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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
Carmen FenollosaIan BrunswickTobias WolffÅsa LindgrenClaire GarraudDick van Dijk

It is not always easy to co-produce an exhibition with colleagues from another institution, but with visitors…! Isn’t it a nightmare (espacially with children or teenagers!)? How do you go about it? What are the benefits? What are the pitfalls?...

Exhibit development
Audrey O'ConnellJeanette Schuppe-KrahnRifat BAKANIlaria ValotiAmina DarwishLisa R TucciMonika PaczkowskaUwe MoldrzykMichael BradkeGail SymingtonTina Siehofffabio frachtenbergOscar FrachtenbergKaterina ChabovaOlivier Retout

Preview current and upcoming touring science exhibitions across Europe. This fast-paced session will give you a glimpse of the enormous range of exhibitions on offer, leaving it up to you to make contacts and find out more.

You will also...

Strategy & vision
Silvia GrabnerAndrea Frantz-PittnerMarika KapanadzeFranz RauchHannu Salmi

In recent years, networks among formal and non-formal organisational structures have become increasingly popular in science education. Those highly complex collaborations offer great opportunities to work as learning communities and foster...

Malvina ArtheauKate Knealealexandre vaugouxDaniel RosqvistMatthieu VernetIsabelle Chabanon-PougetAdrien SchwarzMelissa Richard

After two full days of play and games, the GameLab team invites you to stop by and reflect a bit in this mid-wrap-up session.

For the whole conference duration, the GameLab will have been beta testing new ideas, sharing works in progress...

Science ♥ society
María MenéndezJean-François Clervoy Marc MoutinAna NoronhaTina Ibsen

International Cooperation is a key for space: from the study of the Universe to the first permanently inhabited, international outpost in Earth orbit - the International Space Station (ISS). In this session, we will invite experts from the...

Explainers & visitor services
Paula BäckmanWencke MaderbacherBenedicte WolffKaterina TechlovaChristian Sandberg

We all know stressed-out teachers hanging on the phone, all trying to reach our call centre in the same five minutes of their school break. Or endless conversations with parents to find a birthday party date. Finally, when everything is booked,...

Friso VisserMarcus HeiderSofia LourençoStephen RobertsPaula Bäckman

Most museums have more than one target group: young children, teenagers, school groups, families... Problems arise when audience segments with conflicting needs compete for the use of our spaces and experiences: young children vs. teenagers,...

Research, theory & evaluation
Frans de Waal

Dr. Frans de Waal is a Dutch-American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behaviour and social cognition of primates. Speech title: Prosocial Primates: The Cooperative Background of Our Species

In my work with monkeys,...

Strategy & vision
Claudia GoebelKatrin VohlandAmparo Leyman PinoFermín Serrano SanzPia Viviani

This session will explore how the Ecsite community can do more quality Citizen Science (CS) through co-operation. It is linked to the pre-conference workshop “Partnering up for Citizen Science” and aims at discussing the results of the workshop...

Equity & Inclusion
Luis Azevedo RodriguesSara MiraIvone FachadaHanaa Hosny Ewa 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...

María MenéndezMarc MoutinAna NoronhaJose Antonio Gordillo Martorell

All detailed information about this workshop can be found here.