The 2021 ASDC National Conference will be held in Glasgow on 6th and 7th October 2021, hosted by Glasgow Science Centre
Due to Coronavirus the 2020 ASDC National Conference was postponed until 2021, and will still be in Glasgow in the run up to COP26, which was also rescheduled to 2021.
The conference will be hosted with ASDC member and partner, Glasgow Science Centre
ASDC are thrilled to invite you to add the date to your 2021 calendar. The two day event will be packed with thought-provoking speakers, inspiring keynotes, specialist meetings and focused discussions to participate in.
Come and enjoy time together to learn about new approaches and ideas from our sector and others, meet new colleagues and re-connect with old, and reflect on ambitions we share to inspire learning for the future.
The conference will offer opportunities to explore together how our agile charitable organisations, based in over 50 cities and regions across the UK, can evolve and adapt into the future. The topic of this years conference will be announced shortly
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 the senior science engagement professions 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 the learning team, exhibitions, marketing and content teams as well 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.
If you are interested in exhibiting, presenting a lightning talk, or hosting a discussion table at the 2021 conference please get in touch as we would love to hear from you. Bookings will open in May.
Day 1: Keynote Speakers and Exhibitors, 6th October
Welcome to the main day of the 2021 ASDC National Conference.
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.
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
All followed by Dinner and Drinks at a local restaurant
Day 1: ASDC Annual Conference Dinner & Drinks
On the Wednesday evening, conference delegates and guests are invited to join colleagues from across the UK as well as the ASDC Chair and Board of Trustees and executive team for a fun, informal dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant.
Delegates can meet others will similar ambitions and roles over dinner and drinks, including engagement professionals from Science Centres, Discovery Centres, Learned Societies, Universities, Science and natural history museums, funders and other colleagues from across the UK.
Day 2: Discussions and networking, Thursday 7th October
The 2021 ASDC AGM
Members and delegates are invited to join us the 2021 ASDC AGM.
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 future. For details on the ASDC Board.
ASDC Discussion Sessions
Back by popular demand we will be hosting lively discussion sessions across our national specialist groups. These will be focussed around the following themes and all delegates are welcome to attend and participate in these. These have been set up as members asked for longer to discuss topics than just on the conference day, with more time to get to meet colleagues and share ideas.
Education & Inclusion
Climate & COP26
Diversity and Community Engagement
Marketing & Audience Impact
More details regarding the conference program will be announced in the coming months and bookings will be open in May. For a flavour of what is to come, see our last years programme, and the 2019 Lightning Talks and2019 Round Table Discussions