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Registration now open for 2018 Directors Forum

Registration for the 2018 Ecsite Directors Forum is now open. The event will be hosted on 14-16 November by the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona and Barcelona Ciència in Barcelona, Spain.

Senior Managers of Ecsite Full member organisations will be coming together for 2.5 days of networking, high-profile talks and workshops and peer learning.

The theme is "Science engagement organisations as Citizen labs". Two keynote speakers will be sharing their thoughts on the "Science engagement organisations as Citizen labs" theme: Artur Serra, expert in living labs and citizen laboratories, and Mara Ballestrini, expert in human-computer interaction and participatory technology. The programme also entails a marketplace workshop on open science labs and their potential for science engagement, a 'provocation' session by the 2018 Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards winners and an opportunity to exchange with the Ecsite Board. Social highlights include dinner at the Natural Science Museum on the first night, a cycling field trip to two nearby Barcelona citizen labs on the second day (other mobility options available) and countless networking opportunities.

Theme description and all details can be found on the dedicated web page.


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Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

With 140 years of history the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona holds a patrimony of neary 4 million specimens. It consists of four centres located in three of the city’s emblematic Parks. Ciutadella Park houses the Scientific area (collections, research and documentation centre) and Martorell Museum (the historical building of the museum). Montjuïc is home to the Botanical Garden and the Historic Botanical Garden. And the Forum Park houses its most recent site since 2011 with new facilities (workshop rooms, laboratories, conference hall, media library, etc.) and a 3,000 square metre reference exhibition “Planet Life”.

Barcelona Ciència i Universitats. Ajuntament de Barcelona

Barcelona Science and Universities is the initiative of the Barcelona City Council to promote knowledge and to involve citizens in its development. Its main objective is to involve both research professionals and citizens in the approach, processes and results of research, under criteria such as ethics, transparency, equality and open access to knowledge. Based on this vision, the city becomes the stage where science and society meet to have dialogue, to understand and advance together, and to make a combined effort to confront the local and global challenges of the 21st century.

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