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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

Science ♥ society
Ronen MirJoseph RocheRooske FranseVera GouveiaSanne van Gammeren

One of the main characteristics of open science communities such as open schooling or citizen science projects is the collaboration with multiple stakeholders. Co-creation within such a community can be very rewarding and valuable. However,...

Science ♥ society
Christian SichauMarkus WeißkopfMichael John Gorman

The climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic and the debate surrounding genetic engineering are just three current fields where scientific knowledge carries far-reaching political consequences, causing a predicament for scientists about their...

Science ♥ society
Inka de PijperSophie PerryChristopher WhitbySusana CabralTanja Adnađević

Science and its relationship with society have been crucial in the recognition of climate change and biodiversity loss, and remains so as we now navigate necessary personal and societal transitions. This session explores the role of the science...

Exhibit development
Lizzy BakkerStefan FahrngruberWouter van der ZouweMaarten Taborsky

Climate change is a defining challenge of our time and it is happening more quickly than we feared. Limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030, reaching net-zero by 2050. This sounds like a race we cannot win. But we are far from...

The Farewell Party is the Conference’s most informal social event: chat, share a drink with other participants and dance the night away to say goodbye to friends, colleagues and our wonderful Conference Host!

Exhibit development
Khalil ThirlawayLottie DodwellLinda GalléMathias KoellikerAmanda Gore

In a world of challenging statistics, horrifying news stories and misinformation, many people are left looking for answers. Join us for a session where four museums and creators discuss how they have thoughtfully and creatively designed spaces...

Exhibit development
Lizzy MoriartyPilvi KolkSarah AlexanderDon LessemEveline KuchmakAgnes RuizLaura KuhnCaroline BreunesseMichael SchoepplKaterina ChabovaPaolo RussoGillian GruenCedric MoulartRaphaël BonettoFemke BijlsmaOlivier RetoutDacha Atienza

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.

Equity & Inclusion
Barbara StreicherAutumn BrownLewis HouMavis Ramazani

Researchers from two projects focusing on the needs, interests, and wellbeing of migrants and refugees share their work alongside participants from each project. Tech Scéal, an Irish initiative, explores issues of algorithmic justice with...

Science ♥ society
Marianne AchiamSabrina Vitting-SeerupJustin DillonLuisa MassaraniAntonio Gomes da Costa

Anti-vaxxers, flat earthers and other science sceptic groupings are symptoms of the post-truth era we are experiencing as a global society. Unfortunately, authoritative stances towards such scepticism have been proven counterproductive. In this...

Equity & Inclusion
Emmi HuhtaniemiMaarten OkkersenLorenz KampschulteKati Tyystjärvi

Today, science centres and museums are committed to serving new audiences, promoting social justice in society. Is science capital a useful tool or not? A common situation in our institutions is that visitors seem to have high science capital...

Equity & Inclusion

An overview of five projects, all commended by the Ecsite Awards jury during their decision-making process for the Responsible and Responsive Award. The work undertaken and the lessons learned in how these organisations were bold, innovative and...

Equity & Inclusion
Lewis HouJen DeWittVanessa MignanShaun UssherAndrew Newman

Science centres, museums and other spaces are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in their work. For some, this is purely in the interest of reaching new audiences, but for others, such work is part of...

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