Welcome to the September ASDC newsletter
The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres brings together the nation's major science engagement organisations, who together reach 20 million people each year.
A very warm welcome to our September 2019 newsletter
Dr Penny Fidler
The 2019 ASDC National Conference is coming to London this year, hosted by The Science Museum in November and bookings are open. Vision 2030 is our focus and the conference will be packed with thought-provoking speakers, inspiring keynotes, and lots of opportunity for discussion to explore new ideas, and to share ambitions and strategies.
The focus will be on the two most important areas in which we operate: Climate - and how collectively we can support and drive national change, and Equity and how together we can take steps towards creating a fairer society. We look forward to seeing you there, and please do pass this on to colleagues and potential exhibitors so they can book a place at the early-bird rate.
For the first time in decades, climate and carbon is in the papers with demonstrations demading action on the streets across the nation. As the place where people and science come together, UK Science Centres and Museums have a major role to play in this agenda, not only through engaging 20 million participants each year, but by using our considerable voice, prominence and reputation to speak up and make it clear what the scientific evidence shows, and what we as a society need to rapidly do to create a better, lower carbon world. 
This month's top stories
Register now for the ASDC National Conference!
We are delighted to announce The 2019 ASDC National Conference is coming to London this year at The Science Museum, London. 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 to rise to future challenges. This year we have a host of speakers including our keynote,Sir Mark Walport, CEO of UK Research and Innovation. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Apply to host a discussion table at our 2019 Conference
This year we need YOU! We are offering delegates the chance to host round-table discussions on topic areas of your choice. This is your chance to share best practices and pick the brains of top science engagement professionals. To apply click here. 
To find out more visit the ASDC Conference Website.
The Early Bird discounted ticket is available until September 30th 2019.
Invitation to stand for election to the ASDC Board of Trustees
We are inviting nominations from senior staff at ASDC member organisations to serve on the ASDC Trustee Board. The ASDC board of Trustees is comprised of CEOs and senior managers from leading UK Science Museums and Science and Discovery Centres. The Board works with the CEO to drive the strategy and vision of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.
Elections will be held at the ASDC AGM at 11:30am - 1pm on Wednesday 20 November at The Science Museum, London. This is the first event of the ASDC National Conference.
Trustees serve a three year term and then stand for re-election if they wish. This sets up a rotation of Trustees that gives all ASDC member organisations the opportunity to stand for election to the ASDC Board and to help shape the direction of this national strategic organisation.
If you are interested in applying please phone or email the ASDC CEO, Dr Penny Fidler, or the Chairman of ASDC, Chas Bishop (CEO of the National Space Centre) to discuss.
The deadline for applications is 11pm 6th September 2019.
UK Science Festivals Network announces date for next conference
This year, the UK Science Festivals Network's Annual Conference will be on Tuesday 19th November 2019 in London. This is just the day before the ASDC Conference meaning you can combine them both on your trip to London!
The day will focus on discussing best practice in diversifying audiences and speakers, workshops and approaches to programming and learning what else is happening beyond the UK, amongst other topics. There will be plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with other conference attendees throughout the day of talks, panel disucssions and breakout sessions. The full programme will be available in the coming months.
The UK science festival ecosystem is diverse and constantly evolving, but we rarely take the time to celebrate what we have achieved or to look ahead to some of the challenges and opportunities for the sector. This is where the UK Science Festivals Network come in - they bring together science festivals and non-science festivals with scientific content to consider the highs, lows and future of festival organisation and management.
Earth Artwork calls for Action on Climate Change
This beautiful Earth artwork has been created by UK artist Luke Jerram in partnership with the NERC, Bluedot Festival and ASDC. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Earth features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.
The installation aims to create a sense of the overview effect often described by astronauts looking back at the earth; a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
Over its lifetime, Gaia will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors including many museums and science centres. Unlike the moon, which we have been gazing at for millennia, the first time humankind got to see the Earth in its entirety as a blue marble floating in space was in 1972 with NASA’s Apollo 17 mission. We are hoping that visitors to this artwork will recognise the fragility of Earth and be inspired keep our precious planet in a state that allows us all to continue living on it. 
Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal, we are facing an unprecedented global emergency. The advice from scientists globally is we must take action now whilst we still have the time to take significant steps to change the future.
ASDC is delighted to be a founding partner with the UK Space Agency of touring artwork Museum of the Moon. The moon, measuring seven metres in diameter at an approximate scale of 1:500,000 was created by UK artist Luke Jerram, has toured across the UK and around the world, so far over 3 million people have experienced the artwork #MuseumOfTheMoon. 
It was first presented in Bristol and since then several Moons have been created to satisfy demand. It has visited a host of science centres across the UK and will continue its tour visiting special hosts during the 2019 Anniversary of the Moon landing. Later this year it will travel to America, France Singapore, Canada and further. 
Explore Your Universe 4 Update
Explore Your Universe is one of ASDC's flagship national programmes. In partnership with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Explore Your Universe has engaged over 380,000 children and adults at 23 science centres and universities across the UK with the latest physics and engineering.

