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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
Špela Petrič

Špela Petrič is a Ljubljana and Amsterdam based new media artist who has been trained in the natural sciences and holds a PhD in biology. Her artistic practice combines the natural sciences, wet biomedia practices, performance, and critically...

round table
Strategy & vision
Nele Van der ElstMarjolein Van GinnekenPieter TijtgatJose Augusto OcampoJens Astrup

If we really want to succeed in lifelong learning, STEM and digital literacy for everyone, we need to have clear goals and a toolbox for reaching those goals. Nowadays, many science organisations create exciting, popular exhibits that are...

Pre-Conference workshop
Science ♥ society
Ana NoronhaMarc MoutinMaria Menendez

In a time when science engagement organisations and professionals are increasingly called upon to foster more sustainable futures, what role can Space play? We are inviting all interested parties to come and explore this theme during a two-day...

Science ♥ society
Raphael ChanayThomas B BergViola HoffmannAnnemarie van EekerenNils Petter Hauan

Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges we face, but simply presenting an exhibition or a publication on the facts and figures doesn’t seem to have the desired effect on the public. What could be more effective? Should museums take...

Strategy & vision
Marianne BenningAmparo Leyman PinoAlex VerkadeFrank Kupper

First half of the session: a darkened room. Anonymised seating. Voices speak up in the dark to confess personal professional sins, doubts about their institutions and dubious things we do as a science engagement community. Second half of the...

Exhibit development
Alisson BoiffardMarie PichardHana DethlefsenTom Cummins

To become strong STEM thinkers, children need to play. How can we provide rich play experiences that give children the skills they need in order to deal with the challenges of the future?

Children are born curious and deeply enjoy...

Project showcase
Cristina PacaAnna RiethusTanja AdnađevićDobrivoje Lale EricHolger SeifertSümeyye Ceylan

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...

Science ♥ society
Alex VerkadeWiebke RössigCatherine PaisleyLorna MacKenzieMarianne Benning

Our museums and science centres want to connect visitors with science through amazing exhibits and wonderful activities, but how easy is it to involve scientists in visitor activities? Furthermore, what’s in it for the scientist? It can be hard...

Business & fundraising
Joanna KalinowskaBenedicte WolffNele Van der ElstLars Maroy

The interactive session will explore - together with you - different models on how institutions use sales to diversify their income. Is it only the tickets that we sell or is it more than this? Speakers will say a few words about their...

Science ♥ society
Martha CambreStefaan Blanckegiuseppe pellegriniLuisa MassaraniAntonio Gomes da Costa

Anti-vaccination movements have been growing around the globe, raising issues such as the resurgence of cases of diseases. Every year more than 20 million children in the world fail to receive the measles vaccine and the disease is now spreading...

Science ♥ society
Nicolas Nova

The Kavli Foundation keynote lecture

Nicolas Nova is a multidisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of...

Equity & Inclusion
Barbara StreicherSanne den AdelVanessa MignanShaaron LevermentEmanuel ReisSanne den AdelBarbara Streicher

What does it take to be an agent of change and how can we become changemakers as individuals, organisations or networks? We need you to become an active part of the diversity and inclusion movement!  We are fast becoming aware that we are neither...