UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres
Welcome to the ASDC June Newsletter
Dear members and colleagues,

As we all navigate this difficult path through the Coronavirus pandemic, the past 12 weeks have highlighted some astonishing qualities we have as a global society, crowded together on this one small planet. We have seen how rapidly humans can adapt and innovate when they must. How quickly things can be achieved through collaboration both locally and globally, and how vital strong communities, and science are when it really matters.

In the past week we have seen a rightful strong light shone on the issues of equity and non-equity globally and in our own communities, which I am sure has made us all examine how we can address these issues better and together for the future.

Now more than ever we need our Science Centres as thriving parts of our future communities, to unlock science for everyone, to drive equity in learning and opportunity, to make us greener and to share the opportunity to have a curiosity about the world and a lifelong adventure in science. We look forward to hearing your stories on #ScienceCentresForOurFuture
Dr Penny Fidler
ASDC Launch National Campaign Science Centres For Our Future
Science Centres For Our Future campaign is calling on the Government to set up an Emergency Resilience Fund to support the UK’s national network of over 40 Science Centres, many of which are at risk due to the measures they have had to take, and will need to take in the future as a result of during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We urge you to share your stories and experiences visiting Science Centres with us on social media using the hashtag #ScienceCentresForOurFuture.
We also have a pre-written email ready for you to send to your MP to support this campaign. Click the link below to take you to our campaign website.
Support the Campaign
Prof Alice Roberts Launches #ScienceUnlocked
ASDC Patron Professor Alice Roberts is currently doing a virtual tour of Science Centres across the UK. Every morning Alice is introducing Twitter followers to a different Centre and inviting the public to share their memories and stories using #ScienceUnlocked

Professor Alice Roberts has been Patron of the Association for Science and Discovery Centres since 2010. She believes that these Centres are crucial to inspiring interest and connections with science and the natural world in children, supporting lifelong learning amongst adults, and in making science accessible to the widest possible audience.

Please click the button below to watch the video of Alice giving her support to the campaign.
Watch Alice's Video
Coronavirus Resilience Support
These calls are regularly attended by over 50 CEOs and senior staff members from a wide variety of our membership around the UK. ASDC also invite guest speakers from Science Centres and international organisations to provide knowledge exchange between nations. These have included speakers from such as ASTC in Washington, The Dutch network of Science centres and a colleague from Singapore Science Centre and VSC to share their re-opening strategies with the network.
To find out more please visit our website where we have the most up to date information.
Find out more
#EcsiteOnline this week
#EcsiteOnline will be taking to your screens on 11 June, which would have been the first day of this year's Conference. The Ecsite day will be a full day of webinar sessions, a keynote lecture, games and activities as well as networking opportunities to help connect the network in these distancing times.
The full Ecsite day programme is now available on our new Ecsite app.
In the weeks running up to the conference date Ecsite have been hosting weekly webinars. ASDC's Deputy CEO Shaaron Leverment chaired their recent one called Equity & Diversity: supporting an inclusive response to the corona crisis.
You can watch the weekly webinars here: 
For more information and to download the #EcsiteOnline programme click the link below
News from ASDC National Programmes:
Now is a time to reflect on the successes of the past year and put all our learning into practice as we look to the years ahead.

Explore Your Universe Phase 4, has been focussed on powerful in-depth work through community partnerships, building lasting relationships and working with our most vulnerable and marginalised communities. To explore the impacts we are capturing, view our EYU4 bespoke evaluation tools here.

The learning from the first year of this programme is currently guiding development of a pan-European framework, developed with our European colleagues, focussed on supporting greater Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Discovery centres.

Eight Science Centres from across the UK have just joined our second phase of Operation Earth inspiring curiosity and conversations about current issues in climate and environmental sciences relevant in our everyday lives. 

Before Science Centres had to temporarily close in March, Destination Space activities were in full swing before bringing cutting edge UK Space Science to audiences around the UK through our thirteen delivery partners. We expect to see this exciting programme resume as centres reopen in coming months. We are also contacting our Destination Space Science centres to explore options for digital and other remote delivery of these exciting space resources to your schools and communities in these unusual times, as well as exploration around remote delivery possibilities.
In our other programme, Spaceports in Communities, we are working with five science centres and those communities closest to potential UK spaceports to showcase all the exciting science as the UK starts developing the capability to launch rockets into space carrying satellites. Again, Science Centres are busy behind the scenes exploring new ways of reaching their audiences with content about these spaceports and satellite applications.
Find out more
Lucid dreaming in lockdown: sweet dreams are made of this?
11 June 2020, 8:30-9:45pm
The Centre for Life in Newcastle are holding a Virtual Science Speakeasy this week on the subject of Lucid dreaming. 
Being in the driving seat of your wildest dreams can be a thrilling ride - perfect escapism for a world in lockdown.
The panel includes Professor Jason Ellis, Professor in Psychology at Northumbria University and Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, and Alice Robb, a science journalist and author of Why we dream, who became hooked on lucid dreaming during an archaeology research trip to Peru.
Please note registration required
ALVA Weekly Webinars
The Association for Leading Visitor Attractions has been hosting weekly webinar's on a host of different topics.

This week's webinar on Thursday 11th June, 12noon - 1pm, will be the final webinar and will be looking at the topic of 'not going back to normal...deliberately'
UK Jobs Opportunities
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