Conference Circuit: Museum Science

The Association of Science-Technology Centers’ Annual Conference starts this weekend in Tampa, Florida.

About 2,000 science and technology museum professionals from around the world are headed to the Sunshine State to get a peek at the newest products and services, connect with colleagues, and learn in workshops, sessions, and other related events.

Association:  Association of Science-Technology Centers

Conference: ASTC Annual Conference

Venue: Tampa Convention Center

City: Tampa, Florida

After a day of preconference sessions, ASTC 2016 begins on Saturday morning with an opening keynote presentation by Alex McDowell. An award-winning narrative designer, he’ll discuss working at the intersection of design, technology, and storytelling. Also on the schedule:

Shh! Need some alone time or a place to catch your breath? New this year, ASTC is offering a Quiet Room for attendees looking for a peaceful sanctuary. Open Friday through Monday, it will give conference-goers a dedicated spot to meditate, pray, or sit for a while.

Jokesters in the spotlight. Attendees who think they’re hilarious can sign up for Sunday night’s Stand-Up Science. Wannabe comedians will perform on stage—and do their best to be funny about science for nine minutes. Those who don’t have a funny bone are encouraged to watch and, perhaps, heckle.

Get speedy. Flash Sessions are a collection of 10-minute presentations on various, but often related, topics, given by several people. One group of Flash Sessions will be presented each day of the conference. Saturday sessions will focus on applications of research and evaluation, Sunday will cover community engagement and outreach, and Monday will dive into exhibits and environments.

Want more details? Turn to the conference blog, Facebook, and Twitter (#ASTC2016).

Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editor-in-chief of Associations Now. MORE

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