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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

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...

Explainers & visitor services
Wenche FivelsdalIngrid EikelandMikko MyllykoskiEmily Dawson

Do you know who is walking through your doors? Do you know what motivates your guests to visit? Do you know their prior knowledge, their benefits and attitudes? Do you know what their learning preferences are? Can we really learn from...

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...

Explainers & visitor services
David CarlsonJose XavierPatrícia AzinhagaSandra VanhoveMatteo CattadoriInga May

Amid the urgent challenges of climate change, educators must provide effective information tied to recognizable features of our planet. By combining compelling images of melting ice and snow and of key species in polar ecosystems with authentic...

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...

Explainers & visitor services
Justin DillonPere ViladotMaria XanthoudakiDavid BrostromMarianne Achiam

This session will present the teaching-learning models of four different museums and science centres with a particular focus on how to underpin the work of the institution. The teaching-learning model includes aspects related to the design,...

Marketing & communication
Clara LimLim Tit MengDorothée VatinelSean Clarke

Pop culture is by definition popular – so why not use it to convert potential audiences? Popular recognizable characters can act as a hook for attracting new audiences by providing a face and voice. Universcience, for example, shares their...

Explainers & visitor services
Jane DowdenKayte McSweeneyJohn DowneyKathrin Kösters

Games can give a real sense of fun, playfulness and excitement to motivate and engage teenagers. Games encourage interaction, participation and discussion. Games can simulate real life scenarios by testing our willingness to take risks in a safe...

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...

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.

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 (...

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...