Organisation of Ecsite Annual Conference 2014
Ecsite and Museon, Museum for culture and science, were delighted to host the 25th Ecsite Annual Conference in The Hague, Netherlands. 1,000 fellow science communicators joined this celebration of scientific culture. For more than two decades, the world’s most renowned science communication professionals have gathered at the Ecsite Annual Conference and set the precedent for Europe’s leading science communication event.
A sophisticated programme, diverse delegates, and unparalleled networking potential make the Ecsite Annual Conference a cornerstone of the science communication field in Europe and the rest of the world. It is the quintessential event at which to exchange on all conceivable aspects of the science communication profession. Year after year, the programme is fresh and relevant by continuously evolving with the field and the times. Over 75 conference sessions and a growing list of Pre-Conference Workshops are buzzing hives of in-depth inquiry advancing diverse topics.
The Second World War in 100 objects
Preparation of the exhibition The Second World War in 100 objects, that takes the visitor back to the time of The Second World War through 100 exceptional objects. Drawn from 25 Dutch war- and resistance museums, each carefully selected item tells its own story. And behind each object hide countless events recalling the personal memories, emotions, fear and deep-held feelings from the years between 1940 and 1945: objects such as a teddybear with a hidden treasure or a railroad tie from the Birma railway, both from the Museon's collection.
This exhibition - the result of a unique cooperative process between 25 Dutch war- and resistance museums and the National Committee for May 4 and 5 - gives the war a meaningful face for young and old.
meSch, Material EncounterS with digital Cultural Heritage
meSch has the goal of designing, developing and deploying tools for the creation of tangible interactive experiences that connect the physical dimension of museums and exhibitions with relevant digital cross-media information in novel ways.
A wealth of digital cultural heritage is currently available in on-line repositories and digital archives. It is however accessed only in a limited way and utilised through rather static modes of delivery. meSch will bridge the gap between visitors’ cultural heritage experience on-site and on-line by providing a platform for the creation of tangible smart exhibits. This platform will enable curators, artists, designers and cultural heritage professionals in general to create smart objects and intelligent spaces and to compose digital content to be embedded in smart objects and spaces without the need for specialised technical knowledge. Smart objects (like a magnifying glass or a replica) are enriched with digital technology while intelligent spaces embed sensors: both react to people, spaces and smart objects. A bespoke application will adapt the content and the behaviour of the object or space to visitors, their social context and the environment.
The meSch approach is grounded on principles of co-design: the participation of designers, developers and stake-holders into the process of creation and evaluation as equal partners, and on a Do-It-Yourself philosophy of making and experimenting. Three large-scale case studies in different museums provide test beds for the real-world evaluation of meSch technology with the public and cultural heritage stakeholders.