Phase 4 of Explore Your Universe is focussed on depth of engagement, we are supporting 8 science centres to form equitable partnerships with local community organisations to include families who may not usually visit their science centre. And this month we have an update from Kostas Minas at Aberdeen Science Centre. Following a training with the team 'we discussed how professional development needs to be strategically planned, and this is largely informed by reflective practice. We issued each member of our team with a reflective diary, and we have already started using them. To make this process more efficient, we also linked our participant’s evaluation into our continuous development arch. We are currently in the process of re-designing our feedback forms to fit better with the messages of EYU4 and Science Capital in Practice.'
Kostas also gave everyone who attended the training a certificate. 

Science Centres involved in Explore Your Universe Phase 4 are: Aberdeen Science Centre, Cambridge Science Centre, Dynamic Earth, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Science Oxford, Techniquest, Techniquest Glyndŵr and W5
Pioneering attraction to boost young people's life chances gains £6.6million in key funding
Thanks to a grant from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Eureka! Mersey, a new future-thinking science and discovery centre aimed at bringing to life important educational skills for children and young people, has now secured more than 75% of its funding - and is set to open in 2022. This is a huge boost towards the £11.75m total needed. 
Eureka! Mersey will bring together families, children and young people from across the North West to explore science, technology and innovation. The world-class attraction will encourage young people to learn more about themselves and the impact they can have on the world around them. It will also nurture their interest in future careers in science and technology.
Eureka!'s Chief Executive Leigh-Anne Stradeski has said: “One of the most important elements for Eureka! Mersey’s success is that we are already working closely on a co-creation programme with young people in the area to devise content that will be uniquely relevant to them and to the wider region. Children and young people have been working with Eureka! and our partners Ørsted, Unilever, Sci-tech Daresbury, Arup and Liverpool John Moore’s University to ensure that when we open Eureka! Mersey, it will be the most visitor-led attraction in the UK.”
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Our city region is already home to some of the best museums in the country. The proposed new attraction’s focus, and links with local businesses and young people’s groups, ties in perfectly with the city region’s growth sectors and our plans to ensure young people have the skills they need to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace.”
Eureka! first visitor attraction to join Sunflower Lanyard scheme for people with Hidden Disabilities
Eureka! in Halifax is proud to be the first museum and visitor attraction in the UK to join the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme for visitors with hidden disabilities.
Not all disabilities can be seen, so the scheme offers people with conditions such as autism, dementia, head injuries, Cystic fibrosis, chronic fatigue or sensory impairment a way to be discreetly identifiable, just by wearing the lanyards, pin badges or other sunflower items.
The scheme, initially used across UK airports and rail networks and recently trialled by supermarket chains Sainsbury’s and Tesco, has gathered increasing support countrywide. The free sunflower lanyards and wristbands can be requested at Eureka!, or any of the many locations now signed up to the scheme.
At Eureka!, disabled visitors can access a range of free support and services including fast-tracked admission, free admission for essential carers, use of a Changing Places facility and Chill Out Room, loan of ear defenders and regular free clubs for disabled children.
Museum Partnership report offers a first in-depth analysis of the work of national museums
The report covers work both internationally and domestically, work between museums and across society, with projects ranging from object loans to mass commemoration and knowledge sharing. The report’s insights will make it easier to make strategic decisions to extend partnership work still further. Through collaborating with a range of organisations across many fields, the national museums increase access to their collections, support the museum sector and deliver positive social outcomes for all.
This report identifies a number of key themes:
