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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

Explainers & visitor services

While death is the ultimate fate of every one of us, confronting it is difficult and often avoided. Should science museums deal with this topic? If so, how? What would be the rationale for deciding to approach this challenging topic? What would...

Operations & finance

In the last months a number of new science centres have opened. Each of them has its own concept and theme. In a Pecha Kucha session you can get a quick overview of these new projects. Pecha Kucha means the each speaker has 20 Powerpoint slides...

Explainers & visitor services

The idea of “access” to science centres is often seen as synonymous to physical access to its facilities. While providing for such access is extremely important, efforts have seldom been made to ensure cognitive access to the science centres’...

Outreach

What happens when a) you ask an angry visitor to solve the problem they’re complaining about?; b) when you ask young people who never visit the museum to guest curate the entry feature of your newest high-profile gallery?; c) when...

Marketing & communication

The session will be devoted to educational webpages of science centres. Which educational goals can we meet using webpages related to interactive exhibitions? What do schools expect and what can we provide? Are science centres and museums’...

Explainers & visitor services

Increasing numbers of science centres are asking themselves what extra things they can do to support and inspire talented students. Whether during a daytime visit, or as an after-school programme, there are number of opportunities to be grasped...

Science in Society

What are the risks, opportunities and effectiveness of tackling HIV/AIDS in science centres? This session will start with the projects and perspectives of South Africa, and communities with the highest HIV prevalence figures in the world, and...

Collections

Natural history museums and science centres stress that biodiversity deserves protection. Many museums display old specimens, sometimes of extinct species. Can they take the risk of using those “unfortunate ambassadors of biodiversity” to engage...

Media

More and more questions are raised by society to scientists. Some of them relate to risky topics which regularly hit the news. How can science centres tackle them? One way is to create a dedicated space in their institutions and produce science...

Education

When children come to a science centre they learn something from their experience. But what they learn and how learning is optimised are complex questions. Parents can play an important role in this, especially when very young children are...

Research, theory & evaluation

This session will discuss recent ideas and strategies on the complex topic of obtaining evidence of impact. An underlying aim is for us as a field to work together, rather than in isolation, to define, to determine, and to communicate to funders...

Education

One-stop leisure locations where visitors can enjoy different kinds of recreation are becoming more popular. A number of science centres are preparing or have already undertaken an expansion of the science centre with other activities in order to...

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