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ASTC Annual Conference 2020


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ASTC 2020 took place virtually on October 19–21, 2020 with pre-conference intensives planned for the week of October 12–16, 2020.


Session Recordings

For ASTC Conference registrants, recordings can be found on individual session pages (where the live presentations were shown), so you can use your “My Event” tab and the complete schedule to access them on Swapcard. Resources provided by presenters and the session chat will also be available on each session page. These resources will remain available to conference registrants on Swapcard until April 30, 2021. After that time, selected session recordings will be archived on the ASTC website.

Projects and Opportunities fact sheet revised 10-7-20

Virtual Exhibit Hall Booth

The NISE Network had a virtual exhibit hall booth featuring public engagement activities and resources including information about upcoming projects opportunities.

  • Monday October 19, 2020
  • Tuesday October 20, 2020
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Projects and Opportunities 

Pre-Conference Intensives

The following pre-conference intensive workshops will include NISE Network projects:

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 1:00pm - 5:00 PM Eastern
    Leveraging the Power of Science Centers to Reimagine Future Community Climate Solutions and Resilience
    Come learn about new approaches science centers are taking to engage their audiences and work with their local communities to advance climate resilience efforts.
    • Frank Niepold (Education Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
    • Carrie McDougall (Senior Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
    • Bart Merrick (Education Coordinator, Environmental Science Training Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
    • David Sittenfeld (Manager, Forums and National Collaborations, Museum of Science)
    • Learn more:


  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 11:00 am-2:00 pm Eastern - FREE
    ASTC’s Community Science Initiative: Workshop on models, attributes, and opportunities for expanding the work
    Join us for a free three-hour workshop as a part of our Community Science Initiative that will share some of the insights we are gaining from our ongoing landscape study of the science museum and science engagement field. The session, facilitated by David Sittenfeld (Museum of Science, Boston), will highlight some of the models we are exploring, including Dialogue and Deliberation.
    • Facilitator: IIvel Gontan, (Community Science Fellow, ASTC
    • Facilitator: Lesley Markham, Senior Manager of Impact Initiatives and Acting Director of Impact and Inclusion, ASTC)
    • David Sittenfeld (Manager, Forums and National Collaborations, Museum of Science)
    • Learn more:


    Thursday, October 15, 2020, 3:00 PM -  5:00 PM Eastern - Day 1
  • Friday, October 15, 2020, 3:00 PM -  5:00 PM Eastern - Day 2
    Sustainable Futures: Science Centers and Community Partners Working Together for People and the Planet
    During this workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of sustainability science and practice, identify priorities for your organization and community, and develop a strategy and next steps.


  • Friday, October 16, 2020, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern
    Tools and Training for Starting a Successful Space and Earth Science Virtual Public Program
    Dig into free resources and training from NASA-funded informal education projects that will help you program virtual events and online engagement using space and Earth science materials.


Concurrent Sessions, Posters, and Talks

The following will include NISE Network projects:

  • Monday October 19, 2020, 1:45pm-3pm Eastern
    Using Visitor Data with 2020􏰀 Vision
    Feeling lost in 2􏰀020? Let visitor data guide the way. In this session, you'll hear other science centers share how they are using visitor data to respond to this year's challenges, from the COVID-19 pandemic to confronting white supremacy and making museums welcoming, safe, and relevant for all.
    • Session Leader: Alexander Lussenhop, Research Associate, Museum of Science 
    • Megan Goeke, Science Museum of Minnesota
    • Carla Herran, Research & Evaluation Associate, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
    • Ali Jackson, Director of National Collaborations, Sciencenter
    • Download session slides (PDF)


  • Monday, October 19, 2020, 1:45pm-3pm Eastern
    Science-To-Civics For Climate Hazards and Inequities: Building Community Resilience Through Community Science and Public Deliberation
    Join dozens of US science centers in engaging diverse publics in data collection and deliberation to build community climate resilience. Experience free virtual tools for engaging publics and civic planners in community science about flooding, extreme heat, and social inequities, and learn about opportunities to organize campaign in your area!
    • Session Leader: David Sittenfeld, Manager, Forums and National Collaborations, Museum of Science
    • Jeremy Hoffman, Chief Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia 
    • Sara Benson, Museum of Science
    • Max Cawley, Museum of Life and Science


  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 1:00pm-2:15pm Eastern
    Public Interest Technology Community Innovation Fellowship: Innovations from Shifting to Virtual Public Dialogue Forums
    Fellows will describe the innovative methods they used to shift the public dialogue forums they co-created with a community partner to a virtual environment.
    • David Sittenfeld (Manager, Forums and National Collaborations, Museum of Science)


NISE Network Partner Breakfast and Happy Hour

Since the conference is virtual NISE Network will NOT be hosting a breakfast for partners or a happy hour this year.

We look forward to seeing you at future in-person conferences.

Attached Files
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astc_2020_slides_using_visitor_data_with_2020_vision.pdf 3.15 MB
astc_2020_-_sustainable_futures_-_session_2_slides_compressed.pptx 5.56 MB
astc_2020_-_sustainable_futures_-_session_1_slides_compressed.pptx 14.13 MB
tools_and_training_for_starting_a_successful_space_and_earth_science_virtual_public_program_resource_list.pdf 70.78 KB
tools_and_training_for_starting_a_successful_space_and_earth_science_virtual_public_program_resource_list.pdf 70.78 KB
tools_and_training_for_starting_a_successful_space_and_earth_science_virtual_public_program_slides.pdf 4.21 MB


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