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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

Explainers & visitor services
Nathalie CapletJasper VisserKirsten EllenbogenSophina Jagot

The web and its social networks – they are the ultimate tools to reach beyond time and space. But once we’ve got the website, the blog, the profile, what should we do then? How can we get the most out of these resources? Experiences from...

Human Resources
Maria XanthoudakiAnne Lise MathieuBeth StonePaola RodariHeather King

Explainers are among the professions present in almost all museums and science centres around the world. However, their tasks, training, backgrounds, length of stay on the job – even the name used to define them – varies across different...

Science in Society
Mireia BesMarzia MazzonettoMaite DebryLinda Leuchars

The field of health research engagement of citizens, and particularly of local communities, is not only a very important focus of actions financed by the European Commission (as stated in Horizon 2020). Partnerships between organizations such as...

Science in Society
Sally DuensingAndrea BandelliSally Duensing

This session offers participants time to explore in-depth ideas from a classic book which participants must read in advance of the session. This experimental seminar-style session is aimed at encouraging all participants to be actively involved...

Design
LAURENT CHICOINEAU

The popular fabrication and “maker” movement seems to be the next big thing in the field of digital culture and new technologies. Stemming from both the academic field (MIT, Boston) and from more underground networks (i.e. hackerspaces), this...

Science in Society
Julie MoskalykMichal PiadlowskiMarie-Christine HergaultMarie-Christine HergaultNils Petter Hauan

How can we produce enough food for the planet’s population? How can we save the forest and the sea to ensure the bio-diversity? How do we cope with the expected sea level rise? How can we supply the world with enough energy? The science of...

Science in Society
James BellMichel ClaessensMatteo MerzagoraSara CalcagniniAntonio Gomes da Costa

Speakers will each have five minutes to discuss their favourite science centre or museum and share why this place is distinct for them. This session will inspire serious reflection on what makes our institutions memorable. After presentations,...

Strategy & vision
Carlo Ratti

Carlo Ratti, Professor at the MIT, gave a talk entitled "Future Cities - The real-time city is now real!"

The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built...

Outreach
Noel JacksonGuido RamelliniMichael BradkeDaniel RamosEd Sobey

Mathematics is an intriguing science yet it is usually dismissed as tool by the numerate and as boring by the rest of the world. But the time is right for maths to take their rightful place in the world of science communication. In this session...

Marketing & communication
Joanna KalinowskaJoanna KalinowskaBrigitte Zana

Time is money. And for most science centres it is time to think about ways of obtaining unrestricted funds. Where do you look for money if your budget is running low? Do you rob a bank? Are you becoming a pickpocketer? This is a session...

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...

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