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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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Science ♥ society
Lizzy MoriartyEnrico TombesiMelanie DaviesEmily SargentBernadette Schrandt

How do we work collaboratively with our audiences, within the walls of our organisations and outside them? This session will present ideas from the forefront of audience engagement which reflect the social value of science centres in their role...

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Research, theory & evaluation
Bernadette SchrandtPoul KattlerBernadette SchrandtPoul KattlerIain ColemanJose Augusto OcampoCatherine Murphy

It can be expensive and take a lot of time to evaluate your exhibitions. Can we push boundaries for evaluation? Are there options to perform a quick scan and still get valuable insights? How much knowledge can we gain by evaluating more easily?...

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Strategy & vision
Bronwyn BevanSharon AmentGuy Labine

Institutional priorities and decisions emerge through a broad range of factors. It is rare that all staff members feel that they are shaping institutional directions. But are they supported in contributing to these directions and do they feel...

Social event

A networking highlight!

Ecsite invites all participants to come together for a drink among exhibitors' booths.

Traditionally exhibitors bring specialities from their home countries.

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Strategy & vision
Gail LordBrad IrwinHelen JonesRosalia Vargas

The value of science centres and museums to society is changing. From depositories for collections, to places to explore, question and understand scientific phenomena – they are now being seen as generators of soft power for their nation around...

Pre-Conference workshop
Exhibit development
Rui QuintaMariana CardosoInes MontalvaoHaydn AntoniwPoul Kattler

Interactivity has always been part of the science centre's DNA and is now common in museums and other science engagement settings. However, it doesn't necessarily take into consideration visitors' emotional journeys. The concept of experience...

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Shivani SinghalInka de PijperLiam NilsenMay Sabbah

In this hands-on tinkering session, we will explore the idea of using everyday materials and tools in unexpected ways. Whether you are designing making activities that are fully guided or completely open-ended, the choices concerning materials...

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Exhibit development
Malthe Kouassi BjerregaardFloriane PerotMarius KwintLouise Whiteley

Exhibitions are a slow medium and imply authority, so how can we present knowledge that is still evolving? Science centres and museums have tended to exhibit settled science; histories of great men and great discoveries, or textbook facts brought...

Guided tour

Take a guided tour through the past, present, and future of biomedicine at Medical Museion, a university museum that is internationally known for its experimental approach to science communication and exhibition making. Compare the collection of...

Pre-Conference workshop
Equity & Inclusion
Vanessa MignanShaaron LevermentBarbara StreicherElizabeth RasekoalaAntonia CaolaNicole BullockMaarten OkkersenSharon HealMarie-Agnès BernardisAmparo Leyman PinoJulie LeclairSylvaine ChampagneDavid JonesMeie van Laar

How do we break out of our own echo chamber(s) and roll out the diversity, equity and inclusion agenda throughout all areas of our organisations for embedded, transformative change? Tying in with the “pushing boundaries” conference theme, this...

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Science ♥ society
Ana NoronhaManuel CiraSander Kask

Bringing Space “down to Earth” – the use of Space technologies and Earth Observation data for new purposes and applications for everyday life on Earth – is the priority of the Space sector. Whether via consultations, debates, or contributions to...

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Research, theory & evaluation
Anne Kathrine OvergaardThomas KaarstedHenrik Wenzel

The 2018 “Bring Your Own Device” citizen science campaign involved a Danish university, a media outlet and a life cycle company, which invited citizens to hand in their old smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices. Please bring your own...

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