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2019 Ecsite Conference

Pushing boundaries
Copenhagen, Denmark 6 June 2019 - 8 June 2019
#Ecsite2019

Browse through three days of conference sessions, two days of pre-conference workshops and a busy networking and social events programme. Login or register to put together your personal programme!

08:00 - 08:50

Light yoga
#roof - Rooftop
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794

Join us for light yoga on the roof of Experimentarium.

Get ready for the conference day with a short yoga workout on the roof before sessions begin.

All you need to bring is clothes you can comfortably move in. ...

08:00 - 09:00

09:00 - 10:15

Parody trial
#largestage - Large Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Sharon AmentAliki GiannakopoulouBrad IrwinMaarten Okkersen

The Supreme Court of the Ecsite Conference will decide whether virtual reality (VR) in museums and science centres is visceral reality providing vital reactions, or just virtually rudimentary and very rubbish.

Virtual Reality can offer...

Workshop
#smallstage - Small Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Back to basics
Strategy & vision
Carmen FenollosaJulie BeckerRyan JenkinsSebastian MartinHanne Haack LarsenJulie BeckerRaquel da CunhaCarmen FenollosaNathalie CiminoMai Nguyen

The planet needs vocal green superheroes - but it also needs discreet green fairies, working in the shadows and corners of our workplaces without necessarily waiting for top-down change or elaborate organisation-wide sustainability plans. Is...

Panel
#movie1 - MovieHouse Screen 1
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Research, theory & evaluation
Lauren DeereGrace FieldsAdam RutlandLuke McGuireZain Iqbal

Explainers and educators are one of the most important assets you have to increase engagement and learning in your science centre. Could you make your educator team more effective by recruiting teenagers?

The STEM Teens project is...

Conversation / Talk-show
#movie2 - MovieHouse Screen 2
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Herbert MuenderAndrea BandelliRobert FirmhoferCatherine FrancheRosalia Vargas

Advocacy means secret meetings in dark parliament corridors, leaked documents in return for expensive favours and very big expense notes. It’s a world reserved to ambitious politicians, wealthy industrial lobbies and cynical spin doctors. Is it...

Travelling exhibitions
#movie3 - MovieHouse Screen 3
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Audrey O'ConnellChris HarrisPetra RotthoffMilada FiserovaMarianne PougetKaterina ChabovaAndreas WaschkCatherine JohnsonAmy Noble SeitzAnna OmedesYihsuan LinHakan LidboOrna CohenJuanita Schläpfer-MillerJole MartinenghiElmar Reinhold

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.

...

Reverse
#movie4 - MovieHouse Screen 4
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Dacha AtienzaWiebke RössigDiana Escobar VicentMichiel BuchelLing Lee

Societies are changing, new challenges are emerging and citizens increasingly want to be considered and meaningfully involved in the search for solutions. Living labs, fabrication labs, science shops and citizen science programmes support an...

Workshop
#lab4 - Lab 4 + 5
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Collections
Jane PickeringMaria João FonsecaChris NorrisJanet Stott

The power of natural history collections as tools for scientific enquiry lies in their sheer size. But how do we convey this to visitors? Conventional approaches that treat these collections like art pieces, using small numbers of selected...

Workshop
#lab7 - Lab 7
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Learning
Vanessa MignanSarah FunkSebastian MartinMeie van Laar

How do we build capacity to engage and collaborate with communities outside our walls through tinkering and making? By offering the tinkering approach to learners and educators in communities and contexts outside our venues we can build genuine...

Workshop
#beach - The Beach
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Nathalie PuzenatHenrik HelsgaunMarco MirandaMarta Fikus-KrynskaSami PihkalaSarah de LauneyJesper Rasted

Prototyping is an eye-opening and often essential step in the development of content and interactive exhibits. It is a powerful tool but also complicated, often time-consuming and expensive. In the short introduction to this workshop, each...

Workshop
#yeast - The Yeast Cell
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Rui QuintaMariana CardosoGunnar BehrensDorothée VatinelInes Montalvao

Most of the time, yeasts (and exhibits) are replicated asexually, originating exact copies of themselves. But, occasionally, mutations occur - and they can also undergo sexual reproduction of course. Or we can modify them genetically, in order to...

Workshop
#island - The Island
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Research, theory & evaluation
Mette SkovChristian JantzenMarianne LykkeMette Stentoft Therkildsen

The concept of experience is ‘hot’ in the field of museums and science centres. Our organisations are part of the experience economy and as such platforms for experiences. Science centres and museums design user experiences. But what essentially...

