See full programme for NSCF CONFERENCE 2018 in Energy Discovery Centre, Tallinn, Estonia - The place to meet small and large science centres


We aim to create value for our members at the annual conferences, and we will focus on development, funding and cooperation at this year’s conference. We are ambitious about creating a meeting place from where new ideas are created, new co-operations established and new possibilities for funding are discovered. Hence, we will invite you to a conference with a dual purpose of sharing experience and working in groups – and of course getting this informal networking opportunity.  

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Tuesday 9th October

16.30 – 18.00

Board meeting

If individual members would like to raise a subject for the meeting, please contact one of the board members.


18.00 – 19.00



19.00 -

Dinner at Energy Discovery Centre - opening ceremony

The evening programme is planned by our host.

The board will make a short presentation.


 Wednesday 10th October 

Theme: Development  

09.00 – 09.20

Welcome by our host and the chairman of NSCF

Krista Keedus, Energy Discovery Centre, and Hanne Haack Larsen, chairman of NSCF, will welcome all participants to the conference.


09.20 – 09.40

Session: Presentation on coding – Why should we code?

Facilitator: Gudrun Bachmann, Visindasmidjan
Speakers: Linda Ökvist-Johansson and David Broström, Teknikens Hus; Daniel Rosqvist, Tekniska Museet; Geir Endregard, Inspiria

Coding includes problem solving, creativity and many other skills that are considered  relevant for the competences of the future. Coding is now part of the curriculum in Nordic and Baltic countries, and there is immense need for teachers´ training programs and inspiring coding activities for children. Science centres are contributing to this movement in many interesting ways, applying their hands-on methods and approaches to the topic.  


09.40 – 10.00

Session: Presentation on sustainability (UN sustainable development goals)

Facilitator: Christine Sundberg Carendi, Swedish Science Centers
Speaker: Anna Gunnarsson, Navet

Sustainable development has been an integrated part of Navet Science Center for many years. Anna Gunnarsson will give examples of how Navet is working with The UN Goals for Sustainable Development within school programs, teacher training, digital communication, staff development and towards the general public.


10.00 – 10.15


Coffee break

10.15 – 12.00

Workshop 1: Trends – what are the main trends for exhibition themes for the next 3-5 years?

Speaker: Poul Kattler, Experimentarium

In the crystal ball we will look around to commercial touring exhibitions, science centre touring exhibitions and to the renewals of permanent exhibitions initiated within the institutions. Is the interactive field thriving? What is the role of new technology with the exhibitions? Will future exhibitions be able to address challenges our societies are up to? Examples is used to illustrate the trends.



Workshop 2: Coding for future competences

Facilitator: Gudrun Bachmann, Visindasmidjan
Speakers: Linda Ökvist-Johansson, Teknikens Hus. Daniel Rosqvist, Tekniska Museet. Geir Endregard, Inspiria

In this workshop participants will try different coding activities, such as Analoge programming, Bluebots and Scratch. Ideas on collaborative Nordic outreach coding-programs will be introduced and science centres in Norway will present how they are contributing to the national ”technological backpack”.



Workshop 3: Sustainability – how can we work with this in our science centres?

Speaker: Christine Sundberg Carendi, Swedish Science Centers

Christine Sundberg Carendi, presents an ongoing collaboration between 19 Swedish science centers working with the UN Sustainable development goals concerning school programs, teacher training, digital communication, popular adult education and training within science centers. With this as a backdrop, we will map up initiatives from other countries and discuss possibilities for further development together.


12.00 – 13.00


Theme: Cooperation 

13.00 – 13.20

Session: Presentation on value creation by cooperating

Facilitator: Gudrun Bachmann, Visindasmidjan
Speaker: Krista Keedus, Energy Discovery Centre.

Krista started her present job as director only last year. She brought with her experiences from another and different field, as well as some new and different partners. Krista will share her thoughts and ideas on different ways to co-operate and how new partners may – or may not – create more values.  


