Welcome to The 2019 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.
This year the Conference Theme is 'Vision 2030'.
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. The conference will look at our collective visions for 2030, especially focusing on our two key themes around :
Inclusion and learning, and how we become more reflective of the communities we serve, in all we are, and in all we do.
Climate and how we as a sector can make a dramatic step forward around carbon and sustainability and how we support others on this journey.
The full conference program will be announced soon.
Day 1: Discussions and networking, Wed Nov 20th
The 2019 ASDC AGM
11.00 - 13.00
Members and delegates are invited to join us the 2019 ASDC AGM on Wednesday 20th November from 11.30am to 12.45pm at the Smith Centre in the Science Museum, London. 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
Networking with tea and coffee 13.30 - 14.30
Specialist Meetings 14.30 - 17.00
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
Marketing & Digital
ASDC Annual Conference Dinner & Drinks
Arrival Drinks 19.00 - 19.30
Dinner 19.30 - 22.00
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, informal dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant. 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.
Thursday 21st November: Day 2
Welcome to the main day of the 2019 ASDC National Conference. This will be held in the gorgeous new Illuminate area of the Science Museum with views out across London.
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 on the topic of Vision 2030, proposals for both the discussion tables and Lightening talks in July.
The full conference program will be available soon and includes:
Keynote Speakers on the topic of Vision 2030
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 a Drinks Reception at the fabulous new Smith Centre
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