ASTC 2019 Session Videos

Weren’t able to join us in Toronto? This year we recorded several plenaries and concurrent sessions: Follow the links below to view the recorded sessions.

Saturday, September 21

Opening Session
Featuring keynote speech by Jenn Gustetic, Program Executive for NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, and remarks from Zephyrus Todd, @makerzeph. Read about the presenters.

View keynote by Jenn Gustetic.

View remarks by Zephyrus Todd.

The Future Is Here: Youth Voices on Innovation
Hear from youth of today that have taken their education into their own hands and are inventing the future. Four panelists range from ages 9 to 17 and are artists, makers, scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs. What is the future of education from a youth perspective? Read about the presenters.

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Public Perceptions of Science: Wellcome Global Monitor 2018
Wellcome’s Head of Public Engagement, Imran Khan, presents results from the most recent Wellcome Global Monitor, the world’s largest study on how people around the globe think and feel about science and major health challenges. Khan is joined by ASTC’s Senior Adviser for Science Engagement Policy and Partnerships, Erica Kimmerling. Read more about the presenters.

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Putting It on Paper: The Power of an Equity and Inclusion Statement
Developing an Equity and Inclusion Statement can play a vital role in advancing institutional practices that champion equity, diversity, and inclusion. Presenters share examples and strategies from the field to help viewers create equity and inclusion statements of their own. Read about the presenters.

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Sunday, September 22

The Alan J. Friedman Science Center Dialogues
Katharine Hayhoe, Director, Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University; John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and former Science Advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; and Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and former NASA Chief Scientist discuss how science centers and science communicators can advance the public discourse on climate change and other global challenges. Read about the presenters.

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Fifty Years and Counting: Two Seminal Science Centers Look to the Future
The Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and the Exploratorium in San Francisco opened in 1969. Recently, these organizations have undergone significant strategic planning processes that built on their past strengths but point them in new directions. This session presents their new thinking as they adapt to a changing world. Read about the presenters.

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Thinking Like an Evaluator: Capacity-building Efforts at Three Museums
Two children’s museums and a natural history museum share overlaps, challenges, resources, and reflections about their evaluation capacity-building efforts funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Each aspired to cultivate an institutional culture of evaluation, partnered with a different evaluation expert, and used different lenses and strategies for engaging staff in the process of evaluation. Read about the presenters.

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Monday September 23

Plenary Session
Featuring Raj Pandya, Director of the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange, and Stella Bowles, recipient of the Weston Youth Innovation Award from the Ontario Science Center for her citizen science work. Read about the presenters.

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Transforming Learning Approaches – FLASH SESSION
Presenters from The Adler Planetarium; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; National Museum of Natural History; National Museum of Natural History; Randi Korn & Associates, Inc.; Living Computers: Museum + Labs; and LIGO Livingston share their innovative learning projects. Read about the presenters.

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Integrating Indigenous Cultural Experiences and Content in our Science Centers/Museums
Learn how science centers/museums are integrating Indigenous culture, traditional knowledge and celebrating Indigenous contributions. Hear about these visitor experiences, whether on location or through outreach and the important steps in decision-making, development and production to ensure they are true and respectful of the culture and sharing the right stories. Read about the presenters.

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