The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) is the national charity that brings together the UK’s major science engagement organisations to play a strategic role in the nation’s engagement with science. Within our network are over 60 of the nation’s largest publicly accessible science centres, discovery centres, science museums and scientific bodies. Together, our vision is for a society where science is accessible, inclusive and valued by all as a fundamental part of every day life. We want people from all genders, background and abilities to feel they can be inspired by and participate in the sciences.
Every year in the UK, 25 million people of all ages and backgrounds choose to engage with science at one of our member science centres or science museums, to explore and discuss science in an involving and personal way. Over ten million are girls and women. Over half those who participate are school-age children.
Science and Discovery Centres are embedded in the heart of their communities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They have long-term partnerships with communities, schools and families as well as local institutions such as universities, industry and business, local government and the media.
ASDC's National STEM Programmes leverage this national infrastructure, expertise and investment offering families and the wider public across the UK unusual and exciting opportunities to discover, discuss, question and explore the latest science, engineering and research.