Science center professionals are beginnning to arrive in Philadelphia for the 2008 ASTC annual conference. For the next four days, over 140 conference sessions will challenge participants to explore their responsibility to both their scientific and public constituencies and ask: What role do we play in reflecting or supporting the views of these communities? How do we mediate the relationship between science and public audiences? Today, preconference workshops are addressing how science centers can better communicate climate change, build public forums for discussing science topics, and develop partnerships with public schools.
This afternoon, attendees are invited to join a “museum crawl,” organized by host museum the Franklin Institute, to local historical science museums—the Mütter Museum, Wagner Free Institute of Science, and Academy of Natural Sciences.