UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres
Welcome to the ASDC February 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 February 2020 newsletter
Wishing all our colleagues across the UK and Europe a warm and happy start to 2020 and looking forward to working with you across the year.
It was delightful to see so many of you at the ASDC National Conference in November, where we focussed on climate, and inclusion and had over 40 speakers and discussion hosts across two vibrant days, sharing ideas and knowledge. The photos, talks and discussions are on our website.
ASDC has climate at the top of our agenda and we are delighted to announce our 2020 National Conference will be in Glasgow in September, in the run up to COP26 (details below). We have already held our first COP26 conference call for members to share what we are doing.
We are also pleased to announce we are about to start a new national environment programme, Operation Earth 2, alongside our wide variety of communities programmes, some of which are outlined below. Hoping you all have a wonderful Februray half-term and beyond. 
Announcing the 2020 ASDC National Conference to be in Glasgow in September
We are delighted to announce that the 2020 ASDC National Conference will take place at The Glasgow Science Centre on 23rd and 24th September in the lead up to COP26.
Save the date! 
If you are interested in exhibiting, presenting a lightning talk, or hosting a discussion table at the 2020 conference please get in touch as we would love to hear from you.
More information regarding the conference will be posted in the coming months and bookings will open in May. 
The ASDC National Conference 2019: Vision 2030
The 2019 National Conference was a fabulous two days packed full of thought-provoking talks from our guest speakers, inspiring discussion sessions, and exciting and innovative exhibitors. We were delighted to be joined by over 160 delegates from 80 different organisations from across the UK.
The conference focussed around Vision 2030 and what we could all be doing in our sector to push towards those goals. We asked everyone to make pledges personal or public, and were delighted to hear that 8 centres have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050! 
We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors the Science and Technology Facilities Council, to the Science Museum for hosting, and to our fabulous exhibitors:Tech Up and Go, First Tech Challenge UK, Soil Association, MEL Science, Digital Visitor, Hüttinger, Dream Reality Interactive, and STFC.
To view the slides from the talks click here 
And for photos from the conference go to our flickr page here
Read more here
ASDC AGM  2019
During the conference we held the ASDC AGM where members discussed the highlights of ASDC's work over the past year, reviewed our finances, and looked at strategies and partnerships for the future. 
We were delighted to welcome our newly appointed Chair Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre.
We gave a huge thank you to our outgoing Chairman of four years Chas Bishop. We also were delighted to welcome Scot Owen as our new treasurer and thanked Liz Hodge our previous treasurer who was retiring.
We welcomed new trustee Donna Speed, CEO of We the Curious, Bristol and thanked Terry O'Connor from STFC and Linda Leuchars from Dundee Science Centre for all their work as ASDC Trustees since joining the Board. 
Click here for more information about the ASDC Board of Trustees 
This Month's Top Stories
Explore Your Universe Phase 4: Communities Programme
Explore your Universe is ASDC's national strategic STEM programme run in partnership with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Phase 4 is working with communities across the UK and will increase the reach, impact and legacy of the current successful national Explore Your Universe programme.
December saw the midpoint of Explore Your Universe Phase 4 and brought together the 8 UK participating centres and community partners for an enlightening review meeting.

