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The 2022 Ecsite Conference will be held on 2-4 June, in Heilbronn, Germany. The call for session proposals is now closed.

Everyone committed to inspiring people with science and technology is invited to join the largest European science engagement conference and meet with peers.

The 2022 Ecsite Conference will be a unique professional development opportunity, offering an intense mix of intellectual stimulation, purposeful and creative sessions, business opportunities, and unparalleled networking …. all true to the spirit of the Ecsite community - creative, engaging, open and professional.

A unique atmosphere

The 2022 Conference edition will be held at a very special place with a unique atmosphere: at a camp in the city of Heilbronn. With its surprising and unusual spaces, it will provide places and moments for stopping to take a deep breath, for reflection, for manifold inspiring encounters – and it will allow us to look at the things we do from new perspectives. How do we best confront the global challenges we are facing? How do we best embolden citizens to engage and participate in science? How do we best encourage sharing and working together in our community? The unusual conference setting will inspire us to develop fresh answers to these questions.

The Conference Hosts

experimenta opened its doors on November 14, 2009 in a former historic storehouse. The date marks the beginning of a remarkable success story. Today, a spectacular new building in glass and steel complements the previous domicile.

Wherever visitors go: experimenta is a unique place for exploring today’s world through science.

In four exhibition areas with more than 275 interactive exhibits and four glass-walled creative studios, everyone is invited to smell, hear, see, feel, marvel – and experiment to their heart’s content. A great variety of programs take place within the Science Dome. It is a unique combination of theatre and planetarium creating truly special experiences. Eight high-quality labs encourage experimentation and the pursuit of independent research projects. In the Maker Space, young innovative makers find an exciting platform for design and development, whereas the Forum serves as a venue for exciting discussions on the latest in science and research. And there are even more unique offerings at experimenta!

Heilbronn: a small large city

Heilbronn is a “small large city” with the advantage of short distances. All conference events are within walking distance of each other as well as within walking distance of the city centre and the main railway station.

A "Stadtbahn" light rail system, a dense local bus network, and environmentally friendly means of transport, such as rental bikes or e-scooters, will ensure that travel within the city is not a nuisance, but a pleasure. There are a number of hotels available in the city and the region, within an average rate between 65 € and 120 € per room and night (without breakfast).

As there are frequent regular links to Germany's high-speed long-distance railway network via the central stations of Stuttgart, Mannheim, and Würzburg, many participants can easily travel to the conference in Heilbronn by train. This will reduce significantly the CO2 footprint of the Ecsite conference.

In addition, Heilbronn is served by three international airports: Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Nuremberg. The nearest airport is at Stuttgart. The journey from these airports to Heilbronn by train will take approximately about 90 minutes (Stuttgart), about 2 hours (Frankfurt), and 2 hours 30min (Nuremberg).



The experimenta is with 270,000 ft² Germany’s largest and most innovative science center. Experimenta is situated in the heart of the city of Heilbronn next to the river Neckar in Southern Germany. A new spectacular building constructed of glass and steel is joined to the old restored storage building of a former oil mill. The permanent exhibition has about 275 interactive exhibits. Additional space is provided for special exhibitions. In four creative studios, visitors can discover their talents in several hands-on workshops. Laboratories offer programs for classes as well as for individuals. There is also a Maker Space and a science stage. Its Science Dome is a unique combination of theater and planetarium with a 360° surround 3D dome projection screen as well as a revolving auditorium. On the top of the Science Center is an observatory.

Past and future editions

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