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Free Conference passes for fresh ideas

Ecsite is offering 20 free one-day passes for its upcoming Conference to speakers bringing new ideas or perspectives.

Participants of the Ecsite Conference love new perspectives, fresh ideas and different horizons. In event feedback received over the past few years, attendees have been consistently asking to hear more speakers from outside of the science centre and museum field.

To help attract new faces to the pre-conference and main conference, for the fifth year running Ecsite is offering 20 free one-day passes to speakers who can convince the Conference Programme Committee that they will contribute novel topics, angles or session formats.

This could be your chance to finally bring in the mind-opening speaker you had always wanted to see at the conference - or attend it for free if you're one of the brilliant minds, critical friends or super-talented experts we had been missing.

Step one for all: form or join a team and develop a great session proposal together. You'll find everything you need to know about this as well as a special conference forum on the dedicated call for proposals web page.


Once you have joined a session proposal team, fill in this short application form. Besides your contacts details, we only ask a short statement (max. 300 words) explaining how you heard of this opportunity, why you would love to speak at the 2020 Ecsite Conference and how the ideas / perspectives / session formats you want to share would inspire science communication professionals

There are two rounds of applications:

  • Round 1: together with the call for proposals, by 23 January 2020. Early applications are encouraged: you have more chances in this round.
  • Round 2: as accepted sessions are fine-tuning their speakers' line up, by 5 April 2020.



The Programme Committee will be rating the received applications on the following criteria:

  • Novelty of the suggested topic / angle / session format
  • Overall balance of professional horizons, geographic origins, themes and genders



The free one-day registration includes:

  • Access to your pre-conference session (9 and/or 10 June 2020) or all sessions on one of the main conference's three days (11-13 June 2020)
  • Coffee breaks and lunches
  • On Thursday 11 June, access to the Gala Dinner and on Friday 12 June, access to the Nocturne (unfortunately not to the Farewell Party on Saturday 13 June as it needs to be booked as a separate event by all participants)


Questions? Contact Raquel at the Ecsite Office 


2020 Ecsite Conference

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ecsite Board decided that the 2020 Ecsite Conference would not take place. The 31st edition of the Conference was due to take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia and would have been hosted by the Kersnikova Institute.