Additional Planning Information for ASTC2018 Participants



(updated September 24)


We’re looking forward to a dynamic, energizing conference our inspiring speakers at the plenary sessions, Alan J. Friedman Science Center Dialogues Luncheon, networking events, sessions and posters, and so much more!

We wanted to let you know about a few things in advance of your conference experience.


Current News Items and Updates


You can still add some of the limited-enrollment events to your registration, where spaces exist, such as

Friday evening’s “Welcome to Hartford” Meet-ups are organized around these topical areas: visitor services and hospitality, education and programs, exhibits and facilities, and development, membership, and marketing. Click here for restaurant locations and more information, and make plans to get together with colleagues in these informal gatherings, connect with old friends, and meet new ones!

There are also some affiliated events you may want to make plans to attend, including

  • the Traveling Exhibitions Forum on Friday evening
  • Matheatre’s production of Curie Me Away! on Friday evening
  • Association of Science Museum Directors Reception on Saturday evening
  • Sunday Night’s Stand-up Science comedy-bistro event.

The team at Connecticut Science Center has arranged for some cool discounts and deals for you—just show your conference badge to save.

Tuesday’s Museum Experience Day offers a great lineup of behind-the-scenes tours and discussions at the Connecticut Science Center. One event—on teacher professional development offerings related to the Next Generation Science Standards—does require preregistration; click the link for more information and to sign up for that limited-enrollment event.


New this Year


The Code of Conduct for the conference is available here.

The conference’s restroom policy is that all are welcome to use the restroom that best fits their identity. Single-stall restrooms are available on Level 6 of the Connecticut Convention Center.

Chat-and-Chew Sessions—We reserved tables for 10 at several restaurants around downtown Hartford for conference participants to spend some time over dinner with new and longtime friends. Click here for more information and to sign up.

The ASTC Community Space in the center of the Exhibit Hall is a place where we’ll continue our ongoing listening process, and you can come hang out. Plan to come by, share your aspirations for the future, and tell us how ASTC can help.
Open all Exhibit Hall Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

New this year, the Exhibit Hall Stage will feature a variety of programs throughout Saturday and Sunday, providing a chance to watch the Science Family Feud: Teen Edition, talk with the 2018 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows, see demonstrations from Science Circus Africa, and more.
Sponsored by World Biotech Tour.

The Exhibit Hall is the site of the Pop-up Makerspace, a project of more than 50 members of the ASTC Making and Tinkering Community of Practice—swing by to explore a variety of hands-on activities, take part in a collaborative build, discover innovative high- and low-tech tools, and talk with your colleagues in the field who have been, well, tinkering with makerspaces.
Makerspace furniture generously is provided by CEF
Open all Exhibit Hall Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Join colleagues in the relaxed ASTC Conversation Zones, located at the end of each session corridor, to discuss topics and issues of current interest, outside the official program. Sign up for a time slot in the main hall using a giant stickie note to introduce a topic, or join an existing discussion. The Conversation Zones will also host ASTC- and CAISE-facilitated Post-Session Conversations with attendees and panelists immediately following a number of preidentified sessions, Saturday through Monday for about 20 minutes each. Sessions that have an associated Post-Session Conversation will be marked on signage outside the session rooms.

In the Global Physics Photowalk exhibition, see what amateur and professional photographers saw behind-the-scenes in physics facilities in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Winners of this global photo competition will be announced at the Exhibit Hall Stage, on Sunday, September 30, from 4:45 to 5:00 p.m.




We are so glad you will be participating in this year’s conference and will be a part of this global networking and professional development event. We look forward to seeing you in Hartford!