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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

Equity & Inclusion
Luis Azevedo RodriguesSara MiraIvone FachadaAyman ElsayedEwa Janowska

Developing science programmes for adults is a true challenge for most of science centres and museums.They think they know almost everything, they will come only as accompaniers, and they think they're too old to have fun!
It is a priority...

Strategy & vision
Bart Van de LaarMonique MouritsMikko MyllykoskiIan BrunswickHerbert MuenderPhil WinfieldLAURENT CHICOINEAUAnnette KlinkertAntti LahertoJan ApothekerPaul HixLucy AvraamidouMalvina ArtheauThierry Brassacmichael van der meer

A growing number of science centres aim to invite the public to be part of science itself. This requires science centres to rethink their relations with universities - real love or marriage of convenience? Academia can be a notoriously reluctant...

Maria MenendezMarc MoutinAna NoronhaJose Antonio Gordillo Martorell

All detailed information about this workshop can be found here.

Strategy & vision
Andrea BandelliMarta BiarnesJane Chadwick

Some of our science museums have opened their floors to real scientific research and encourage visitors to advance science by participating as experimental subjects.

At the Science Gallery Dublin, visitors smelt worn t-shirts and rated...

Strategy & vision
Jane ChadwickAndrea BandelliLynn ScarffBronwyn Bevan

Evaluation is viewed by many as a necessary chore marginal to the work of museums. We spend time and money, often not enough, on evaluation to satisfy funders and for use in advocacy, but do we really learn, and does that learning instigate...

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...

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

All detailed information about this event can be found here.

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...

Strategy & vision
Claudia GoebelKatrin VohlandKatrin VohlandDacha AtienzaCarole PalecoJeroen BruggeAmparo Leyman PinoFermin 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...

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...