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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

Strategy & vision
Ian Goldin

Professor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University. He delivered a speech entitled "Individual and Collective Wisdom and Failure".

Ian was previously Vice...

Jochen HungerKarolina PerrinRyan JenkinsJean-michel Molenaar

The Maker Space @ Ecsite ’14 will be a meeting point of people going in unexpected directions with materials, knowledge and resources. And with your participation in a discussion or workshop it will become a laboratory of yet unknown...

Exhibit development
Esther Hamstramichael van der meerAlison BoyleRogier van der HeideShin'ichiro SUZUKI

Science museums and science centres are largely dominated by objects and hands-on exhibits that demonstrate the trophies of technology, and well-established scientific principles and phenomena. The iterative, ongoing nature of scientific research...

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 (...

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...

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...

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...

Speed (of light) dating
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...

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...
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...

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...

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...