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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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Dominique BotbolClaudia Schleyerkatell barthélémyMikko KauhanenTouko Korhonen

Designers will discuss their experiences in the development process of an exhibition as either in-house or external exhibition designers:

- In-house designers enable greater collaboration insofar as they are fully integrated into the...

Interactive session
Collections
Elna NordBlair ParkinDaniel AntoineFarah Ahmed

A revolution is happening in museums and store rooms around the world. Objects held in museum storage for hundreds of years, some hundreds of millions of years old, are starting to see the light of day in entirely news ways using 3D visualisation...

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Education
Heather KingMarianne AchiamRooske Franse

Innovative ideas often originate from cross-pollination among disciplines. Informal science education (ISE) is a domain wherein many academic disciplines come together, for example: learning is a research focus for child development, psychology...

Workshop
Explainers & visitor services
Philipp HorstLeonel AlegreAnna SchaefersInes PRIETOManuel Roca

In our dreams, visitors attend our exhibitions, approach the exhibits and know exactly what to do. When they leave, they are smarter than before and feel happy. Visitors probably have the same dream. But if we look at reality, visitor interaction...

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Technology
Owain Davies

“When I first started designing and building exhibits I’d never heard of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Now there isn’t a project that comes up without someone mentioning it, QR, or bar codes! And everyone wants...

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Education
Mark ElamAlexandra WeilenmannTommaso VenturiniCatharina Ländström

As many of today’s science centres wish to foster public engagement with current research, so too are many schools promoting student engagement with so-called socioscientific issues. Aiming to creatively combine these concerns, the...

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Operations & finance
Liz DeanStine FergusonAnne Tove Koldal

Most science centers increase their income by offering their facilities for meetings and events. Some centres arrange more targeted events for companies and organizations such as team building and holding entertaining competitions in the...

Panel
Eva JonssonSean DuranAndrea DurhamAilsa BarryAmito Haarhuis

Science centres that want to remain vital for their stakeholders need to innovate and adapt to changing demands and expectations. This calls for proactive and brave leadership which is willing to take risks and test new solutions. This session...

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Josh GutwillJosh GutwillKaren WilkinsonElin RobertsElena Mashintsova

Humans have been making things since before recorded history. In recent times, however, with the advent of global production and a shift toward consumerism, “making” at home and in school have become lost arts. Children and adults can learn much...

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Science in Society
Andrea BandelliRichard WatermeyerMarzia MazzonettoJacqueline BroerseGilles Laroche

In March 2013, a thousand citizens from all over Europe have been involved in a large scale, formal participation initiative to contribute to the priorities of the new framework program for European Research “Horizon 2020”. This...

10-20 representatives of science centers from all over the world will present the main goal of their institution with just two slides! These diverse inputs will open the floor for a broad discussion about the future goals of science centers.
Margareta HallinFiorenzo GalliLuisa MassaraniKaren SitRobert WestIgnasi López VerdeguerLuigi Amodio

The starting point for the science centre movement were encapsulated in the goals of the Exploratorium in San Francisco, United States. But since these beginnings science centres have developed and evolved, for example:

- Science centers...

Panel / Reverse / Round-table / interactive session
Outreach
Gérard CobutPeter BentsenBent Johan PoulsenJulie BønnelyckeNathalie CapletAnna FisherKathrin Unterleitner

The general public is made up of so many different audiences. Some are particularly difficult to reach while others have specific needs – both cases require special attention. Building on the speakers’ experiences, this session aims...

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