On June 7-9, 2018, Geneva (Switzerland) hosted the 29th edition of the Ecsite Annual Conference 2018. An event that gathered a record-breaking 1,182 professionals from 58 countries. The event was hosted by the Natural History Museum of Geneva in partnership with CERN, University of Geneva Scienscope, and Campus Biotech.
Ecsite, the European network of science centres and museums, was created in 1990. Ecsite is the acronym of “European Collaborative for Science, Industry and Technology Exhibitions”, the organisation’s initial name. Over the years, Ecsite’s mission broadened and its membership widened to reach more than 350 organisations today.
Ecsite’s vision is to foster creativity and critical thinking in European society, emboldening citizens to engage with science.
Its mission is to inspire and empower science centres, museums and all organisations that engage people with science, and to promote their actions. The network gathers more than 350 organisations in Europe and world-wide.
Ecsite latests data informs that it is currently formed by 333 members: 209 of them are science centres and museum, 18 are natural history museum, 26 are research bodies or universities, 29 are private companies, 8 are festivals, 7 professional networks and 36 other organisations. All of them have in common that they are committed to inspiring people with science.
Through Ecsite these organizations can collaborate on thematic strands, take part in European projects, and spread their news.
For the ICMAB it is a great platform to increase our visibility to Europe and to the world, an opportunity to find partners for science outreach projects, and to learn from the experts in engaging people in science, to create better workshops and activities for our school visits, and for our neighboring society, in general.
The ICMAB became full member of the Ecsite network in 2017. If you want to join this networkt too, take a look here!
What is the Ecsite Annual Conference?
The Ecsite Annual Conference is the most prominent meeting of science engagement professionals in Europe, bringing together 1,100+ professionals. Ecsite members attend this event at reduced rates and often take part in the conference sessions as speakers or convenors.
The Ecsite Annual Conference is a great place to meet people from the organizations belonging to Ecsite, to get inspired by all their projects and activities, and to interact with them and share ideas.
This last conference took place in Geneva, hosted by the Natural History Museum of Geneva in partnership with CERN, University of Geneva Scienscope, and Campus Biotech. The conference was mainly at the International Conference Center in Geneva (CICG), and a visit to CERN was also included in the conference, as well as two days of pre-conference with some activities focuses in certain topics.
In 2019, the conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 30th Ecsite Conference (June 6-8, 2019), hosted by the new Experimentarium. Will you be part of it?