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Directors Forum 2014: Downloading the future

12 November 2014 - 14 November 2014
Teo Haren, Co-author of “The Idea Book” at the 2014 Ecsite Directors Forum

Hosted by the AHHAA Science Centre in Tartu (Estonia), the 2014 Ecsite Directors Forum gathered senior managers of Ecsite Full member organizations. Four keynote speeches explored the “Downloading the future” theme. A warm thank you to AHHAA, who hosted an inspiring top-quality event that held its promise to explore "everything you want to know - and should know - about the future!" Technology and leadership, creativity and innovation, uploading and downloading.

Read the programme and browse through the pictures.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrick Ilves presented his country’s enduring commitment to e-governance, putting digital technologies at the service of citizens (Estonia is nicknamed "E-stonia" for being a pioneer of digital excellence). He explored the benefits of e-health and presented an impressive vision for the future.
Peret Mürk-Dubout from telecommunications giant TeliaSonera painted the portrait of an ultra-connected tomorrow in which smart objects will make our lives easier.
Jaan Tallinn, founder of Skype, outlined his current work on cyber-security. He explained how he inspires youngsters to take on programming while urging them to never lose sight of the “big picture” of how created programmes might be used – or misused.
Teo Haren, Co-author of “The Idea Book”, challenged participants to review their perception of their own creativity. He ran a series of tests that gave the audience food for thought.

Directors also took part in two “Ecsite strategic dialogues”. Among others, they discussed their current use of and future aspirations for Ecsite communications channel. A plan to strengthen the Ecsite website and make the Spokes magazine digital was received positively. Generally speaking, attendees expressed the wish to open Ecsite communications channels as widely as possible, while giving members priority access to carefully selected items like calls for grants and projects.

Not to forget a night of adult entertainment at the AHHAA Science Centre and a great Gala dinner at the Tartu University Museum.



AHHAA Science Centre Foundation

AHHAA was established as a special project of the Department of Research and Institutional Development of the University of Tartu (founded in 1632). AHHAA started its activities with a laser show in front of Tartu Observatory on September 1, 1997, and has had a strong and stable development ever since. The purpose of AHHAA is to introduce science to everyone. Using interactive and entertaining methods and the scientific excellence of 370-year old Tartu University, we try to overcome fear and prejudice towards learning.