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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

Research, theory & evaluation
Patricia VerheydenNils Petter HauanJen DeWittAnne Land

Exhibition evaluation is a very practical activity existing at the interface of different competencies, and can be useful multiple ways. But why is it important to evaluate exhibitions? How do we account for different stakeholders? How has the...

Science ♥ society
Martin KulhawczukKai Håkon SundeFederica TamburriniMarco MirandaDerek FishRonen MirSabine HaakeRannvei SætherOla KleivenHanna SathiapalEva HaasKim Ludwig-PetschRebecca KlemmChristina ClassenBrenda Shivanandan

Welcome to the Grand Bazaar, an informal drop-in session featuring dozens of table-top activities – and their facilitators. This long-time favourite session returns to take you on a creative and inspiring journey with spicy experiments, hands-on...

Marianne AchiamSheena LaursenMairéad HurleyVasyl DunetsClayton Cutajar

This workshop is an opportunity for attendees to really tackle the topics raised by the speakers in the first part of this in-depth session of "Reimagining Educational Systems for the 21st Century". It is not essential to have attended Part 1 to...

Exhibit development
Sheena LaursenMai MurmannMikko MyllykoskiGyöngyi KovácsMarc Friedrich

Socio-scientific exhibitions have established a new paradigm within science engagement organisations over the past few decades. But how do we approach the development of these exhibitions in order to provide space for both natural science AND...

Exhibit development
Agnes RuizJulie LeclairTim PethickMichael BradkeTobias Wolff

Travelling exhibitions have recently been criticised for their environmental footprints. Most of them transit their crates via trucks or shipping containers, which use fossil fuels, and often use plastic wrap to palletise the items. Works of art...

Equity & Inclusion
Sinéad Burke

We'll be joined on Friday 3 June by Sinéad Burke, Founder and CEO of Tilting the Lens, a consultancy that brings visibility to inaccessibility, advising global brands including Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Starbucks in their move from awareness to...

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Science ♥ society
Mairéad HurleyCamilla ThamMhairi StewartAmy van Nobelen

At a time of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, young people are showing determination and creating projects to lead the way. This session highlights the approaches that museums have taken to collaborate with young people. Our Broken...

Explainers & visitor services
Giasemi VavoulaCecilia EkstrandTorhild SkåtunGène BertrandStamatina AnastopoulouCatherine Oualian

Remote and virtual engagements during the pandemic changed how visitors interact with the science centre. In its aftermath, we are left with new digital tools at our disposal to shape experiences that blend digital and physical interactions and...

Equity & Inclusion
Patricia VerheydenStacy WakefordJenny SearchMaribel IbarraAmito Haarhuis

This session will focus on three of Ecsite’s strategic commitments: 21st century skills, inclusion & equity, and health & wellbeing. As we are all still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, how can we take on those challenges in our...

Sophie PerryDerek FishYuko OkayamaLiesbeth de Bakker

The Covid-19 pandemic clearly impacted everyday science learning as many institutions had to seek alternatives to face-to-face interactions and adapt their offerings due to lockdown measures. In such times, collaboration between researchers and...

Exhibit development
Ines MontalvaoDaniel RosqvistClaire PillsburyCarla Molins-PitarchMarco MirandaMichael Bradke

This is part two of an in-depth session where we will find out where participants stand when it comes to prototyping; what it encompasses in theoretical terms and also in practice. Through a deeper understanding of this concept and how we...