Welcome to Albuquerque!

 More than 1,600 attendees (with more to come) representing 43 countries across the globe have gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the start of the 2013 ASTC Annual Conference, hosted by Explora, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

With over 100 sessions and workshops; and keynote presentations featuring Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education (on Saturday), Ramu Damodaran, deputy director for partnerships and public engagement for the United Nations’ Outreach Division (on Sunday), and a conversation with best-selling author Neal Stephenson, Ed Finn, director of Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, and Alexander Zwissler, executive director and CEO of Chabot Space and Science Center; as well as numerous networking opportunities, ASTC 2013 promises to be an exceptional professional development opportunity for the global science center community.

Whether on-site or from afar, ASTC invites you to follow the 2013 Annual Conference online. Follow us on Twitter (@sciencecenters), and join in the conversation using hashtag #astc2013. Photos and videos will also be posted on Instagram (follow @sciencecenters and post your own using #astc2013), and on our ASTCvideos YouTube channel. The ASTC Conference Blog will also be updated Saturday through Tuesday.