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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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...