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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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Exhibit development
Aaike van OordMichele LanzingerFabrice JouvenotVincenzo LipardiNina MöllersDiederik VeermanMao ImaizumiJean-Marie Sani

Humanity and its relationship with the environment is an important topic at the intersection of science centres, civilization museums and natural history museums. To understand this complex relationship, we must use multidisciplinary approaches....

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Marketing & communication
Natalia Sergievskaya Luigi AmodioJelena FilipajJan Riise

When setting up a new science centre one has to approach decision makers in order to get funding for the project. Confronted with their expectations, we often wonder: Are the decision makers from a totally different planet? How do we sell our...

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Explainers & visitor services
Leonardo AlfonsiHerbert MuenderMassimiliano TrevisanLivio Riboli-Sasco

How will science events innovate their content and structure over the next ten years to avoid becoming dinosaurs? After a decade of rapid and constant development worldwide, science events are starting to diversify, focusing on specific science...

Workshop
Explainers & visitor services
Ana NoronhaLaszlo Robert ZsirosPawel WojcikAaike van OordMiha Kos

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong,” journalist H. L. Mencken observed. In science centres, it is not easy to be educational and entertaining while remaining scientifically accurate at all times. As a...

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Exhibit development
Daniel RosqvistAnnika WaernJohan EckerudDaniel RosqvistLisa Månsson

When the behavior of a target group changes, we need to change with them. With a gamification project called “The Mission”, Tom Tits Experiment in collaboration with Uppsala University and Expology, seeks to meet the expectations of an...

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Exhibit development
Mikko MyllykoskiDominique BotbolPäivi GarnerPatricia VerheydenAntonia Caola

Language and translation policies and practices are an easily overlooked sector in the functions of a science centre. Who reads exhibition texts anyway, let alone the different language versions? As far as accessibility is concerned,...

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Exhibit development
Gérard CobutDominique JongenMiha KosJoonas JuutilainenKathrin UnterleitnerIrena CieślińskaCornelia ReichertAnna Schaefers

Participants pinpointed a need to explore less classic media during last year’s session on the perfect exhibition text . The aim with exhibition text is both to improve a general audience experience while also improve accessibility for...

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Penny FidlerLeonardo AlfonsiBarbara StreicherRosalia VargasRobert Firmhofer

Many science communication practitioners engage in regional networks, using the multiplier effect for broader reach. The idea is to engage more people with science and technology more locally and more effectively. How can we set up such networks...

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Strategy & vision
Ana NoronhaLuigi AmodioManuel CiraIgnasi López VerdeguerMarzia MazzonettoSheena Laursen

In this panel we will debate how science centres and museums can play a key role in promoting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) using their skills and networking capabilities. Citizen debates and stakeholder consultations led by science...

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Explainers & visitor services
Robert WestMikko MyllykoskiIan SimmonsDorothée VatinelMike Bruton

Why and how do science museums engage with sensitive and/or controversial topics in exhibitions and public programmes? Museum locations, governmental relationships, funding sources, political, social and religious environments, and local events...

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Explainers & visitor services
Richard HoughtonRebecca CaswellTessa van SchijndelJoe MartinClara Lim

Each child is unique and their learning processes are complex. Furthermore, children in their early years vary widely in their stages of growth and development. How can we create situations and environments that address childrens’ unique...

Workshop
Exhibit development
Megumi OkuyaMalvina ArtheauMicol MolinariMarc JamousMegumi OkuyaPaweł Barczyńskivincent jouanneau

In the past few years, science centres have been trying to develop their exhibits by taking hints from “gamification”. By doing so, we can reach visitors emotionally and personally so that the messages we want to convey get imprinted in them...

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