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ASTC Annual Conference 2010



Honolulu, Hawaii

Theme: Ho’okele–To Navigate: Science Centers as Wayfinders to New Horizons

Each year, the NISE Network sponsors a set of sessions, workshops, and other events at ASTC's annual meeting. Here's what's on tap for this year:  

NISE Net Informal Gathering (Honolulu Welcomes You!)

Friday, October 1st, 5:00 -7:00 pm
Thirty Nine Hotel, 39 North Hotel Street, historic Chinatown
Head up the narrow staircase to find this Honolulu gem.


Known for its creative cocktails and contemporary art space, Thirty Nine Hotel is a local favorite. No need to RSVP, just stop by. Please note: conference shuttles will be running from both conference hotels to Aloha Tower (near Chinatown) from 4:30-6:00 pm and back to hotels from 6:30- 8:00 pm

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NISE Net Breakfast

The NISE Network will be hosting a breakfast for staff from institutions who have been involved in the Network. The breakfast will be an opportunity for you to tell us about your experiences, meet other NISE Net collaborators, get a first-hand look at a few of the new things in the development pipeline, and take home some outreach materials as a thank you from us for your work over the year.

Monday, October 4th
7:15am-8:30am location: new location: Paoakalani Tower/Oahu Room, Marriott Hotel
Attendees will need to RSVP (please email [email protected] for details)


Exhibit Hall

We plan to be in the ASTC Resource Center in the Exhibit Halls again this year, answering questions, showing off new activities, and doing some hands-on activities.

• Saturday, October 2nd
• Sunday, October 3rd

Conference Sessions

There will be several conference sessions that feature NISE Net work:

• Saturday, Oct. 2, 12:30 – 1:45 pm: New Funding Sources: Building Institutional Alliances with Research Centers, session leader Carol Lynn Alpert, Museum of Science.  Speakers: Larry Bell, Museum of Science; Chris Roman, Saint Louis Science Center, David Chesebrough, COSI, and Kim Kiehl, COSI).  NOTE:  This session is for CEO's and senior executives only and requires pre-registration.  

• Saturday, Oct. 2, 2 – 4 pm: Public Engagement and Civic Discourse: Charting a course for Science Centers, session leader Larry Bell.

• Saturday, Oct. 2, 2 – 4 pm: Navigating Museum-Scientist Partnerships: Models, Logistics, and Results of Effective Programs,  session leader: Chris Roman, Saint Louis Science Center, with lightning talks including Carol Lynn Alpert and Karine Thate, Museum of Science

• Sunday, Oct. 3, 12:30 – 1:45 pm: Museum and Library Partnerships: Book Groups and Programs for Science, session leader Anders Liljeholm.

• Sunday, Oct. 3, 2 – 4 pm: Ho'okele a Akeakamai (Navigating to Science), Indie Style, session leader Keith Ostfeld.

• Monday, Oct. 4, 1 – 2:15 pm: Thinking Big When You're a Small Museum, session leader Rae Ostman.

• Tuesday, Oct. 5, 10:30 – 11:45 am: Effective Partnerships and Networks: Making Current Science Relevant, session leader Rae Ostman, Sciencenter. Speakers: Larry Bell, Museum of Science; Jennifer Jovanovic, Saint Louis Science Center; Lauren Russell, Pacific Science Center; Paul Martin, Science Museum of Minnesota; David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science; Katie Levedahl, Sciencenter

More Information

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What is ASTC?


The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is an organization of science centers and museum dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals.


The NISE Net-ASTC Partnership

The partnership between ASTC and the NISE Net is a natural one. The NISE Network benefits from many of the services afforded to ASTC member organizations: participation in ASTC’s Annual Conference, visibility in print publications and online events, and collaboration within a broad community of professionals. In addition, the NISE Net’s NSF award supports an ASTC communications manager, who acts as a liaison between the Network and the larger ASTC community. This liaison helps ASTC members create opportunities for learning experiences about nanoscale science and technology. ASTC’s Washington, DC location provides another strategic benefit – the opportunity to keep an eye on the legislative and policy activities that surround this emerging technology. ASTC's Margaret Glass regularly blogs about nano-related events in DC Nanowire, keeping NISE Net partners apprised of changes in education or tech policy that might affect us.