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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

Exhibit development
Rachel SturgisClare BarlowLouise WhiteleyAmito HaarhuisPhil Loring

What expectations do we create or reinforce around what it means to have a healthy body or a healthy mind? Traditionally, medical museums have tended to prioritise the ‘medical gaze’, discussing bodies in terms of diagnosis. This approach can...

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
Judith FeichtingerJuliet TschankMichaela HickersbergerGottfried Franz Mayer

Have you ever seen a wooden shirt or drunk from a cup made out of coffee grounds? This, dear participants, is bioeconomy. The session begins with an introduction into the field of bioeconomy, its societal relevance and potentials. Following this...

Business & fundraising
Nele Van der ElstDries DesagherVictoria ThomsonJoanna KalinowskaKatherine McAlpineHava ContiniShamini Balan

We talk and exchange a lot of ideas with our peers about programmes, interaction with the audience, etc. but despite having businesses to run, revenues to gain and business models to write, we don’t discuss the business behind the science...

Learning
Roy SchedlerIlona Iłowiecka-TańskaElizabeth McGregor JacobidesMaartje RaijmakersElizabeth McGregor JacobidesPeter WardripClaire PillsburyIan RussellHarry WhiteCristina Riesen

What makes play meaningful? What makes an exhibit playful? Play has always been an integral feature within science centres. While traditional museums strive to convert their collections into creative learning environments, interactive exhibits...

Research, theory & evaluation
Joseph RocheSam MejiasEva DurallAutumn BrownJen Wong

Do you struggle to create a balanced partnership between art and science collaborators? Are you interested in creating equitable events which encompass a wide range of learner identities and perspectives but finding the choice of a robust...

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.

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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...

Business & fundraising
Catherine FrancheMichiel BuchelCristin DorgeloMichael John GormanJoanna Kalinowska

When looking for partners or for funding, we’re advocating, using our brand to find a common ground, demonstrating we can contribute to their mission or agenda. Advocating for the engagement of citizens in science and technology used to be good...

Exhibit development
Julie LeclairAlanna DavidsonMaren KrumdieckChristina SchwartzIgnasi Miró

Developing a travelling exhibition can be costly, time consuming and staff intensive. Factor in the added pressure of finding funding or content partners and you have yourself a major project on your hands.

This interactive panel session...

Exhibit development
Bernadette SchrandtJose Augusto OcampoJoonas JuutilainenGunnar BehrensSteven SchaekenAlisson BoiffardEric Mika

“If museum exhibitions are to survive the major irreversible social changes brought on by technological advances, globalisation, and shifting consumer expectations, we will need to radically evolve our practices over the coming years.” -...

Research, theory & evaluation
Bernadette SchrandtJuliana RestrepoJana HawigCarina BammesbergerBernadette Decristoforo

Conservation of nature, life and death and the time span of human evolution - three different exhibition topics that are hard to display, yet what impact do they actually have? Exhibition makers use a vast amount of resources and choose different...

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