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Ecsite Annual Conference 2019

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!

09:00 - 10:15

Panel
Large Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Marketing & communication
Koen PetersEugeen van WeesCatherine MurphyHarry van Vliet

Personalisation, storytelling, participatory strategies: the exhibition designer of the 21st century needs to know all these techniques to communicate science information effectively. But what about the role of atmospherics? How does it interact...

Live shows + discussion
Small Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Anne Viberg PedersenMarlie van GilsMarilena PaceMarta IglewskaDanielle Grandeville

Narratives are well known as drivers for learning, but they can be hard to present in exhibitions with free visitor flow. On the other hand, shows are much appreciated among science centre and museum visitors and with a seated audience we get a...

Panel
MovieHouse Screen 1
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Learning
Mark WinterbottomMike PetrichBronwyn BevanMaria XanthoudakiHeather King

Tinkering has been part of the Ecsite community’s professional practice for some time. The Exploratorium was an early adopter of the approach and one of the leaders in a global movement which encompasses museums, science centres, maker fairs,...

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MovieHouse Screen 2
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Foundations
Explainers & visitor services
Catherine OUALIANAntonio Gomes da Costagiovanni crupiBrad IrwinEvanthia IoannidouJoanna Kalinowska

Every day on our venues' floors explainers engage in a direct interaction with the public. But, frequently, our institutions include more “explainers” than we acknowledge: many professionals started their careers as explainers, and then moved on...

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MovieHouse Screen 3
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Explainers & visitor services
Paola RodariGiacomo SannaMassimiliano TrevisanAndreja Perat

Taking science centre activities outside our buildings and into vans and buses is not completely new, but this practice has evolved over the past few years: there is a deeper awareness of the social inclusion agenda and its impacts on our...

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MovieHouse Screen 4
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Lizzy MoriartyHanouf Al-Alawi Enrico TombesiGillian RoddieMelanie DaviesRachel SturgisBernadette Schrandt

How do we work collaboratively with our audiences, within the walls of our organisations and outside them? This session will present ideas from the forefront of audience engagement which reflect the social value of science centres in their role...

Panel
Lab 4 + 5
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Collections
Johanna VähäpesolaJacob Thorek JensenDaniel MartinRiina LinnaMarianne AchiamClare Meakin

The role of museums is changing rapidly. Nowadays, museums are not just knowledge and educational institutions, but are also taking on social, economic, cultural and environmental responsibilities. This is part of a movement away from the...

Workshop
The Beach
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Research, theory & evaluation
Joana Lobo AntunesGioia MoslerMalvina ArtheauDaniela De AngeliIain ColemanLiesbeth de BakkerDerek FishRobert WestNatt DayIndrayani Ghangrekar

Collaborations between science centres and universities can provide effective routes to success, as well as rewarding experiences for both sides. But where to start? What to aim for? How to build the necessary bridges? Answers to these questions...

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The Interactive Theater
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Equity & Inclusion
Audrey O'ConnellSarah DurcanCarina HalvordCynthia Brown

How do we navigate the shifting power structures in today’s museums and science centres?

All staff will recognise what appears to be a tipping point in the global movements and gender dynamics of today’s world. This session’s speakers will...

Workshop
The Idea Company - MakerSpace
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Juanita Schläpfer-MillerMeie van Laar

In this hands-on tinkering session we will explore the ways in which the tinkering approach can be applied to subjects beyond the usual physics explorations. In this experimental session you can try out tinkering investigations related to biology...

Workshop
The Puzzler - GameLab
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Kate KnealeRan PelegMalka YayonJohn SearClaudia SodiniYael Bamberger

Escape games are a popular cultural phenomenon and this phenomenon has not bypassed the Ecsite community and conference: in 2018 the Conference hosted a first Escape room demonstration. Whether you missed it last year or were lucky enough to make...

10:30 - 11:30

Keynote
Plenary
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#dc1f2a
Science ♥ society
Audrey Dussutour

"The blob: a genius without a brain"

Audrey Dussutour is a Researcher at the Research Centre on Animal Cognition of Toulouse University, France. Her unit works on animal cognition, neuroscience, animal behaviour and computational biology....

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 - 13:15

Panel
Large Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Thierry BrassacAnne LandJo BowlerMatteo Merzagora

Science centres and universities differ in many respects: policies, objectives, commitment to dissemination, organisation, speed, flexibility, partners, dedicated budgets... Both types of organisations have their own complexities, but are they...

Q&A
Small Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Dorothée VatinelAudrey Dussutour

Your opportunity to discuss slime moulds, animal cognition and more with keynote speaker Audrey Dussutour after hearing her speech in the previous time slot.

Panel
MovieHouse Screen 1
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Equity & Inclusion
Barbara StreicherEmily DawsonJo BryantVanessa MignanMarianne Achiam

We believe the most important boundaries to push in informal science learning (ISL) today are those that systematically exclude youth of colour and youth from low-income backgrounds. Youth Equity and...