Over the 2 ½ year programme, our mission is to identify the practices that successfully build sustainable partnerships between science centres and community-based organisations, in order to truly involve families in areas of socio-economic deprivation and encourage equitable participation with communities who may not currently engage with our Science Centres. 
Link to website
                    Destination Space Phase 2
We are delighted to be working again with the UK Space Agency to create and deliver Destination Space 2, an exciting new national space education and engagement programme for families and schools. 
ASDC has trained and equipped 13 Science Centres across the UK who begin running activities from this month. They will celebrate the latest in the ExoMars mission and the Webb Telescope (both launching into space in 2021), UK Spaceports in Scotland, wales and Cornwall and and satellites applications, especially aroundthose used for earth observation. 
This programme follows on from the huge success of the Destination Space 1 education programme, which was run by ASDC and funded by the UK Space Agency. This national STEM programme was a huge success engaging with 914,646 children and adults in our schools workshops, family shows, and meet the expert events with 2.1 million people taking part in all the exhibitions and activities.
Link to website
Spaceports in Communities 
In October ASDC launched our Spaceports in Communities programme, working across the rural and remote areas of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, and rural Cornwall and North Wales.
Spaceports are likely to start operating in the UK from next year (2021), and this is to bring the latest science and engineering to communities, children and families who are geographically remote from STEM, and close to the Spaceport proposed locations. This programme is funded by the UK Space Agency and Launch UK.
The aim is to help share all the exciting developments of the UK’s space journey with children and families living in these regions closest to the proposed spaceports who might otherwise not have access to all the spaceports engagment activities being run by the 13 Science Centres in ASDC’s Destination Space Programme.
COP26 in Glasgow in November
2020 will be a very exciting year for the UK. COP26 is coming to Glasgow on 9th - 19th November 2020 and is expected to be the most important climate talks since Paris in 2015.

This is a critically important time in our planet’s history. After years of industrialisation and pumping out greenhouse gases, the science is unequivocal. We need to reduce our carbon usage rapidly, and transition onto lower carbon fuels and technologies.

Humans are still able to make large and significant changes, and COP26 in Glasgow will hopefully be the place where all these agreements are made. The National Grid is aiming to be at zero carbon in 5 years. The UK Government has made a world-leading commitment for the UK to be carbon neutral by 2050. Science Centres across the UK are striving to cut carbon and looking at how and when they can themselves become carbon neutral.

COP26 will be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted, attracting 200 heads of Governments from around the world and over 30,000 delegates.

ASDC has begun bringing people together to discuss our actions, including our first COP26 conference call in January. We will continue to bring UK Science Centres and Museums together to find ways to involve the public in discussion around how we as a nation and global society can make the rapid and robust changes required as made clear from the scientific evidence.
The ASDC Special Educational Needs Conference 2020 
We are delighted to announce that ASDC and Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium are hosting our first Special Educational Needs Conference. It will take place on 14th May at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. 
We will be exploring how to reduce barriers including visual, hearing and physical impairment, as well as strategies to overcome intellectual and emotional barriers to access. The day will be an opportunity to hear case studies from people who have been affected by limited access and a chance to explore the small changes that can make a big difference.
Part of the day will be spent sharing ideas and we would like to showcase some of the good practice carried out in the sector. If you have something you would like to share in a 3 minute presentation (no more than 3 slides) then please get in touch.
Bookings will open in March.
Image credit Lightyear Foundation
Framework for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
ASDC has been instrumental is obtaining the first awarded Ecsite Collaborative Grant  to advance a Framework for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across the European Science Centre and Museum network. ASDC is leading in this work in collaboration with the Science Center-Network (Austria), VSC (Dutch Association of Science Centers and Science Museums), TRACES (France) and Algarve Ciência Viva Museum (Portugal).
Science Centres and Museums are welcome to get involved and be part of this Framework development by the sector. This spring, working groups are meeting online across areas of Strategy, Content, Access, Staff and Partnerships, to inform the framework structure. During and following the Ecsite conference (11th -13th June) you and your organisation may also want to become a pioneering-pilot, putting the newly developed Framework draft to the test from Summer 2020.
Please contact if you’d like to plug into this vibrant, growing and passionate network of over 140 advocates and activists championing diversity, equity and inclusion across our sector.
More info
ASDC Dinner at the Ecsite Conference in Ljubljana 
ASDC are delighted to invite members and friends who are attending the Ecsite Conference to join us for the ASDC Dinner on Wednesday 10th June from 7:30pm and dinner at 8:15pm.
The 2020 Ecsite Conference will be held in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital city.  The main conference is taking place from Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th of June in the Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The Dinner will be hosted by the ASDC team and Trustees and bookings will open in April.
Winners of Newton's Space Saplings announced
We are delighted to share that four of our ASDC members have won the bid to host saplings from Newton's apple tree that were flown into space with British astronaut, Tim Peake.
In 2015 apple pips from Newton's Apple Tree at Woolsthorpe Manor were taken on the Principia mission by Tim Peake to the International Space Station.The pips then spent six months floating in microgravity as part of the ‘Pips in Space’ project. On their return from space in 2016, the well-travelled pips went to Wakehurst Place, part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where they were nurtured into ‘space saplings’.
The UK Space Agency, the National Trust and Kew, who worked together on the project, teamed up with South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) in Lincolnshire to launch a bidding process to find partners to host the trees and that share a commitment to inspire future Newtons. 
The 8 winners who will host Newton’s space sapling are:
  1. Eden Project (Cornwall) * 
  2. Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Cheshire) *
  3. Catalyst Science Discovery Centre (Cheshire) *
  4. Woolsthorpe Manor (Lincolnshire) *
  5. The Royal Parks and National Physical Laboratory (Middx)
  6. South Derbyshire District Council, Environmental Education Project at Rosliston Forestry Centre (Derbyshire)
  7. Brogdale Collections, Home of the National Fruit Collection (Kent)
  8. United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (Vienna)
* ASDC member
Martin Pearson, CEO of Catalyst said
“We are delighted to have been awarded one of the eight space saplings in the UK. This is an exciting story to inspire all ages. Combining Newton’s gravity to Space Exploration. I hope as many people as possible come to see the Space Sapling and join us at Catalyst in igniting the curiosity of all on the wonder of science.”    
Find out more
First Look! | The Home of Science In North Wales Has a New Name
Techniquest Glyndŵr have revealed their exciting new look and name. Following months of consultation with thousands of people across North Wales and the North-West, the new name has now been revealed as ‘Xplore!’
A list of over 200 names was whittled down to just three during the latter stages of 2019 with the general public voting on their preference, with ‘Xplore!’ the overwhelming favourite across several demographics.
Their new branding coincides with their multi-million pound move to Wrexham town centre later in the year.