Workshop
#EcsiteMakers - The Idea Company - MakerSpace
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Shivani SinghalInka de PijperLiam NilsenMay Sabbah

In this hands-on tinkering session, we will explore the idea of using everyday materials and tools in unexpected ways. Whether you are designing making activities that are fully guided or completely open-ended, the choices concerning materials...

Personal coaching
#GameLab - The Puzzler / GameLab
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Kate KnealeJohn SearRan PelegDaniela De AngeliClaudia SodiniMalvina Artheau

Want to reach new audiences ? Got an ignored gallery? Face a tricky problem? Would like to pimp up an event? A good game might just well be the answer you’ve been looking for. Bring your challenge to the GameLab!

The GameLab at the Ecsite...

Guided tour
Entrance of Experimentarium
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#f9d7db

The substantial extension and refurbishment of Experimentarium, which re-opened its doors in 2017, future-proofs the science centre as a significant cultural destination. The project doubled the exhibition area with a total of 18 interactive...

09:00 - 10:30

Guided tour
Botanical Garden
#f9d7db

Experience the most beautiful oasis of the city, the Botanical Garden, on a guided tour through the largest living plant collection in Denmark. In summer, the gardens are in full flower and during the tour you will be shown plants at their most...

10:30 - 11:30

Keynote
Plenary
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#dc1f2a
Margaret Wertheim

"Mathematics as Material Play"

Margaret Wertheim is an internationally acclaimed writer, artist and curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider...

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 - 13:15

Reverse
#largestage - Large Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Equity & Inclusion
Orna CohenAnnkatrin MeyerMaja WasylukTom RockwellCarina Jaatinen

Relevance, inclusion, diversity, civic engagement and community outreach are some of the most discussed topics of the past decade in the museum and science centre field. It seems that the social implications of our work have gained a higher...

Q&A
#smallstage - Small Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Maria João FonsecaMargaret Wertheim

Your opportunity to engage in conversation with science writer, artist and curator Margaret Wertheim after hearing her keynote in the previous time slot.

Can't get enough? Also...

Panel
#movie1 - MovieHouse Screen 1
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Gail LordBrad IrwinHelen JonesRosalia Vargas

The value of science centres and museums to society is changing. From depositories for collections, to places to explore, question and understand scientific phenomena – they are now being seen as generators of soft power for their nation around...

Panel
#movie2 - MovieHouse Screen 2
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Katrina NilssonLuisa MassaraniMaria XanthoudakiBrooke Smith

Many scientists want to connect with the public, but their efforts to do so are not always easily achieved or effective. Some programmes and institutions are leading the way in identifying the support needed to enable scientists’ connections with...

Panel
#movie3 - MovieHouse Screen 3
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Research, theory & evaluation
Armin DuffSergey MukhametovWolfgang KesselheimSybill EbersNils Petter HauanChristina Brandenberger

The digital era brings new tools for visitor research, for instance the possibility to track visitors and their activities. These methods stretch the boundaries of visitor research into the big data area. Instead of asking visitors about their...

Panel
#movie4 - MovieHouse Screen 4
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Leonel AlegreJaap HoogstratenJuliette FritschKatrina Nilsson

Dinosaurs have the power to reach audiences other collections cannot reach – how is this being harnessed as a catalyst for change? Find out how moving dinosaurs, whether within a museum context or on tour, can act as a signal for large-scale...

Workshop
#lab4 - Lab 4 + 5
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Back to basics
Marketing & communication
Roy SchedlerAnna GunnarssonRobert FirmhoferVlasta VolakLuigi Amodio

School teachers and their classes are one of the principal target groups for science centres and other informal learning environments. We let them explore our exhibitions and carry out workshops in our labs. We design worksheets, develop...

Project showcase
#lab7 - Lab 7
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Learning
Cristina PacaHolger SeifertTibisay Sankatsing NavaGeorge PehlivanidesPaolo LegatoNatalija PolenecCarmen FenollosaLena SöderströmAndreas MattDaphnie DarasMarianna ObristMaria ZоlоtоnоsаFrank KupperAndrew Whittington-DavisIrene BesenbaeckJuan Luis GonzaloRae Ostman

Could an object describe your entire project?

The courageous speakers of this session took on this challenge and will be telling you about their projects in an original and jargon-free style.

Expect a 2-minute story for each project...

Workshop
#beach - The Beach
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Joanna KalinowskaJulie BeckerMikko MyllykoskiRaphael Chanay

As Ecsite and its conference turn 30, what can our professional community be proud of having achieved? What legacy can we build on and what boundaries do we need to stretch in order to address future challenges? When peers attending the 60th...

