ESA at Ecsite 2018
‘Creative Collisions’ is the theme of Ecsite’s annual conference 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland, on 5–9 June.
The conference, hosted by the Science History Museum in Geneva, is expected to attract more than 1000 participants. It is open to all professionals working in science centres or museums, universities, research institutes, European institutions and private companies.
Workshop ‘Space for Life’
The Space Group workshop ‘Space for Life - Focus: Is there life out there? Develop and share resources’, organised by ESA and Ecsite, takes place on 5–6 June at the Science History Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.
Representatives of science centres and museums will work together for two days on a programme that includes:
- the ESA Cosmic Vision programme, with an overview of the topic of the search for life in the Universe
- the participation of Switzerland in the European Space activities
- ESA and Ecsite Space Group resources such as the cooperative print-and-play 'Alive!' board game developed by City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain, including an opportunity to play the game
- an interactive discussion on innovative ways of communicating about life in the Universe (with potential links to storytelling, immersive experiences, gamification, pop culture and science fiction), drawing on the experience of the Ecsite Space Group community.
- showcase space projects by participants.
Visit to the Observatory of the University of Geneva and the ISDC Data Centre for Astrophysics, two facilities of the Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva: the Observatory of Sauverny and Écogia, host of the INTEGRAL Science Data Centre, at the forefront of Swiss space research, including exoplanetary research.
Swiss delegates representing ESA, will join the workshop and exchange with delegates of science centres and museums.
Space group panel session
On 7 June, the Space Group will hold a panel session that aims to explore how space science and technology contributes to the preservation of our planet and to delivering the United Nations' Agenda 2030, embodied by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Space Group
The Ecsite Space Group was founded with ESA’s help in 2012 and now comprises more than 90 museums and science centres. It offers a platform to facilitate cooperation among science centres, museums, research institutions, universities, national space agencies and industries all over Europe. Together they design projects to better share European space activities with the general public thanks to the strong support provided by European science centres and museums.
The Space Group is led by Marc Moutin, Director of Exhibitions at Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, France; Ana Noronha, Executive Director of Ciência Viva, Lisbon, Portugal; and Maria Menendez, Head of ESA Corporate Exhibitions and Events.