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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
Heather KingCecilia EkstrandEffrosyni NomikouBeth Hawkins

Join our hands-on workshop to sample classroom activities inspired by museums and developed by teachers to help build students’ “science capital”. “Science capital” is a key concept in science engagement and refers to the attitudes, experiences...

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Marjolein van BreemenKaren DaviesAnne Kahr HällmanVarda Gur Ben Shitrit

Museums and science centres increasingly involve themselves in psychological and educational research. The type of research initiated greatly varies within and among centres. Research ranges from theory-motivated academic studies on the one side...

Explainers & visitor services
Ana NoronhaPenny FidlerMarc Moutin

This official Ecsite Space Group session explores how space science and technology can raise public awareness on the responsible use of water and food.

Seen from far away, Earth is a pale blue dot. This is our spaceship, with its limited...

Explainers & visitor services
Mikko MyllykoskiJoachim LerchVincenzo LipardiCarlos Catalao Alves

Join a special “buffet” for a science popularization fest. Formats for science popularisation programmes are exploding today all around the word: science festivals, picnic, days, weeks, happenings, etc. Promoted by science centres, science...

Exhibit development
Heather FarnworthLisa R TucciGail SymingtonDidier LavalBruno Araújo-Gomes

It takes more than a great idea or unique collection to produce a traveling exhibition other science centres will want to host. This session will uncover what it takes to get started in touring exhibitions. We will cover:

  • The...
  • Research, theory & evaluation
    Bernadette SchrandtSiëlle GramserAndrea GironRegan Forrest

    We eat for all sorts of reasons: a hurried breakfast meets a physiological need; a leisurely meal with family and friends meets a social and spiritual one. Similarly, visitors to museums and other educational leisure settings come with a variety...

    Explainers & visitor services
    Ian SimmonsIan RussellJana BittnerováPeeranut KanhadilokKaterina Ruban

    Children’s toys are uniquely successful in attracting and holding children’s interest, stimulating their curiosity, empowering their creativity and inspiring their imagination. Surely, as professional communicators of science, technology,...

    Explainers & visitor services
    Marjelle van HoornKaren DaviesMarjolein van BreemenNils Petter HauanMarie HobsonSally Collins

    How can science museums and centres create memorable experiences that inspire students about science and the natural world and that also support the school curriculum, without any facilitator? What does the perfect self-guided school experience...

    Explainers & visitor services
    Ramon SanguesaIrene Lapuente AguilarLaurence HumierMoritz Moritz StefanerSusanne Jaschko

    Food can help us learn about science and about food itself. We’ll explore novel methods to engage audiences with a familiar material and to show scientific ideas and processes. This will allow us to: 1. visualise scientific data 2. stimulate...

    Equity & Inclusion
    Louise WindfeldtAiyana HudginsHeidrun SchulzeSpela Godec

    Many people think that science is not for people like them: they are not the ‘right’ gender, they do not have the ‘right’ background, or they are perhaps not ‘good enough’ students. In this session, we will highlight why thinking about identities...

    Explainers & visitor services
    Matteo MerzagoraKamil RogulskiMaria Xanthoudaki

    In this reverse session, explainers and other staff responsible for face-to-face interaction on the exhibition floor are invited to reflect on the trends and future challenges of our field. What might be the implications for daily practice, or...

    Explainers & visitor services
    Weronika ŚliwaThomas KraupeMaciej MuchaAnna ÖstMarc Moutin

    Sometimes in a science centre or nearby there is one huge exhibit: a planetarium, hosting at least a few dozen visitors simultaneously. How to treat it? Is it a separate place with distinct aims from the rest of the science centre or does it...

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