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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

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Anna OmedesEric DorfmanNoel JacksonAlexina Thorén WilliamsMartin CepekBernhard Kehrer

Natural history museums and science centres both address the wonders of the natural world, the science behind it and the global challenges of the future. But communication approaches can be very different. Which role could interactive experiences...

Equity & Inclusion
Nicolas KösterJessica BradfordMałgorzata Gorgul-TomczykNathalie PuzenatJunko AnsoKaroline von dem Bussche

Nowadays it is common that new exhibitions must be barrier-free and meet high requirements concerning accessibility. Legitimate demands of organizations representing disabled people and official guidelines for accessibility are a major challenge...

Exhibit development
Bernd HoltwickAnne Kahr HällmanElena MashintsovaAnne Kahr HällmanChristophe Chaffardon

All curious minds will be grateful for hints and signs that show them the best way to what they are looking for. We will present best practice examples of indoor navigation systems and visitor tracking, and will discuss the concepts of different...

Explainers & visitor services
Massimiano BucchiAnne Jorunn FroeyenPhil Loring

Traditional “science in the kitchen” initiatives seldom foster a historically nuanced and politically engaged perspective on science. This panel explores three innovative projects using food and cooking to engage audiences with the past, present...

Explainers & visitor services
Ed SobeyIbrahim KunduzIan RussellAnna GunnarssonJohn DowneyDavid PriceJamila Al KhatibMartin KulhawczukElin RobertsMelissa Finali

Curiosity is at its best when our brain is faced with a challenging task, e.g. solving a non-trivial problem or puzzle or creating something new. Challenges engage creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and create a fun learning...

Exhibit development
Maarten OkkersenLeonel AlegreIan RussellAxel E. HüttingerAnssi AhlgrénSophie Bougé

What can the designer and the content planner do when faced with an exhibition topic that is neither fancy nor sexy, but just plain boring? This can happen if the topic is dated, narrow, far removed from our everyday life or perhaps in conflict...

Explainers & visitor services
Charlotte KoldbyeJane RaynerBent Johan PoulsenMarjolein van Breemen

Digital technology can deliver engaging, personalised experiences that combine with more traditional elements of the science centre and create a whole new setting – a digital blend. Do these digital interpretation methods enhance the science...

Exhibit development
Johannes-Geert HagmannAlison BoyleMaarten OkkersenBarry LordMichele LanzingerUlrich KernbachKen ArnoldWalter StavelozClaire Pillsbury

Join leaders from a range of disciplines as they offer a rapid-fire series of visions for the future of science museums and science centres. Different prospects for museums and science centres have included neutral “third places” for communities...

Explainers & visitor services
Joanna KalinowskaAntonio ParodiFermín Serrano SanzMuki Haklay

Citizen science projects offer a new form for the engagement of citizens in scientific research. In this session we will explore the opportunities and challenges of this emerging area by looking at different case studies covering a wide range of...

Robert FirmhoferMichiel BuchelHerbert MuenderJohn Falk

At science centres, we strive for perfection and innovation. We design learning experiences and raise revenue, manage visitor flows and enhance creativity. We care about toilet cleanliness and scientific accuracy. We employ educators and...

Exhibit development
Noel JacksonRuth MurrayIvonne DelgadilloDebora NucciNoel JacksonInês OliveiraRaffaella Spagnuolo

Working in a lab is somehow similar to cooking and lab procedures may look like recipes. This hands-on session will welcome participants into a familiar kitchen-like environment and offer short experiments and hands-on activities, exploring the...

Explainers & visitor services
Ryan JenkinsJochen HungerJean-michel MolenaarSabina Barcucci

In the past several years, making and tinkering have spread around the globe and we don’t have to explain why it is fun to get our hands dirty from time to time, follow our own curiosity or do things with others in a playful way. We can’t be...

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