Sharing collections
Sharing knowledge
Supporting audience engagement and social outcomes
Toolkit offers insight into socio-economic diversity and better employment practices in culture
Although working class people form 35% of the working population, they are under-represented across the cultural sector: with only 12% working in film, 13% in publishing and 21% in museums and galleries. A new toolkit, ‘Socio-Economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts’ from Jerwood Arts and The Bridge Group offers guidance to employers to level the playing field of opportunity. The toolkit is based around five core tips - these are:
  • Measure socio-economic background (using well-researched indicators including parental occupation at age 14).
  • Make spaces for conversations about taste, talent and merit – for example, how do you evidence ‘passion’ for the arts?
  • Create a more inclusive organisational culture – including asking whether ‘affinity bias’ means that some employees are more likely to get the mentoring needed to get ahead.
  • Cease unpaid or unadvertised internships, jobs and opportunities. It recommends that all positions over four weeks should be paid, and points to existing guidance to distinguish between internships, apprenticeships and volunteering.
  • Create more inclusive recruitment processes, excluding potentially alienating ‘arts jargon’.
New figures show museums saving millions through Exhibition Tax Relief 
Have you all taken a look at the eligibility criteria for this?
Figures from HMRC show that Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief, which launched in 2017, has already saved the sector millions of pounds. They reveal that:
Payments made to cover 90 claims for 2017 – 18 have so far amounted to £10m and supported 550 exhibitions.
For 2018 – 19, 50 claims have been settled covering 300 exhibitions and offering a relief of £4m.
These figures are likely to rise as more claims are made – HMRC has not estimated the likely final value because of a lack of historical data. 
New ministerial team at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
Following a reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, there is a largely new ministerial team at DCMS. Appointees are:
  • Nicky Morgan, who has been appointed as Culture Secretary, replacing Jeremy Wright who had been in the post for a year. She has previously served as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities. 
  • Rebecca Pow MP, who remains in post as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
  • Nigel Adams MP, Minister for Sport, Media and Creative Industries
  • Matt Warman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Digital and Broadband
  • Baroness Barran MBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Civil Society and DCMS Lords Minister 
Earlier in July, Margot James MP resigned as Digital and Creative Industries Minister, after voting against the Government. 
Vicky Foxcroft MP becomes Labour's new Shadow Minister for Civil Society, replacing Steve Reed.
Historical hoovers need a new home!
ASDC have been contacted by the people who represent Hoover and they have offered a number of vintage vacuum cleaners dating up to 100 years old! They're looking to rehouse these vacuums and are happy to sort delivery. 
For more information please contact Stephanie on s.parker@sciencecentres.org
Conferences, Events & Training
The 2019 ASDC National Conference: Vision 2030
The Science Museum, London
20th and 21st November 2019
The 2019 ASDC AGM
The Science Museum, London
20th November 2019
Talking Maths in Public 2019 
Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge
Thursday 29th - Saturday 31st August, 2019
Talking Maths in Public is the UK’s national maths communication conference, and takes place every two years in locations around the country. TMiP will be a chance for people who work in communicating and promoting maths and related topics to meet others who communicate maths, and to participate in training, workshops and discussions.
Find out more
Interact 2019 - An Engagement Symposium
Univeristy of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
4th September 10am to 4.45pm
CIMUSET 47th annual conference
International Committee for Museums and Collections of Science & Technology
Traditions for a Sustainable Future
Kyoto, Japan
2nd - 4th September 2019
STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the 'PEER Forum')
The PEER Forum will support talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals, to ensure the next generation of STFC scientists and engineers continue to deliver the highest quality of purposeful, audience-driven public engagement.

