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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
Mariana Arjona SoberónCatherine OualianLorenz KampschulteRiina LinnaTim van WesselKrista Leusink

Uncertainty is an inherent part of the scientific process. For our audiences, however, uncertainty and science often do not mix, as evidenced by the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. Science engagement organisations can play a role in empowering...

Welcome to the 2022 Ecsite Conference’s official start. Expect speeches by officials, host and Ecsite representatives. And... the winners of the 2022 Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards will be revealed!

Strategy & vision
Nils Petter HauanInger HøstmarkAnna GunnarssonBeth HawkinsMaarten OkkersenTorhild Skåtun

An important social mission of any science centre or museum is to get teenagers interested in and fascinated by science. By doing so we hope that they become active citizens who contribute positively to the community, and potentially also choose...

Research, theory & evaluation
Joe CookElsa BaileyJuliana RestrepoClaudia Gorr

Making a choice about the methods and tools to use to evaluate your exhibition can be a challenge.

Knowledge around evaluating learning at exhibits is important for educators, exhibit builders and researchers. In this interactive session,...

Exhibit development
Andreas MattKathrin KöstersEric LondaitsWouter van der Zouwe

The Irrational Funding Agency (www.irration.al) has agreed to provide unlimited resources to create the first science exhibition that’s absolutely free from budgetary or technological limitations. The agency...

Strategy & vision
Dacha AtienzaCaroline BreunesseIrena CieslinskaJavier Hidalgo Gil

The renovation of a museum or permanent exhibition is one of the most complex processes for a museologist. It is not easy to know when, how or what to renew or change. In this roundtable, different museums that have undergone major renovations of...

Learning
Michael RenvillardCasper Aarlit JensenRoberta Sandri

This workshop has a capacity of 30 participants.

Children learn best through play; it’s an essential part of child development.

Children already know that play is their superpower, and it is the LEGO...

Science ♥ society
Claire PillsburySarah AlexanderIliana TatsiBarbara Maria NeffMichael John Gorman

Scientific themes can be challenging to communicate and at the same time imperative for science centres and related institutions to help visitors understand. Art is a meaningful, engaging and accessible way of communicating complex ideas and...

Learning
Erik TorstenssonJon HaavieJørn HafverBianca VioletBrenda ShivanandanOla Kleiven

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used in more and more applications and is affecting our reality in new and challenging ways. Science centres have a unique opportunity and obligation to educate and engage the general public in this. In this...

Equity & Inclusion
Spela GodecLouise Archer Kirsi PulkkinenMariana Rama Pedro AlvesRafael GalupaAmanda ColbourneMicaela BalzerAngela Calabrese BartonSanne den AdelAmparo Leyman Pino

Equity is a key focus of informal science learning. This session will introduce a new tool, the Equity Compass, co-produced in an international research-practice partnership to help practitioners reflect on and develop equitable practice. The...

Equity & Inclusion
David JonesMeie van LaarRebecca ButtigiegGéraldine Delaforge

25% of the EU population consider themselves to have some level of disability. Working in partnership and creating environments for communities to have their voices heard does not happen overnight. Organisations need to learn to listen to...

Say goodbye and thank you to our 2022 hosts and hello to the Esplora Science Centre team who will be welcoming us to sunny Malta next year for the 2023 Ecsite Conference (15-17 June 2023).

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