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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

Kim Gladstone HerlevTom RockwellAdam TobinGeno SchnellTeis Christiansen

This session will uncover great ideas for how to make innovation a sustainable part of business for science centres and museums.

One of our key competences as science centres and museums is our ability to be innovative. We build on the...

Michael John GormanAndrea BandelliJosep PerellóClare Matterson

Historically, discussions of the interface between art and science have tended to focus on artists representing or illustrating some aspect of science, while leaving the science intact and unquestioned. In this session, we will explore how...

Marzia MazzonettoJosh GutwillTessa van SchijndelVesna PajićMarjelle van HoornHeather King

How can science centres and museums encourage parents to facilitate their child’s science learning and engagement? Families are among the most important museum and science centre audiences. Parents can play a key role in the success or...

Explainers & visitor services
LAURENT CHICOINEAUJean-michel MolenaarGaëlle CRENNMicol Molinari

Museums and science centres are often cool places for kids. They come with the school and/or their family. But what about grown-ups? We know that enticing teenagers and young adults to science centres is not so easy. Some of us believe that...

Science in Society
Barbara Streicher

South East Europe is the home region of many scientists and world-famous minds who have contributed to modern development. It could also be a centre of modern innovation just by increasing public awareness on the importance of natural sciences,...

World Cafe
Human Resources
Barbara StreicherAndrea BandelliKate SteinerPaola Rodari

Being innovative, especially in a collaborative environment, requires an understanding of the status quo and of the efforts made by others in the same and similar fields.

As a research project, we started by reviewing existing literature...

Science & Arts
Pia ArebladDidier LavalMaria Mebius-SchröderGuillaume Trap

How does innovation happen? Enhancing society’s innovation capacity is essential for social prosperity and economic development. Innovations are sparked by challenging old ideas and practices and trying out new ones. This requires courage...

Amr AlMadaniMargaret Honey

Inspiring audiences to innovate and be critical thinkers are aspirations shared by science centers and educators. But what role do our teams of science communicators play in inspiring this spirit of innovation? What spaces and programmes foster...

Exhibit development
Ian SimmonsKrista Leusink

With projects such as APE at the Exploratorium in the United States and Curiosity at the Centre for Life in the UK, hands-on exhibitions are moving away from narrow and frustrating learning goals and briefly engaging surprise resolution models...

Operations & finance
Marcus LidénAnette JensenLinde Vernie EkbergHelena Ahldén

Most science centers have a science store and café – restaurant. Can these areas be used to support the science centre’s mission and increase revenue? Can a unique science store or restaurant also play an important role as an...

Research, theory & evaluation
Kayte McSweeneyMarie HobsonAna BrajovicMarie Hobson

Good audience research and evaluation allows institutions to be innovative and take risks in their development processes. Embedding evaluation and engagement processes boosts confidence among staff to try new things, experiment with novel...

Explainers & visitor services
Suzy Antoniw

Creating a high-quality exhibition with a group, whether it’s a patient group or school children, is a challenge in many ways but it also has the potential to engage audiences on a whole new level.

In 2012 the Science Museum in London,...