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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 in Society
Noel Jackson

How much are you prepared to change your message to meet the needs of an audience? In this reverse session, speakers describe problems of delivering astronomy shows to ultra-orthodox Jewish communities, translating a secular exhibition devised...

Networking & Partnerships
Marc MoutinAna NoronhaAna NoronhaRob van den BergMarc MoutinMaria Menendez

This Ecsite inaugural workshop focusing on space will highlight collaborations between the European Space Agency (ESA) and museums and science centres across Europe. Together we will collect feedback and will start developing future space-themed...

Equity & Inclusion
TOMMASO NASTASIShana TurakhiaDominique JongenTOMMASO NASTASIElodie TouzéStéphanie Kappler

Are museums prepared to welcome visitors with special needs at the same time or in the same spaces as other visitors? This challenge is met by some museums where the tools developed for that aim could be relevant for all. Some experiences...

Roundtable session
Exhibit development
Michèle ANTOINELaurent CarrierMaja WasylukGrichka RedjalaJörg Ehtreiber

The methodology used in the development of exhibitions is strongly tinged with the “word culture”, language and literacy. The starting point is usually a scientific text (lato sensu), usually embodied in articles, which leads to...

Emma Wadland

Looking to rent or buy travelling exhibitions? This year, we take another look at current and upcoming travelling science exhibitions across Europe. This rapid-fire session will give you a glimpse of the huge range of exhibitions on offer,...

Project showcase
Exhibit development
Tim Holdsworth

A group from different science centres is getting together for a week of collaborative hands-on learning focused on exhibit development and fabrication in June 2012. Before we start building our exhibits, we are seeking your critiques and advice...

Research, theory & evaluation
Jennifer DeWittSandra MartellPaola RodariKirsten EllenbogenHeather King

This session will explore and explain how key ideas and findings emerging from academic research can inform practice in museums and science centres. Summaries of contemporary research will be offered, including a look at their implications, and...

Pros and Cons session
Science ♥ society
Michèle ANTOINEManuel CiraMichele LanzingerIlse van Zeeland

Scientific research is undergoing a slow transformation characterized by openness to civil society and transparency of its methods and findings. This is being driven by a growing commitment to sustainable development and society’s...

Operations & finance
Erik JacquemynOle WeberJennifer MartinAntonia Caola

Renewing a permanent exhibition in whole or in part is a common task for employees in science museums and science centers. To tap the full potential of a reopening and avoid the associated pitfalls different issues should be considered: How can...

Research, theory & evaluation
Holly HastedHolly HastedEmily DawsonJin A KimTessa van SchijndelMarianne AchiamAmy SeakinsMarie Hobson

The development and implementation of innovative approaches in research and evaluation is essential for improving the experience of our visitors. How can we think outside-the-box? How can we collaborate with colleagues from different departments...

Project showcase

This is a showcase of collaborative projects each described in a poster and presented by one participant. The showcase runs outside the confines of conference sessions in a special reserved timeslot — during an extended coffee break on the...

Marketing & communication
Pär MauritzsonKatrina NilssonZuzanna LigowskaLuigi Amodio

The core age groups that visit our institutions are younger than 14 or older than 20. Visitors between 14 and 20 are notoriously hard to reach. It is imperative that we do reach them, however, because they are on the cusp of deciding what...