Ecsite is the European network of science centres and museums, linking science communication professionals in more than 400 institutions in 50 countries. Founded 20 years ago, Ecsite connects member institutions through projects and activities and facilitates the exchange of ideas and best practices.
Every year, Ecsite organises a Conference which brings together diverse stakeholders such as science centres and museums, natural history museums, zoos, aquariums, universities, research organisations and companies involved in communicating and engaging the public in science. This year, a milestone 25th Ecsite Annual Conference will take place in The Hague, Netherlands between 21-24 May. Hosted by the World Forum Convention Centre, this year’s theme is “People, Planet, Peace“. The Conference will kick off on Thursday morning with a special Opening Ceremony attended by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. More than 1,000 science communicators of scientific culture are expected to attend the 3 day conference, which supports a number of diverse participation formats, such as Panel sessions, Workshops, Round tables, World Cafe and Project Poster Showcase.
This year, Agro-Know will be represented by my colleague Giota and myself. From Thursday to Saturday, visitors will be able to find us @Booth4 in the Business Bistro, where all are welcome to drop by to say ‘hi’, get a chance to demo our Data Discovery solutions and Data Sharing Solutions (including our recently awarded Pathway Authoring tool), and discuss future collaborations, including new Horizon 2020 project proposals. On Saturday 24/5 from 4.30pm, participants are invited to join our session “A voluntary effort: Making use of social participation in science centres”, and find out more about our customised solutions for science centres and museums.
The Programme of the Ecsite 2014 Conference can be downloaded here. Pictures from the event will be daily uploaded on the network’s Flickr account. For news, stay informed with the official Twitter hashtag of the event: #Ecsite2014. For more, check out Indepth, a brand new blog launched today, representing a collaborative effort of European academics and practitioners aiming to promote “learning about learning in the science sector”. Its first post focuses on Ecsite.
See you @Booth4!