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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

Exhibit development
Benoît LégaréHeather KelleyPoul KattlerGenevieve Angio-Morneau

Storytelling and games are universal products of the human experience and are present in all cultures. Not only do they provide the groundwork for meaningful social interactions, they also play an essential role in the development of the human...

Science in Society
Antonio Gomes da Costa

The condemnation of six scientists for “multiple manslaughter” as a consequence of their failure to warn citizens about the Aquila earthquake in Italy took many by surprise. The ruling, regardless of what happens in the future of this case, will...

Science in Society
Sheena LaursenMette Stentoft TherkildsenMai MurmannJustin Dillon

This session will focus on actions and activities that are being developed to promote healthy lifestyles. We will show how science centres are creating transforming experiences aimed at a broad and diverse audience. Education researchers have...

Sharon AmentDorit WolenitzJens TannebergChristopher GartheHanne RasmussenDorotea Blank

The UNESCO decade on education for sustainable development is coming to an end – and although the concept of education for sustainable development is gaining more and more credence in formal as well as in informal education, the topic of...

Design
Karolina PerrinJochen HungerKaren WilkinsonJean-michel Molenaar

There is a novel approach to the design of exhibitions and to the vulgarization of science.

The Fab Lab movement, initiated by MIT researcher Neil Gershenfeld in the late 90s is starting to have an impact on the way interactive...

Explainers & visitor services
Heather King

How do we present the nature of sciences and maths in our institutions? Do our visitors see what we want them to see? Do they understand the workings of science in the ways that we do? What do our staff think?

In this Pecha Kucha-...

Maria XanthoudakiBrad IrwinMiha KosAntonio Gomes da Costa

The explainer’s profile and professional development constitute an ever-evolving topic not only for Ecsite’s THE Group, but also of institutions that employ explainers of diverse ages, preparation times, skill levels, and sometimes...

Collections
Eric SiegelKian Tiong PANGClara Lim

can we translate momentous events and concepts in science and technology into experiences that people can enjoy and understand? Some of us use artifacts, interactivity, scenography or dioramas. Many of us have artifact-rich exhibitions with...

Education
Sheena LaursenDavid HeywoodMichael Dzoga

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education still misses the content of the letter “E”- engineering. The challenge is to advance engineering as part of the science’ education in schools, to develop the culture...

Marketing & communication
Colin JohnsonKatarzyna ModrakHeli SeppäläMeike MoorsLise Kinch

Knowledge of our audiences is hard currency. We must know our target groups in order to motivate the public to visit our exhibitions and to attract their attention. How do we best obtain this knowledge so that we ensure that our campaigns have...

Johannes-Geert HagmannHouston WilsonSven BakkenChristophe ChaffardonDaniel Rosqvist

Mobile applications are increasingly used in all the museums to help visitors discover exhibitions and content. In the particular case of interactive sciences centres, what could be the added value of these tools? Do they bring new content or...

Marketing & communication
LAURENT CHICOINEAURonald Kleverlaan

Every innovation needs financing. Some (local) governments offer loans or subsidies to researchers to realize their dreams while some people receive investments or gifts from friends and family. But in the current financial crisis it can be...

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