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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
Inga SpechtSiëlle GramserAnne Land

When developing an exhibition or activity, we want the best possible visitor experience and learning outcomes - but how do we know we've achieved this? Personal meaning mapping, multiple choice tests, follow-up interviews, pre- and post-...

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...

Equity & Inclusion
Barbara StreicherAmparo Leyman PinoShaaron LevermentSanne den AdelVanessa MignanAntonia CaolaAlexia SonnoisCristina Veiga-PiresDavid JonesColleen M. SchmitzMeie van LaarKathrin KöstersSilvio Wey

This one-day workshop is targeted at colleagues who are interested in advocating and implementing strategies to become a diverse and inclusive science engagement organisation, but do not know where to start or how to put their current projects in...

Exhibit development
Raphael ChanayLottie DodwellLauren SouterFloriane PerotCaroline BreunesseSophie RADIX

Many science museums are currently working on the issue of children's museography around art objects and collections. This session proposes to explore the different questions, barriers and opportunities that these projects face. How to marry...

Lucy Hawking

Author Lucy Hawking makes science accessible and entertaining to young readers through her ‘George’ book series of fantasy adventure novels based on real science. Written in collaboration with world-leading scientists including her father, the...

Exhibit development
Lizzy MoriartyHenna BhattiJoy LatourMafalda FradePeter ElsaesserNoa HaimJussi KahlosFlora PloquinJole MartinenghiOtt SarapuuCorinne BoungoCeline NadalMaria PiacenteGwenaël AllanJan Pomierny

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.

Science ♥ society
Joseph RocheFiona SmythLuisa MassaraniItaru MasudaMarina JoubertLenna CumberbatchAndres Roldan

This session will address current societal challenges including inequality, climate change and vaccines. It draws together science communicators from different parts of the world to recount their experiences in science communication, and share...

Science ♥ society
Raphael ChanayThomas B BergViola HoffmannNils Petter HauanLizzy BakkerFranziska Lang

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 our...

Strategy & vision
Hillary SpencerSandro DebonoHerbert Muender

March 2020: Science centres and museums around the world shut their doors to the public and staff are tasked with coming up with new ideas on how to engage with the public. After two years of being opened, closed, and reopened again, venues are...

Equity & Inclusion
Vanessa MignanInka de PijperCeleste MorenoSarah FunkPaul BonifaceSebastian MartinLuigi Anzivino

Why are projects that target non-dominant audiences of science engagement institutions often tokenistic and performative? This workshop will explore how tinkering approaches that focus on equitable processes can help to document and address this...

Sebastian MartinSamar D. KirreshAmos BlantonCristina OlivottoRyan JenkinsJon Haavie

“Good tinkerers borrow, great tinkerers steal.” - As A. Kleon emphasises in his book “Steal like an Artist”, "no idea is original and all creators and their output are a sum of inspirations and heroes…”. Art & artists can inspire children,...