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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

Paul HixSherman RosenfeldLorenz KampschultePedro ReisGiulia Tasquier

Exhibitions provide great insights into scientific topics. But doesn’t being involved in the development of an exhibition provide an even deeper understanding of a question? Shouldn’t we make this experience accessible to young people, thus...

Science ♥ society

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Equity & Inclusion
Nathalie CapletIan BrunswickLauren SouterDon UndeenBaerbel AuffermannAnna Omedes

To thrive in the future, science centres & museums need to connect with increasingly wide and diverse communities. In our digital age, more people expect to participate actively, to create as well as to consume. We live in a ‘participatory...

Ed SobeyEd SobeySarah FunkKim Ludwig-PetschDavid BrostromMaria Bruck

Traditional teaching and learning revolve around one person explaining content to others. This "sage on the stage" approach fails a large percentage of our audience. Research and experience shows that people learn best and want to continue...

Jochen HungerAgnes Bauer

Not everyone is a maker*, yet everyone “makes” him- or herself through a process of learning. We acquire knowledge from different fields through different channels, in distinct places, with selected people and at certain times. However, some of...

Sabina BarcucciSebastian MartinJon HaavieRoland StelzerErik Torstensson

Researchers and creative practitioners focusing on maker practices are increasingly becoming sensitive to the effectiveness of the workshop format in collaborative practices, since most of learning is not the result of instruction but rather of...

Maya HalevyAntonio Gomes da CostaAntonio Gomes da CostaJustin DillonMaria XanthoudakiAmito HaarhuisBrad IrwinMaya Halevy

European science education policy has been hugely influential on science centres, museums, etc. The whole inquiry-based science education movement wouldn’t have happened without a big push from the ‘Rocard report’. So the new...

Research, theory & evaluation
Ana Noronha

In this session we briefly highlight innovative experiences in assessing the public´s behavioural change after taking part in ocean literacy and conservation projects. These assessment strategies and tools can be valuable to the community of...

Strategy & vision
Claudia GoebelKatrin VohlandKatrin VohlandDacha AtienzaCarole PalecoJeroen BruggeAmparo Leyman PinoFermín Serrano SanzPaulo MotaPia VivianiClaudia GoebelChristine MarizziTobias WolffAnne-Caroline Prévot

This workshop will explore the potential of Citizen Science (CS) for the Ecsite community at large. It will bring together CS experts from Ecsite member organisations - particularly science centres and museums - with practitioners from research...

Peter TrevittMatthew HeenanMarjelle van HoornMarion SabourdyJoana Lobo Antunes

Twitter is not just for reaching out to your visitors or supporters – it has also become an indispensable tool for museum and science centre professionals of all levels to cooperate across institutions and share resources, experiences,...

Research, theory & evaluation

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Research, theory & evaluation
Ilona Iłowiecka-Tańska

This session will discuss new technologies and their use to capture visitor experiences and evaluate exhibits and exhibitions.

Eye tracking, smartwatches, RFID data, EEET - there are many ways of getting accurate data about the way people...