ECSITE · Project participants

European network of science centres and museums

Catherine Franche

Executive Director of Ecsite, of Ecsite, the European network of science centres and museums. Before she joined the institution 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. Under her leadership, the Ecsite Conference has grown to become the largest science engagement event in Europe and Ecsite has firmly established itself as a trend setting platform and as a key stakeholder on the European stage.

Tomas Rehacek

Tomas has worked as a project manager at Ecsite since 2015. He holds an MSc. in Environmental Policy from the Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Before joining Ecsite, Tomas worked as a project manager at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, where he focused on information management and communication in the fields of climate change and smart cities. At Ecsite he concentrates on science engagement, non-formal education and schooling, and RRI. In addition to the management of the HEIRRI project, Tomas also works on a promotional campaign for the European Research Council (ERC) and an educational/awareness project on ocean literacy.