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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
Amparo Leyman PinoSteven SchaekenWouter VerbiestMaarten TaborskyAmparo Leyman PinoPaul OrselliMichael FeserAnna Schaefers

Let’s do it again! Share your wildest ideas. In 2019, Experimentarium saw the birth of Ecsite’s very first Idea-Jam session. Many wild ideas were shared, from Rhythmetariums to Flying Science Saucers and Second Childhood Museums. The...

Exhibit development
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.

Social event
Ryan JenkinsVanessa MignanSebastian MartinMonika MayerSamar D. Kirresh

In this fun and informal social makerspace meeting we’ll provide an opportunity for members of the Ecsite makerspace planning team, Tinkering Workroom participants and Conference attendees to share hands-on projects that they have been working on...

Mairéad HurleySophie PerryAutumn BrownARIS PAPADOPOULOS

Join us in this relaxed session to make your own zine (a small, handmade paper booklet), in which you'll reflect on your experience of the Conference so far! Hosts will lead you through the simple folding process and provide prompts as...

Pecha Kucha
Strategy & vision
Maren KrumdieckMartyn Best Audrey KorczynskaPaul VoogtStacy WakefordPatricia VerheydenMohammad Ruhaiyem Ayman ElsayedAnna Omedes

In this pecha kucha type session new science centres, science museums, exhibitions... that are currently in the start up and/or design phase will be presented. Presenters will give a short overview of their project. What are their goals and...

Science ♥ society
Annkatrin MeyerNoemie SeiThomas HoferLaura Davidson

Is the contribution to social justice, global equality and planetary wellbeing one of the aims that defines a museum? While the international museum community is still in discord about the answer, there is certainly a growing number of museums...

Strategy & vision
Amito HaarhuisLewis HouColin JohnsonCamille Pisani

Amito Haarhuis convenes this check-in session, where our invited guests Lewis Hou, Colin Johnson and Camille Pisani will each discuss one of three commitments they have been following throughout day one and two of the Conference. Lewis Hou will...

Explainers & visitor services
Catherine MurphyInga SpechtMark SchepTania JohnstonOllie Burton

Guided tours provide a special synergy between our visitors, our exhibits, and our staff. They play an important role in the engagement that occurs in science centres and can provide a personal connection between the visitors and our exhibits. In...

Community of Practice
Equity & Inclusion
David JonesAlexia Sonnois

The Equity@Ecsite workgroup organised a webinar for Ecsite Online called ‘Equity and Diversity: an inclusive response to the corona crisis.’ At the end of the webinar all participants were invited to create a...

Exhibit development
Michèle ANTOINEJohn KannenbergMark ReadChristian Rohner

Giving a prominent role to sound is currently a trend amongst museum practitioners. This is unsurprising as our relationship with sound, noise and even silence is fascinating and complex. However, not only is communicating exclusively via sound...

Fast-paced presentations
Exhibit development
Lucie Steigleder

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

Expect a short story for each project, followed by opportunities for discussion. Join to get a quick overview of ongoing non-profit...

Exhibit development
Harry WhiteSarah AlexanderLisa FinchRyan JenkinsAndreas MattEric Londaits

In this hands-on workshop, developers, educators and artists will share ways that they have remixed and adapted art/science-themed experiences and interactive temporal exhibitions and galleries during the pandemic period. We’ll focus on the...