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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

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Equity & Inclusion
Audrey O'ConnellSharon AmentGretchen BakerBronwyn BevanAnn Follin

An improved gender balance in the leadership of our field is an exciting and formidable objective, and interests many of us no matter what our gender. This session focuses on creating an inclusive organisational culture. Through a series of...

Keynote
Science ♥ society
Giulia EndersJill Enders

Giulia Enders is the author and Jill Enders the illustrator of the internationally acclaimed book Gut: The...

Panel
Exhibit development
Guillaume TrapIoannis MiaoulisAndres JuurNicolas GodinotNadia Battello

Mix a liter of physics and a cup of chemistry, add a handful of biology and a pinch of mathematics, stir and serve! We cook and eat on a daily basis without questioning the underlying science too much. Yet, could there be any tastier way to...

Panel
Science ♥ society
Uwe MoldrzykHenrik SellDacha Atienza

Concrete and asphalt everywhere, glass and steel sparkling under the sun: cities, these man-made biotopes, deeply differ from natural habitats. We urbans consider ourselves as “out of nature”. Yet today more than ever, we need to learn how to use...

Showcase
Science ♥ society
Kate KnealeJulie Becker

PlayDecide is a discussion game widely used by the science engagement community to facilitate dialogue about controversial issues. Freely available to all, the game has shown its power over the years as users worldwide created, translated, shared...

Pre-conference workshop
Equity & Inclusion
Fabrice JouvenotIsabelle Chabanon-PougetMelissa RichardMalvina ArtheauJohn SearRadhika BeaumeAymeric FaucherIsabelle Chabanon-PougetMelissa RichardMalvina ArtheauFabrice JouvenotJohn SearRadhika BeaumeAymeric Faucher

Positioned at the crossroads of theatre, games and personal experiences, live action games (LARPs) are powerful tools for social inclusion, decision taking and content communication. Fully immersed and emotionally engaged, players are "pushed"...

Guided tour
Science ♥ society

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of...

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Strategy & vision
Ricardo MutuberriaChristine MarizziJacinta MoonsQuitterie LargeteauBo Burgmans

Do It Yourself Biology (DIYbio) is redefining education, research, community engagement and scientific, cultural and artistic production. A growing number of amateur scientists and community labs are making a contribution to scientific culture...

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Learning
Marianne AchiamSara TougaardYuri MattemanAnne LandLuke CurrallKatarzyna Potega vel Zabik

Museums are jam-packed with objects and artefacts with scientific significance and have a long tradition of making these objects relevant to visitors. In this session, we dig deeper into object-based education practices.

First, we present...

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Learning

The Ecsite MakerSpace is a physical location at the conference centre curated by a group of tinkerers and educators from all over the world. In this inspiring environment full of tools, materials and demonstrations, we’ll present hands-on...

Pre-conference workshop
Marketing & communication
Joanna KalinowskaMaarten OkkersenBenedicte Wolff

Marketing and communication are changing considerably in science engagement organisations as the result of the speed of online communication, the rapid growth of technology and changes in our audiences' identity. But new technologies also provide...

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Explainers & visitor services
Tori TaskerFreddy GripManuela RingbauerTamela Maciel

Who makes the best explainer – a scientist trained to communicate, or a communicator trained in the science? Join us as we unpack the role of the explainer as a science communicator, discuss the pros and cons of recruiting explainers from a...

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