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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
Ronen MirRaffaella SpagnuoloGillian ThomasMiha KosAriel HeimannIan Simmons

How can science centres fuse meaningful collaborations with formal science education across the Globe? How can we contribute to deliver science curricula? This session highlights situations when formal science education calls upon science centres...

Explainers & visitor services
Luisa MassaraniSupara KamolpattanaShawn RoweKaren Bultitude

In the last two decades, hundreds of hands-on science centres have been opening their doors around the globe, many of them in the developing world. Some of them follow the “philosophy” of the Anglo-Saxon world (e.g. the San Francisco...

Tiina BrunettoKamil RogulskiAlberta Giovannini

Professionals from four different countries will share tools and tips about planning, budgeting and evaluating customer services. National laws and employment regulations might differ, but all speakers share the same goal: a happy customer served...

Explainers & visitor services
Heather KingMarianne AchiamJustin Dillon

In this provocative session three internationally renowned panelists will challenge the audience to think afresh about learning and teaching in informal settings.

You may be familiar with the sector’s most popular texts, but are you...

Simona CerratoPaola RodariMaissa Azab

All around the world science museums and science centres are experiencing a strong growth. At the same time more and more research institutes develop exhibitions as a major tool to communicate current research, and visitor centres are created...

Explainers & visitor services
Holly HastedElena MashintsovaNathalie Caplet

How does an institution encourage curious minds to connect? How and why does it generate or foster the building of a community? What do the various parties gain from it? Two cases will be rapidly presented about two different types of...

Explainers & visitor services
Vesna PajićKathrin KöstersDidier LavalTal BermanSven DražanMiha KosPaola Rodari

We all have expertise on how to work with and inspire regular visitors. There are countless studies on how to engage different kinds of audiences. But do we really know how to work with and train our museum staff? Our human interface with the...

Explainers & visitor services
Claire PillsburyLærke Mygind GrønfeldtJoe MartinJoonas Juutilainen

Emerging mobile and indoor tracking technologies are of great interest for research and interpretation in science museums. As the cost of hardware decreases for indoor wifi, iBeacon, RFID and near field communication, science centres can afford...

Research, theory & evaluation
Margit HoferKatharina HandlerMargit HoferMaite Debry

A substantial element of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) requests the engagement of all societal actors. The change from isolated research to research with shared responsibilities is a long process that requires substantial change of...

Paola RodariAntonio Gomes da CostaMatteo Merzagora

The session explores the importance of a strong involvement of stakeholders (including the so called “public”) in all phases of an exhibition’s life. Three presentations set the scene. Antonio Gomes da Costa will recall how the PLACES...

Exhibit development
Gérard CobutLouise WindfeldtMaria ZоlоtоnоsаJaakko PöyhönenFriso VisserIrena CieślińskaDorothée VatinelAnna Schaefers

There is a lot of science in food, but how do we present it in our exhibitions? Can we build participatory events and activities around food? Many other aspects are also worth investigating: the chemistry and physics of cooking, the digestion...

Exhibit development
Anne SolliCaroline HobkinsonThomas B BergAudrey ChangHannah Sundqvist

In this session we explore the intersection of science communication, graphic design and artistry in exhibitions. We show examples of how complex scientific data and principles can be expressed concisely and effectively through various aspects of...

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