Welcome to The 2020 ASDC National Conference packed with thought-provoking speakers, inspiring keynotes, specialist meetings and focused discussions to join. Come and enjoy time together and hear about new approaches and explore new ideas from across the UK. Meet new colleagues and re-connect with old, and reflect on shared future ambitions and strategies to inspire learning into the future.
The Conference Theme will be announced shortly.
The conference will offer opportunities to explore together how our agile charitable organisations, based in over 50 cities, regions and communities across the UK, want to evolve and adapt into the future.
Day 1: Main Conference, Wednesday 23rd September
Welcome to the main day of the 2020 ASDC National Conference. This will be held in the wonderful Tower event space of Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow.
Join us for lively, sector-leading talks including keynote speakers, expert panel discussions, new ideas and views of what the future holds. There will also be lots of opportunities to exchange ideas and meet new people, especially across the discussion tables addressing a host of topics, and the fast-paced Lightning Talks sharing ideas from across the sector.
Keynote Speakers will be announced in the summer, proposals for both the discussion tables and Lightening talks in June.
The full conference program will include:
Keynote Speakers on the topic of this years conference (tbc)
Expert Panel discussion on future needs and challenges across science and STEM engagement
The Lively Sharing Best Practice Discussion Sessions
The National Showcase of Lightening Talks from across the UK
Finale session to be announced
Followed by Dinner and Drinks from 7pm
ASDC Annual Conference Dinner & Drinks
On the Wednesday evening, conference delegates and their guests are invited to join the ASDC Chair and Board of Trustees, CEO and team and colleagues from across the UK for a fun, black tie dinner and drinks in the wonderful Hive event space at Glasgow Science Centre boasting beautiful views over Glasgow . We will arrange the evening so everyone gets a warm welcome, even if you are new to the sector.
Delegates can meet others with similar ambitions and roles over dinner and drinks, and share ideas, projects and plans.
Day 2: Discussions and networking, Thursday 24th September
The 2020 ASDC AGM
Members and delegates are invited to join us the 2020 ASDC AGM on Thursday 24th September from 11.00am to at Glasgow Science Centre. Join the ASDC Board and executive team to hear about the ASDC highlights from the past year, elect new trustees, welcome our new Chair and review our finances. There will also be a membership discussion and information on ASDC strategies and partnerships for the coming year. For details on the ASDC Board, see here ASDC Board.
ASDC Specialist Meetings
Back by popular demand we will be hosting lively discussion sessions across our national specialist groups. These will be more in depth this year, focused around the following themes and all delegates are welcome to attend and participate in these. These have been set up as members asked for more time to discuss topics than just on the conference day, with more time and opportunity to meet colleagues and share ideas.
The discussion sessions will cover the following themes:
Education & Inclusion
Climate & Sustainability
Diversity & Community Engagement
Marketing and Audience Impact
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