Panel
MovieHouse Screen 2
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Brooke Smith

Engaging grey matters. Today’s neuroscientists often wear the hats of philosophers and humanists, asking powerful questions and sparking ethical debates on the very nature of reason, free will, and the mind. At the same time, rapid advances in...

Panel
MovieHouse Screen 3
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Dorit WolenitzArmin DuffRan PelegYael BambergerMalka YayonSami PihkalaShelley Rap

Escape rooms are non-virtual games that have gained huge popularity in recent years as a leisure experience. The trend has also made its way into the world of science museums and science centres and the 2018 Ecsite conference hosted a panel on “...

Reverse
MovieHouse Screen 4
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Ronen MirRobert FirmhoferDerek FishLinda ConlonMaya HalevyMaurice BitranNetzach FarbiashKim Gladstone Herlev

Where are science centres headed? In November 2018, 25 science centre leaders convened together with 25 local professionals for a weeklong workshop in Israel, discussing the future of our field. Intense discussions led to the formation of four...

Workshop
Lab 4 + 5
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Bronwyn BevanSharon AmentGuy Labine

Institutional priorities and decisions emerge through a broad range of factors. It is rare that all staff members feel that they are shaping institutional directions. But are they supported in contributing to these directions and do they feel...

Workshop
Lab 7
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Gillian ThomasTrautmann CharlieLeigh-Anne StradeskiGillian ThomasKirsten EllenbogenHanne Haack LarsenTrautmann CharlieLeigh-Anne Stradeski

Every manager, whether a first time one or a CEO, can achieve greater impact if they have a good working relationship with their own manager. Agreement on strategic projects as well as daily tactical work are critical and can occur most easily...

Workshop
The Beach
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Equity & Inclusion
Didier LavalVesna PajićAmparo Leyman PinoSheena LaursenAndrea BandelliMarjolein van BreemenWiktor Gajewski

Before being pushed, boundaries need to be perceived, identified, and named openly. The most challenging boundaries are the invisible ones, which we have not learned to spot. In science engagement programmes and exhibitions, what topics are we...

Reverse
The Interactive Theater
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Floriane PerotPeter SlavenburgMarc TamschickSheldon Paquin

What are people looking for during an outing with friends or family? The urge to learn something new? To broaden their perspectives? To take some nice pictures? Or to get an unexpected rush? We find that more and more people are expecting...

Workshop
The Idea Company - MakerSpace
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Sebastian MartinMeie van Laar

In this conversation corner session, we’ll focus on some of the most common challenges encountered when facilitating tinkering activities. These issues can include how to work with parents in a drop-in session, ways of training staff and...

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The Puzzler - GameLab
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Daniela De AngeliDaniela De Angeli

A Gamejam is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours.

This engaging format is not only a powerful tool to create...

13:15 - 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 - 15:45

Panel
Large Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Rob SemperArne SchirrmacherMaurice BitranChristopher FlinkGillian Thomas

1969 was a significant year. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the hippies came of age, the Beatles performed for the very last time and the Internet was invented. That same year the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and the Exploratorium in San...

Roundtable discussion
Small Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Foundations
Strategy & vision
Patricia VerheydenChristel LE DELLIOUPaul VoogtStacy WakefordErik JacquemynBarbara Malinowska Pohoryles

When renewing or redeveloping a science centre or science museum, different challenges present themselves. Which hurdles did the speakers and the participants encounter? Which tactics were used (or will be used) to overcome them? What worked and...

Panel
MovieHouse Screen 1
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Collections
Anna SchaefersNuno Ferrand de AlmeidaIna HeumannPatricia RahemipourGuido Gryseels

Objects in Western natural history, botanical, and ethnological museums come from all over the world – this is how these institutions provide at least a glimpse of global (natural) history and biodiversity. But how did the objects arrived at...

Reverse
MovieHouse Screen 2
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Agnes RuizJoonas JuutilainenNele Van der ElstTina SiehoffRachael Hughes

As parents and educators, there are topics we are not really comfortable talking about or we don’t have the emotional resources to deal with when children bring them into the discussion: disability, illness, death, racism, sexuality… and many...

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MovieHouse Screen 3
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Luigi AmodioBecky GilmoreBaerbel AuffermannHaydn Antoniw

When visitors engage with a scientific topic, what role can the sense of place play? How important is it to them to encounter a place “where science happens” or where a notable discovery was made? What effect can this have on engaging with...

Panel
MovieHouse Screen 4
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Edgy
Strategy & vision
Alexandra BurchMaren KrumdieckMarjolein van Breemen

Museums and science centres have well-established business models and forms of delivery – and whilst these have been successful, we must remain alert to changes within the societies in which we operate and which we intend to serve. As we look to...

