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#Ecsite2018: free day passes for fresh ideas

Artist Sergey Kischenko was one of the 2016 beneficiaries from the "fresh ideas" scheme (c) Sergey Kischenko & RESANITA

Ecsite is offering 12 free one-day passes for its upcoming Annual Conference to speakers bringing new ideas or perspectives.

Participants of the Ecsite Annual Conference love new perspectives, fresh ideas and different horizons. In event feedback received over the past few years, attendees have been consistently asking to hear more speakers from outside of the science centre and museum field.

To help attract new faces, for the third year running Ecsite is offering 12 free one-day passes to speakers who can convince the Annual Conference Programme Committee (ACPC) that they will contribute novel topics, angles or session formats.

This could be your chance to finally bring in the mind-opening speaker you had always wanted to see at the conference - or attend it for free if you're one of the brilliant minds, critical friends or super-talented experts we had been missing.

Step one for all: form or join a team and develop a great session proposal together. You'll find everything you need to know about this as well as a special conference forum on the dedicated web page.


Once you have joined a session proposal team, fill in this short application form. Besides your contacts details, we only ask a short statement (max. 300 words) explaining how you heard of this opportunity, why you would love to speak at the 2018 Ecsite Annual Conference and how the ideas / perspectives / session formats you want to share would inspire science communication professionals

There are two rounds of applications:

  • Round 1: together with the call for proposals, by 15 October 2017. Early applications are encouraged: you have more chances in this round.
  • Round 2: as accepted sessions are being fine-tuned, by 27 January 2018.


The ACPC will be rating the received applications on the following criteria:

  • Novelty of the suggested topic / angle / session format
  • Overall balance of professional horizons, geographic origins, themes and genders


The free one-day registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions on one of the main conference's three days (6-8 June 2018)
  • Coffee breaks and lunches
  • On Thursday 7 June, access to the Gala Ball and on Friday 8 June, access to the Nocturne (unfortunately not to the Farewell Party on Saturday 9 June as it needs to be booked as a separate event by all participants)

Questions? Contact the Ecsite events team.


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2018 Ecsite Conference

A record-breaking 1,182 professionals from 58 countries gathered in Geneva, Switzerland for the 29th edition of the Ecsite Conference. It was hosted by the Natural History Museum of Geneva in partnership with CERN, University of Geneva Scienscope, and Campus Biotech.