May 31 - June 2 2020
Putting community in the driver's seat
Our 2019 theme was around putting the community first.
One thing about live events:
to work well, they must be designed around the audience experience.
And if they aren’t working well, it’s obvious:
there's nothing quite like the immediate feedback of a live crowd.
If good events are inherently audience-centered,
shouldn’t that mean that good event organizers
must be well-connected to the community they serve?
That visceral connection to community is part of the magic of event production.
But when you’re seeking to connect with new communities it can also be a barrier.
For 2020 we're looking to explore another pertinent topic to
the live science events landscape that can help drive us forward
in not just our conversations at the meeting, but in
our future practice when we return home.
If you have an idea, contact us at:
About the Conference
Who comes to the Summit
Quick answer: Anyone with an interest in live, in-person public science events.
The Summit brings together public science event
organizers, evaluators, collaborators, and sponsors.
Past meetings have averaged between 100 - 150 attendees.
Many are professionals, but for most event production is only one part of their job. Whether you are interested in massive science festivals or intimate science cafes, high-production stage shows or community-based science experiences,
you’ll fit right in at the Summit.
2020 marks just the third meeting of the Science Events Summit,
but the Summit conference is a continuation of the
International Public Science Events Conference (IPSEC), which first met in 2011.