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Browse through three days of Conference sessions and an exciting networking and social events programme.

12:00 - 12:30

Opening
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Herbert MuenderBruno Maquart

Welcome to the 2021 Ecsite Online Conference! You’ll be warmly welcomed by Conference Hosts Brad Irwin (Head of Global Engagement at the Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom) and Dorothée Vatinel (Curator, Cité des sciences et de l'...

12:30 - 13:15

Fireside chat
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Equity & Inclusion
Shaaron LevermentYuri MattemanJen DeWittKatia FranzosoInka de PijperAmanda Colbourne

​​Commitment: Equity & inclusion

Science centres across Europe are pushing for the role of equity and partnership for diverse participation, with an aim to include and involve families who may not currently walk...

Interactive
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Strategy & vision
Vanessa MignanCristina Veiga-PiresSimona CerratoLuis Alberto de Sousa GonçalvesEva Durall

What a year! We all remember how it started; we closed our doors, we had to protect collections and jobs, and tried reaching out to our audiences. We went in all directions; adapting programmes, creating new online content, trying different...

Reverse
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Research, theory & evaluation
Lizzy MoriartyAnne-Sophie GresleGiovanna PaciniBálint Balázs Daria Dvorzhitskaia

This session explores evaluation as a self-reflection tool and how it can be used for quality assurance and stakeholder engagement. Our panel will cover current aspects of evaluation tools based on adaptations due to Covid-19 with examples from...

Workshop
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Back to basics
Science ♥ society
Joseph RocheLaura BellFabiana Zollo

Commitment: 21st century skills

How can we make social media more credible and reliable?...

Fireside chat
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Strategy & vision
Mikko MyllykoskiRosalia VargasAndres RoldanRobert FirmhoferSawsan Dalaq

"To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralysed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do." Bertrand Russel

All over the world, instead of thousands of visitors interacting with our...

Panel
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Science ♥ society
Jamie BellMatteo MerzagoraSara CalcagniniDennis Schatz

Scientists are learners. They professionally transform their observations into their research, which brings about new questions and therefore new research. But do they apply this 'continuous learner' attitude when they interact with the public?...

Panel
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Research, theory & evaluation
Bernadette DecristoforoJana HawigRick Martin SpringerBernadette SchrandtJuliana Restrepo

Conservation of nature, working with death, the time span of the evolution of man and capturing the ‘genius loci’ of a site - four different exhibition topics with one similarity: they are hard to display. The choice of exhibition techniques can...

Panel
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Equity & Inclusion
Ben WardKate KnealeDafni Konstantinidi SofronaAnnabella ZamoraAndy Keenan

​​Commitment: Equity & inclusion

One in five people live with some form of disability or disease; this is a huge proportion of the population. For many this can be a barrier to engaging with physical locations. New...

Reverse
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Explainers & visitor services
Catherine MurphyInga SpechtMark SchepTania JohnstonOllie Burton

Guided tours provide a special synergy between our visitors, our exhibits, and our staff. They play an important role in the engagement that occurs in science centres and can provide a personal connection between the visitors and our exhibits. In...

Panel
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Learning
Maya HalevyBirgit MagerDee HalliganDaniel Charny

In this session, Mariano Gago Ecsite Award winner Maya Halevy explores the topic of service design in museums and education fields with world-class professionals in the field. Service design is a new field that helps choreograph the processes,...

13:15 - 14:00

Networking break

14:00 - 15:00

Keynote
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Research, theory & evaluation
Ewine van Dishoeck

Ewine van Dishoeck's keynote speech is sponsored by The Kavli Prize.

Prof. Dr. Ewine F. van Dishoeck is a Professor in Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden University.

Ewine van Dishoeck studies the tenuous, ice-cold clouds of...

15:00 - 15:45

Marketplace
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Exhibit development
Audrey O'ConnellAgnes RuizFlora PloquinAlanna DavidsonMatthew HeenanSøren SkarbyEmily CroninIlse WachtelaerPeter ElsaesserBettina Deutsch-Dabernig Luísa CannasValentine BaldacchinoCorinne BoungoAurora MoreiraPaolo Russo

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.

Panel
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Back to basics
Science ♥ society
Dacha AtienzaWim WoutersTanja FranotovicCarole Paleco

Commitment: Climate & biodiversity crisis

How do you make people fall in love with nature in a digital environment? How do you make them experience the loss of nature here and now? And how do you empower them to...

Panel
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Exhibit development
Julie LeclairPeter TrevittHillary SpencerTobias WolffElin Roberts

The past year brought us all challenges but it has also given us freedom in many ways. During the pandemic many museums felt that they were able to (and perhaps had to), take more risks than they would have done otherwise. Our panellists worked...

