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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

Explainers & visitor services
Maarten OkkersenLAURENT CHICOINEAUMonika MayerLeonel AlegreIan BrunswickSherry MarshallAndy Lloyd

The first museums were, in a way, a consequence of the Enlightenment movement and the liberal ideals of the French Revolution. The first science museums were perhaps part of the Industrial Revolution. The world kept spinning since then and new (...

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Jon HaavieSabina BarcucciGène BertrandIan SimmonsJon HaaviePatricia Verheyden

Maker Faire is the world’s greatest festival for creativity and making. This is where technology, art and science meet. It is a festival where inventors, artists, hackers, enthusiasts, geeks, craftsmen and tinkerers – can show others what they...

Equity & Inclusion
Antonio Gomes da CostaAndrea BandelliLeo SchenkElisabetta Tola

Many activists use scientific evidence to promote social change. Other pressure groups deny or distort scientific evidence to support irrational or religious beliefs. As experts in science communication, where do science centres and museums stand...

Explainers & visitor services
Maya HalevyVarda Gur Ben ShitritSally CollinsBrian Levine

How can science centres inspire a new generation of scientists? We present three programs that are exposing youth to science, scientists, and research methods and skills: A school-visit program, an intense week of work with scientists, and a...

Equity & Inclusion
Manuel Cira

Our planet is our home. However, it is a finite world which will have to satisfy the needs of 12 billion people by 2100. How can we foster innovation so as to help make our planet a better place to live for all? How can we generate new...

Norbert Steinhausilse MarschalekMaria ZоlоtоnоsаMelanie SmallmanMarzia Mazzonetto

Are we successful at involving different stakeholders in the debate on emerging technologies? At what stage of the research process should stakeholders be involved? These issues are part of the new European challenge of Responsible Research and...

Science ♥ society
Ahmet Üzümcü

Ahmet Üzümcü is the Director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2013.

H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü was appointed Director- General of the OPCW in December...
Marketing & communication
Harrie SchlechtriemCathrine Strøm NøstvoldElina VesanenCecilia Ekstrand

Teachers in primary and secondary schools are one of the science center’s most important target groups. In this session, Heureka (Finland), Tom Tits Experiment (Sweden), VilVite (Norway) and Continium – Discovery Center Kerkrad (...

Alexandre QuintanilhaMao ImaizumiSophie BougéCarmen GuerraLeonel Alegre

When developing a new exhibition most science centres rely on scientists and scientific institutions. But what do we expect from them? Expertise and skill, validation and acknowledgment, creativity and inspiration, or even money? In this session...

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Malvina ArtheauMarc JamousGrozdana ErjavecMicol MolinariMarc JamousBeth Hawkins

Serious games are a mean of sharing scientific contents in a new way. As gaming gets the player emotionally and personally involved, serious games have been shown to enhance the efficiency of a given message. But designing one implies to reach...

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...

Explainers & visitor services
Cláudia FariaAna Alexandra Valente RodriguesInês OliveiraMarianne AchiamNils Petter HauanJen DeWitt

How can informal learning sites provide optimal learning experiences without placing demands on teachers? This session will move beyond familiar conversations about how to encourage/force/support teachers toward desired behaviours. Instead,...

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