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Call for proposals

2021 Ecsite Online Conference

, 9 June 2021 - 11 June 2021

The call for session proposals for the 2021 Ecsite Online Conference is open. Submit your session ideas by Wednesday 31 March.

The Ecsite Conference sessions are created, designed and led by professionals within the community and are full of creativity, debate and unique experiences, from traditional panel sessions to idea-jams and anything in between.

The 2021 Ecsite Online Conference will be no exception. The call for session ideas is open. Submitted session proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Conference Programme Committee, whose members are science engagement experts and representatives of previous and future Conference hosts.

New formats for a new online setup:

  • Feel free to suggest new and experimental formats, facilitating interactivity online
  • Tours of your workspaces, exhibitions, labs, maybe even special spaces in your cities
  • Think outside the box: how about audio-only (radio-style) or a silent film?
  • Informal (yet structured) interviews between a moderator and a guest
  • What is now possible online that cannot be achieved in an in-person Conferences? - let your imagination flow!

Topics that we'd like to see covered at the Conference:

  • New types of engagement activities (engagement online, but not exclusively)
  • Reopening
  • Society ❤ science (yes, a twist on the current keyword!)
  • Digital transformation
  • The new normal
  • Advocacy
  • Communities and cooperation (including equity, diversity and inclusion)
  • Decolonising museums
  • Scientific tourism
  • Global challenges (including Climate change and Biodiversity, Trust in science/misinformation, Conspiracy)
  • Operations
  • Marketing & communications
  • And the Conference “classics” of course: learning, collections, research & evaluation...

New to the Conference?

Submitting a session proposal when you haven't attended a previous Ecsite Conference might not feel like an easy task. Worry not! Use the Conference forum or the Ecsite app to connect with others. If using the app, browse the "bumblebees", who can help connect you with others, which is especially useful if you don't know where to begin.

Use the Ecsite app to shape session ideas

Whether this will be your first Ecsite Conference or your 32nd, the Ecsite app is still THE tool to create connections and initiate conversations. The meetups function makes it easier to find others in the community who might want to brainstorm a new session idea or join as speakers in an already shaped proposal. You launch the meetup, and we promote it to the Ecsite community - get planning!

Submit proposal or idea

Please first or to access the forum, view submitted proposals and post your own ideas or sessions.

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Check out our compilation of everything you need to know in detail about submitting a session proposal. (benefits & deadlines)

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