ASTC 2022: What's Next

Reconnect, Recharge, Refocus

ASTC 2022 Annual Conference
September 12–15, 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Reconnect Recharge Refocus

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
12:30–2:00 p.m.

Pick up your lunch in the exhibit hall and participate in one of the many activities from roundtable discussions—to opportunities to move and play—to a sneak peek of a new science film.

Birds of a Feather Conversations

Tuesday, 12:30–2:00 p.m.

Grab your lunch and join or start a casual conversation with like-minded individuals for around the following topics or suggest a new topic!

Includes conversations around each of the major conference themes:

  • Addressing Inequities
  • Confronting Climate
  • Future Forward
  • Evolving our Organizations
  • Informal Learning

As well as other conversation areas:

  • Early Childhood Community of Practice
  • Independent Museum Professionals
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Community Science Fellow
  • New Leaders Fellows
  • Your topic!

ONLY CONNECT: Bridging Science, Art and Spirituality: an interactive presentation and film preview

Tuesday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Alan Lightman is an MIT astrophysicist and a best-selling novelist (Einstein’s Dreams) and science communicator. At ASTC he’ll preview (for the first time in public!) clips from SEARCHING: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science, a mini-series premiering on PBS stations in 2023. SEARCHING shows how both the humanities and science illuminate our place in the universe and dramatizes our connection to the stars and to all living creatures, on Earth and elsewhere. Along with Geoff Haines-Stiles (producer/director of Carl Sagan’s original COSMOS), Alan will share—via interactive polling—provocative insights into contemporary research and the public understanding of science. 

Presenters:    Alan Lightman, Professor of the Practice of the Humanities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, Producer/Director/Co-writer, SEARCHING

Disco ball in black and white

Silent Disco

Tuesday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Grab some headphones and shake it off! DJ Cake is spinning your favorite dance tracks to get the blood flowing and the body moving!

Sensory Withdrawal for Creatives: A Movement + Meditation Practice

Tuesday, 1:15–2:00 p.m.

Encourage balance to the nervous system during this 40-minute movement and meditation workshop for life’s busy moments. This all-levels class includes yoga asana and stillness practices to invite creativity on and off the mat. Guests are invited to be fully present in their bodies and explore the natural ability to cultivate intuition and creativity through sensory withdrawal. Prepare for this gentle session by coming as you are, wearing clothes that invite free movement. Mats will be provided.

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