Scot Owen, Centre Manager at Techniquest Glyndŵr said:

"We’re really pleased to be able to reveal our new name and branding to the general public, who have had a huge part to play in this process. We haven’t just taken the advice of our visitors and the community, but each step has been co-created with them.

2020 is set to be our biggest year yet with lots of exciting changes not only for our organisation but the town centre community."
The 30th Anniversary of the 'Pale Blue Dot'
The Pale Blue Dot photograph of planet Earth was taken in1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a distance of about 6 billion kilometers and the anniversary will be celebrated on 14 February 2020.
This unforgettable image illustrates the unique astronomical perspective of our planet Earth. From space, national boundaries disappear, and the fragility of our world becomes very evident.This perspective is pertinent to our current times, reminding us that we are all global citizens and the need for us to take care of our home planet.

The International Astronomical Union is inviting everyone to recognise this significant anniversary between 13th-20th February 2020 by organising activities around the topics of global citizenship and environmental awareness.
A dedicated website has been set up to provide a collection of resources and activtiy ideas to fascilitate the organisation of activities.
Find out more
Step into an interactive digital forest at Eureka!
Eureka! in Halifax is delighted to announce the opening of their exciting new digital art exhibition, Arboreal.
The new exhibiton, which opened on 18th January, was created by US artists David Glicksman and Moses Journey, and invites families to step into a large scale interactive digital forest, giving kids the opportunity to interact with an array of plants and magical creatures. Games include propelling animals around a giant woodland pinball machine and taking selfies with fireflies swirling around them. 

Eureka! is the UK's only national children's museum and since its opening it has attracted £22 million of capital investment, employed more than 2500 people, won 60 local, national and international awards and changed the face of the sector by spearheading a more immersive and interactive approach to traditional museums throughout Britain.
Watch the video
The Natural History Museum's excellent new strategy
The Natural History Museum has launched its bold new strategy entitled ‘A planetary emergency’ with a focus on creating advocates for the Planet.
In their new strategy, they state:
We face a planetary emergency. Our future depends on the natural world, but we are not combating our own destructive impact on the planet.
Earth is now changing fast under the influence of human behaviour. Climate change and biodiversity loss are just some of the manifestations.

