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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

Social event

A networking highlight!

Ecsite invites all participants to come together for a drink among exhibitors' booths.

Traditionally exhibitors bring specialities from their home countries.

Johanna VähäpesolaJacob Thorek JensenDaniel MartinRiina LinnaMarianne AchiamClare Meakin

The role of museums is changing rapidly. Nowadays, museums are not just knowledge and educational institutions, but are also taking on social, economic, cultural and environmental responsibilities. This is part of a movement away from the...

Strategy & vision
Gail LordBrad IrwinHelen JonesRosalia Vargas

The value of science centres and museums to society is changing. From depositories for collections, to places to explore, question and understand scientific phenomena – they are now being seen as generators of soft power for their nation around...

Pre-conference workshop
Business & fundraising
Maria ZоlоtоnоsаCarmen FenollosaDidier Laval

You would like to get your share of European funding - but you don’t know where to start? Many public engagement institutions are involved in EU-funded projects - however, for newcomers this world might seem overwhelming. Framework programmes,...

Research, theory & evaluation
Bernadette SchrandtPoul KattlerBernadette SchrandtPoul KattlerIain ColemanJose Augusto OcampoCatherine Murphy

It can be expensive and take a lot of time to evaluate your exhibitions. Can we push boundaries for evaluation? Are there options to perform a quick scan and still get valuable insights? How much knowledge can we gain by evaluating more easily?...

Guided tour

Take a guided tour through the past, present, and future of biomedicine at Medical Museion, a university museum that is internationally known for its experimental approach to science communication and exhibition making. Compare the collection of...

Campfire session
Talila YehielDaniela De AngeliMelanie WunschTalila Yehiel

Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of human nature. Stories bring objects to life, stimulate curiosity, and help make sense of other cultures. Traditional storytelling entails one storyteller and a passive audience. How can we share stories in...

Pre-conference workshop
Equity & Inclusion
Vanessa MignanShaaron LevermentBarbara StreicherElizabeth RasekoalaAntonia CaolaNicole BullockMaarten OkkersenSharon HealMarie-Agnès BernardisAmparo Leyman PinoJulie LeclairSylvaine ChampagneDavid JonesMeie van Laar

How do we break out of our own echo chamber(s) and roll out the diversity, equity and inclusion agenda throughout all areas of our organisations for embedded, transformative change? Tying in with the “pushing boundaries” conference theme, this...

Pre-conference workshop
Science ♥ society
Antonio Gomes da CostaBrooke SmithBrian SouthwellBrian SouthwellSara YeoJohn BesleyJohn CookJaron HarambamLaura SmillieJacques PetitpréDidier MICHEL

This two-day pre-conference workshop will bring together social science researchers and the science engagement community to explore the role of science communication professionals at a moment when many worry about the prevalence of misinformation...

Shivani SinghalInka de PijperLiam NilsenMay Sabbah

In this hands-on tinkering session, we will explore the idea of using everyday materials and tools in unexpected ways. Whether you are designing making activities that are fully guided or completely open-ended, the choices concerning materials...

Equity & Inclusion
Barbara StreicherEmily DawsonNicole BullockVanessa MignanMarianne Achiam

We believe the most important boundaries to push in informal science learning (ISL) today are those that systematically exclude youth of colour and youth from low-income backgrounds. Youth Equity and...

Mikko MyllykoskiNils Petter HauanSami PihkalaSheena Laursen

Social learning – what people learn from each other and about each other – is a fascinating and little-known area of free-choice learning in science engagement. It is a visitor-driven process and does not necessarily follow our institutional...