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Digital Spokes committee

Maria Xanthoudaki
Director of Education and of the Centre of Research in Informal Learning
I am Director of Education & Centre for Research in Informal Education (CREI) at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci of Milano. I also teach “Research Methods in Education” at the Department of Education, Catholic University of Milan. I hold a BA in Pedagogy from the University of Crete (Greece), a Master’s degree in Arts Education and a Phd in Museum Education, both from the University of Sussex (UK). My main research interests focus on informal (science) learning methodologies and on professional development of educators in museums.
Julie Becker, Ecsite
Julie Becker
Communications and Events Manager
I am Ecsite's Communications and Events Manager. Among others this make me the Editor of the Spokes magazine and a member of the Ecsite Conference Programme Committee. Before joining Ecsite in 2014, I was an exhibition developer for ten years: first on the museum side (Natural History Museum London and Royal Museum for Central Africa Belgium), then on the agency side. I'm interested in storytelling and public engagement across all media and I'm a big advocate of our field's role in shaping more open-minded and more sustainable societies. I hold a Museum Studies MA from Leicester University (UK).
Andrea Bandelli
Andrea Bandelli
Executive director
Having championed the use of internet as a collaborative educational platform in schools and museums in Italy in the early 1990s, I worked on the development of both the science center NEMO in Amsterdam and the Miami Museum of Science, and collaborated for several years with the Exploratorium in San Francisco. I have led, managed and evaluated several international projects linked with science, art, democracy and public participation — many in collaboration with Ecsite and science museums, government organisations and universities across Europe, USA, South Africa and Brazil. I have a MA in Economics, a master in Science Communication and a PhD in Social Sciences, with a specialisation in scientific citizenship, and I have published 2 books and several academic and popular articles on public engagement with science and technology. I am the executive director of Science Gallery International, a member of the expert network for the World Economic Forum and a Cultural Leader in Davos in 2017 and 2018. I am also a member of the board of the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
Emily Cronin
Emily Cronin
Partnerships Manager, Touring Exhibitions
I am the Partnerships Manager for the Cultural & Commercial Partnerships team at the Science Museum Group in the United Kingdom. I specialise in museum exhibitions, particularly in promoting science engagement. With a passion for museums and science engagement, I was very excited to join the Editorial Committee of Spokes in January 2019. Prior to joining the Science Museum, I have worked for consultancies, museums and science centres where I was mainly responsible for business development, marketing, and exhibition management. I hold a Master’s degree in Museum & Artefact Studies and a BSc in Anthropology.
Raquel da Cunha, Ecsite
Raquel da Cunha
Events and Communications Officer & Project Manager
I have been Ecsite’s Events and Communications Officer since March 2015. Before Ecsite, I was a doctoral researcher in Neurobiology and I founded and organised Patients Meet Scientists, a platform to bring researchers and patients together. At Ecsite, I also manage a EU-funded project: Nano2All, an initiative to help establish the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) policy and governance on nanotechnologies.
Wiktor Gajewski
Events Director
From explainer to events director – I did it all in my science centre career. Passionate about how science connects with other areas of culture, I lead a team of science communicators, curators, workshop leaders, demonstrators and events coordinators at the Copernicus Science Centre in Poland. Together we create a program of festivals, debates, meetings and activities allowing the public to learn about, discuss and be inspired by science and technology.
Pilvi Kolk
Member of the Management Board
I have been working in AHHAA Science Centre since 2004. I became the member of the management board in 2005. I have been a member of ECSITE board in 2012-2017 and I am a member of the board in Nordic Science Centre Association (since 2012, a chairman in 2012-2016). I have a bachelor in Art History and masters degree in Public Management. In my previous jobs I have been working in different educational institutions and organized education fair. I am passionate about science centres making the world a bit smarter place to live in.
Responsible editor
Catherine Franche
Executive Director
I am the Executive Director of Ecsite. Under my leadership, the Ecsite Conference has grown to become the largest science engagement event in Europe and Ecsite has firmly established itself as a trend setting platform and as a key stakeholder on the European stage. Before I joined Ecsite in 2006, I was working for the Office de Coopération et d’Information Muséographiques (OCIM, France) as a Training coordinator. From 1992 to 1994, I was Professional development coordinator and then Executive director of the Société des Musées Québécois. I have also worked in architecture and art museums in Canada and managed cultural events such as jazz festivals. I hold an MBA in cultural management from HEC Montréal (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales).