Science center leaders attend ASTC Annual Conference in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Water GardensScience center professionals are beginning to arrive in Texas for the 2009 ASTC Annual Conference, “The Art of Science: Creating a Better Future/El Arte de la Ciencia: Hacia un Futuro Mejor,” hosted by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Over the next four days, over 100 conference sessions will challenge participants to explore how the blending of art and science can engage people of all cultures and provide powerful learning experiences, and how science centers can become valuable and essential partners in addressing key local, national, and global issues.

Other highlights of this year’s conference will include:

• The ASTC Exhibit Hall, featuring more than 122 exhibitors in nearly 150 booths

• A keynote address by Anousheh Ansari, a technology innovator, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the world’s first female private space explorer

• A chance to meet—and see live in concert—Grammy Award–winning duo They Might Be Giants

• The presentation of the ASTC Fellow Award for Outstanding Contribution and the 2009 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards.

Reports will be posted here throughout the conference, so check back for updates.

About the image: Fort Worth Water Gardens adjacent to the convention center. Photo by Christine Ruffo