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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

Marketplace
Collections
Marc Moutin

Preview current and upcoming travelling science exhibitions across Europe. This fast-paced session will give you a glimpse of the enormous range of exhibitions on offer, leaving it up to you to make contacts and find out more.

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Equity & Inclusion
Anna OmedesPere ViladotCristina Da MilanoRichard Pering

How do science centres and museums contribute to social change and fight against social exclusion? Which projects help the more vulnerable sectors of the community? This session will showcase a few initiatives: The Science Museum of London...

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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...

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Explainers & visitor services
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...

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Research, theory & evaluation
Sheena Laursen

Where do guests spend most time when they visit museum and science centres? What occupies wild girls and what engages the shy boys? What are the ‘hit’ and ‘miss’ places in your science centre? In this session, we investigate how to measure these...

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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...

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Explainers & visitor services
Peter SlavenburgAlessandra CrusiGideon Ruig

We are all involved in developing experience platforms for lifelong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. It seems only natural to design such platforms for museums, science centres, or schools. But learning is not restricted...

Explainers & visitor services
Nathalie CapletDorotea BlankSamuela CaliariBaerbel AuffermannElin RobertsScott Mckenzie-CookTijana PopovicAlessandra Crusi

Science centres and museums need to innovate to attract new audiences and compete with other places that draw children and adults. Evening/night events appear to be quite successful for our institutions, as well as turning up in unexpected places...

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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 (...

Workshop
Explainers & visitor services
Melissa FinaliDidem AydinmakinaWendy van den PutteDavid BrostromAnna GunnarssonVassilis Vassilis PapakonstantinouJohn DowneyMaya HalevyMarjolein van BreemenNoel JacksonSheena LaursenSara CalcagniniElin RobertsIan RussellMarina D'Alessandro

The Grand Bazaar returns this year following its success at the Ecsite Annual Conference 2013.There is much more to science communication than just discussion! This highly informal ‘tabletop’ event will offer a varied selection of hands-on...

Roundtable session
Explainers & visitor services
Cláudia FariaAna Alexandra Valente RodriguesInês OliveiraMarianne AchiamNils Petter HauanJennifer 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,...

Workshop
Explainers & visitor services
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...

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