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#Ecsite2017 kicks off in Porto

#Ecsite2017 banner at the Alfandega congress centre, Porto, Portugal
The #Ecsite2017 conference bags, made from upcycled T-shirtsThe Alfandega congress centre, venue of #Ecsite2017, is located by the Douro riverLife everywhere, theme of the 2017 Ecsite Annual Conference

The 2017 Ecsite Annual Conference is officially starting today in Porto, Portugal. It will bring together 1,000+ science engagement professionals. Registration is still possible on site.  

Our hosts the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP) and Ciência Viva have been working hard to prepare this year’s edition.

High profile guest speakers will include:

  • Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal, speaking at the Opening ceremony on Thursday 15 June.

  • Keynote speaker Prof. Alice Roberts, an anthropologist, author and broadcaster, and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham, speaking on Friday 16 June.

  • Keynote speaker Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and best-selling author (The Participatory Museum, The Art of Relevance), speaking on Saturday 17 June.


More than 50 exhibitors will be showcasing their latest products and services at the buzzing Business Bistro and participants will be able to get hands-on in two workshop spaces, the MakerSpace and the GameLab.

Not to forget the many networking opportunities like the Gala Dinner held in at the beautiful Palácio da Bolsa (Thursday 15 June); the Nocturne, an evening of science entertainment at the Hall of Biodiversity and in the adjoining Botanical Gardens (Friday 16 June); and the Farewell Party, at the Museum of Natural History of the University of Porto (Saturday 17 June).

Today is the first of two days of in-depth pre-conference workshops, with six parallel sessions. Participants will be mapping new roles for facilitators, developing tools for space science communication and ocean literacy and shaping transnational science centre networks’ collaborations. They'll be prototyping games and drawing a research agenda for learning in informal settings.

Follow the #Ecsite2017 feed on Twitter, connect on Facebook, browse through pictures on Flickr… and stay tuned for today’s Storify summary to be published here tomorrow morning.



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2017 Ecsite Conference

This 28th edition brought 1,058 participants from 52 different countries to Porto, Portugal.  A warm thank you to our brilliant hosts: Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP) and Ciência Viva - and of course to all the participants who make this conference so special!