Welcome to the ASDC August 2020 Newsletter
Dear members and colleagues,
It has been heartening to see the first of the UK Science Centres re-open in the summer holidays, including the National Space Centre in Leicester, The Centre for Life in Newcastle and Jodrell Bank in Cheshire this weekend. Indoor hands-on Science Centres are capping their numbers around 25% to allow for social distancing, so covering costs is a challenge. Timed tickets definitely bring advantages and the current rainy weather, whilst not loved by all those on holiday, will provide a welcome boost in visitor numbers.
 
ASDC continues to lobby Government to secure funding for our nation's future-focussed Science Centres. We thank you all for sharing your latest data in four data collections since March. This data has been collated and analysed by myself and our team and updated data presented on four occasions to Government. Last week, I along with our current and former Chairmen, had meetings with both BEIS and DCMS.
Sadly it is now evident that most Science Centres will not be eligible to apply to the £1.57 million Culture Fund from DCMS, although the 20 or so of our members that are accredited museums or had previous grants can absolutely benefit from this.
 
This leaves the 30 or so UK Science Centres in a difficult position. Now more than ever the UK needs our Science Centres to be thriving parts of our communities, to unlock science for everyone, to drive equity in learning and opportunity, to make us greener and to inspire curiosity about the world and a lifelong adventure in science.
 
Yet they are being left out of all the cultural support, as if science were not a part of culture and not vital for our future.
Join us on twitter @sciencecentres and on our National Coronvirus calls re-starting in September to find out the latest.

Dr Penny Fidler
ASDC CEO
News from the sector
 
 
Support from the Arts Council
 
The Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme is now open, making up to £500 million available for cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure.
 
Key dates
 
Round One: 10 - 21 August 2020
Round Two: 21 August - 04 September 2020
 
Please note, whilst there are two rounds for this fund, approx 75% of the overall budget will be allocated to the first round
 
More info
 
Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
 
The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is part of the £1.57 billion rescue package announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across the UK from the economic impact of COVID-19.
 
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing £88 million of this to organisations in England through the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, based on criteria set by DCMS.
 
Please note the deadline for this funding was Monday 17th August.
 
More info
 
 
 
#Ecsiteonline
 
On 11 June 2020, which would have been the first day of the 2020 Conference, Ecsite hosted a day to (re)connect digitally. Thanks to Ecsite's members, all #EcsiteOnline events including Ecsite day were open and free to all professionals engaging audiences with science and technology.

Well worth watching, particularly:
Ecsite day (5/9) - Welcome back from Catherine Franche and "Crisis as catalyst"
Ecsite day (7/9) - "The future of business models"
 
More info
 
Report on visitor numbers
 
DCMS has published new visitor numbers to the National Museums for 27July – 2 August. On the plus side, the Tate Galleries, Horniman and Science Museum Group have now reopened (although visitor numbers for these are not yet available). However, for the four previously opened Museums, visitor numbers remain extremely low at an average of just 8.8% of what they would normally expect.
 
Read full report
 
Love Culture Week
 
As part of the Enjoy Summer Safely campaign, there will be a Love Culture week which began on 17th August. During which the Government is highlighting museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, cinemas and cultural organisations, big and small, across the UK. A toolkit including example social media posts and draft newsletter text will be circulated as part of this campaign.
 
More info
 
 
 
Join us on 3rd Sept for the Coronvirus Resilience Meeting for UK Science Centres and Museums
 
After taking a pause for a few weeks in August, the ASDC team is looking forward to welcoming you back to the National Calls.

The first will be on Wednesday 3rd September at 2pm, chaired by our CEO Dr Penny Fidler with input from colleagues across the UK.

The calls will be every 2 weeks from then on, unless weekly becomes necessary.

On this call we will hear the latest on where we are at with getting funding for UK Science Centres from Government, explore which centres have applied for the DCMS £1.57 billion and share the latest re-opening information and strategies from all the centres that have re-opened.

Join us for this call as we bring the sector back together for this lively meeting.
 
Please visit our website for more information on how to register. Booking is essential to attend.
 
More Info
 
COVID-19 Funding and Grants
 
 
£1.57 Billion Rescue Package
 
This unprecedented package, announced on 5th July, includes funding for national cultural institutions in England and investment in cultural and heritage sites to restart construction work paused as a result of the pandemic. 

The package includes:
  • £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million grants.
  • £100 million of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust.
  • £120 million capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects in England which was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The new funding will also mean an extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million).
 
The question still remains - are Science Centres eligible for this funding? WIth a strong focus on arts and heritage, the prospects are slim to say the least. As part of our ongoing campaigning on behalf of the sector, the ASDC team are meeting with Ministers from BEIS, DCMS and DFE to discuss supporting Science Centres going forward. Updates on this situation will be circulated by email in the coming days.
 
A note on the importance of data collecting:
Data collections were in March, April, June and August and each one has informed our lobbying position with data put to BEIS, DCMS, parliamentary inquiries and in the press. Well done to those who supplied data in the four national summaries of the current position. Each set of information has been collated and analysed and put to ministers or government. Without this data we cannot lobby on your behalf, and without full data sets we have to estimate your position, or interview you directly.
 
Find out more
 
Science Centres ROARING to reopen in August
Centre for Life CEO Linda Conlon meets a dinosaur!
 
