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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

Jane PickeringMaria João FonsecaChris NorrisJanet Stott

The power of natural history collections as tools for scientific enquiry lies in their sheer size. But how do we convey this to visitors? Conventional approaches that treat these collections like art pieces, using small numbers of selected...

Talila YehielDaniela De AngeliMelanie WunschTalila Yehiel

Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of human nature. Stories bring objects to life, stimulate curiosity, and help make sense of other cultures. Traditional storytelling entails one storyteller and a passive audience. How can we share stories in...

Science ♥ society

All detailed information about this workshop can be found here.

Science ♥ society
Juanita Schläpfer-MillerMeie van LaarJuanita Schläpfer-MillerSamar D. Kirresh

In this hands-on tinkering session we will explore the ways in which the tinkering approach can be applied to subjects beyond the usual physics explorations. In this experimental session you can try out tinkering investigations related to biology...

Exhibit development
Anne Viberg PedersenGriet BouciquéMarilena PaceMarta IglewskaDanielle Grandeville

Narratives are well known as drivers for learning, but they can be hard to present in exhibitions with free visitor flow. On the other hand, shows are much appreciated among science centre and museum visitors and with a seated audience we get a...

Experience the atmospheric Zoological Museum on a guided tour. The tour will take you to a range of the Museum’s highlights, including Denmark's only real giant dinosaur, “Misty”, and the famous Whale Cellar, which is usually closed to the public...

Research, theory & evaluation
Nils Petter HauanIlona Iłowiecka-TańskaRoy SchedlerTheano Moussouri Elizabeth McGregor JacobidesPeter Wardrip

What kind of learning is really taking place in museums and science centres? How do we measure it? This two-day pre-conference workshop will equip participants with tools enabling them to identify the learning taking place at their venue. The...

Mikko MyllykoskiNils Petter HauanSami PihkalaSheena Laursen

Social learning – what people learn from each other and about each other – is a fascinating and little-known area of free-choice learning in science engagement. It is a visitor-driven process and does not necessarily follow our institutional...

Strategy & vision
Kim Gladstone HerlevTapio KoivuChristine AntoriniMamoru MohriLindsay BiermanDeb Banning

Now and again visionary leaders with new ideas and different experiences from the outside world land in science centres, science museums and similar science-communicating institutions. This can lead to an exciting meeting between two different...

Science ♥ society
Kate KnealeJohn SearMalvina ArtheauRan PelegDaniela De Angeli

The GameLab is an informal space dedicated to gaming.

It will be open throughout the three days of the Ecsite Conference (even during coffee and lunch breaks). It is a drop-in space, with an exciting mix of workshops and demonstrations as...

Research, theory & evaluation
Susan MeiklehamSusan MeiklehamAndrew ManchesJudy Brown

Have you ever noticed HOW children move when interacting with exhibits and wondered what this means for learning?

Move2Learn is an international collaboration of science communicators and learning science researchers who are exploring...

Business & fundraising
Joanna KalinowskaTuomas OlkkuMaria João FonsecaHelen Jones

The session explores different models for financing our institutions and tackling the biggest challenges we face in the search for a diversified and balanced model. The idea is very simple: each speaker will say a few words about their...