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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

Education
Miha KosMiha KosAntonio Gomes da CostaHarri "Heko" MontonenLuka VidicMarcin Chydziński

We are living in a time when visitors expect content to be more and more entertaining. Should we focus more on the “show” or on the “science” in order to deliver our message? Written scripts of science shows can help...

Exhibit development
Lars RehnmanLars RehnmanJan WestinGrace Kimble

Having live animals and plants as an active part of your science centre brings many advantages, including: Nature can be a wonderful inspiration for technological innovations that can benefit people and the environment. Nature attracts an...

Design
Kim Gladstone HerlevMaarten Okkersen

The Creative LAB will focus on how to manage the process of creating new concepts for exhibitions, shows, demonstrations, educational materials and other products, whether they target the various audiences at the science centre and museum or...

Outreach
Leonard SonnenscheinAleksandra RynkiewiczRobert WestSheena Laursen

Though the science is clear that anthropogenic actions are creating climatic change throughout the planet at an unprecedented rate compared to normal geological history, there is a need to better inform the public about how lifestyle changes can...

Design
Maarten Okkersen

Is every interactive exhibit ‘hands-on’? Is every hands-on exhibit truly interactive? Which ‘immersive experiences’ could be considered interactive? Should every interactive exhibit be didactic? How often do we allow didacticism to spoil...

Networking & Partnerships
Brigitte CoutantErnesto ParamoHoda Elmikaty

A new age of hope for empowerment across Mediterranean countries has begun which is inspiring social mobilization elsewhere, including in Europe. The session will reflect on how science centres are part of this transformation. Institutions from...

Exhibit development
Anna SchaefersHanne Haack LarsenGunnar BehrensDOROTA KULAWIK

Your worst nightmare: The exhibits are broken, the visitors are frustrated, the museum staff does not know what to do, the creative company is far away. What can we do, before an exhibition is even opened, to avoid such situations and make sure...

Outreach
Manuel CiraAna NoronhaBruna Valettini

Oceans are today recognized as the fundamental element of life on Earth: for our climates, our life, economy, and our society. The session will showcase how our organisations have successfully formed partnerships with research organisations and...

Strategy & vision

Martin Rees, Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, gave a speech entitled "Space exploration, life and the cosmos".

The space age is little more than 50 years old but space technology already pervades our...

Exhibit development
Anne SolliAnne SolliClaes Johansson

One idea of ‘slow spaces’ is to rethink slowness and see it as an opportunity for people to be creative, focused and social. The concept of ‘slow’ can be seen as a hinderance in a world which highly values speed. In today’s...

Equity & Inclusion
Nathalie PuzenatBenny BeringerEric LawrinTate GreenhalghFrancis DuranthonMarcus Weisen

The second Ecsite Accessible exhibitions workshop propose to explore and discuss accessibility, both in a science centre, Cité de l’espace and in a natural history museum, at Museum de Toulouse. It will engage participants to a creative challenge...

Equity & Inclusion
Sheena LaursenNathalie Caplet

Sometimes an exhibition or a programme of activities seems to attract more of one gender than the other. What can we do about this? Initiatives taking place across Europe are shining light on this important issue for science centres and museums....

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