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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

Social event

Open to all pre- and main conference speakers and convenors. Receive a warm municipal welcome in the Technical Museum of Slovenia. Slovenia’s award-winning and largest museum is located 20km away from Ljubljana, in a former Carthusian monastery....

Exhibit development
Bistra KirovaVessela GertchevaGunnar BehrensPilvi KolkEugeen van Wees

Every year, a large number of exhibitions are produced globally, but tragically, a similar number are disposed of because they are not suitable (or practical) for rent, travel or other purposes. To help combat climate change in the future, we...

Science ♥ society
Audrey ChangSarah SeiterBrad MacDonaldMaren Krumdieck

How can we help individuals and communities articulate their values about data ethics and privacy and help them build basic skills for critical thinking, while seeing the beauty within it? Museums are uniquely positioned to help visitors think...

Pre-Conference workshop
Sarai LenzbergerJörg EhtreiberMiha GolobAjda Rooss Saša Novak Uroš Korenčan

The educational role of theatre has been recognised since ancient times. Storytelling and drama provide the perfect framework and impetus for learning, as they offer an emotional connection to the topic on hand. This pre-conference workshop,...

Pre-Conference workshop
Stacey FreemanLeonardo SvarcPaolo DegiovanniSandra RodegherStacey FreemanElizabeth Bagley

This one-day prototyping workshop is for anyone with a desire to engage with the concept of futures thinking related to sustainability and engineering. Science communicators and educators from around the globe will share examples of...

Equity & Inclusion
Vanessa MignanBarbara StreicherMaarten OkkersenAmparo Leyman PinoShaaron LevermentDavid Jones

Are you or your organisation experiencing challenges when it comes to diversity and inclusion? Are you aware that these are important systemic issues, yet are not sure where to start to dismantle unjust infrastructures to combat your institution’...

Audrey O'Connell

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.


Pecha Kucha
Strategy & vision
Lizzy MoriartyAudrey KorczynskaPaul VoogtPatricia VerheydenErik JacquemynShaima HamidaddinMartyn Best Jiancheng OUGabor ZsigmondAyman Elsayed

What are our plans, dreams, goals and strategies for future permanent exhibitions?

This pecha kucha session focuses on new permanent capital projects covering science centres, museums and exhibitions that are currently in the start-up and/...

Strategy & vision
Christina RühlmannInes MontalvaoDaniel RosqvistJulia Ellrich

Virtuality has long since played a role in museums and science centres. The detachment from the physical location enables institutions to impart knowledge worldwide and at first glance this seems very inclusive; even those unable to visit can...

Social event

Mingle with other first-time delegates and meet a few Conference old-timers who will be sharing their tips and tricks to make the most of this year's Ecsite Conference.

Join this informal breakfast for a refreshing, energising start to...

Research, theory & evaluation
Lizzy MoriartyValeria Santoro LamelasGiovanna PaciniAnne-Sophie GresleDaria DvorzhitskaiaBálint Balázs

This session will explore evaluation as a self-reflection tool for different contexts and formats and the implication for project design as well as content development. Our panel will cover current aspects of evaluation methodologies and tools...

Business & fundraising
Maya HalevyAnne LepageChristine ReichTom Zaller

Adapting a work into an exhibition is a way to attract a new audience and to update the way some topics are illustrated, but what are the implications and difficulties of adapting a book or a series into an exhibition? Are there specificities...