Panel
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Exhibit development
Andrew BullockWolfgang ButtressMartin BencsikFiona Philpott

Commitment: Climate & biodiversity crisis

Meet the artist Wolfgang Buttress and his scientific collaborator Dr Martin Bencsik as they talk with Fiona Philpott, Director of Exhibitions (National Museums Liverpool),...

Panel
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Learning
Armin DuffMeie van LaarClaire PillsburyKim Ludwig-PetschJulien Bobroff

We all use smartphones, every day – but few are aware of their potential for science and science education. The numerous built-in sensors turn any mobile device into a mobile lab, which enables visitors to experiment and measure physical...

15:45 - 16:00

Networking break

16:00 - 16:45

Fireside chat
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Research, theory & evaluation
Mairéad HurleyEwine van Dishoeck

Ewine van Dishoeck will answer all questions from her keynote speech in an engaging conversation with a dedicated session moderator.

Workshop
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Back to basics
Equity & Inclusion
Vanessa MignanAmparo Leyman PinoHeidrun Schulze

​​Commitment: Equity & inclusion

It’s something of an understatement to say that we are not fans of women’s magazines, but we’ve all done an absurd quiz and/or read silly articles when we’ve had a few minutes to spare...

House of Commons debate
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Strategy & vision
Patricia VerheydenYuko OkayamaLath CarlsonJulia WillisonAilsa Barry

What are our greatest fears and hopes for the future of our field? How do we see the world evolve, and what will the role of our institutions be? Will science centres and science museums still exist? Moreover, if they are still around what will...

Panel
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Research, theory & evaluation
Marianne AchiamMarianne AchiamYuri MattemanHenrike WelpinghusJustin Dillon

The educational efforts of science centres, museums, zoos and aquaria are often challenged by the fuzziness and complexity of the notion of sustainability. This means that educational initiatives may be governed as much by serendipity and local...

Panel
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Exhibit development
Julie LeclairMaren KrumdieckMyriam SpringuelAlanna DavidsonIgnasi Miró

Developing a travelling exhibition can be costly, time-consuming and staff-intensive. Factor in the added pressure of finding funding, content partners and navigating relationships during a global pandemic, and you have yourself a major project...

Panel
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Research, theory & evaluation
Mikko MyllykoskiKati TyystjärviMarjolein van BreemenJaani Lahtinen

Finding new audiences and fostering science capital is a main issue in strategies of many museums and science centres. In both Finland and the Netherlands, the Museum Card is in use, attracting new visitors and providing data about them. In the...

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Back to basics
Exhibit development
Christina ClassenFriederike WawerkaDominik EssingClayton CutajarHarry WhitePaul Orselli

Two ‘old hands’ comment on the next generation’s ideas. NEXT GENERATION refers to different aspects: new content, a new generation of exhibition-makers, modern forms of exhibition design or contemporary educational strategies. We'll consider...

Reverse
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Back to basics
Equity & Inclusion
Daria DvorzhitskaiaSara VerstraetenTania JohnstonDobrivoje Lale EricDaria Dvorzhitskaia

​​Commitment: Equity & inclusion

Achieving gender equality in STEM education could add up to 1.2 million jobs and €610-820 billion to Europe’s GDP by 2050. So why will it take us 100 years to achieve complete gender...

Live talks with audience Q&A
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Equity & Inclusion
Mark WinterbottomMaria KarnezouInka de PijperMaria Xanthoudaki

​​Commitment: Equity & inclusion

This session will explore contemporary issues in inclusive STEM learning practice, with a focus on how hands-on making and tinkering can provide opportunities to work in more equitable...

Panel
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Learning
Gène BertrandCecilia EkstrandSigurd HunstadTorhild SkåtunGiasemi VavoulaStamatina Anastopoulou

​Commitment: 21st century skills

“We need to replace old education standards with an educational framework that combines knowledge with the 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication and...

16:45 - 17:00

Ecsite Goes Eurovision: prelude
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Time to dig out those fancy clothes that you haven’t been able to wear in over a year! The more sparkles, the better, as you go and get ready for Ecsite goes Eurovision. Make sure you're back at the stage for 17.15 CEST.

17:00 - 18:00

18:00 - 20:00

Business buzz and networking
After-hours networking

Was there simply not enough time to network during the day? Or perhaps you were so engrossed in the sessions and our Keynote speaker that there was no time to connect with peers? And for our colleagues in North, Central and South America it was...