Extra Events



These additional networking and informational events are facilitated by ASTC in cooperation with other organizations, although not an official part of the 2018 ASTC Annual Conference. For some, you may need to register or RSVP separately with the event organizer.


Informal Learning Experiences Traveling Exhibitions Forum

Friday, September 28, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Hartford Marriott Downtown, Rooms CDE, 3rd Floor, 200 Columbus Boulevard
Traveling exhibition providers highlight their available and upcoming exhibits, and science centers and museums discuss the kinds of exhibitions they are currently seeking. This event is free, and all are welcome to attend, grab light snacks and drinks, network, listen, and participate. Presentations will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., so speakers and attendees are encouraged to arrive beforehand for refreshments and networking.
(Please note that you must sign up in advance to have the opportunity to speak about exhibitions you have available for rent; to sign up, email ileinc@informallearning.com by September 8.)
Questions? Ask them here.


Matheatre presents Curie Me Away!

Friday, September 28, 7:30 p.m., Hartford Public Library Downtown, Auditorium, 500 Main Street (just a short walk from the convention center)
Come join us for this special performance of a radioactive musical sharing the radical story of Madame Marie Curie, a persistent woman who changed our understanding of the universe.
Questions? Ask them here.


The Association of Science Museum Directors Reception

Saturday, September 29, 6:00–7:00 p.m., Hartford Marriott Downtown, Room 5, 200 Columbus Boulevard
A reception for current and prospective director members of the Association of Science Museum Directors (ASMD). Learn about ASMD, meet fellow science museum directors, and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Please RSVP here.


Stand-up Science

Sunday, September 30, 7:00-10:00ish p.m., Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club, City Steam Brewery Café, 942 Main Street
Join us for our annual evening of comedy and cabaret all about science and science centers (yes, really!) performed by, and for, delegates of the ASTC conference. Relax as your friends and colleagues delight and entertain you over drinks and dinner. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. so you can settle in before the show. Presented by the International Centre for Life (and many more!)
No need to RSVP, just come! Free admission; food and bar service available (click here for menus and venue information).