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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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Johannes-Geert Hagmannkatell barthélémyClaudia SchleyerGert-Jan Va RijnClaire PillsburyMarieke Meijers

This session will start with a series of very short presentations with case studies of hands-on exhibits or interactives that integrate (museum) collectables. In the second part of the session, speakers and participants will form small workshop...

Explainers & visitor services
Joanna KalinowskaErinma OchuGiota MakriNatalie IrelandDavid Tombolato

In recent years the number of social participation projects related to science have increased dramatically. Does this surge come as a result of the media? Do social participation projects in science have a positive effect on society in that...

Operations & finance

Many Ecsite conference delegates are not from the ‘big name’ science centres. This session will discuss how small and medium-sized science centres manage financial constraints. It will also highlight some of the unique opportunities and...

Explainers & visitor services
Hannah SundqvistSarah FunkRicardo MutuberriaFarid NolenLouise Archer

Not all young people engage science equally. Science centres engage well with children, but reaching teens more effectively is an ongoing project. This session discusses barriers to, and solutions for, engaging teens. We take a look at some...

Explainers & visitor services
Marie HobsonRooske FranseHeather KingJustin DillonMaria Xanthoudaki

In search for an in-depth experience

Visitors to science centres and museums choose their preferred activities and design their own learning experiences. To support visitors, most institutions aspire to an environment that combines...

Maria XanthoudakiRobert SzczesnyJim ShortMaya HalevyMarjolein van Breemen

The session explores formal-informal partnerships by sharing models of how to work together to support the core curriculum of schools and to advance the core mission of science centres. Three cases will illuminate the topic: Urban Advantage...

Equity & Inclusion
Matteo Merzagora

This interactive session is run by the Ecsite thematic group on human interfaces and explainers , THE Group. Prepare to examine the role of explainers in fighting exclusion of underrepresented groups – including those from underprivileged...

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...

Antonietta MonteleoneMeg WilsonJessica ChristensenBerend ReijnhoudtLaurent DONDEYMark Katz

The business of entertainment has never been so educational. With digital cinema projection equipment now very affordable and easily acquired, cinemas in museums and science centres are programming mission-related documentary films which are a...

Equity & Inclusion
Barbara StreicherRick HallHeidrun SchulzeMikko Myllykoski

If they don´t visit us – let’s go visit them! Find out what happened when four science organisations chose to be temporarily present in local communities, offering free, playful learning opportunities in empty spaces of under-served urban areas,...

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...

Exhibit development
Nicolas KösterSilke PetzoldSusanne NawrathKathrin MeyerMichał Buława

Many science centres are very critical of using scenography or atmospheric room design. The main concern is that the visitor will be distracted from the interactive exhibit itself. However, other science centres feel the necessity to upgrade...

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