Annual Conference

How Can Science Museums Adapt to Fundamental Challenges Raised by the Science of Science Communication?

Recent research on science communication challenges our assumptions that understandable communication of science will bring the public to the best decisions about crucial issues for the future. What does the research say? How does this challenge our beliefs about informal science education? A Saturday morning ASTC 2015 session led by Larry Bell from the Museum... Read More

Whither the Planetarium: Various futures for digital domes

Written by Lesley Markham Three interesting and different perspectives were offered on the role of the modern planetarium during the session, “Whither the Planetarium: Various futures for digital domes” on Saturday, October 17. Should they primarily provide astronomy shows, or should we embrace the wider use of digital materials, allowing broader content? Mike Shanahan from... Read More

Leading From Every Level

Written by Lesley Markham Members of ASTC’s Leadership and Field Development (LFD) Committee hosted a panel to help the 60+ participants think about their careers and the careers of those for whom they have responsibility in their institutions. The panelists shared their own career paths and demonstrated with great humor how they each got to... Read More

NASA Past, Present, and Potential Strategies in STEM Poster Session

Written by Sean Smith The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – a regular ASTC Annual Conference participant on a variety of levels – offered a look at “NASA Past, Present, and Potential Strategies in STEM” during an Exhibit Hall poster session this morning. Presenters included Mary Frances Sladek, director, STEM education and accountability... Read More

Lesley Lewis Receives the ASTC Fellow Award for Outstanding Contribution

Written by Sean Smith During the opening session of the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference, the Association presented the ASTC Fellow Award for Outstanding Contribution, the Association’s highest honor, to Lesley Lewis, former CEO of the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, former ASTC board chair, and current museum consultant. ASTC Fellows are individuals who merit special... Read More

Welcome to Montreal!

Over 1,600 attendees (with more to come) from around the world have gathered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference, hosted by the Montréal Science Centre. With over 100 sessions and workshops, a keynote presentation featuring a discussion on science communication with Annick Desjardin, associate professor of neurology at Duke University Medical... Read More

2015 Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC has chosen its 2015 Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows, including nine new Fellows and six alumni Fellows. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who will attend the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to gain professional development experiences, broaden their peer network, and have the opportunity to acquire and hone... Read More