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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
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...

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...

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....

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
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...

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...

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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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...

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...

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...

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