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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
Ryan JenkinsJenny CarlssonChristof BörnerAndreas Matt

In this hands-on tinkering session we will explore computational tinkering, a playful open ended approach to digital tools. We’ll try out activities that combine crafting with physical materials with digital tools like block-based programming...

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Research, theory & evaluation
Mette SkovChristian JantzenMarianne LykkeMette Stentoft Therkildsen

The concept of experience is ‘hot’ in the field of museums and science centres. Our organisations are part of the experience economy and as such platforms for experiences. Science centres and museums design user experiences. But what essentially...

Guided tour

The substantial extension and refurbishment of Experimentarium, which re-opened its doors in 2017, future-proofs the science centre as a significant cultural destination. The project doubled the exhibition area with a total of 18 interactive...

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Marketing & communication
Roy SchedlerAnna GunnarssonRobert FirmhoferVlasta VolakLuigi Amodio

School teachers and their classes are one of the principal target groups for science centres and other informal learning environments. We let them explore our exhibitions and carry out workshops in our labs. We design worksheets, develop...

Panel
Research, theory & evaluation
Armin DuffSergey MukhametovWolfgang KesselheimSybill EbersNils Petter HauanChristina Brandenberger

The digital era brings new tools for visitor research, for instance the possibility to track visitors and their activities. These methods stretch the boundaries of visitor research into the big data area. Instead of asking visitors about their...

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Exhibit development
Rui QuintaAnna SchaefersInes PRIETOClayton CutajarClaudia AguirreMariana Cardoso

Museums are condensed reality. The fact that reality loses its context when displayed in a museum is compensated by the possibility of creating new narratives with pieces of reality that are normally distant or disconnected in the real world....

Personal coaching
Science ♥ society
Kate KnealeJohn SearRan PelegDaniela De AngeliClaudia SodiniMalvina Artheau

Want to reach new audiences ? Got an ignored gallery? Face a tricky problem? Would like to pimp up an event? A good game might just well be the answer you’ve been looking for. Bring your challenge to the GameLab!

The GameLab at the Ecsite...

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Equity & Inclusion
Didier LavalVesna PajićAmparo Leyman PinoSheena LaursenAndrea BandelliEsther HamstraWiktor Gajewski

Before being pushed, boundaries need to be perceived, identified, and named openly. The most challenging boundaries are the invisible ones, which we have not learned to spot. In science engagement programmes and exhibitions, what topics are we...

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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...

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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...

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