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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...

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Science in Society

Despite the great significance of the impact of science on our history and our daily lives, science is not routinely considered as a key cultural value in our societies. In this session we will hear from three EU funded projects: PLACES, CASC and...

Networking & Partnerships

Science centres and museums are perceived as centres for middle-class, mainly white, visitors. Why should this be? Shouldn’t science be for all, irrespective of ethnicity, education, age, or socio-economic status? This session will look at three...

Marketing & communication

Museums are meeting places. Spaces to enhance socialisation are then necessary. Museums’ shops and restaurants respond to this need. They help reinforce the fascination of cultural institutions and give allure to merchandises and the buying...

Exhibit development

There are many communication products on sustainable development, bringing all sorts of media into play. The theme is the focus of government announcements, advertising by big industrial groups and communication by political parties, among others...

Marketing & communication

In 399 BC, Socrates was condemned to death for attempting to ”corrupt the young” in teaching philosophy and reason based on observation. In the 1970s and 80s, education on “risky behaviour” focused on alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. Perhaps today...

Science & Arts

When science relates to culture such as food, music, sports, traditional events, etc. then it can be more relevant to people. We will explore potentially (un)successful original examples from France, Austria and Japan. How can we initiate...

Operations & finance

Today we live in a complex society, where our “liquid modernity” shakes the old clear-cut separation between scientific knowledge and humanities, melting them together in one culture. What are the risks and benefits of moving away...

Science ♥ society
Jacqueline McGlade

Jacqueline McGlade is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency since 2003. She has worked extensively in North America, Asia and Africa; she has published more than 100 research papers, written popular articles, presented and...

Operations & finance

Thomas Edison reportedly made over a thousand unsuccessful attempts to create a lightbulb before hitting the solution that worked. A constructive approach to failure is recognised as a key factor in innovative organisations. This session invites...

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

It is not always easy to transmit the evolution of the role of museums: not only places of research, education and exhibitions but also places of dialogue. This is particularly necessary for experts of science communication such as journalists....

Science in Society

From the times when astronomical knowledge was based on naked eye observation to the 21st century, when huge scientific instruments reveal the diversity of the far universe, imagination and dreams are still at the heart of sky observation,...

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