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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

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...

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...

Research, theory & evaluation
Marjelle van HoornJen DeWittRoy SchedlerIlona Iłowiecka-TańskaNils Petter HauanColin Johnson

There is a lot happening in evaluation and research. How can you find your way around it all?

The first day of this two-day in-depth workshops offers an introduction and a refresher. Small group activities and inspiring talks will help...


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...

Jacques AyerHerbert MuenderCatherine FrancheSharon Ament

Welcome to the conference's official start.

Expect speeches by officials, host and Ecsite representatives. And... the winners of the 2018 Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards will be revealed!

Equity & Inclusion
Peter TrevittVera LudwigVirginie LacombeBettina Deutsch-Dabernig Sylvaine Champagne

Reaching out to under-represented groups has been become a prominent goal for a wide range of museums. In particular, children’s museums and exhibition spaces for young visitors have a long tradition of making these target groups feel welcomed....

Jacques AyerMaria João FonsecaBeat HächlerGrégoire MayorHerve Groscarret

Collections are the heart of a museum. As a source of information for science education, as a source of fascination, emotion or inspiration to visitors: collections are the raw material of museum public engagement.
Our increasingly digital...

Science ♥ society
Emma SandersTuuli UtriainenMateusz PawełczukLuca SimeoneLeenu JuurolaHarri Toivonen

Discover what can be achieved from a collision of innovative minds with a mix of science, technology and creative fantasy. The participatory design approach can be used to achieve extraordinary results – addressing environmental concerns,...

Science ♥ society
Julie BeckerJoonas JuutilainenYasushi IkebeClaire PillsburyChristelle GuiraudMelanie WunschCybèle Robichaud

We are used to facing some difficulties on a daily basis: broken exhibits, unhappy visitors, confused rush before the opening of a project… but what happens when we face something bigger? Current events teach us that crisis and even disaster...

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...

Colin JohnsonJustin DillonHelen FeatherstoneMargaret GlassAndy Lloyd

For most if not all Ecsite attendees, science communication is a professional activity. We are constantly asking ourselves about the quality of our work, the consistency of standards and whether there are any common skills, training or standards...

Business & fundraising
Pilvi KolkCarina HalvordStephane BerghmansKim Gladstone HerlevTapio Koivu

Being a director or a manager in the 21st century is not an easy job. Today’s y-and z-generation employees are different from their predecessors and are making ti hard to keep teams motivated and “get things done”. Most of our science...