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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

“Everything is broken!” This is a frequent complaint among visitors to science centres. But equally often, visitors think an exhibit is broken only because they didn’t understand how to use it properly. How do we prevent these two scenarios and...

Networking & Partnerships

Established centres have opportunities to build relationships with emerging centres in developing countries and/or different cultural settings. Emerging centres want to learn from established ones and connect with their ideas and exhibitions....

Science in Society

A number of playful discussion formats are being developed and used in science centres. In addition to aiding informal learning about science, these discussions also support participants in finding and expressing their own views based on facts...

Networking & Partnerships

This session will assess the contribution of the science centre community to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals established in the UN’s Declaration on Environment and Development at Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The Toronto...

Outreach

Different approaches to social networking are possible because it is a continuously evolving medium. But what seems to be of primary interest is stimulating dialogue. Compared to the official character of a press office, social networks allow...

Exhibit development

The ontogeny of an exhibit commences from fertilization (revelation) which is frequently preceded by an introductory love-play (discussion). The fertilization gives life to the exhibit embryo (idea). Thousands of premature exhibit forms mature (...

Media

The modern fulldome multimedia system is a mind-blowing and truly immersive environment which has the unique ability to surround audiences with multimedia content. This intense experience can be used to impress, move, teach or simply entertain...

Research, theory & evaluation

Join this workshop to run an experiment – using real lab equipment – as if you were part of an actual research team looking for a treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Science communicators will share their experiences of collaborating with...

Science in Society

This session will stimulate critical reflection on the social responsibility of science centres, museums and other science engagement organizations to support meaningful engagement between scientists and the public. How can we think more...

Networking & Partnerships

In a roundtable discussion, participants will present different models for national and sub regional science centre networks in Europe: Why they were formed, what they do and how they operate in relation to the European scene. We will look at...

Exhibit development

Challenging stereotypes and encouraging girls to pursue scientific careers are important parts of the work of science centres and museums. But how can we do this if we are biased ourselves? Join speakers from the ecsite members’ project ‘TWIST’...

Outreach

Do not lock your ideas inside a science centre or museum building – there are crowds out there awaiting your workshops, science shows, or just your time spent answering questions. But what does it take to organize a successful outdoor event for...

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