ASTC 2008: In the Public Eye

The Franklin InstituteScience center professionals from across the globe will gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 18–21, for the 2008 ASTC Annual Conference. ASTC 2008, “In the Public Eye: Science Centers at the Crossroads of Science and Culture,” is being hosted by the Franklin Institute.

Highlights include conference sessions on topics like learning in informal environments, covering current science, and addressing public policy issues. Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Steven Berlin Johnson, a journalist, cultural critic, and Web developer, who has examined and experimented with ways that communities of many kinds organize themselves and create new forms of social engagement. Joe Palca, science correspondent for National Public Radio, will moderate Sunday’s 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.

Preregistration for ASTC 2008 ends on September 12.

The Franklin Institute was established in 1824 as the first professional organization of mechanical engineers and professional draftsmen in the United States and has survived for more than 175 years, finding ways to adapt, flourish, and create opportunities for expanding knowledge. Through interactive exhibits and programs, its science center inspires a passion for science and technology learning. Signature exhibitions include The Giant Heart, a must-see for more than 50 years, The Train Factory, featuring the 350-ton Baldwin Locomotive, and The Franklin Airshow, home to the Wright Brothers scientific collection.