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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

Science ♥ society

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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...

Science ♥ society
Henrik SellCarole PalecoThomas B BergYuri MattemanMichelle PriceAndré AbreuStefaan Blancke

Science centres and natural history museums are increasingly involved in debates between natural sciences and more belief-driven views. In this whole-day pre-conference workshop we will unpin this issue and explore possible routes for the future...

Strategy & vision
Marjelle van HoornJochen HungerJoanna Kalinowska

Why books? Books start revolutions, free minds, open doors and sometimes they just contain good recipes. Let's look closer at their value for us and our work.

In the most informal setting (powerpoints, keep out!) we imagine you, advocates...

Julia WoitheTania JohnstonAnne LandHanne TytgatFreddy GripWolfgang VieserJulia Woithe

Many science centres and out-of-school learning labs offer hands-on workshops for (high-school) students in addition to their interactive exhibitions.

A common challenge is to find the right balance between open inquiry and "cookbook" type...


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...

Science ♥ society
Sharon AmentBronwyn BevanMarjolein van BreemenMichael BradkeVesselina DimitrovaMichèle ANTOINE

“Go forth and collide, Multiply and create” is the motto of our Science Assembly. Inspired by religious revival meetings, we will offer you songs, laughter, inspiration, and meaning. As a theme we will focus on the history, importance and meaning...

Research, theory & evaluation
Marjelle van HoornRoy SchedlerNils Petter HauanIlona Iłowiecka-TańskaJen DeWitt

A quick exploration of standards, reality and credibility.

There is a lot happening around evaluation and research. But what might be a good (and easy) way to start? How can you reconcile the needs of your organisation and that of the...

Equity & Inclusion
Sharon AmentMichèle ANTOINEGretchen BakerAnn Follin

If we had known what we nowknow…the importance of owning and trusting your own power, the importance of taking risks and seizing challenging opportunities, the value of feeling okay with navigating your way through societal and institutional...

Research, theory & evaluation
James Beacham

James Beacham is a particle physicist involved in the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Watch a video of his keynote.

As a member of the ATLAS collaboration, one of the teams that discovered...

Science ♥ society
Suzana Filipecki MartinsCarlos Catalao AlvesFrank KupperCarmen Fenollosailse MarschalekDobrivoje Lale EricLeonardo AlfonsiAnnette Klinkert

The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach has been fostered and supported by the European Commission for the past 10 years, creating a community of knowledge and practice that is still in the precious phase of "an organic soup". As...

Research, theory & evaluation
Jen DeWittUwe MoldrzykMaria XanthoudakiIan BrunswickBarbara StreicherDean Veall

The concept of science capital has gained increasing attention in both formal and informal science institutions in recent years, as a potentially useful way of thinking about our audiences. To date, most of this work has focused on school pupils...

Science ♥ society
Fabrice Jouvenot

A showcase of four games currently in development at the CRI - Interdisciplinary Research Centre (Paris, France). These games are using new digital tools to create immersive and narrative experiences delivering content to general audience,...