Networking Events

 

 

The people that you meet at the ASTC Annual Conference are among the friendliest and most open that you will find at any professional meeting, with common interest and passions for informal science education, building strong institutions, and having a meaningful impact in communities.

There are plenty of opportunities during the sessions, plenaries, ASTC Community of Practice Meet-ups, and events—even in hallways—to share, ask questions, make connections and more. But because this is an ASTC conference, and we treasure the power of joyful learning, ASTC2018 also features this wealth of lively, fun, structured, and unstructured networking events.

 

Friday, September 28

Welcome to Hartford Meet-ups

6:00–7:00 p.m.
Various Locations

Meet and mingle with colleagues who have shared interests and explore downtown Hartford all at the same time! On Friday Night, join one of the topical meet-up groups and enjoy informal networking with other museum professionals at Hartford’s top local hot spots.

Front Street Bistro/Spotlight Theater
39 Front Street
This is a meet-up for people interested in visitor services and hospitality.
Talk about ticketing, operational planning, incident response, and more with colleagues in similar roles over Mediterranean-influenced cuisine at Front Street Bistro. The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients when possible—including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options—and features specials based on what is available from preferred markets, farmers, fishmongers, and other trusted vendors.

City Steam Brewery
942 Main Street
This is a meet-up for people interested in education and programs.
Get together with others from around the world who are passionate about learning and teaching in STEM environments, in an award-winning brewery with an upscale casual menu located in a historic 1870s brownstone designed by H.H. Richardson. The Cheney Building is regarded as the finest example of Romanesque architecture in the United States, once home to the largest department store in Connecticut, Brown Thomson and Company.

Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ
25 Front Street
This is a meet-up for people interested in exhibits and facilities.
Chat about designing, building, and maintaining the physical things that make the magic in science centers and museums, at this family business committed to high-quality food, a respectful workplace, and a community outreach. Serving a mix of classic BBQ and family recipes, Bear’s uses the best cuts of meat, the freshest sides, and its own blends for sauces.

Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street
This is a meet-up for people interested in development, membership, and marketing.
Want to swap stories, ideas, and lessons learn with other external-affairs professionals? Meet up at this pub on one of the oldest streets in Hartford, dating to the 1600s, which was formerly home to the Hartford Brick Carriage Factory, a manufacturer of buggies and carriages, a firehouse, and a truck body shop until it transformed into a tavern in in 1978.

 

Saturday, September 29

Meet and Greet Breakfast

7:30–8:00 a.m.
Connecticut Convention Center, Ballrooms A-C

Before the Opening Plenary Session, grab some breakfast and coffee, sit down with new and longtime friends, share what’s new with you, and find out what’s happening in other science centers and museums around the world.

 

ASTC Community Space

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Hall

In the center of it all in the Exhibit Hall you will find this new space for relaxed conversation, networking, and building and strengthening community.

 

Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

12:30–1:45 p.m.
Connecticut Convention Center

In between exploring the Exhibit Hall and participating in Concurrent Sessions and Poster Presentations, take a sustenance break at the networking tables, catch up with colleagues, and meet new people as you nurture and build your professional network.

 

Saturday Night Science Fever: New England Style

7:00–11:30 p.m.
Connecticut Science Center

Don’t let the crisp autumn air, the beautiful fall foliage, or the season of pumpkin-spice everything fool you. Things are going to get Hot, Hot, Hot when night falls and the Connecticut Science Center (CSC) opens its doors and welcomes you to Saturday Night Science Fever: New England Style!

Under the harvest moon you’ll Hustle over from your Hotel/Motel/Holiday Inn and Boogie Oogie Oogie your way through all the exhibit galleries on all three levels. In each gallery you’ll sample a cornucopia of seasonal, New England favorites while you mingle with colleagues, interact with awesome exhibits, participate in disco-inspired live science, and gaze over the iconic Hartford City skyline.

You’ll Love the Nightlife at CSC as we extend the party outside to the plaza where you can Get Down with more food, fun, and exceptional science. By night’s end You Should Be Dancing to the tunes of our own Funkytown’s DJ right up until the Last Dance. It’s an experience not to be missed!

For guests ages 21+. Preregistration required. Event fee: $12 (supports the ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows program).

 

Sunday, September 30

Networking Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:45–9:45 a.m.
Connecticut Convention Center

Before the Demo Hour, grab some breakfast and coffee, sit down with new and longtime friends, share what’s new with you, and find out what’s happening in other science centers and museums around the world.

 

ASTC Community Space

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Hall

In the center of it all in the Exhibit Hall you will find this new space for relaxed conversation, networking, and building and strengthening community.

 

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

1:00–1:30 p.m.
Connecticut Convention Center

Take some time between sessions and making your way through the Exhibit Hall to discover what’s new at your colleagues’ organizations, share what you are finding is working in your city, forge new collaborations, and discuss ways science centers and museums can increase their impact in our communities.

 

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

4:30–6:00 p.m.
Connecticut Convention Center

Enjoy another chance to interact with your fellow conference participants from across the globe. A cash bar is available.

 

Chat and Chew Sessions

6:30–8:00 p.m.
Various Locations

We reserved tables for 10 at several restaurants around downtown Hartford, just for you. Spend some time over dinner with new and longtime friends in these informal get-togethers. Stay tuned for information on how to sign up.

Capital Grille, 44 Front Street

City Steam Brewery, 942 Main Street

Salute, 100 Trumbull Street

Ted’s Montana Grill, 35 Front Street

Vaughan’s Public House, 59 Pratt Street

 

Monday, October 1

Chat and Chew Sessions

6:30–8:00 p.m.
Various Locations

We reserved tables for 10 at several restaurants around downtown Hartford, just for you. Spend some time over dinner with new and longtime friends in these informal get-togethers. Stay tuned for information on how to sign up.

Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street (6:00–8:00 p.m.)

Capital Grille, 44 Front Street

City Steam Brewery, 942 Main Street

Salute, 100 Trumbull Street

Ted’s Montana Grill, 35 Front Street

Vaughan’s Public House, 59 Pratt Street

 

Tuesday, October 2

Museum Experience Day

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Connecticut Science Center

Go “Behind the Scenes and Beneath the Surface” on this special day at the Connecticut Science Center, where you will can explore all the exhibits and programs with people who are interested in the same things you are—and take part in pop-up sessions with the Connecticut Science Center team on different aspects of front-of-house and back-of-house museum operations.

 

Big Screen Day

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Connecticut Science Center, Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Science Theater

See who you run into at any of the nine films at this daylong celebration of new giant-screen film, sponsored by the Giant Screen Cinema Association, with nine features that will take you all over the world and beyond.