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Second day of Ecsite Annual Conference best of

After a superb Gala Dinner at the Grote Kerk yesterday night, this second day of the Ecsite Annual Conference saw an acclaimed keynote lecture by Pr Ian Goldin, more than 35 sessions on topics ranging from late events to polar exhibitions, a well-attended Annual General Meeting, a busy happy hour at the Business Bistro – and more mingling and giggling is expected as participants join the Nocturne at Museon tonight.   Pr Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School (United Kingdom), and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University, delivered a widely-acclaimed and much-twitted about session. He painted a sharp but complex picture of our fast-changing planet, in what he described as “the best time to be alive in the history of humanity” – and probably also the most challenging. Opportunities and uncertainties brought by an era of “falling walls” and unprecedented but also unstainable growth were discussed and sciences centres and museums urged to contribute to the “radical change of behaviour” Goldin calls for. Many attendees came out of the session meditating the words: “The past is a very poor guide to the future”.   As local liquors, foie gras, roasted bugs and other delicacies were consumed at the Business Bistro happy hour, we went buzzword hunting. Today’s (necessarily incomplete) collection: co-production, hackathons, impact, business partnerships, future planning, Responsible Reseach and Innovation, visitor tracking… and again social inclusion, that seems to be confirming its place at the very top of this year’s agenda.   Follow the conference on Twitter (#ecsite2014) and Flickr . Download today’s presentations here.

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