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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

Learning
Radhika Beaume

The GameLab at Ecsite brings together people who are working with games and play in science centres and museums. They are experienced at creating games which range from real world escape rooms to virtual reality adventures, community game hacks...

Learning
Sheena LaursenPia Maria LieThomas Dyreborg AndersenMads KringLuigi Amodio

Science centres and museums reach out to schools because they are an important target group.

Many teachers and students visit our exhibitions on their own. Sometimes schools come unprepared and don’t have a clear purpose for their visit....

Science ♥ society
Melissa RichardIsabelle Chabanon-PougetMelissa RichardFabrice JouvenotMalvina ArtheauIsabelle Chabanon-PougetDaniela De AngeliYael Bamberger

In this whole day workshop we trigger participants’ creativity, imagine one or several science related games and bring them to life through prototyping. Prototypes will then be beta tested during the rest of the conference, at the GameLab (the...

Strategy & vision
Erik JacquemynHans GubbelsBarry Van DemanMaurice BitranGerfried StockerLuigi AmodioMaria Isabel GarciaUlrike KastrupSilvia Singer

50 years ago the first science centres as we know them today opened: the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.

It was the start of a big science centre movement which led to the development of almost 3,...

Learning
Mikko MyllykoskiAntonia CaolaIan Brunswick

Sum up the conference by joining this fact-fueled event testing your recall of the conference's highlights – and learn about the highlights you missed. The questions will touch on keynotes, parallel sessions, Business Bistro and social events....

Learning
Rannei Solbak SimonsenJuanita Schläpfer-Miller

This session offers three hands-on workshops differing in theme, technology and complexity: use a mix of high and low tech tools to design your own lamps; build your own sensory devices to detect the sound wavelengths generated by plants or...

Enjoy a giant Swiss Fondue at the Patinoire des Vernets, Geneva's ice rink.

A convivial way to discover Switzerland, enjoying a gastronomic dish you cook yourself! An authentic cheese fondue from Fribourg, as smooth and creamy as you like...

Learning
Laurent BontouxLaurent BontouxFrank KupperEpaminondas ChristophilopoulosJohn SweeneyJantien Schuijer

We often take decisions that affect our long-term future on the basis of present considerations, thinking very little about long-term changes. We are also asked periodically to make choices (e.g. in elections) that could shape society for a long...

Exhibit development
Jörg EhtreiberSarai LenzbergerPilvi KolkIan Simmons

Visitors, especially families and schools, often understand our institutions to be absolutely liable and we are frequently confronted with claims for compensation. This session will explore the difficulties curators and exhibition designers face...

Science ♥ society
Cristina OlivottoVanessa MignanEllen DowellHeidrun SchulzePedro RussoJoseph Roche

There is a growing interest for low-cost open scientific and technological third places. MakerSpaces, pop-up spaces and small science centres across the world have the ambition to become aggregation places where citizens spend their free time and...

Exhibit development
Leonel AlegrePer-Edvin PerssonNuno Ferrand de AlmeidaHernán Crespo Bermejo

According to the physicist and museographer Jorge Wagensberg, conversation – with reality, with other people or with ourselves – is a fundamental process in the acquisition of new knowledge. Wagensberg gave conversation such great importance that...

Science ♥ society
Brad IrwinKarsten Elmose VadRobert DunnCaren Cooper

Citizen science has come to play an increasing role both in science itself and in the engagement of the public in the scientific process. The last decade has seen a maturation of the field, with the formation of new professional societies,...

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