All posts by Kate Crawford

ASTC hosts reception for AAAS Annual Meeting attendees at Koshland Science Museum

Thousands of scientists, educators, and decision-makers from around the world have converged on the U.S. capital this week for the 177th American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting. In honor of the conference, which explores “Science Without Borders” with representatives from more than 50 countries, ASTC invited participants to spend yesterday evening... Read More

ASTC to host COP16 event

Last year, ASTC joined nearly 1,000 other NGOs, participating in the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) as an official observer organization. We brought together students from Denmark, France, and the US to share their experiences playing the Cap-Sciences, Bordeaux, France game Clim’Way with a panel of experts that including Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Intergovernmental Panel on... Read More

Communicating Climate Change

Nearly 50 science center and museum professionals, climate scientists, and educators spent Friday, October 1, on the grounds of the Bishop Museum, exploring new and exciting strategies, techniques, and tools for communicating climate change as part of the “Showcasing Innovation in Climate Change Programming: Spherical Display Systems and the C3 Project” workshop. Participants heard from NOAA... Read More

Fresh thoughts on climate change

On March 9 and 10, high school and college students from this decade’s four Olympic host countries—Canada (2010 Winter Games), the United Kingdom (2012 Summer Games), Russia (2014 Winter Games), and Brazil (2016 Summer Games)—gathered for a video conference sponsored by the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, and the British Council to discuss the challenges of and... Read More

Science centers participate in COP15

Last week, ASTC joined 937 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15). In addition to a 200-booth exhibition, the conference featured hundreds of side events focusing on issues ranging from how climate change affects women to clean development mechanisms in developing countries. One such... Read More

Fun and games at COP15

How can we build greener cities? What impacts do our everyday actions have on the global climate? ASTC is inviting science centers around the world to  play Clim’City, an online game that allows players to measure how energy and development choices impact society over a 50-year period. The game encourages players to explore what works and what does... Read More

Sharing climate change activities

In “Engaging Museum Audiences in Climate Change Science,” a session held November 2 at the ASTC Annual Conference, Katie Levedahl of the Sciencenter, Ithaca, New York, and four of Sciencenter’s partners in ASTC’s Communicating Climate Change (C3) Project discussed preliminary results from C3’s audience research and presented several of the project’s climate change activities. Presenters... Read More

Toronto, Helsinki: What's next?

Following the 5th Science Centre World Congress in Toronto in June 2008, and a March 2009 science and society “think tank” in Helsinki, this October 31 ASTC annual conference session asked “What’s Next?” as science centers around the world grapple with how to address the planet’s major challenges. Session leader Walter Staveloz of ASTC set the stage... Read More