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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
Strategy & vision
Simone SchumannBrigitte GschmeidlerDidem AydinmakinaAlexey SemikhatovDacha AtienzaSergey Kishchenko

Cooperation with scientists constitute an essential part of contemporary science communication. The reasons why communicators and scientists work together are manifold, most of the time related to an increasing demand to engage publics with...

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Learning
Rachel HaydonStephanie PaceMaria XanthoudakiPernille Hjort

There are various motivations to involve audiences in the co-curation and co-creation of exhibitions and activities, such as encouraging ownership, harnessing different perspectives, establishing relevance and fostering longer term relationships...

Public event - all invited!
Science ♥ society

Get a practical science engagement warm-up before the conference and join the local public in building a fantastic machine of chain reactions in one of the Messe Congress convention centre's large halls.

This public event will involve Graz...

Reverse
Strategy & vision
Andrea Troncoso QuilaqueoSarah 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
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...

Project showcase
Learning
Antonina KhodzhaevaViktor PlassJiayi JinVassilis Vassilis PapakonstantinouHendrikje BrüningUrsula WarnkeKenneth MonjeroChristiane TheniusAliki GiannakopoulouAsli SamadovaYijia JinCarmen FenollosaAndrea RiccioAndrea Troncoso QuilaqueoSuzana Filipecki MartinsTomas RehacekIsabel Machado

A selection of posters showcasing non-profit projects will be displayed in the Business Bistro area throughout the entire conference. Join this special time slot to meet poster authors and engage in conversation.

Workshop
Equity & Inclusion
Amito HaarhuisEffrosyni NomikouMaarten OkkersenClaire Pillsbury

Science centres and museums today are taking active part in gearing their audiences for the so-called "wicked problems" of the 21st century. At the same time, science centres are facing pressure to respond to challenges such as increased...

Learning
Malvina ArtheauKate KnealeMelissa RichardMatthieu VernetIsabelle Chabanon-PougetDaniela De AngeliAntoine BlanchardDaniel 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...

Panel
Exhibit development
Suzana Filipecki MartinsPippa HoughIngvar TjostheimSheldon Paquin

The amount of data we generate continues to rise exponentially. The systems we've devised to collect, store and share that data are getting ever more complex. In this session we investigate how we can use big data.

We'll explore...

Panel
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...

Open Stage
Science ♥ society
Julie BeckerMaarten OkkersenKate PhillipsSolveig ArnesenPhilipp Breuss-SchneeweisÅsa SundelinMonika FibyMaja SandeCybèle RobichaudKate Driver

After a successful first edition in 2015, the Open stage is back! In this session, speakers have exactly four minutes on stage and a video projector at their disposal to share experiences, epiphanies, projects, opinions etc with other...

Reverse
Equity & Inclusion
Heidrun SchulzePhil LoringMelanie WunschJoe HastingsIris OttBojan Markicevic

The current refugee situation is seen as a big societal challenge and will result in further diversification of our communities. We want to explore if and how this motivates science centres and museums into action and cooperation.

The...

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