Call for Applications
Closing date: 6th September 2019
British Science Association's Annual STEM in Education Evening
Coventry Transport Museum
11th September 2019
A fantastic opportunity to meet teachers, activity providers, STEM Ambassadors and others who are supporting science, technology, engineering and maths in schools and colleges. Find out more about the British Science Association, pick up free educational resources and peruse displays celebrating new ways of approaching STEM in Education. This is a great opportunity for teachers, education providers, informal learning providers to network and find out about the latest resources and opportunities in the region and nationally.
Bright Ideas: New Perspectives on Museum Lighting
Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
11th September 2019
Tactile Access to Collections Workshop
American Museum and Gardens | Claverton Manor | Bath BA2 7BD Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:30 - 16:00
Museums Galleries Scotland | 2-4 Waterloo Place | Edinburgh EH1 3EG Friday, 18 October 2019 from 10:30 - 16:00

The Tactile Access to Collections: Maximising and Managing Public Object Handling Opportunities workshop combines practical and theoretical activities to help you develop opportunities for the delivery of tactile access to your collections. 
Voice of Young Science - Peer review: the nuts & bolts workshop
Glasgow Caledonian University 
18th October 2019
This event is a half-day workshop for early career researchers (ECRs) exploring how peer review works and the challenges to the system, discuss ways in which ECRs can get involved, and look at the role of peer review in helping the public to evaluate research claims. This workshop is a fantastic opportunity for ECRs to learn about their role in the peer review process.
The 2019 Ecsite Directors Forum
Trondheim, Norway
13th to 15th November 2019
Takeover Day
Join Kids in Museums on Friday 22 November for Takeover Day
There are a range of free online resources to help you plan and promote your event - it's never been easier to take part!
Respect and Protect: Fulfilling the obligation to safeguard cultural property in the military context 
Burlington House, London
29th November 2019
Funding and grant opportunities
The Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants are open for applications until 24 September 2019. This popular scheme supports the development of scientific outreach and public engagement activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community with sums of up to £1000. 

They accept applications from anywhere in the world, and you don’t need to be a member of the Biochemical Society to apply.
There are just 4 weeks left to apply for the Royal Academy of Engineering's public engagement awards scheme. Ingenious is an award scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. Engineers can be from academia, industry or the public sector and may also be apprentices and engineering technicians. Applicants must be based in the UK and they welcome proposals from engineers, universities, science and engineering communicators and engagement professionals, colleges and schools.

Ingenious projects should provide opportunities for engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to bring engineering to the centre of society. They prioritise projects that reach diverse and underrepresented audiences including communities in the most deprived neighbourhoods in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and that engage with engineers and publics of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds.

Closing date for applications: 4pm Monday 23 September 2019
UK job opportunities
Head of Public Engagement and Programmes
History of Science Museum, Broad Street, Oxford
Deadline: 2nd September
Salary: £40,792 - £48,677 p.a.
Head of Curiosity
Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Hampshire
Deadline: 17th September
Salary: £32,000 - £35,000 per annum depending on skills and experience
Project Coordinator (Research & Communities)
Institute of Physics, Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London
Deadline: 15th September
Salary: up to £23,000 plus excellent benefits
Learning Events Programmer
National Railway Museum, Yorkshire
Deadline: 8th September
Salary:£22,000 per annum
Youth Engagement Project Manager
National Museums Scotland
Deadline: 8th September
Salary:£34,151 to £37,136 per annum
Public Engagement Programme Coordinator
Imperial College London
Deadline: 8th September
Salary: £31,770 – £36,009
Audience Development Manager
English Heritage, London
Deadline: 30th September
Salary: £34,060 per annum
Prostrate Cancer
London Bridge
Salary: £38-40k
National and international dates for the diary
  1. World Alzheimer’s Month – 20th September
  2. Festival of Learning have a go month – 1st September
  3. International Day of Charity – 5th September
  4. Great British Beach Clean – 20th September
  5. Recycle Week UK – 23rd September
  6. Black History Month – 1st October
  7. Go sober for October – 1st October
  8. World Space Week – 4th October
  9. International Astronomy Day – 5th October
  10. World Antibiotic Awareness Week - 12th to 18th November
  11. International Men's Day - 19th November
  12. Universal Children's Day - 20th November
  13. World AIDs Day - 1st December
  14. International Day of People with Disability - 3rd December
  15. World Wildlife Conservation Day - 4th December
  16. Human Rights Day - 10th December
Do you have any interesting stories, events or jobs that you think are relevant to the science communication and science visitor attraction sector? If so, we want to hear from you! Get in touch with the ASDC team: info@sciencecentres.org.uk
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