Networking Events



The people that you meet at the ASTC Annual Conference are among the friendliest and most open that you will find at any professional meeting, with common interest and passions for informal science education, building strong institutions, and having a meaningful impact in communities.

There are plenty of opportunities during the sessions, plenaries, ASTC Community Meet-ups, and events—even in hallways—to share, ask questions, make connections and more. But because this is an ASTC conference, and we treasure the power of joyful learning, ASTC 2019 also features this wealth of lively, fun, structured, and unstructured networking events.


Saturday, September 21

Networking Lunch

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

In between exploring the Exhibit Hall and participating in Concurrent Sessions, grab lunch at the networking tables, catch up with colleagues, and meet new people as you nurture and build your professional network.


Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break

3:30–4:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

Stop for a while, wet your whistle, and keep building your network. Discover what your colleagues have been doing in their communities and share your latest news.


Sunday, September 22

Networking Breakfast and Poster Palooza

9:30–11:30 a.m.
Exhibit Hall

Start your day by making connections with colleagues over breakfast and enjoying Poster Presentations.


Networking Break

1:00–1:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

Stop in at the Networking Area to meet new people before the afternoon Concurrent Sessions.


Networking Reception

4:30–6:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

This professional networking event will be a great opportunity to exchange ideas with other attendees before Monday’s Concurrent Sessions and General Plenary Session.


Tuesday, September 24

Science in the 6ix

9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Ontario Science Centre

Experience Science in the 6ix (the Ontario Science Centre’s version of Open House Day), including Live Demo Hour, behind-the-scenes tours, and interactive workshops at the Ontario Science Centre. Explore all the exhibits and programs with people who are interested in the same things you are, then end the afternoon with the closing keynote speech by Director X (Julien Christian Lutz).


Big Screen Day

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Ontario Science Centre

See who you run into at this daylong celebration of the latest giant screen films, sponsored by the Giant Screen Cinema Association. Three features will take you all over the world and beyond.