13.20 – 13.40

Session: Presentation on cooperation on education and recruitment

Facilitator: Tove Marienborg, Nordnorsk vitensenter Speaker: Geir Endregard, Inspiria

INNOVATUM in Sweden and INSPIRIA in Norway has recently finished a 3-year Interreg project focusing on increasing interest for science in youth in the common border area. The session will present the main findings and lessons from this project with particular emphasis on the value of cooperation of two science centres


13.40 – 14.00

Session: Presentation on cooperation on exhibitions

Facilitator: Hanne Haack Larsen, Experimentarium
Speaker: Kim Gladstone Herlev, Experimentarium

The focus for this session is cooperation on exhibitions in the context of funding. Nordic science centres and museums depend on external funding for large and costly projects such as developing or renting new exhibitions. A model that some of us have experience with is creating consortiums across borders, developing an exhibition together and sharing the costs. An example of a cooperation is the Wintersport exhibition done by Heureka, VilVite, Tekniska Museet and Experimentarium.


14.00 – 14.20

Extra AGM: Decision for new budget


14.20 – 14.40

Coffee break


14.40 – 16.00

Workshop 1: Value creation - Can we find new ways to cooperate?

Facilitator: Gudrun Bachmann, Visindasmidjan
Speakers: Pauls Irbins, ZINOO science centres

Participants are invited to contribute their ideas on how our science centres can cross-sell each other for families that are traveling between our countries. How can each centre promote a whole network? By posters? Discounts? An interactive map? Common webpage? We hope to see many interesting ideas and results from this workshop.



Workshop 2: Education - Science Centres wanting to cooperate on education meet and discuss possibilities

Speaker: Geir Endregard, Inspiria

The focus on this workshop is to bring together Science Centres who have ideas for projects they want to discuss and cooperate with other Science Centres in the NSCF-family. If you have an idea, please let us know in advanced, and we will try to put together people with similar ideas. Of current interest are maybe Coding and Sustainability?



Workshop 3: Exhibitions - Science Centres wanting to cooperate on exhibitions meet and discuss possibilities

Speaker: Kim Gladstone Herlev, Experimentarium

This workshop will simulate a cooperation process from the very beginning as if it was real. Together we will decide on a topic for the exhibition. We will discuss budget, timeline, quality and roles in the development process, and we will try to create a business model for the exhibition we develop together. Finally, we will share ideas from “the real world” on new exhibitions in order to ignite new co-operations across the Nordic countries.


16.00 – 18.00

Visit to the Estonian Health Care Museum and Estonian Museum of Natural History


19.00 – 22.00

Dinner in the Tallinn TV Tower


 Thursday 11th October

Theme: Funding

09.00 – 09.20

Session: Presentation of Nordic funding possibilities

Facilitator: Pilvi Kolk, Ahaha
Speaker: Anne Hütt, Archmedes Foundation

Come and hear about different grants that science centers could use to get funding for their projects, with an emphasis on the Nordplus Programme.


09.20 – 09.40

Session: Presentation on funding from government and regions

Facilitators: Tove Marienborg, Nordnorsk vitensenter and Christine Sundberg Carendi, Swedish Science Centers
Speakers: Tove Marienborg, Nordnorsk vitensenter and Christine Sundberg Carendi, Swedish Science Centers

Tove and Christine will explain the different structures for general funding in Norway and Sweden on a national, regional and local level, with comments on the historic background and present time.


09.40 – 10.00

Session: Presentation on alternative means of funding

Facilitator: Christine Sundberg Carendi, Swedish Science Centers
Speaker: Daniel Rosqvist, National Museum of Science and Technology

Daniel presents how the museum and science center has decreased the dependency of governmental funding and increased other revenues by thinking differently. He will show examples from ongoing projects and collaborations.


10.00 – 10.15

Coffee break


10.15 – 12.00

Workshop: News from the members

Speaker: Pilvi Kolk; Ahhaa

All members are invited to share, what is up in your science centre or museum. You may use Powerpoint or be entertaining just by yourself.


12.00 – 13.00

Farewell lunch at the Seaplane Harbour



End of conference, additional guided tour at the Seaplane Harbour





We welcome all members.

Due to our new strategy this conference is ideal for decision makers, fundraisers and developers, while the conference in 2019 is ideal for members working in operations, e.g. explainers, finance, maintenance, shop and communication. 

Regular fee for members 240 € / person, for non-members 270 € / person (from 01.09.18 till 07.10.18) 


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