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Equity & diversity: supporting an inclusive response to the corona crisis

27 May at 15.00 CEST

As science centres and museums across Europe re-examine their offer, search for financial stability and re-build dismantled teams, our commitment towards diversity, equity and inclusion has never been more important. Access to science for everyone is the work that makes us worthwhile and our sector has an increasingly urgent role and responsibility to support and serve all members of our community. How do we avoid replicating and increasing the inequalities in society as we are forced to move online ? As we struggle to cope financially, how can we attenuate the effect on the diversity of our staff? And with all the insecurities we face, how can we reconcile our need for survival as businesses with our social responsibility?

We invite you to listen, participate and reflect with researchers, practitioners and leaders who will share ideas, challenges, and successful approaches that support an inclusive response to this crisis and beyond. In the effort of readjusting to this 'new normal,' we can seize the opportunities to reform rather than rebuild our practices, emerging as more agile, resilient and equitable organisations.

Session curated by the Equity@Ecsite group and represented by Barbara Streicher, Executive Manager, Science Center Netzwerk Austria (Vienna, Austria), Shaaron Leverment, Deputy CEO, The Association for Science and Discovery Centres (Bristol, UK) and Amparo Leyman-Pino, Principal, Yellow Cow Consulting (San Francisco, USA)

Session speakers:

  • Emily Dawson, University College London (London, UK)
  • Vanessa Mignan, TRACES (Paris, France)
  • David Jones, Centre for Life (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK)
  • Sanne den Adel, VSC, (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Matthias Beitl, Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art (Vienna, Austria)
  • Sharon Ament, Museum of London (London, UK)

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Still to come...

Creating and enhancing our digital presence

3 June at 15.00 CEST

The top-down model of knowledge is largely challenged by the crisis we are currently going through. For many museums and science centres this pandemic, plus the subsequent lockdown, has led to a shift in the way we promote, attract and retain our audiences using digital products and social media. How can we develop this digital offer so that it is coherent, meaningful and faithful to the missions and values of our organisations? Furthermore, how do we survive financially when our audience moves online?
Stephane Berghmans and François Quéré will attempt to tackle three key points: the evolution of our business lines for better science communication, new performance indicators & evaluation tools and how to create sustainable economic models in order to thrive in a new, digital world.

Curated by Stephane Berghmans, CEO, Technopolis (Mechelen, Belgium) and François Quéré, Director of Audience Development and Communication, Universcience (Paris, France)

Session speakers:

  • Stephane Berghmans, Technopolis (Mechelen, Belgium) 
  • François Quéré, Universcience (Paris, France)

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Misinformation: research, engagement & reflections

10 June at 15.00 CEST

...more information and speaker details coming soon

Curated by Michael Creek, co-founder, Stickydot (Brussels, Belgium)

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Memorable exhibitions: celebrating the work of others

17 June at 15.00 CEST

...more information coming soon

Curated by Thomas Hofer, Exhibition Concepts & Didactics Consultant, Curiocation (Winterthur, Switzerland)

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Previous webinars

Audience Research & Covid-19: opportunity or obstacle?

20 May at 15.00 CEST

Understanding our audiences has never been more important. As our organisations adjust to a new reality, we need audience research to help us develop new models of engaging the public remotely; predict visitor numbers and profiles upon reopening; and rethink our entire physical offer in light of social distancing. However, should we conduct research with populations under lockdown? How reliable and representative will the data be and what are the ethical considerations? This webinar will help organisations develop a strategic and socially responsible approach to audience research during this pandemic.

Session curated by Marie Hobson, Natural History Museum (London, UK)

Session speakers: 

  • Marie Hobson, Audience Research and Advocacy Manager, Natural History Museum (London, UK)
  • Jeremy W. Foutz, Principal, STEAM Workgroup (Indianapolis, USA)
  • Volker Schönert, Visitor Research, Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin, Germany) 


Decolonising museums and science communication

Wednesday 13 May, 15:00 CEST

The debate on how to decolonise our museums, collections and exhibitions is strong and ongoing. This webinar will include presentations to showcase specific projects and involves attendees in polls and an inclusive discussion.
The question of how, if or when objects collected in colonial contexts should be returned to their countries of origin is just one of many. Are our exhibitions too Eurocentric? For exhibitions in formerly colonised countries, how do we include the scientific knowledge and concepts of today’s communities’ ancestors into our communication? What can co-creative projects with source communities or partners in formerly colonised countries look like? When we write and design exhibitions, how can we use language and graphics to reflect critique of power asymmetries and distance ourselves from hegemonic thinking?

Session curated by Amparo Leyman Pino, Principal, Yellow Cow Consulting (San Francisco, USA) and Anna Schäfers, Curator of Education, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

Session speakers: 

  • Bärbel Auffermann, Director, Stiftung Neanderthal Museum (Mettmann, Germany)
  • Elizabeth Rasekoala, President, African Gong
  • Micah Parzen, CEO, San Diego Museum of Man (San Diego, USA)
  • Caroline Turré, International Affairs Officer, Universcience (Paris, France)



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News 25 May 2020

Nicolas Nova will be taking to the (virtual) stage as our keynote speaker during the Ecsite day on 11 June. Expect to hear stimulating content on Design Fictions and the Near Future.

News 15 May 2020
A collection of guidelines and  re-opening plans for science centres & museums

Ecsite is collecting re-opening plans, recommendations and guidelines from European countries lifting COVID-19 containment measures. Take a look at the resources page.

News 13 May 2020

An app designed specifically for our science engagement network, providing you with opportunities to connect, collaborate and continue the discussion. Deadline for beta test sign-up 22 May.

News 7 May 2020

Your digital way to stay relevant & network.
Host the conversations you find meaningful now and connect with the Ecsite community.

News 5 May 2020

Over the past two months, Ecsite has held weekly drop-in sessions for members and these are set to continue during the pandemic. Find a full list of dates, times and topics here.


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