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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

Johannes-Geert HagmannMarit TeerlingCaroline TurreYuko Okayama

To work in a science centre or museum may sometimes seem like an exotic profession. Yet, while each institution faces different challenges, the professional knowledge acquired through many years of experience can benefit other actors in the field...

Colin JohnsonHarry White

Are you planning to set up a new science centre? If so, this is the session for you. We won’t give you all the answers, but will introduce some key people who have helped others with new science centre projects. You will hear about where...

Research, theory & evaluation
Nathalie CapletTiina BrunettoAlberta GiovanniniAnne Tove Koldal

Are our institutions the best places for peaceful work? Science centres and museums are definitely qualified for peace by the experiences they offer: joyful, collaborative, empathetic and lively. This kind of experience is facilitated by...

Networking & Partnerships
Aliki Giannakopoulou

This session will introduce participants to the new financial framework of the European Commission – Horizon 2020. A European Commission representative will give insight into the new framework, a representative from the National Contact...

Collections
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
Noel JacksonPaola RodariMaria ZоlоtоnоsаToni HamillAndrea BandelliKathrin Kösters

This interactive session offers a review of different dialogue activities, mainly focusing on the Playdecide format in its multiple applications and young people as the main target audience. In light of the shift toward Responsible Research and...

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
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...

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
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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