This call forms part of a series of conference calls as part of the Explore Your Universe Phase 2 Programme to support the delivery of activities and events around the physical sciences and engineering. December's call will cover some of the cutting edge materials science supported by STFC, and how this research can be used in science and discovery centres to inspire audiences. The guest speakers are Dr Ann Terry and Prof Stephen Bennington who will be discussing their fascinating work in nanostructures for hydrogen storage (future fuels), and the applications of naturally occurring silk proteins (spider silk).
Rosetta and Gaia Space Missions
27 August 2014, 3-4:30pm, Conference Call
A short and snappy introduction to the science behind the Rosetta and Gaia space missions, with a chance to put your questions to the experts, including Dr. Ross Burgon, Rosetta in the UK – National Co-ordinator, based at the Open University; Professor Gerry Gilmore, UK Gaia Principle Investigator based at the University of Cambridge; Dr. Shaaron Leverment of Explorer Dome; and Dan Hillier and Jo Lewis of STFC.
Additionally, we will provide a package of resources that you can use to inspire your audiences about these missions, what they hope to achieve, and the people who make it all happen!
This session is being offered as part of the Explore Your Universe programme, supported by STFC, and is intended to be of primary benefit to anyone who is developing or delivering activities around the physical sciences to engage the public with contemporary research. This includes organisations that are involved in the Explore Your Universe network, members of Association for Science and Discovery Centres or the British Association of Planetaria. Others are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact us.
3:00pm - Welcome and introductions
Introduction to space-based astronomy (why we do it)
Gaia: what is it and what is it doing, What is it going to show us, Upcoming milestones and events, Activities and resources
Rosetta: what is it and what is it doing, What is it going to show us, Upcoming milestones and events, Activities and resources
4:00pm - Q&A
5:00pm - Close
Approaches to Engagement Conference Calls
Thursday 14th December 2017
This call forms part of a series of conference calls as part of the Explore Your Universe Phase 3 Programme to support the delivery of activities and events around the physical sciences and engineering.
Feedback from the Explore Your Universe training academy told us that science centre staff would benefit from more information on how to deal with certain behavioural issues encountered at their science and discovery centres.
Rebecca Oberg, a specialist in early years engagement from Eureka! The National Children’s Museum will join the ASDC Project Team to answer questions surrounding behaviour management in Science Centres and Museums. From the ASDC Project Team, Shaaron Leverment will be joint-chairing the conference call, with expertise in face-to-face science communication from over 20 years’ experience in engagement. With a youth and community background, Jaclyn Bell has over 11 years’ experience in working with disengaged and disadvantaged young people, teenagers and adults.
2:30pm - Welcome and introductions
Rebecca Oberg - Behaviour management in early years
Questions and Answer session: authority, unsupportive teachers, disruptive children, aggressive children, families and unsupportive adults, dealing effectively with complaints, etc.
3:30pm - Close
Inspiring Girls with Physics and Engineering
This call forms part of a series of conference calls as part of the Explore Your Universe Phase 2 Programme to support the delivery of activities and events around the physical sciences and engineering.
This call focuses particularly on how, as a sector, we can help to address and decrease the gender gap of those choosing to study, and pursue careers in, science and engineering through providing a backdrop to the issues, practical recommendations, and space for discussion for those involved in this area of work.
Speakers for this call include Katharine Lee, Head of Youth Programmes for Girlguiding, Emily Dawson, lecturer at University College London whose work focuses on equity around science engagement, and Andrea Meyrick, Head of Education at Techniquest.
3:00pm - Welcome and introductions
3:10pm - Emily Dawson - Embedding equity as core practice
3:30pm - Andrea Meyrick - Looking at science centre through the gender lens
3:50pm - Katherine Lee - What do girls tell us are the issues and how can we respond to that?
4:20pm - Closing discussion
4:30pm - Close
Welcome to the project!
– 4:30pm, Wednesday 15th of March 2017
With delivery of Explore Your Universe Phase 3 coming up fast, the first conference call will be a chance to ask any questions you might have about the project.
Sophie Allan from the National Space Centre will join the ASDC Project Team to answer questions about:
The project overall
...any other queries you may have.
The Bidders conference call
ASDC hosted a conference call at 2pm on 10 June 2014 to answer any questions from all potential bidders in an open manner.