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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

Explainers & visitor services
Robert WestMikko MyllykoskiIan SimmonsDorothée VatinelMike Bruton

Why and how do science museums engage with sensitive and/or controversial topics in exhibitions and public programmes? Museum locations, governmental relationships, funding sources, political, social and religious environments, and local events...

Research, theory & evaluation
Gène BertrandIan BrunswickBjörn KällströmAna GarciaDick van DijkHugo Vrijdag

A living lab is a research concept. A living lab is a user-centered, open-innovation ecosystem, integrating research and innovation processes within a public-private-people partnership. The concept is based on a systematic user co-creation...

Exhibit development
Megumi OkuyaMalvina ArtheauMicol MolinariMarc JamousMegumi OkuyaPaweł Barczyńskivincent jouanneau

In the past few years, science centres have been trying to develop their exhibits by taking hints from “gamification”. By doing so, we can reach visitors emotionally and personally so that the messages we want to convey get imprinted in them...

Marketing & communication
Ilona Iłowiecka-TańskaKatarzyna ModrakElisabetta Tola

Image and public recognition are benefits of good media relations. However, hard data from media monitoring show that journalists have their own logic to evaluate attractiveness of news proposed by science centres. Media love events – even those...

Collections
Lucy SchweingruberMaria XanthoudakiCamille PisaniMikko Myllykoski

In this panel you will get insight about what is happening behind the scenes of the Annual conference Programme Committee (ACPC). Representatives of Ecsite and the ACPC will guide you in how to create a successful session for any future Ecsite...

Research, theory & evaluation
Erik RoupeJoachim LerchHugo VrijdagHans GubbelsMichael Bradke

Science centres and museums play a major role in getting people involved in science and technology. In this session we explore new and different ways of bringing science and technology to “the unusual suspects”: Science and technology...

Collections
Kinga Grege

Travelling exhibitions require important decisions regarding collections and design. All of the aspects easily managed in the home museum are difficult to control when an exhibition travels. Decisions on the selection of collections require close...

Marketing & communication
Michał BuławaJelena Filipaj

How should a science centre fit into the centre of a city? How should it cooperate with municipal authorities and local communities? And how should it use the surrounding public spaces? Jelena Filipaj will try to answer these questions from the...

Explainers & visitor services

We are in the midst of a new era in communication. How should museums react to virtual reality, for example? Are there new opportunities to captivate audiences and extend museum activities? How could a museum website be a tool to meet unusual and...

Equity & Inclusion
Holly HastedIrene Lapuente AguilarÅsa LindgrenMatteo MerzagoraSuzy Antoniw

Whose voices? Whose interests? Science centers are increasingly involving diverse publics in the production of exhibition content. This session brings together professionals from Barcelona, London, Stockholm and Paris who have put audience...

Research, theory & evaluation
Barbara StreicherAntonia Caola

Our community is known for advocating curiosity and engagement through innovative science communication. But are we innovative enough in the way we communicate among ourselves? Do we dare explore alternatives if established session formats and...

Explainers & visitor services
Camille PisaniMichele LanzingerJean-Marie Sani

Twenty-ten was the International Biodiversity Year and the peak effort to raise awareness about biodiversity and its importance for human well-being. The outcomes were somewhat disappointing as the biodiversity loss is far from being halted....

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