Wednesday 23rd of September, The Royal Society, London
The ASDC board of Trustees consists of up to 16 CEOs and senior
managers from leading UK science museums and science and discovery centres, and
chaired by Dr Teresa Anderson, CEO of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre who took up
the post in April 2013.
The ASDC Board
drives the strategy and vision of the UK Association for Science and Discovery
Centres. Together, the trustees help to achieve the ASDC mission of bringing
together our membership to play a strategic role in the nation's engagement
The AGM reviews
the year's events and finances, looks at strategies for the future and updates
members on the latest partnerships. The elections for new members of the ASDC
Board of Trustees also takes place during the AGM. There is a maximum of 16
This year one trustee stood for re-election (by rotation) and 2
candidates stood for election. All were voted onto the board by members at the
Phil Winfield, At-Bristol (Trustee: Re-Election)
Linda Conlon, International Centre for Life
Karen Davies, Science Museum Group
Their manifestos can
be read below.
At-Bristol Science Centre
My first career
consisted of 23 years in industrial research and development, product design
and development, product management and marketing in radiation cross-linked
polymer technology; culminating in the post of European R&D Director for a
US multinational. This gives me a detailed understanding of the skills needs of
industry and extensive business experience.
communication career started in November 2002 when I became Director of INTECH
Science Centre & Planetarium (now Winchester Science Centre); then in 2012
I joined At-Bristol as Chief Executive. The combination of my industrial
background and my experience leading small and large science centres has given
me a breadth of understanding of the needs and challenges of the sector as well
as the exciting opportunities and initiatives available to us all.
I bring to the committee:
Direct experience of the needs of small,
medium and large science centres which is essential if ASDC is to reflect
the views and needs of its members.
A detailed understanding of all aspects of
running a sustainable science centre balancing the charitable and
A passion for effective science communication
and recognition of our sector as the unique hub where science meets
We need to further strengthen our network to
achieve the synergy that will be generated by the sharing of best practice
and content - I am a passionate believer in sharing; there is needless
duplication of effort in our sector; we can all achieve much more by
We need to work on our image: to some
academics we trivialise science and are not to be taken seriously; while
to some potential visitors we are centres for serious science learning,
not places for a family fun day out. One of our key strengths is the depth
and breadth of what we deliver which is not readily understood by those
outside the sector.
We all know that despite tough financial
constraints we are delivering high quality STEM enhancement and enrichment
activities and facilitating public engagement. Collectively we form a
unique nationwide hub where science meets society at every level. We must
continue to pressurise the Government to recognise the enormous value of
that hub and to support it.
International Centre for Life
Linda Conlon is
responsible for managing the International Centre for Life, a £90m science
village in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England. It brings
together a University medical research institute, 2 National Health Service
clinics, biotechnology businesses, science engagement and education, and ethics
on a single site, all with the aim of promoting advancement of science. This
unique project has fostered inter-disciplinary collaboration among the
550-strong workforce, achieving some spectacular results - e.g. the world's
first cloned human embryo was created at the Centre.
Life aims to
ignite and nurture a curiosity in everyone for science, technology, engineering
and maths and to encourage the next generation of STEM professionals. It offers
a comprehensive programme of science engagement; Europe's biggest programme of
hands on science workshops for students in state of the art laboratories;
lectures; debates; outreach to disadvantaged communities and under achieving schools;
professional development for teachers and an annual science festival delivered
with partners in the city. In 2014, it hosted Europe's largest gathering of
makers at Maker Faire UK.
The Centre is
financially self-sustaining through its own income generation efforts and does
not receive revenue funding from central or local government.
Linda Conlon is
Chair Elect of the Association of Science and Technology Centres, a body
representing science centres worldwide, and a member of its Executive,
International and Finance Committees. She is also a member of the International
Programme Committee, which is charged with delivering the next Science Centre
World Summit in Japan in 2017. She is a former board member of the European
Collaboration of Science and Discovery Centres (Ecsite), and a former chair of
Ecsite-uk (now the Association of Science and Discovery Centres).
Linda Conlon is
a governor of a major secondary school, Excelsior Academy, in Newcastle and is
a business mentor for small charities and voluntary groups in North East
England. She is an executive member of NE1, the Business Improvement District
Company for Newcastle, and chairs its marketing task force.
travelled extensively, lecturing and advising other bodies setting up science
centres in the UK, Europe, the United States and China.
career before the world of science centres was in regional development and
urban regeneration, where she was involved in the creation of major high
profile waterfront developments, helping to bring in £1 billion of investment.
Before that, she ran her own marketing consultancy and in her early career,
worked for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the multi-national
company, Procter and Gamble.
My reason for
wishing to join the board of ASDC is quite simple: I want to see science
centres get the recognition and support they deserve.
has been made towards achieving this but much, much more needs to be done. I
was involved in this quest some years ago and feel the time is right, after a
period of absence from the board, to seek election and work with colleagues to
keep climbing the mountain!
of Learning Research and Projects, Science Museum Group
I am passionate about
learning in informal settings, having spent over 23 years devising new and
innovative ways of communicating scientific and technological ideas and
concepts to a wide range of audiences using interactive exhibits and innovative
Currently I am Head
of Learning Research and Projects at the Science Museum and work with the
Museum Leadership, Development and Project teams to maximise Learning's input
across the public offer ensuring that audience needs are addressed and learning
programmes are properly integrated and delivered. I work with a range of
academic partners, including King's College and Sheffield Hallam, on
large-scale learning projects like the Enterprising Science Programme.
I have played a
pivotal role in some of the Science Museum's most exciting and innovative
projects including the Wellcome Wing's 'In Future' exhibition (a multi-user
computer game) and the development and delivery of the Dana Centre, known for
its experimental adult programming based around contemporary science dialogue
I am a chemist by
background and was the first School Teacher Fellow at the Royal Society of
Chemistry, responsible for identifying, testing/evaluating and writing chemical
problem-solving/egg race experiments for inclusion in the RSC's publication 'In
Search of Solutions. A long time ago I was a secondary science teacher.
could I contribute to ASDC Board
Experience of working with a range of academic
partners on large-scale national projects
Sharing of information e.g. evaluation and
research findings gained from the Enterprising Science Programme and our
participatory work with new audiences.
Experience of training teachers, science
communicators, scientists, museum educators and curators in informal
science learning approaches and practices; that includes audience
Science and Discovery
Centres play a huge part in engaging and inspiring audiences with science. But
how do we encourage more people to see the science centre/museum as a resource
not just a destination? How do we effectively engage those who are hard-to-reach
that isn't just another project? What influence can school, home and
out-of-school experiences make on young people's science learning and how can
we support more joined-up linkages? What of digital participation? How we
measure our impact has proved elusive to date, but in our gut we know that what
we do is right because we see it in the faces of the people who visit us and we
hear it in their conversations. By gaining a better understanding of how we do
it and developing a framework that supports science learning consistently and
more effectively, we can benefit ALL - visitors, non-visitors, staff and the
As a passionate and
diverse membership that delivers on science engagement our strengths lie in:
Continuing to share best practice
Continuing to be reflective about our practice
and encouraging our staff to do the same
Scaling up what we know works and seeking
Looking to learnings from outside our sector
Attracting new and diverse audiences into our
institutions - visitors and staff - and in doing so enriching everyone's
Coming up with the research questions we would
like answered as a network and capturing that evidence across the network
in order to gain new insights to feed into our practice.
Speaking loudly with one voice on the things