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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
Carmen GuerraEmma PegramGregor IsenbortErnesto Paramo

In museums and science centres we engage our visitors through exhibitions and activities wherein they explore phenomena, representations and artifacts/specimens. Often, we present content to a passive audience, but then visitors miss the chance...

Exhibit development
Gérard CobutDominique JongenMiha KosJoonas JuutilainenKathrin KöstersIrena 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...

Equity & Inclusion
Livio Riboli-SascoChris GaryJan RiiseBarbara Streicher

In our efforts to foster socially inclusive science communication approaches, innovative and challenging strategies can be particularly relevant. For instance, involving under-served populations with scientists in the co-construction of research...

Michaela LivingstoneAna NoronhaLinda LeucharsNoel JacksonCarmen GuerraMarc MoutinAude Lesty

Space missions are crucial to care for the planet, support populations and preserve peace. From the use of satellites at the international level in cases of natural disasters, to tracking endangered species, and from monitoring populations during...

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...

Explainers & visitor services
Malvina ArtheauMarc Jamous

Most of us don’t have the time to try out many serious games. We might have tried a couple of them and have gotten discouraged by their poor quality, or, lest say it, because we got bored. Time consuming, unequal quality: it doesn’t really...

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...

Exhibit development
Jamie BellLouise Julie BertrandDominique BotbolMichael Bradke

What would happen if exhibition designers used music as a conceptual trigger and creative constraint? Music and exhibitions share some characteristics: Listening to music and visiting an exhibition happen over time, in varying tempos, in dense...

Research, theory & evaluation
Anneli PaulLim Tit MengRosalia VargasJohn Falk

Although science centres have long asserted their critical role in supporting science engagement, learning and attitudes of the public, comprehensive data to support these claims are limited. This session will describe the International Science...

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...

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....

Explainers & visitor services
Amy Seakins

Museums and science centres often aim to ‘open up’ their spaces to visitors. Join us for a discussion of how to share the wonders of science research, scientific collaboration, and museum development with visitors. Speakers from Netherlands,...

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