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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

Open play
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...

Audrey O'ConnellChris HarrisPetra RotthoffMilada FiserovaMarianne PougetKaterina ChabovaAndreas WaschkCatherine JohnsonAmy Noble SeitzAnna OmedesYihsuan LinHakan LidboAndreas HeineckeJuanita Schläpfer-MillerJole MartinenghiElmar Reinhold

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.


Strategy & vision
Rob SemperArne SchirrmacherMaurice BitranChristopher FlinkGillian Thomas

1969 was a significant year. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the hippies came of age, the Beatles performed for the very last time and the Internet was invented. That same year the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and the Exploratorium in San...

Walk and talk
Vesna PajićDagmara SzawdynKarsten MadsenAntonia CaolaFriso Visser

Meet at the bottom of Experimentarium’s iconic helix staircase for a playful and entertaining session on the if and how of implementing the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our science centres and museums. How far are...

Pre-Conference workshop
Science ♥ society

All detailed information about this workshop can be found here.

Vanessa MignanSarah FunkSebastian MartinMeie van Laar

How do we build capacity to engage and collaborate with communities outside our walls through tinkering and making? By offering the tinkering approach to learners and educators in communities and contexts outside our venues we can build genuine...

Equity & Inclusion
Matteo MerzagoraMarianne AchiamChristine ReichMaria Isabel Garcia

What specific efforts can science centres make to be more inclusive and more welcoming, not only as public spaces, but also as science communication hubs? As a public space, they must improve accessibility and relevance for different audiences,...

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...

Exhibit development
Christina ClassenChristian HaugDavy ChampionElsa BaileyChristel LE DELLIOU

Children need boundaries – even in science centres and museums. They need a corner or a room dedicated to them; detailed guidance to be able to properly interact with exhibits; a step-by-step list of how to craft take-home objects; a scenography...

Stacey FreemanSandra RodegherPaolo DegiovanniSara BaggeLeonardo Svarc

Games can push the boundaries of identity and knowledge by providing a safe space to explore actions and consequences. By taking on personas, visualising large systems on their table top, or wrestling with complex decisions, participants can...

Science ♥ society
Sebastian MartinMeie van LaarMonika MayerShivani Singhal

In this conversation corner session, we’ll focus on some of the most common challenges encountered when facilitating tinkering activities. These issues can include how to work with parents in a drop-in session, ways of training staff and...

Science ♥ society
Dacha AtienzaWiebke RössigDiana Escobar VicentMichiel BuchelLing Lee

Societies are changing, new challenges are emerging and citizens increasingly want to be considered and meaningfully involved in the search for solutions. Living labs, fabrication labs, science shops and citizen science programmes support an...