The 2019 ASDC National Conference was packed with thought-provoking speakers, inspiring keynotes, specialist meetings and round-table focused discussions.
We were delighted to share new approaches and ideas from across the UK. The conference brought together new colleagues and re-connected fellow colleagues from across the sector, giving everyone the opportunity to share future ambitions and strategies to inspire learning into the future.
The conference offered 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 to rise to future challenges.
We were particularly interested in the exploring how through our large network, which involves over 20 million people in STEM each year, in person, we can instigate large strategic changes to make the world a better place.
The conference attracted all those who have a strong interest in engaging families, children, schools and communities with all areas of STEM. We were joined by over 160 delegates from 80 different organisations from the sector.
This included 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 museums, engineering and eco-attractions and Natural History Museums.
We also attracted staff from all levels of the learning, exhibitions, marketing, strategy, development and content teams, as well as those working across public engagement at universities, research councils, Learned Societies, and arts organisations. Other participants came from related Trusts, Foundations and corporates and from Government departments and others with an interest in engaging schools and families with STEM in a national and strategic manner.
Day 1: Discussions and networking, Wednesday Nov 20th
The 2019 ASDC AGM at 11.30am
Members and delegates were invited to join us for the 2019 ASDC AGM on Wednesday 20th November from 11.30am to 12.45pm at the Smith Centre in the Science Museum, London.
The ASDC Board and executive team discussed the ASDC highlights from the past year, elected new trustees to represent your interests, and reviewed our finances. We discussed information on ASDC strategies and partnerships for the coming year and welcomed new members.
ASDC Chair Chas Bishop stepped down and welcomed in Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre, as the new Chair of ASDC. We also saw the departure of trustees Liz Hodge and Terry O'Connor who we thank dearly for there time with us.
Finally, we were delighted to welcome our recently elected trustee Donna Speed, CEO We the Curious and re-elected treasurer Scot Owen, Techniquest Glyndŵr.
For details on the ASDC Board, see here ASDC Board.
Welcome Tea and Scones
The conference kicked off after lunch on Wednesday, from 1.30pm with tea and scones and the opportunity to meet and talk to other delegates.
Day 1: ASDC Discussion Sessions 2.30pm - 5pm
Back by popular demand we hosted three lively discussion sessions across our national specialist groups.
These have been set up as members asked for more time to discuss topics than just on the conference day, with more opportunity to meet colleagues and share ideas.
The discussion sessions covered the following themes:
Education & Inclusion
Climate & Sustainability
Marketing & Digital
Day 1: ASDC Annual Conference Dinner & Drinks from 7pm
On the Wednesday evening, conference delegates and their guests joined the ASDC Chair and Board of Trustees, CEO and team and colleagues from across the UK for a fun, informal dinner and drinks at a nearby London restaurant. Everyone received two complimentary drinks to accompany there three course meal and joined us in celebrating the 10 year anniversary of ASDC.
Delegates had the opportunity to meet others with similar ambitions and roles over dinner and drinks, and shared ideas, projects and plans.
Day 2: Thursday 21st November
The 2019 ASDC National Conference was held in the gorgeous new Illuminate area of the Science Museum with views out across London.
The sector-leading 2019 ASDC National Conference was packed with thought-provoking speakers, inspiring keynotes, expert panel discussions, new ideas and views of what the future holds.
There were lots of opportunities to exchange ideas and meet new people, especially across the round-table focused discussions addressing a host of topics, and the fast-paced Lightning Talks where speakers shared ideas from across the sector.