Workshop
#yeast - The Yeast Cell
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Equity & Inclusion
Barbara StreicherVanessa MignanMaarten OkkersenMatteo MerzagoraNicole BullockAntonia Caola

Are you or your organisation experiencing challenges when it comes to diversity ans inclusion? Are you aware that these are important systemic issues, yet are not sure where to start to dismantle unjust infrastructures to combat your institution´...

Workshop
#EcsiteMakers - The Idea Company - MakerSpace
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Ryan JenkinsSamar D. KirreshYihsuan Lin

In this conversation corner session, we’ll focus on thinking together how immersive exhibitions, videos, stories, pop-up environments and well curated themes can support tinkering activities in a science centre or museum. These contexts for...

Workshop
#GameLab - The Puzzler / GameLab
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Learning
Stacey FreemanSandra RodegherPaolo DegiovanniSara BaggeLeonardo Svarc

Games can push the boundaries of identity and knowledge by providing a safe space to explore actions and consequences. By taking on personas, visualising large systems on their table top, or wrestling with complex decisions, participants can...

13:15 - 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 - 15:45

Panel
#largestage - Large Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Leonel AlegreHaydn AntoniwPippa HoughStefan Fahrngruber

Unique experiences are a major driver in bringing visitors to museums and science centres. The more we incorporate artistic interventions, performance pieces, immersive design and festivals into our spaces and programmes the further our...

Coffee break
House of Commons debate
#smallstage - Small Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Back to basics
Strategy & vision
Patricia VerheydenMikko MyllykoskiAntonio Gomes da CostaAndrea DurhamTom RockwellMarilena Pace

What is the future of science engagement? Will science centres stay relevant in engaging the public with science? Or should we focus on programmes and outreach activities? Will artificial intelligence take over from human educators or is virtual...

Coffee break
Panel
#movie1 - MovieHouse Screen 1
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Remco MolenaarBart van den BergMike GandertonMette Stentoft TherkildsenKaren Drost

Personalisation is a strong mechanism to increase the impact of visitor experiences. Not every visitor is the same: think of languages, interests, expectations, knowledge, behaviours or (special) needs. We want to ‘touch’ visitors by creating...

Coffee break
Panel
#movie2 - MovieHouse Screen 2
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Equity & Inclusion
Matteo MerzagoraMarianne AchiamChristine ReichMaria Isabel Garcia

What specific efforts can science centres make to be more inclusive and more welcoming, not only as public spaces, but also as science communication hubs? As a public space, they must improve accessibility and relevance for different audiences,...

Coffee break
Panel
#movie3 - MovieHouse Screen 3
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Carmen FenollosaAliki GiannakopoulouMaya HalevyJeroen Wiegertjes

In 2015 EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas defined three strategic priorities for European Research and Innovation: Open Innovation, Open Science, and Openness to the World. Open Science is the movement to make scientific research, data and...

Coffee break
Panel
#movie4 - MovieHouse Screen 4
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Kim Gladstone HerlevTapio KoivuChristine AntoriniMamoru MohriChristopher FlinkDeb Banning

Now and again visionary leaders with new ideas and different experiences from the outside world land in science centres, science museums and similar science-communicating institutions. This can lead to an exciting meeting between two different...

Coffee break
Drop in and experiment
#lab2 - Lab 2 + 3
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Learning
Martin KulhawczukIan RussellJohn DowneyPedro PomboHanne MadsenPeeranut KanhadilokMarco MirandaNoel JacksonDerek FishRonen MirSara BaggeAiyana HudginsEva Hofstad HagenKathrin UnterleitnerAlexey Zemko

Welcome to the Grand Bazaar. Here dozens of creative and hands-on table-top activities await you, whether new to the profession or seasoned. At each station, create, experiment, or play with the truly wonderful variety of activities and...

Coffee break
Workshop
#lab4 - Lab 4 + 5
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Research, theory & evaluation
Anne Kathrine OvergaardThomas KaarstedHenrik WenzelMette Marie KarlbergPeter Hove

The 2018 “Bring Your Own Device” citizen science campaign involved a Danish university, a media outlet and a life cycle company, which invited citizens to hand in their old smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices. Please bring your own...

Coffee break
Workshop
#lab7 - Lab 7
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Research, theory & evaluation
Susan MeiklehamSusan MeiklehamAndrew ManchesJudy Brown

Have you ever noticed HOW children move when interacting with exhibits and wondered what this means for learning?

Move2Learn is an international collaboration of science communicators and learning science researchers who are exploring...

