The NSCF Conference 2018 is the place to meet small and large science centres.

In 2018 the NSCF’s Annual Conference will be held 9–11 October in Tallinn, Estonia, hosted by the Energy Discovery Centre. 

Make sure to register before 1st September for the early bird discount!

The Conference is a great place to meet both small and large science centres in Scandinavia and the Baltics. This year we will be focusing on the development, funding of and cooperation between science centres. We’re hoping to create an inspiring atmosphere to generate new ideas, discussions, and find exiting ways of working together. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know our colleagues and network. 

Also, here’s some practical information about getting around in Tallinn and a few deals for accommodation. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you all in Tallinn this fall! 


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.   


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 Registration 

19.00 - Dinner at Energy Centre - opening “ceremony”

The evening programme is planned by our host. The board will make a short presentation.  

Wednesday 10th October

09.00 – 12.00 Sessions and workshops: Development

09.00 – 09.20 Welcome by our host and chairman

09.20 – 09.40 Presentation on coding

09.40 – 10.00 Presentation on sustainability (UN sustainable development goals)

10.00 – 10.15 Coffee break

10.15 – 12.00 Workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Trends – what are the main trends for exhibition themes for the next 3-5 years?
  • Workshop 2: Coding – what is going on in the Nordic countries and what can we learn from each other?
  • Workshop 3: Sustainability – how can we work with this in our science centres?  

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch 

13.00 – 16.00 Sessions and workshops: Cooperation

13.00 – 13.20 Presentation: Value creation by cooperating

13.20 – 13.40 Presentation: Cooperation on education and recruitment

13.40 – 14.00 Presentation: Cooperation on exhibitions

14.00 – 14.15 Coffee break

14.15 – 16.00 Workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Value creation: Can we find new ways to cooperate?
  • Workshop 2: Education: Science Centres wanting to cooperate on education meet and discuss possibilities
  • Workshop 3: Exhibitions: Science Centres wanting to cooperate on exhibitions meet and discuss possibilities 

16.00 – 18.00 Visit to the Estonian Health Care Museum and Estonian Museum of Natural History

The excursion is planned by our host. 

19.00 - 22.00 - Dinner in the Tallinn TV Tower

The evening programme is planned by our host. 

Thursday 11th October

09.00 – 12.00 Sessions and workshops: Funding

09.00 – 09.20 Presentation: Nordic funding possibilities

09.20 – 09.40 Presentation: Funding from government and regions

09.40 – 10.00 Presentation: Alternative means of funding

10.00 – 10.15 Coffee break

10.15 – 12.00 Workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Nordic funding possibilities
  • Workshop 2: Project ideas - let`s meet and propose ideas and find possible partners
  • Workshop 3: Facts and figures - what do we need to sharpen our arguments about why to fund science centres? 

12.00 – 13.00 Farewell lunch at the Seaplane Harbour

13.00 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. 


- Early-bird for members 200 € / person, for non-members 240 € / person (until 31.08.18)

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


Please find the registration form here: