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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

Panel
Exhibit development
Sheena LaursenRikke MagnussenMaria ZachariassenLydia Schulze HeulingHeidi Rosenström

It is well known that the planning and development of an exhibition is a complex task. Throw in a scientific research team and you’ve got yourself an (exciting!) challenge.

How can the slow process of research feed into the faster momentum...

Learning
Malvina ArtheauIsabelle Chabanon-PougetMatthieu VernetMelissa RichardKate KnealeJohn SearDaniel Rosqvist

The GameLab is an informal drop-in space entirely dedicated to gaming.
Want to play some yet-to-come games designed by science centers? Ready to participate in an on-going experiment of collectively designing a game, from idea to...

Workshop
Equity & Inclusion
Raquel da CunhaŁukasz BuryJohn DowneyHélder Ferreira

There is a place for magic shows in science centres and museums.

In this session you'll have a chance to "bust" a series of (what many call) magic tricks. Yes, this is entertainment, but there is a lot of serious science and technology...

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Explainers & visitor services
Owain DaviesWencke MaderbacherAnthony RichardsOwain DaviesSawsan DalaqAlina NatmessnigCarlos Catalao Alves

Confident, experienced staff are rightly recognised as a key ingredient to operating a successful science centre. They are essential in all areas, from front of house explainer roles through to managerial and administrative staff. But how can we...

Debate
Learning
Sharon AmentSharon AmentBrad IrwinMaria Xanthoudaki

The first 'Ecsite trial' took place during the 2015 Ecsite Annual Conference, debating the role of competitions for school students. A Judge presided, lawyers presented their arguments, and the jury made the final decision on their place within...

Social event

The Nocturne invites you into the Joanneum Quarter and its surrounding courtyards. Spend an inspiring night in the spirit of the "Colours of Cooperation" conference theme. Meet friends and colleagues, stroll around, taste Styrian wine and food,...

Reverse
Strategy & vision
Andrea TroncosoSarah DaviesWiktor GajewskiJane Chadwick

In policy and funding frameworks such as Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), it's no longer an add-on process to inform the public about science, but a fundamental part of research and innovation. Responsibilities of science communication...

Workshop
Collections
Elles van VegchelAnnelore ScholtenRaphael ChanayLauren Souter

There is a growing need to bring museum collections closer to the visitor for a more intense experience that better captivates the message an institution wants to convey. Science centres have a long tradition in making hands-on exhibitions.

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Equity & Inclusion
Justin DillonVesna PajićDea BrokmanMeie van Laar

What can science centres and museums do regarding gender equity apart from events and programmes? There is more than one answer to this question.

In this session speakers from different science centres and museums explain how they answered...

Workshop
Learning
Jörg EhtreiberJohannes RamslEd Sobey

What does "inventing something" mean for a pre-school child? With every object they are holding in their hands for the very first time, young children invent something for themselves. How can we support this process and make them enthusiastic...

Learning
Malvina ArtheauIsabelle Chabanon-PougetMatthieu VernetMelissa RichardKate KnealeJohn Sear

The GameLab is an informal drop-in space entirely dedicated to gaming.
Want to play some yet-to-come games designed by science centers? Ready to participate in an on-going experiment of collectively designing a game, from idea to...

Workshop
Strategy & vision
Giovanni StijnenGiovanni StijnenMarjoleine van der Meij

These days science centres and museums are more and more called upon to act as public fora, places where visitors can meet and talk about important issues such as climate change, environmental protection, public health and new research areas such...

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