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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

Marketing & communication
Denise AmyotNathalie Caplet

Most of our institutions have a Facebook and a Twitter account, and sometimes a blog. But these can be set up to work in different ways: one or several official accounts, a person or two hidden behind anonymous accounts; accounts that are...

Ed Sobey

Step into the Grand Bazaar to see the mysteries of hands-on science unfold. Wander among the various “action shops” where you can join the building and experimenting. Catch the excitement as science learning accelerates when you...

Marketing & communication
Emma WadlandOrna CohenDebbie DonohueHolly HastedNatalia SergievskayaLouise Julie BertrandSofia SeifarthSean DuranSybill EbersCECILE GERINHeather FarnworthSofia AdjasBaerbel AuffermannChristopher Garthe

Looking to rent or buy travelling exhibitions? Preview current and upcoming travelling science exhibitions across Europe. This rapid-fire session will give you a glimpse of the enormous range of exhibitions on offer, leaving it up to you to make...

Science in Society
Didier LavalCATHERINA VOREADOUClaudia GorrGildas VéretAlex FairheadSara Bagge

“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity – not a threat,” said Thomas Edison.

Environmental science issues, such as climate change, sustainability and biodiversity often project a nightmarish vision of the...

Strategy & vision
Dominique Pestre

Dominique Pestre is a social and political historian.Hos speech was entitled "What kind of innovation for the Anthropocene?". Watch the keynote on the Ecsite YouTube...

Exhibit development
Michèle ANTOINEAnne CharpentierPia ArebladMaarten OkkersenSophie Boitsios

Our body allows us to explore the world and builds our relationship with the self, to others, and to our environment. It affirms our physical presence in the world. Yet the majority of exhibitions forget the body as a whole, and often separate...

Beth HawkinsRachel RobertsRichard PeringStephen ShawJane Dowden

Science is part of everything and we dream of a society where science is fully embraced as part of everyday culture and not exclusive to a science museum, classroom or interactive science centre. In pursuit of this we have begun a series of...

Networking & Partnerships
Rinske van den BergDaniel LexénTobias ErikssonMikkel Bohm

The session analyses the evolution of industry role in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education ecosystem, contributing to the debate on Education and Learning – “Teaching innovation. The art of changing perspectives...

Beth HawkinsJana KopfováDagmara LipinskaTessa van SchijndelAnna GunnarssonJane Dowden

School groups visit science centres and museums because they offer a fantastic opportunity for students to learn outside the classroom – the museum learning experience aims to be memorable, inspiring, and engaging. The experience is...

Claes Johansson

Natural History Museums are often imagined to be traditional repositories of historical collections. They continue to draw millions of visitors each year and are family favorites owing to the weird and wonderful collections. These museums remain...

Equity & Inclusion
Jan RiiseMatteo MerzagoraClaire Ribrault

Science centres, science museums, science festivals and similar entities generally consider themselves as actors facilitating social inclusion, social cohesion and social justice. In fact, they present themselves as opportunities for everyone to...

Pecha Kucha format (90 minutes!): 10 speakers x 20 slides x 20 seconds per slide.
Nathalie CapletIlse van ZeelandIan SimmonsWalter StavelozClaire PillsburyJustin DillonDiana Issidorides

Ten original and provocative speakers will Pecha Kucha their way through the museum or science centre of their wildest dreams. What does the centre look like? What will it promote or oppose? How will it fire up the public’s mind?