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The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering the public understanding of science among increasingly diverse audiences. Founded in 1973, ASTC now numbers more than 500 members in 38 countries. Members include not only science centers and museums, but also nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, space theaters, and natural history and children's museums. Here are some ways you can take advantage of ASTC programs and services—and those of other networks—in your continued professional development:

DimensionsSubscribe to ASTC Dimensions
Subscription information for the bimonthly ASTC news journal is on the ASTC web site. Some articles also are available online, free.
About ASTC Dimensions -
(http://www.astc.org/pubs/dimensions.htm)

Join ASTC’s e-mail discussion list
ISEN-ASTC-L links informal science educators from around the world, many of whom work in ASTC-member institutions as educators, exhibit developers, evaluators, and in the area of visitor services.
Subscribe -
(www.astc.org/profdev/listserv.htm)

Go to the ASTC Conference
Held annually in the fall, the ASTC Conference is the largest professional development opportunity for the science center field. Tapes of many sessions are available if you can't attend.
About the ASTC Annual Conference -
(www.astc.orghttp://conference.astc.org/)

Read a book
ASTC sells books and reports by and about science centers. Staff of member institutions receive
member discounts.
About ASTC publications -
(www.astc.org/pubs/index.htm)

Check the ASTC web site
You’ll find links to ASTC-member museums, articles about informal learning, a rich resource on accessibility,
and more.
ASTC web site -
(www.astc.org)

Join a science center network in your region
There are active networks nearly everywhere in the world, and a World Science Centre Congress is held every three years. Events are listed in the calendar on the ASTC web site.
About science center networks -
(http://www.astc.org/profdev/networks.htm)