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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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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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Marketing & communication
Michał BuławaJelena Filipaj

How should a science centre fit into the centre of a city? How should it cooperate with municipal authorities and local communities? And how should it use the surrounding public spaces? Jelena Filipaj will try to answer these questions from the...

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Research, theory & evaluation
Erik RoupeJoachim LerchHugo VrijdagHans GubbelsMichael Bradke

Science centres and museums play a major role in getting people involved in science and technology. In this session we explore new and different ways of bringing science and technology to “the unusual suspects”: Science and technology...

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Equity & Inclusion
Holly HastedIrene Lapuente AguilarÅsa LindgrenMatteo MerzagoraSuzy Antoniw

Whose voices? Whose interests? Science centers are increasingly involving diverse publics in the production of exhibition content. This session brings together professionals from Barcelona, London, Stockholm and Paris who have put audience...

Reverse + workshop
Explainers & visitor services
Helena JedrzejczakElena MashintsovaPawel Wojcik

Visitors are taking part in creating exhibitions in science centres around the world. This collaboration can be done in many ways. We will focus on two: First, science centres created mainly through public engagement and, second, projects in...

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Research, theory & evaluation
Marianne AchiamTessa van SchijndelAmy SeakinsAlexander Moss

“Interest” is a key concept in the field of science education and engagement. Science centres, museum exhibitions, programmes and interventions are designed to stimulate the interest of visitors. But what exactly is interest and how does it...

Synthetic Cocktail session: a mix of presentations, hands-on and "probes" discussions
Exhibit development
Luisa MarinoJurij Krpanlucas eversDidier Laval

Synthetic biology is an emerging, exciting and occasionally alarming field that brings together a diverse group – engineers, scientists, designers, artists and hackers focusing on making life “designable”. As in any new field, the...

Open Space
Research, theory & evaluation
Barbara StreicherAntonia Caola

Our community is known for advocating curiosity and engagement through innovative science communication. But are we innovative enough in the way we communicate among ourselves? Do we dare explore alternatives if established session formats and...

Explainers & visitor services
Emily Dawson

This session looks at the concept of ‘science capital’ – science-related qualifications, knowledge, literacy and social contacts, which were developed in the ASPIRES project to help understand patterns in young people’s science aspirations...

Workshop
Explainers & visitor services
Noel JacksonGuido RamelliniAnna GunnarssonMichael Bradke

Rich Tasks are a key tool in mathematics teaching. In Rich Tasks, students gain experience of using simple maths by applying them to solve complex problems in real situations. These tasks are still novel for math teachers but many...

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Explainers & visitor services
Sophie BougéRémi JeanninMegumi OkuyaFabienne THOMAS

Can the subject of economics be approached in science centres and museums with the same tools used for science and technology? The session will introduce the subject through the example of the exhibition “Economie, Krach, Boom, Mue ?” (...

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Exhibit development
Frank DittmannSarah KellbergOtmar MoritschTina KubotÅsa LindgrenSuzy Antoniw

Developing and designing an exhibition is a challenging and creative process. Visitors, and often colleagues, only get to see the final results. The idea of this session is to illuminate the process of creating an exhibition. What was the...

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