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2008 Conference

2008 ASTC Annual Conference
In the Public Eye Science Centers at the Crossroads of Science and Culture
October 18-21, 2008
Hosted by the Franklin Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Over 1,800 science center professionals from across the globe gathered in Philadelphia, October 18-21, for the 2008 ASTC Annual Conference. Over 140 conference sessions challenged 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? Keynote speaker Steven Berlin Johnson, a journalist, cultural critic, and Web developer, encouraged science centers to think across different scales and work to be places where new ideas can develop. Joe Palca, science correspondent for National Public Radio, moderated a plenary session, “The Global Discussion on Global Sustainability: Where Do Science Centers Fit In?” with panelists Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change, Lynne Cherry, author of numerous science books for young readers, and Philip C. Myrick, vice president of the New York-based Project for Public Spaces.



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