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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
Gabor ZsigmondImre BardKristin AlfordRosalina BabourkovaImre BardLath CarlsonAndreas GundelweinIrini PapadimitriouMelanie SaverimuthuYumi Miyahara

We are increasingly tasked with offering reflection not only on where we have been, but on where we may be going, and there are considerable challenges along the road. In these times of radical uncertainty such as the climate crisis, the rise of...

Q&A
Strategy & vision

Your opportunity to engage in conversation with researcher Nicolas Nova after listening to his keynote speech.

Interview / Fireside Chat
Strategy & vision
Michael John GormanJurij Krpan

From the transfusion of horse-blood into a human recipient, to the creation of “female sperm”, hosts of this year’s Ecsite conference, the Kapelica Gallery, have presented some of the most ground-breaking and controversial projects at the...

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Learning
Meie van LaarChristine ReichSheena Laursen

Family visits, group visits, educational visits. As a science centre or museum we want to facilitate a lot of different visitors at the same time. We want to increase the number of visitors to maximise the amount of people that come into contact...

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Science ♥ society
Carmen FenollosaMatteo MerzagoraGène BertrandFrank KupperGrace D'Arcy

Science centres, citizen science activities, hybrid cultural spaces, design thinking and discussion games are all using co-creation practices. In recent years, the interest of the science engagement community in the world of participation and co-...

Opening
Jurij KrpanHerbert MuenderCatherine FrancheSharon Ament

Welcome to the conference's official start.

Expect speeches by officials, host and Ecsite representatives. And... the winners of the 2020 Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards will be revealed!

Panel
Collections
Welmoet DamsmaAnne LandDesiree VaccariniSara TougaardMichael Bradke

Traditionally, museum objects were only observed behind glass and without tactile interaction but today, engagement with real objects is often encouraged. In today’s digital world, museums have to define their added value and interaction with...

Workshop
Learning
Andrew Whittington-DavisMairéad HurleyMaria ZоlоtоnоsаJAN POMIERNYNanne Wytze Brouwer

Data literacy is becoming increasingly important in a digitalised and technology-saturated world, where everything is measured, analysed and predicted, but where information is also being misinterpreted or (deliberately) misused to mislead public...

Panel
Learning
Armin DuffKim Ludwig-PetschMeie van LaarClaire PillsburyChristof BörnerKatherine McAlpine

We all use smartphones, every day – but few are aware of their potential for science and science education. The numerous built-in sensors turn any mobile device into a mobile lab, which enables visitors to experiment and measure physical...

Pecha Kucha
Learning
Ran PelegAndrea Frantz-PittnerSilvia GrabnerCedric TanKate KnealeDesiree VaccariniBethan RossAstrid Rampula

‘Immersion’ and ‘immersive’ are popping up everywhere these days: immersive theatre, immersive technology, immersive games, immersive experience, even immersive dining. Science centres and museums have not evaded this trend and many offer...

Clinic
Strategy & vision
Julia WillisonMarjolein van Breemen

Do you have an idea you want to get off the ground; a new science centre, an exhibition or an activity? Are you grappling with where to start or how to move it forward?

This clinic offers you a safe space in which you can explore your...

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Collections
Helen JonesAmito HaarhuisLouise WhiteleyNatalija PolenecPaul Voogt

In general, science museums tend to present the past and science centres focus on the future. Can we combine these two approaches, connecting past, present and future, to deepen our understanding of how science works and what it means for us?...

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