Contact Person: Andrea Troncoso
Role: Project Partner
Ecsite links science centres, science museums, natural history museums, zoos, aquaria, universities and research organizations in Europe. All Ecsite members are committed to public engagement in science through accessible, interactive exhibits and programmes.
As a network, Ecsite promotes understanding of science, technology engineering and maths by facilitating cooperation among its members. In this spirit, we strengthen citizens’ engagement and interaction with science. We are the European focal point for institutions who wish to take action in the field of science communication. For over 25 years, Ecsite has been the European hub of science communication activities. A trusted partner of the European Commission, it has implemented a wide range of European projects, including consultation processes in science centres and museums to give feedback on European policy. Ecsite’s broad experience in international cooperation has included a wide variety of stakeholders, from industry, to research, to policymakers, to civil society. The network’s events, including the renowned Ecsite Annual Conference, bring together thousands of professionals every year.
Ecsite has over 400 member institutions across over 50 countries, covering all major European cities. These organisations welcome over 40 million visitors every year. As the European hub, Ecsite has the capacity to mobilise these members through specific activities and multiply the impact of European collaborations.
In order to mobilise Europe’s science communication community, Ecsite has broad experience in specific types of activity. Examples include coordinating stakeholder hubs across Europe, developing and implementing innovative resources for public engagement and running citizen and stakeholder consultations.
Ecsite has the access to the societal stakeholders and public at large involved in ocean literacy, through science centres, science and maritime museums, zoos and aquaria. Ecsite has experience in relevant EU collaborations which addressed ocean literacy such as Sea for Society. Ecsite’s members act as hubs for relevant stakeholders in their countries, engaging citizens, researchers, policymakers and other societal stakeholders in a mutual learning process. The network also has a range of Thematic Groups on key topics in the field of public engagement in science. This is a way to engage European experts from across the field in reflection and mobilization. Ecsite communicates regularly to the network through the quarterly magazine Spokes, website and monthly e-news which reach several thousand contacts.
Key Personnel Involved:
Catherine Franche is Executive Director of Ecsite. Before she joined Ecsite in 2006, she was working for the Office de Coopération et d’Information Muséographiques (OCIM) as a training coordinator and special projects manager. From 1992 to 1994, Catherine was Professional Development Coordinator and then Executive Director of the Société des Musées Québécois. Catherine has an MBA in Management of Cultural Organisations from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal. She studied Physics at the Université du Québec, Canada.
Andrea Troncoso is a new Ecsite Project Manager. She holds an MA in International Organizations and Human Development from the IUED-HEI in Genéve. Before Ecsite, Andrea work as a consultant developing educational and art projects in Chile and Germany. She has experience at science communication and engagement working at the National Science Commission, CONICYT, in Chile. At Ecsite, Andrea is involve in the management of Sea Change project and RRI Tools.
Julie Becker is Communications Manager at Ecsite. She has a Masters in Museum Studies from Leicester University, has worked at the Natural History Museum London, UK, as an exhibition developer, at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren as a museologist and communication project manager for an exhibition design agency in Brussels, Belgium.
Anne Urger is Ecsite Office Manager since February 2012. After a degree in History at UCL (Louvain- La-Neuve), Belgium, she worked as administrative and financial manager of a Brussels corporate communication graphics agency for three years. She then co-founded her own communication agency called Designlab which was active for just under 15 years mainly in the cultural field (brand and graphic identities, printed publicity campaigns and books, signage for public buildings and exhibitions, etc.).