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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

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Anne PrugnonIan Russell

How can institutions overcome barriers between curatorial and interactive exhibit departments? How can we move beyond ways of thinking that often prevent us from designing exhibitions that combine ‘museum objects’ and ‘interactive exhibits’ in a...

Exhibit development
Maarten Okkersenjussi savaIan SimmonsPeter UllstadPieter AartsenClaudia SchleyerIan RussellEsther HamstraLAURENT CHICOINEAUveronique HALLARD

It’s like creative speed dating: Meet exhibition makers and designers in an intimate setting and talk about managing creativity, content development, succesful design and management of exhibitions and exhibits. This new format will stuff as much...

Outreach
Leonardo AlfonsiHerbert MuenderJan Riise

Science events are a highly engaging tool to foster citizen participation in science and technology. Over the past 15 years the number of events increased as well as the variety of profiles that characterise a science event. What’s the...

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...

Operations & finance

After an overview of the fundamentals of fundraising for museum staff and volunteers, work with other participants to identify your centre or museum’s constituency, and learn how to make your funding community grow. Develop new fundraising ideas...

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...

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
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,...

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...

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...

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