By threatening natural systems, we threaten our own future. We must act now, we must act on scientific evidence and we must act together.

Our vision is of a future where both people and planet thrive.

Our mission is to create advocates for the planet.
Link to website
STFC's Swindon Science Festival
STFC will be sharing some of their great science and hands on activities at the very first Swindon Science Festival.

All are welcome to come along to STEAM, museum of the Great Western Railway on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February 10am-5pm
Themes for the event are:
Health and Medicine
Energy and Environment
Gaming, VR and Coding
Space and Astronomy
Future of Travel

There will be other interactive exhibits, inspiring science shows and challenging talks and panels will engage the public with the technologies of today and tomorrow.

Find out more
Funding and Grant Opportunities 
Call for applications for the Space for All community funding scheme  
Deadline: 7th February 2020
The UK Space Agency anticipates making at least £65,000 available under its ‘Space for All’ community funding scheme for financial year 2020–2021.
This is a competitive process which seeks to offer small grants up to a maximum of £10,000 for each award. The scheme is run to support the education and outreach aims and objectives of the UK Space Agency, as set out in its Education, Skills and Outreach Strategy.
Education and Outreach small grants scheme
Deadline: 15th February and 15th August 2020
The Royal Astronomical Society small grant scheme is offering grants of up to £5,000. A range of public outreach activities are funded, such as development of public events, training workshops, broadcasting or podcasting, and development of educational material.
For more information regarding the critieria of the grant please clikc the link below. Applications are assessed twice a year and awards announced within three months. 
Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme
Deadline: 1st June 2020
The Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme provides financial support for the delivery of pathology-related activities and events in the UK. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related public engagement activities or events.
 Conferences and Events
STFC's Swindon Science Festival
21-22nd February
UK in Space Festival 
National Space Centre
8th March
Big Bang Fair
NEC, Birmingham
11th-14th March
Engage 2020
Etc.Venues County Hall, London
28th-29th April 
SEN Conference
Winchester Science Centre
14th May
Women in STEM Conference 2020
21st May
2020 Ecsite Conference
Ljubljana, Slovenia
11th - 13th June 
EAUC's Annual Conference: CLIMATE 2020
23rd-24th June
Bluedot Festival
Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire
23-26 July
British Science Festival
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
8th-12th September
ASDC National Conference 2020
Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow
23rd - 24th September
New Scientist Live 2020
ExCel London
15th-18th October
COP26: UN Climate Change Conference 
9th-20th November
National and International dates for the diary
  1. Children's Mental Health Week - 3rd February
  2. World Cancer Day - 4th February 
  3. International Day of Women and Girls in Science - 11th February
  4. 30th Anniversary Pale Blue Dot - 14th February
  5. National Careers Week - 2nd - 7th March
  6. World Wildlife Day - 3rd March
  7. British Science Week - 6th March
  8. International Women's Day - 8th March
  9. Sport Relief - 9th March
  10. Disabled Access Day 16th March
  11. World Water Day - 22nd March
  12. Apollo 13 50th Anniversary - 11th April
  13. Earth Day 50th Anniversary - 22nd April
  14. National Space Day -1st May
  15. World Environment Day - 5th June 
  16. International Day of Peace - 21st September
  17. World Space Week - 4th to 10th October
  18. World Mental Halth Day - 10th October
  19. International Science Centre & Museum Day - 10th November
  20. Astronomy Week - 14th to 22nd November
UK Job Opportunities
Communications and Digital Manager
UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres
Deadline: 23rd February 
Salary: £37,000 - £40,000 pro rata for 3 days a week
Public Engagement Officer
The Royal Society
Deadline:23rd February
Salary: starting from £29,376
Senior Manager - Public Astronomy
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Deadline:23rd Febraury
Salary: £35,000 - £45,000
Lead Maker
International Centre for Life
Deadline: 18th February 
Salary: £23,000 - £25,000 
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