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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

Marketing & communication

What is an exhibition without a title? Creating a great and attractive exhibition or show is one thing. But then you need a title, a logo, and a poster to advertise your brand new project. How do you pin down the best set of words and an ideal...

Education

Science centres can present archeology using modern methodologies, exhibits and new technologies to capture the essence of the ancient world. The session will discuss how different institutions in Europe engage family audiences in archeological...

Networking & Partnerships

Through an interactive, participatory session we will explore the challenges, risks and benefits of developing exhibits and exhibitions in partnership. Working in partnership can help museums and science centres achieve unique, creative results...

Science in Society

Young people in their teenage years stand out in ways that classify them as a cultural group in their own right. While there is variance from country to country and culture to culture, teens universally have unique ways of understanding the world...

Science in Society

During this armchair tour session, participants will take a journey through Eastern and Central Europe where a number of brand new science centers and museums projects are emerging. We will start in Serbia, move north to the Czech Republic and...

Media

Today, an enormous amount of science news reaches the public via a multitude of channels – television, radio, internet, books, magazines, news agencies and research institutions. Not to mention science centres and museums. This session will...

Operations & finance

Creating a new or reinventing an old planetarium was never as easy as it is today. With 4k, 8k and 3D stereo full dome displays we can easily play it safe just choosing appropriate shows and displaying them within the dome. But is it enough to...

Education

Hands-on workshops are dominated by physics, chemistry and engineering experiments. What about biology? Are biologists closed in bio-labs, limited by a need for special equipment? We would like to show the best of short biology experiments which...

Explainers & visitor services

Stories are a powerful tool, but exhibitions with firm storylines raise questions about visitors’ freedom to explore content on their own. Should science exhibitions suggest paths or simply let visitors create their own journeys? What motivates...

Explainers & visitor services

Putting the visitor at the heart of what we do is essential to the appeal and success of a science centre or museum. But just how far are we prepared to go in applying this principle? How much freedom can we handle? Co-curation is the active...

Networking & Partnerships

The Lisbon Treaty commits the EU to the “development of a special relationship with neighbouring countries aiming to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union and characterised by close and...

Exhibit development

Do visitors learn in science museum exhibitions? Evaluation is one way of determining whether an exhibition or program meets its goals, however, a research approach is necessary to gauge if, and how much, learning takes place. When we observe...

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