technological advances, globalisation, and shifting consumer expectations, we will need to radically evolve our practices over the coming years.” -...

Equity & Inclusion
Raphael DUPINVanessa MignanSebastian MartinMarion REALMarianne Pouget

Fablabs appeared over a decade ago, embodying for some, the potentialities of a new industrial revolution. Since then, these Fablabs have spread everywhere within the science engagement field. Surprisingly, these tools have emerged as a...

Science ♥ society
Špela Petrič

Špela Petrič is a Ljubljana and Amsterdam based new media artist who has been trained in the natural sciences and holds a PhD in biology. Her artistic practice combines the natural sciences, wet biomedia practices, performance, and critically...

Sebastian MartinArmin DuffKatherine OzawaChristof BörnerCristina Riesen

How do we make computational thinking practices and concepts engaging and relevant? Making and tinkering skills are crucial for the next generation to succeed in a digital world; even a basic understanding of these concepts is important for...

Pre-Conference workshop
Science ♥ society
Ana NoronhaMarc MoutinMaria Menendez

In a time when science engagement organisations and professionals are increasingly called upon to foster more sustainable futures, what role can Space play? We are inviting all interested parties to come and explore this theme during a two-day...

Science ♥ society
Audrey ChangSarah SeiterBrad MacDonaldMaren Krumdieck

How can we help individuals and communities articulate their values about data ethics and privacy and help them build basic skills for critical thinking, while seeing the beauty within it? Museums are uniquely positioned to help visitors think...

Idea-jam session
Exhibit development
Andrea VeldkampWouter VerbiestMaarten TaborskyAmparo Leyman PinoPaul OrselliAnna SchaefersMichael Feser

The idea-jam session lets you open your mind as far as possible and allows you to come up with wild concepts that challenge what we think is possible within the field of science engagement. The idea-jam session will reopen its doors this year for...

Equity & Inclusion
Vanessa MignanBarbara StreicherMaarten OkkersenAmparo Leyman PinoShaaron LevermentDavid Jones

Are you or your organisation experiencing challenges when it comes to diversity and inclusion? Are you aware that these are important systemic issues, yet are not sure where to start to dismantle unjust infrastructures to combat your institution’...

Project showcase
Cristina PacaAnna RiethusTanja AdnađevićDobrivoje Lale EricHolger SeifertSümeyye Ceylan

Could an object describe your entire project?

The courageous speakers of this session took on this challenge and will be telling you about their projects in an original and jargon-free style.

Expect a 2-minute story for each project...