Workshop
Lab 4 + 5
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Bálint Balázs Leonardo de la Torre ÁvilaMARIA JESUS DELGADOShailaja BaichooMarjolein ZweekhorstMichael Søgaard Jørgensen

The Science Shop movement has 40 years of experience in developing innovative and often experimental models to channel social demands into research topics. In various countries, Science Shops support socially innovative local communities to...

Workshop
Lab 7
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Anna StarkeyDidier LavalRosalie WhiteAliki Giannakopoulou

Change is constant. We need to be agile and to continually push the boundaries of our work in order to remain engaging and relevant in ever-evolving cultural landscapes.

What organisational or team boundaries would you like to push, but...

Campfire session
The Construction Site
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Collections
Talila YehielDaniela De AngeliMelanie WunschMartine Svanevik

Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of human nature. Stories bring objects to life, stimulate curiosity, and help make sense of other cultures. Traditional storytelling entails one storyteller and a passive audience. How can we share stories in...

Idea jam session
Rooftop
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Lizzy BakkerBernhard KehrerAmparo Leyman PinoJochen HungerStefan FahrngruberBrad MacDonaldPaul OrselliHolly HastedMaarten TaborskyBob Van CleemputteAdam Boal

During this session, Experimentarium’s rooftop will turn into a verbal playground, in which we will jam with ideas, improvise, and be as creative as we can be. The principle is simple: everyone gets one minute to share an idea that they’ve had...

Workshop
The Idea Company - MakerSpace
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Daniel 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
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...

15:45 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 17:45

Panel
Large Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Learning
Lisa BrahmsPeter WardripStephanie ChangElizabeth McGregor JacobidesRannei Solbak SimonsenCaterina Ginzburg

While museum-based researchers and evaluators advance work in understanding various aspects of STEAM learning and in particular the discussion about learning through making and tinkering experiences in museums, we lament the lack of robust...

Reverse
Small Stage
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Learning
Catherine MurphyDesiree VaccariniThomas B BergDobrivoje Lale EricMARINA LEONARDCatherine MurphyDesiree Vaccarini

Performance is being used across scientific organisations in many exciting ways, with aims ranging from attempting to bring science to life, engaging new audiences, deepening understanding of key content to inviting in artists to open up...

Panel
MovieHouse Screen 1
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Exhibit development
Heather KingPrzemek Michalik-SobolewskiLorenz KampschulteMorten Arnika Skydsgaard

In this session we want to find out more about the “do’s” and “don’ts” of communicating complex and controversial ideas in museum settings.

We believe that the most effective way of facilitating engagement is to invite visitors to take...

Panel
MovieHouse Screen 2
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Derya AyIan MarnaneCaroline WhalleyJoana Lobo VicenteAndromachi Katsonouri-Sazeides

We live longer and are healthier than ever, enjoying the 21st century’s many conveniences. Chemistry and the use of different chemicals have played an important role in shaping society and improving our standard of living. But do we understand...

Panel
MovieHouse Screen 3
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Foundations
Exhibit development
Claire PillsburyAndreas HeineckeBernd HoltwickTheano Moussouri

Smartphones have become ubiquitous in our lives and their versatility offers great potential for visitors and museums. They can be used to deepen visitor engagement, personalise a visit, record visitors’ unique paths and where they spend time,...

Workshop
Lab 4 + 5
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Strategy & vision
Michael LevittMichael LevittMalvina ArtheauWiktor GajewskiVesna Pajić

Occupational burnout occurs in all professions and ours is no exception. Many in our line of work root their motivation in values, a sense of mission and the people they serve. But sometimes we...

Workshop
Lab 7
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society
Michael John GormanMaria Isabel GarciaMichael John Gorman

Elizabeth Kolbert has suggested that we are living in the midst of the 6th mass extinction, in which we, humans, are the “asteroid” colliding with the Earth. Coral reefs are being bleached at an alarming rate due to ocean warming. Amphibians are...

Open make
The Idea Company - MakerSpace
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Science ♥ society

The Ecsite Conference’s MakerSpace is a physical location created by a group of tinkerers and educators from science centres all over the world. It is located on the second floor of Experimantarium. In this inspiring environment full of tools,...

Workshop
The Puzzler - GameLab
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#314794
Research, theory & evaluation
Kate KnealeDaniela De Angeli

As the Ecsite Conference draws to a close and with it the 2019 edition of the GameLab, time to look back, wrap up and look ahead!

There are two sides to this session:

  1. Selfish. It's all about us. We want the...

18:00 - 18:45

Closing
Plenary
Experimentarium - Pre & Main conferences and Nocturne
Tuborg Havnevej 7
#dc1f2a

Say goodbye to our 2019 hosts and hello to the Kersnikova Institute team who will be welcoming us to Slovenia next year for the 2020 Ecsite Annual Conference (11 - 13 June 2020, Ljubljana).

21:00 - 02:00