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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

Exhibit development
Lizzy MoriartyFrançois BriardAudrey O'ConnellAnna Omedes

Science engagement organisations have a wealth of potential content for virtual and augmented reality applications. However there are a lot of questions about cost, operations and these new technologies’ validity as interpretation tools.


Business & fundraising
Marie-Sophie MugicaMaren KrumdieckMarc CHAVANDBruno Araújo-Gomes

Science engagement organisations regularly sign contracts with each other, for instance to collaborate on exhibitions. Each partner has its own practices when it comes to contract policy and drafting, reflecting its specific working culture and...

Audrey O'ConnellJavier Hidalgo GilInes MontalvaoEmilio SheikhanAnna ClarkChris HarrisLisa O'KeefePetra Rotthoffalex susannaAdam SandersPaul GouletKonstantinos KarrasErika SaksLindsay WashburnMarco BacciniJulie Moskalyk

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

Strategy & vision
Sheena LaursenJames Beacham

Your opportunity to engage in conversation with particle physicist James Beacham after hearing his keynote in the previous time slot.

Exhibit development
Lizzy MoriartyHanouf Al-Alawi Ana Crespo-BlancShireen SabaneghAndrew Wood-Walker

Do European science exhibitions reflect the rich diversity of the cultures that have contributed to science? How is science communicated in other cultures? Professionals from Europe and the Middle East will discuss how to make science relevant to...

Exhibit development
Olivier RetoutAgnes RuizPeter ElsaesserOlivier RetoutJennifer Chow

This session offers in-depth case study analysis by experienced profesionnals from museums, private companies and transport/logistics experts around concrete questions about international travelling exhibitions.

How set up a sales team?...

Science ♥ society
Vesna Pajić

Dealing with several entities, tiptoeing around politicians and taking into account sponsors' ideas while staying true to your science communication calling can be a challenge.

Sometimes we have to adapt to sponsors' and governments' ideas...

Kate KnealeGioia MoslerFabrice JouvenotDaniela De AngeliNicolas Godinot

Can a game make you choose healthier food or make you avoid air pollution? Let’s discuss how serious games can be serious game changers and explore how they can change not only what people know, but what they think and how they behave.


Business & fundraising
Alain COINEEvanthia IoannidouCarina JaatinenFriso VisserAlain COINE

Step one: we have an idea.

Step two : we design a project that could be an exhibition, a science festival or dissemination programme.

Step three: struggling to it, we look for sponsorship.

What if the reverse happens: a...

The Natural History Museum of Geneva is pleased to invite those participants who will be around on Tuesday 5 June to an exhibition opening at the History of Science Museum, the second museum venue it is running, located on the banks of Lake...

Vesna PajićLuka VidicDidier LavalBob Friedhoffer

Using the terms and tools of magic, metaphysics, superstition, alternative truth, healing, miracles in science communication can spur our audience's imagination and make them wonder what it is they have just seen and how it happened. Surprising...

Strategy & vision
Patricia VerheydenMikko MyllykoskiAntonio Gomes da CostaAndy LloydMarie-Christine Van der Sman

What is the future of science centre exhibitions? Do we need to stick to scientific phenomena, or focus on high tech and current science? Do we concentrate on objects or interaction? Or are physical exhibitions becoming obsolete in the digital...