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Association for Science and Discovery Centres National Conference 2021

24 November @ 11:00 - 25 November @ 18:00

This two-day virtual conference for science engagement professionals focuses on Sustainable Futures, with three key areas;

1. Sustainable Futures: Resilience reflecting on the lessons we have learnt and looking to the future of science centres and museums.

2. Sustainable Futures: Diversity how our sector reaches towards greater diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

3. Sustainable Futures: Environment the outcomes of COP26 and our next steps together as a sector.

Who participates?

The conference attracts all those who lead and have a strong interest in engaging families, children, schools and communities more widely with all areas of STEM.

This includes senior science engagement professionals from across the UK, especially those running and leading major public engagement organisations, such as CEOs, senior managers, project leaders and heads of departments in Science Centres, Discovery Centres, Science and Engineering Museums, Eco-Attractions and Natural History Museums.

We also attract staff from all levels of learning, exhibitions, marketing and content teams as well as those working in public engagement at universities, research councils, learned societies, arts organisations and other partner and funder organisations including central and devolved Governments. The conference is in a different city most years and when we are in London, the opportunity attracts a range of policy makers from the Government departments, with an interest in engaging schools and families with STEM.

Book your tickets to come and hear from:

Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive, Glasgow Science Centre & Chairman of ASDC
Dom McDonald, Science Engagement Consultant
Tudor Gwynn, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
Clare James, Climate activist and grassroots campaigner
Dr Emily Dawson, Associate Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), UCL
Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive, British Science Association
Gill Riches, Director of Programmes, British Science Association
Henry McGhie, Consultant, Curating Tomorrow
Barbara Streicher, Executive Manager, Austrian Association Science Centre Network
Vanessa Mignan Jenkins, Independent Trainer & Social Inclusion Consultant for Science Engagement Institutions
Ruth Smith, Founder of Sustainable Results Lab
Andy Keenan, Head of Widening Participation, Winchester Science Centre
Ben Ward, CEO, Winchester Science Centre
Rachel Baker, Widening Participation Officer, Winchester Science Centre
Dr Ben Spencer MP, advocating with ASDC for the value of Science and Discovery Centres with Government
Kris de Meyer, Neuroscientist, Director at UCL Climate Action Unit
Tim Rogers, CEO, Yorkshire Space & Satellite Centre
Natalie Whitehead, Founder and Director, Exeter Science Centre
Liz Peniston, Content & Experience Director, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
Alice Mills, Co-founder and co-director of Exeter Science Centre
Savita Wilmott, Chief Executive, The Natural History Consortium
Angela Saini, award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster
Fiona Slater, Head of Access & Equity, Science Museum Group
Laura Southall, Head of Learning, Science Museum
Kate Chatfield, Exhibitions Interpretation Manager, Science & Industry Museum
Christopher Whitby, Audience Research Manager, Science Museum Group
Bridget McKenzie, Flow Associates
Ian Simmons, Science Centre Consultant
Chris Dunford, ASDC Environmental Sustainability Chair
Emily Stone, Climate and Sustainability Business Development Manager at Edinburgh Science
Dr Duncan East, Head of Sustainability, Marwell Wildlife
Bernard Donoghue, Director of The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
Lenna Cumberbatch, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist


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