Coffee break
Reverse
#construction - The Construction Site
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Christina ClassenChristian HaugDavy ChampionElsa BaileyChristel LE DELLIOU

Children need boundaries – even in science centres and museums. They need a corner or a room dedicated to them; detailed guidance to be able to properly interact with exhibits; a step-by-step list of how to craft take-home objects; a scenography...

Coffee break
Workshop
#EcsiteMakers - The Idea Company - MakerSpace
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Jon HaavieMay SabbahMatteo Del Vecchio

In this hands-on tinkering session, we will explore computational tinkering, a playful open-ended approach to digital tools. We’ll try out activities that combine crafting with physical materials with digital tools like block-based programming...

Coffee break
Workshop
#GameLab - The Puzzler / GameLab
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Learning
Manuel CiraMalvina ArtheauManuel CiraMalvina ArtheauBernard Combes

When it comes to the environment, it can be a challenge for us to go beyond education, through to engagement, all the way to advocacy. Join us for this dynamic, collaborative workshop session where you will experience a new set of tools: first as...

Coffee break

15:00 - 16:30

Guided tour
Zoological Museum
#f9d7db

Experience the atmospheric Zoological Museum on a guided tour. The tour will take you to a range of the Museum’s highlights, including Denmark's only real giant dinosaur, “Misty”, and the famous Whale Cellar, which is usually closed to the public...

Guided tour
Medical Museion
#f9d7db

Take a guided tour through the past, present, and future of biomedicine at Medical Museion, a university museum that is internationally known for its experimental approach to science communication and exhibition making. Compare the collection of...

15:00 - 17:00

Walking tour
Dybbølsbro Station
#f9d7db

Experience Copenhagen's green lifestyle, climate friendly cycling and other green solutions in the ‘Kalvebod’ waterfront neighbourhood. This area used to be very business-oriented with very little life, but that changed with “Kalvebod Bølge”,...

15:45 - 17:00

Coffee break
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The Eatery
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#dc1f2a

The Ecsite Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to all Ecsite members.

Only Full members of Ecsite have voting rights.

16:00 - 17:45

Workshop
#smallstage - Small Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Margaret Wertheim

Join keynote speaker Margaret Wertheim in this 2-hour hands-on session. This workshop is a perfect follow-up to her Mathematics as Material Play speech and to the...

17:00 - 17:45

Parody burial
#movie4 - MovieHouse Screen 4
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Carmen FenollosaMaria ZоlоtоnоsаWiktor GajewskiFrank Kupper

With all the discussions and uncertainties around the European Commission's next Research & Innovation funding framework (the so-called “Horizon Europe”), one thing is clear: Responsible Research and Innovation (R.R.I.) as a concept will be...

Panel
#lab4 - Lab 4 + 5
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Hillary SpencerJulie LeclairCarina JaatinenGretchen BakerHillary SpencerFrancesca Polo

The act of risk taking is of increasing importance in both our professional and personal lives. This session will ask the following questions: What is risk? Why do we take risks? What is failure? What does risk-taking look like from an...

Brokerage event
#island - The Island
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Didier Laval

Would you like to know about an open project looking for partners? About an exhibition that you could host for free? About educational resources that can be grabbed and used with no fee, or even with associated benefits? About a European...

Walk and talk
#helix - Helix Staircase (2nd floor)
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Learning
Vesna PajićDagmara SzawdynKarsten MadsenAntonia CaolaFriso Visser

Meet at the bottom of Experimentarium’s iconic helix staircase for a playful and entertaining session on the if and how of implementing the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our science centres and museums. How far are...

Workshop
#roofindoor - Rooftop Indoor
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Equity & Inclusion
Christelle GuiraudAnna RiethusNathalie Puzenat

A blindfolded experience to grasp visual accessibility requirements.

During the whole workshop you become visually impaired, being blindfolded or wearing special glasses. In this situation, you will discover how to go from the entrance of...

Workshop
#EcsiteMakers - The Idea Company - MakerSpace
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Monika MayerDaniel Rosqvist

In this drop-in session, take the opportunity to meet with fellow museum professionals and makers and learn about all things tinkering and making.

Come by at any time during the session to explore the Ecsite Conference’s MakerSpace, hang...

Open play
#GameLab - The Puzzler / GameLab
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Kate KnealeJohn SearMalvina ArtheauRan PelegDaniela De Angeli

The GameLab is an informal space dedicated to gaming.

It will be open throughout the three days of the Ecsite Conference (even during coffee and lunch breaks). It is a drop-in space, with an exciting mix of workshops and demonstrations as...

18:00 - 19:00

20:00 - 00:00