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Meet the 2017 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC is pleased to welcome its 2017 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows—13 nine New Fellows and three Alumni Fellows—to this year’s conference in San Jose, California. They are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who are attending ASTC 2017 to gain professional development experiences, a broader peer network, and the chance to hone their leadership skills.... Read More

World Biotech Tour x3

As our global community continues to become interconnected on many levels, public engagement with and understanding of biotechnology is central to improving standards of living and quality of life and to building a better future. The World Biotech Tour (WBT) endeavored to connect biotechnology around the world through local festivals, events, and programs in diverse... Read More

Bem vindos ao Brasil!

The Museu da Vida-Fiocruz (Museum of Life) shook up the Fiocruz campus in Rio de Janeiro with the World Biotech Tour (WBT) Festival, June 22–24. With biotechnology as the theme, activities included experiments, challenges, musical presentations, dance, graffiti, chats with leading scientists, and the WBT teen ambassadors presenting Lab-in-a-Box activities and their biotech topics. The... Read More

Biotechnology throughout South Africa

The World Biotech Tour (WBT) made its way to South Africa this weekend, with a huge presence in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Midrand, and Cape Town. Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg was the host institution for the WBT’s June 9–11 stop, where Dr. More Chakane, Sci-Bono CEO, and his team organized biotech-themed events, activities, and talks throughout... Read More

ASTC, Women, Girls, and Science at the UN

The UN Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI Forum), addressing science education and ending gender discrimination One of the recommendations made during the High Level Forum of the 2016 International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD), held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris last November 10, was to look for opportunities to continue showcasing... Read More

President’s Budget Threatens Support for Education and Public Engagement in Science

The President’s recently released preliminary budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 includes elements that are deeply troubling to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and its member institutions—science centers and science museums. The budget blueprint proposes complete elimination of some agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the... Read More

“I’m In!” International Science Center and Science Museum Day Launched

ASTC Global Committee Co-chairs Chevy Humphrey of Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, and Silvia Singer of MIDE, Museo Interactivo de Economía, Mexico, D.F., Mexico, rallied ASTC 2016 attendees to declare, “I’m In!” at the official launch of International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) this morning at ASTC 2016 in Tampa, Florida. ISCSMD will take... Read More