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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

Exhibit development
Lizzy BakkerStefan FahrngruberWouter van der ZouweMaarten Taborsky

Climate change is a defining challenge of our time and it is happening more quickly than we feared. Limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030, reaching net-zero by 2050. This sounds like a race we cannot win. But we are far from...

Science ♥ society
Marianne AchiamSabrina Vitting-SeerupJustin DillonLuisa MassaraniAntonio Gomes da Costa

Anti-vaxxers, flat earthers and other science sceptic groupings are symptoms of the post-truth era we are experiencing as a global society. Unfortunately, authoritative stances towards such scepticism have been proven counterproductive. In this...

The Farewell Party is the Conference’s most informal social event: chat, share a drink with other participants and dance the night away to say goodbye to friends, colleagues and our wonderful Conference Host!

Equity & Inclusion
Barbara StreicherAutumn BrownLewis HouMavis Ramazani

Researchers from two projects focusing on the needs, interests, and wellbeing of migrants and refugees share their work alongside participants from each project. Tech Scéal, an Irish initiative, explores issues of algorithmic justice with...

Equity & Inclusion
Lewis HouJen DeWittVanessa MignanShaun UssherAndrew Newman

Science centres, museums and other spaces are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in their work. For some, this is purely in the interest of reaching new audiences, but for others, such work is part of...

Exhibit development
Lizzy MoriartyPilvi KolkSarah AlexanderDon LessemEveline KuchmakAgnes RuizLaura KuhnCaroline BreunesseMichael SchoepplKaterina ChabovaPaolo RussoGillian GruenCedric MoulartRaphaël BonettoFemke BijlsmaOlivier RetoutDacha Atienza

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.

Equity & Inclusion
Emmi HuhtaniemiMaarten OkkersenLorenz KampschulteKati Tyystjärvi

Today, science centres and museums are committed to serving new audiences, promoting social justice in society. Is science capital a useful tool or not? A common situation in our institutions is that visitors seem to have high science capital...

Equity & Inclusion

An overview of five projects, all commended by the Ecsite Awards jury during their decision-making process for the Responsible and Responsive Award. The work undertaken and the lessons learned in how these organisations were bold, innovative and...

Erik TorstenssonJon HaavieJørn HafverBianca VioletBrenda Shivanandan

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used in more and more applications and is affecting our reality in new and challenging ways. Science centres have a unique opportunity and obligation to educate and engage the general public in this. In this...

Exhibit development
Michèle ANTOINEVincent BlechFlora PloquinGwenaël AllanMichael Schoeppl

How would a science centre look if it had been designed using all our senses? In the age of digital media, museums and science centres around the world are struggling to attract young and diverse audiences. Some science organisations have...

Exhibit development
Agnes RuizManon DelauryJoy LatourAgnes RuizOlivier RetoutAlex SusannaPauline RobertPeter Elsaesser

Due to the workshop format this session has a capacity limited to 30 participants.

How does the world of travelling exhibitions pull through during global crises (Covid-19, the war in Ukraine, climate change)? Stakeholders of the touring...

Open to all pre- and main Conference speakers and convenors, upon advance online registration. Receive a warm welcome to Heilbronn, and enjoy a drink and snack and mingle with other speakers.