We're all very excited to see these centres re-opening this month, after months of working hard to deliver online content as well as ensuring their centres are GoodToGo and safe for visitors:
 
ASDC Project Updates
 
 
Destination Space 2b
 
There are thousands of satellites flying over our heads every day at speeds nearly up to 8,000 metres per second, helping us communicate, capture, and navigate our daily lives.

Find out more about satellites at one of our Destination Space delivery partners which includes The National Space Centre, who hosted a whole week themed around satellite applications, and Dundee Science Centre who have hosted online space activities across the summer holidays. This national programme celebrates the innovation and skills within the UK space sector, covering UK space exploration and human spaceflight and aiming to engage 200,000 children and families across the UK
 
 
Find out more
 
 
 
Spaceports in Communities
 
Back in June the proposed spaceport site in Sutherland received planning permission from the Highlands council and Scottish government. The Government’s Spaceflight programme, LaunchUK, aims to launch small satellites from a number of proposed commercial spaceport sites in Scotland, Cornwall and North Wales.
 
ASDC’s Spaceports in Communities programme sees five partner centres delivering an education programme to engage and inspire school children, families and communities with the UK’s growing space sector. We’re working with communities closest to the proposed spaceports, to help share all the exciting developments of the UK’s space journey with children and families living in these regions.
 
Find out more
 
 
 
Explore Your Universe Phase 4
 
Explore Your Universe, now in its’ fourth phase, celebrates the physical sciences by sharing the amazing stories and science of the Science and Technology Facilities council (STFC). This phase works in partnership between Science Centres and Community 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.
 
In early August, CERN announced their observations of the decay of a Higgs Boson particle into two muons. This ground-breaking discovery in particle physics moves scientists an important step closer to understanding the basic forces that shape our universe.

This discovery was made by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN which are part-funded by STFC. Our Explore Your Universe programme is built around lots of hands on physics activities, including a salad-bowl particle accelerator to help explain some of this complicated science.
 
Find out more
 
Digital Strategies for Science Centres
Supported by STFC, the ASDC team delivered an online Digital Strategies Session for Science Centres on Wednesday 5th August. Over 40 people from Project Managers to Community Engagement Managers logged in to hear from sector experts on digital evaluation, measuring impact and reaching new audiences online. These included The Global Science Show, and a brand new, innovative platform from I'm A Scientist Get Me Out Of Here! More about these opportunities below.
 
If you missed the session but would like to watch the recording and find out more about digital engagement, please get in touch.
 
Get in touch
Invitation to take part in a Global Science Show!
There are a few positives to come out of 2020, and the Global Science Show is most definitely one of them. Run by science communicator Sam Langford, the Global Science Show is a brand new monthly celebration of science engagement through social media, with speakers, experiments and questions from people of all ages - all coming together to be curious! 
 
What's the show going to be about?
The idea is to have a dedicated show for Science Centres and Communities from around the world, inviting centres and their fans to take part and celebrate their amazing projects, activities and initiatives. This can be in the form of videos, threads, images and live interviews to really showcase your centre.

A theme
The day will ha
ve a theme around 'Reignition' giving centres a platform to come together and celebrate reopening, or new collaborations and ideas – interpret it how you like, be creative and go for it! Don’t let a lack of skills or the technology hold you back, Sam can support anyone who needs help.
 
Date and time
The show will be live on Twitter and shared across other social media platforms on Friday 11th October, with 10 mins allocated for each centre and community. Please register your interest by emailing Sam before Monday 8th September.
 
Email Sam
Talk to a space suit? Ask Bernoulli's Beach Ball a question
As part of the Digital Strategies Session we invited Shane McCraken from 'I'm A Scientist' to share his fabulous opportunity for Science Centres to host live chats with schools and community groups with exhibits  from your centres! This unique digital opportunity is free to ASDC members, so please get in touch with Shane if you'd like to find out more and take part.
 
Email Shane
EngineeringUK asking for activities for STEM careers platform
 
 
Bringing STEM to life through real-world engineering
 
Neon is a new digital platform for teachers being developed by EngineeringUK on behalf of the engineering community. Neon will bring together the UK's best engineering experiences and inspiring careers resources to help STEM teachers bring their subject to life with real-world examples.
 
The aim is to make it easier for teachers by curating the best experiences so they can be confident they are high quality with clear learning outcomes, they are engaging and inclusive, they support careers education and highlight real-world application of engineering.
 
The team are looking for activities that have a strong STEM careers focus, both face to face and online, to add to Neon before we launch in late September 2020.
If you have anything planned, then we would like to talk to you about how we can get it onto the platform!

Please get in touch with Dan and Charlotte on hello@neonfutures.org.uk
 
 
 
ASDC National Conference Dates Confirmed!
 
As you may have heard we have had to postpone the ASDC National Conference this year.
 
We are delighted to announce that the next National Conference will take place 6th and 7th October 2021 at Glasgow Science Centre in the run up to COP26, which has also been postponed until 2021.
 
More Info
 
Directors Forum Update
 
The 2020 Directors Forum will be hosted digitally from Technopolis in Mechelen, Belgium.
 
Manchester Museum of Science and Industry will now be welcoming attendees to their vibrant, friendly city in 2021.
 
More Info
UK Job Opportunities
 
Public Engagement Coordinator
Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge
Salary: £29,176 - £34,804
Deadline: 27th August
 
Research Communications Officer 
British Society for Immunology 
Salary: £25,000- £30,000 
Deadline: 1st September
 
Marketing & Communications Manager
PK Porthcurno
Salary: £28,000 pro rata
Deadline:7th Spetember
 
 
 
 
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