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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

Science ♥ society
Thierry BrassacPieter LootsAnna GunnarssonMalvina Artheau

150 years after Dmitri Mendeleiev’s stunning achievement, 2019 was declared International Year of the Periodic Table by UNESCO. This workshop will explore the mysteries of elements and the stories behind the famous iconic and terrifying poster....

Cristina PacaHolger SeifertTibisay Sankatsing NavaGeorge PehlivanidesPaolo LegatoNatalija PolenecLena SöderströmAndreas MattDaphnie DarasMarianna ObristMaria ZоlоtоnоsаFrank KupperAndrew Whittington-DavisIrene BesenbaeckJuan Luis GonzaloRae OstmanLena Söderström

Could an object describe your entire project?

The courageous speakers of this session took on this challenge and will be telling you about their projects in an original and jargon-free style.

Expect a 2-minute story for each project...

Equity & Inclusion
Audrey O'ConnellSarah DurcanCarina HalvordCynthia Brown

How do we navigate the shifting power structures in today’s museums and science centres?

All staff will recognise what appears to be a tipping point in the global movements and gender dynamics of today’s world. This session’s speakers will...

Say goodbye to our 2019 hosts and hello to the Kersnikova Institute team who will be welcoming us to Slovenia next year for the 2020 Ecsite Annual Conference (11 - 13 June 2020, Ljubljana).

Strategy & vision
Floriane PerotPeter SlavenburgMarc TamschickSheldon Paquin

What are people looking for during an outing with friends or family? The urge to learn something new? To broaden their perspectives? To take some nice pictures? Or to get an unexpected rush? We find that more and more people are expecting...

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

It can be expensive and time-consuming to evaluate your exhibitions. Can we push boundaries for evaluation? Is it possible to perform a quick scan and still obtain valuable insights? How much knowledge can we gain by evaluating more easily? How...

Science ♥ society
Monika MayerDaniel Rosqvist

In this drop-in session, take the opportunity to meet with fellow museum professionals and makers and learn about all things tinkering and making.

Come by at any time during the session to explore the Ecsite Conference’s MakerSpace, hang...

Catherine MurphyThomas B BergDobrivoje Lale EricMarina LeonardCatherine MurphyPippa Hough

Performance is being used across scientific organisations in many exciting ways, with aims ranging from attempting to bring science to life, engaging new audiences, deepening understanding of key content to inviting in artists to open up...

Experience the most beautiful oasis of the city, the Botanical Garden, on a guided tour through the largest living plant collection in Denmark. In summer, the gardens are in full flower and during the tour you will be shown plants at their most...

Lisa BrahmsPeter WardripStephanie ChangElizabeth McGregor JacobidesRannei Solbak SimonsenCaterina Ginzburg

While museum-based researchers and evaluators advance work in understanding various aspects of STEAM learning and in particular the discussion about learning through making and tinkering experiences in museums, we lament the lack of robust...

Audrey O'ConnellMichał BuławaTim PethickManuel RocaHeidi RosenströmKathrin KöstersTérésa RibeyronHélène WangAgnes Ruizcoleen quisenberryRachel SturgisDimitris KontopoulosMaarten OkkersenFelicity SylvesterCere DavisTroy Rainville

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.


Business & fundraising
Maria ZоlоtоnоsаCarmen FenollosaDidier Laval

You would like to get your share of European funding - but you don’t know where to start? Many public engagement institutions are involved in EU-funded projects - however, for newcomers this world might seem overwhelming. Framework programmes,...