Association of Science and Technologies Centers
2020 Annual Conference
October 17-20, 2020, with preconference workshops on October 16

New Frontiers in Science, Technology, Learning, and Community Engagement Toward a More Equitable Tomorrow

In October, leaders in science, technology, education, cultural institutions, community organizations, public agencies, and philanthropy will come together in Pittsburgh and online to explore new frontiers of science, technology, learning, and community engagement as we set course together toward a more equitable future.

Ensuring access to opportunity for all—and tackling today’s global challenges—requires harnessing the results of scientific research and technological development through innovative approaches to lifelong learning and deep community engagement. Pittsburgh is a national—and international—model for how communities can leverage science and technology supported by collaboration among world-class research institutions, entrepreneurs, private-sector innovation, evidence-based policymaking, and a vibrant learning ecosystem that spans schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions that support engagement among all people in the community.

The ASTC Annual Conference is one of the premier annual events for science-engagement professionals and leaders in science and technology centers and museums as well as allied organizations across North America and around the world.

Hosted by the Carnegie Science Center, and in collaboration with a wide range of local academic, technological, and educational organizations including the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Conference attendees will go beyond the walls of the convention center to explore Pittsburgh innovation and learning ecosystems—as practiced by organizations such as Remake Learning—and be inspired by the good work happening in Pittsburgh that will be woven throughout the fabric of the conference experience.

The conference will include dynamic presentations, interactive sessions, and deep-dive workshops in each of the four content areas below:

  1. Operations, Marketing, and Development and the other essential components of a successful organization, including leadership; management; staffing and human resources; marketing, communications, and public relations; volunteer engagement; community relations; fundraising, donor engagement, and management; and effective business models and revenue generation.
  2. Lifelong Learning and the role that science centers play in educating their audiences, driving learning outcomes, and working within and improving the educational ecosystems of their local communities and regions through relationships with K–12 schools and districts, out- of-school-time organizations, institutions of higher education including learning research, and industry.
  3. Content and Design of audience-directed activity, including: exhibits and environments, immersive media and experiences (planetariums, large-format films, stereoscopic theaters, simulators, etc.), program content, outreach and engagement, research and evaluation, and demonstrating impact.
  4. Collaborations, Putting Community First, and Co-Creation, including partnerships within communities across the science, technology, learning, and engagement ecosystems help to put community goals and aspirations at the forefront of their work, reach learners where they are, and connect through collaboration and co-creation.

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