On October 20, 2020, leaders in science, technology, education, cultural institutions, community organizations, public agencies, and philanthropy will come together to explore the frontiers of science, technology, learning, and community engagement in order to set course toward a more equitable tomorrow.
Taking inspiration from the 2016 White House Frontiers Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the New Frontiers summit boldly envisions a future in which science, communities, and policymakers work in partnership to address humanity’s most pressing challenges. Such a future demands creative new approaches to research and development, education and lifelong learning, civic participation, and policy development.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the economic crisis it has caused and the inequities it has laid bare, further emphasizes the need for collaboration among scientists, communities, and policymakers. New Frontiers offers leaders an opportunity to get inspired, connect with each other, and envision a path forward.
The New Frontiers summit is organized by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), a professional membership organization with a vision of increased understanding of—and engagement with—science and technology among all people.
Four Frontiers for Collaboration
New Frontiers is organized around four frontiers of science, technology, and human well-being, which all require an interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration among local and global communities. These include:
- Climate and Environmental Change
- Sustainable Living
- Health Innovation and Security
- Digital Connections and Opportunities
Participation Across Sectors
New Frontiers will include leaders who are ready to collaborate in exploring the new frontiers of science, developing advanced technology, creating innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing challenges, and engaging their communities as full participants in these processes. As the summit is being convened as part of the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, it will also include science-engagement professionals and leaders of cultural institutions from across North America and around the world. If you, or someone you know, is interested in participating, please fill out this form.
Grounded in Pittsburgh
As a virtual national summit, New Frontiers will remain grounded in the work and partnerships underway across Pittsburgh—a community at the forefront of scientific research and technological innovation that is also developing world-leading models for lifelong learning and community engagement.
The summit is generously supported the Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Remake Learning and other leading organizations in the Pittsburgh region are also collaborating to inform the New Frontiers summit.
Schedule at a Glance
Most summit programming will take place between 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET and 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET.
|Monday, October 19||Afternoon: Summit kick-off, networking, and flash talks around each of the four frontiers (approximately 2 hours)|
|Tuesday, October 20||Morning: Focused panel presentations, small-group discussions, and collaboration time (approximately 3 hours)|
Afternoon: New Frontiers keynote (approximately 2 hours)
More information is coming soon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.