The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC)
is the national organisation 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 people of all backgrounds
and in all parts of the UK are inspired and fully involved with the sciences.
Every year in the UK, 20 million people of all ages and
backgrounds choose to engage with science at one of the UK’s Science and Discovery
Centres or Science Museums. This equates to 385,000 people every week who come
to our member centres 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 and Science Museums are
embedded in the heart of their communities in England, Ireland, Scotland and
Wales. They all have long-term relationships with communities, schools and
families as well as local institutions such as universities, industry, local
government, MPs and the media. ASDC 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.
ASDC is a National Charity predominantly funded through
individual project grants.
“As a nation and as a global society we have some major
challenges ahead, especially around climate and carbon. It will take a
combination of technological innovation and societal change to address these.
Science Centres are forward-thinking actors in this space, and ASDC creates
National Strategic STEM Programmes designed to encourage scientific innovation
and creativity in people of all ages and backgrounds in all parts of the UK.”