Welcome to the ASDC September 2020 Newsletter

Dear members and colleagues,

We send our best wishes to you and your staff at these difficult times. We know as the end of furlough draws near, the deep impacts of this pandemic are being felt painfully across so many of the UK's brilliant Science and Discovery Centres. We are keen to do what we can to support you all.

It has been heart-warming to see many Science Centres re-open in the summer holidays, and to hear such enthusiasm from families and communities who visited. We know that many more of you are making exciting plans to re-open in the October half-term and we wish you every success, free from lockdowns, for this financially critical week. Do tag us in photos so we can retweet and share the joy.

The new ASDC National Resilience Meetings for Science Centres are now twice a month on Wednesdays at 2pm. Do join us this Wednesday, Sept 30th, for the opportunity to talk with fellow senior leaders and find out the latest on  discussions with Government and the Chancellor’s announcement this week of the Job Support Scheme.

ASDC continues to lobby Government in a variety of ways to secure funding for our nation's future-focussed Science Centres. As most centres are not eligible to apply for the £1.57 million Culture Fund from DCMS, ASDC are driving a new campaign to secure funds. Find out more on Wednesday.

Now more than ever the UK needs our Science Centres to unlock science for everyone, to drive equity in learning and opportunity, to inspire curiosity about the world and help us all understand climate change. We look forward to working with you to achieve these ambitions.

Dr Penny Fidler
News and updates from the sector
Sustaining museums through and beyond Covid-19
Virtual Conference - Sustaining our museums through and beyond Covid-19
IATM is pleased to announce and promote a virtual annual conference on Monday 28 September 2020, a day of four linked webinars with a concluding session. The conference will be supported by Gateway Ticketing.

The conference is free of charge, but please register for the webinars you wish to attend.

Webinar 1: Operating museums in an epidemic – what have we learned?
Webinar 2: Can museums sustain themselves through digital content and income?
Webinar 3: Postal & Communications museums
Webinar 4: What will the ‘new normal’ post COVID-19 look like for Transport and Communication Museums?
Book a webinar
Escape the Everyday campaign
Visit Britain has launched Escape the Everyday campaign to support the UK tourism industry and help promote businesses and destinations across the country.

Organised across three themes – Discovery, Freedom to Explore and Treat Yourself – the initiative will showcase all that the UK has to offer, from vibrant cities to coastal retreats, museums and attractions.

All businesses, regardless of their size, are encouraged to get involved, and can do so in a number of ways from potential for broadcasting opportunities, brand partnerships and paid content partnerships. Visit Britain have created a free toolkit which includes further information about the campaign as well as a number of easily downloadable marketing assets.
Find out more
Venues required to enforce rule of 6, NHS QR code posters and contact logs
As you are all hopefully aware there is a legal requirement - that came into force on 18th September - for venues in hospitality, the tourism and leisure industry, close contact services and local authority facilities to:
  • Ask at least one member of every party of customers or visitors (up to 6 people) to provide their name and contact details.
  • Keep a record of all staff working on their premises and shift times on a given day and their contact details.
  • Keep these records of customers, visitors and staff for 21 days and provide data to NHS Test and Trace if requested.
  • Adhere to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

From 24th September, there will be an additional legal requirement for the same venues to display an official NHS QR code poster, so that customers and visitors can ‘check in’ using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details. Any designated venue that is found not to be compliant with these regulations mentioned above will be subject to financial penalties.
Create QR code poster
Resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our futures
  • COVID-19 has forced big changes in the way lessons are delivered.
  • But education worldwide needs an even more radical rethink.
  • Science, technology, engineering and maths are crucial to our future.
COVID-19 has forced more than 1 billion students and youth out of school, triggering the world’s biggest educational technology (edtech) implementation in history, almost overnight. Schools and universities are scrambling to redesign their teaching and learning to allow for students of all ages to study from home. While this raises huge practical and logistic issues for students, teachers and parents (especially women), it opens up a world of opportunities to reimagine what learning looks like in the 21st century.
Read full article
‘Thinking with your hands’ levels the playing field for disadvantaged learners in STEM
An approach to teaching that encourages learners to ‘think with their hands’ can break down barriers for disadvantaged students who have fewer opportunities to engage with science and maths, according to a new report from Cambridge University Faculty of Education.
The judgement is one of the main conclusions from the latest phase of a project called Tinkering EU, which is testing the potential of a teaching and learning method called ‘Tinkering’ to help more children and adults engage with STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Tinkering is a learner-centred, hands-on approach to science which emphasises making and doing, and is sometimes characterised as ‘thinking with your hands’.
Read full report
EU4Ocean Coalition event
The EU4Ocean Coalition is pleased to invite you to the online workshop Building Collective Ocean Literacy actions in the Atlantic and North Sea Basin, that will take place on 25th September, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST.

The purpose of our workshop is to identify collective actions for ocean literacy and capacity building in the thematic domains of Climate and Ocean, Food from the Ocean and Ensuring a Healthy Ocean, and to co-design a proposal of a joint roadmap that the EU4Ocean Platform members, Youth4Ocean Forum and EU Network of Blue Schools can carry out in the Atlantic and North sea basin. This roadmap will support changes in perception, values, attitudes and behaviour towards more sustainable production and consumption practices, management of the ocean and blue economy opportunities.

You will find more information about our workshop here.

Register here to join on 25 September 2020, at 14:00 CEST to find out more!
Find out more
UK Visitor Attractions Conference 2020
Centre for Life CEO Linda Conlon meets a dinosaur!
Returning for its 17th year, VAC - the Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions - is the leading networking event for visitor attractions, and this year, from your home or office you can gain access to the whole two-day conference and have up to 30 days’ access to the conference recording too!
VAC organisers are pleased to announce five more speakers for the conference:
  • Maggie Appleton, CEO of the RAF Museum and President of the Museums Association
  • Sue Biggs CBE, Director-General of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Kelly Molson, Managing Director, Rubber Cheese
  • Judith Owens, CEO of Titanic Belfast
  • Gino Zisa, Senior Insights Consultant, VisitEngland

​The expertise and creative ideas shared throughout VAC 2020 VIRTUAL will be relevant for all visitor attractions - large and small.
Register online now for just £60 per delegate

Group rates are available for five people or more, enquire: vac@bcdme.com
Next ASDC Coronvirus Resilience Call - Wednesday 30th Sept
We are currently running these calls fortnightly, with updates from the sector, the latest news on our lobbying campaign and guest speakers from individual Science Centres.

The next call will be on Wednesday 30th September at 2pm, chaired by our CEO Dr Penny Fidler discussing the new job support scheme that will be replacing furlough, along with the national letter about science centres in the press, and actions relating to achieving success in getting funding for science centres.

Please join us for this call as we bring the sector together for this important meeting. Booking is essential to attend.
Register here
ASDC AGM, 23rd October 
We are pleased to invite all ASDC members to the ASDC AGM. This will be held online on Friday 23rd October. We will also be holding elections for new Trustees to join the board, so please do get in touch with the ASDC CEO Dr Penny Fidler or the Chairman Ben Ward if you are interested in joining the Board.
ASDC Project Updates
Destination Space 2b
NASA's fifth Mars rover, Perseverance, launched in July and is the first rover to actually look for life itself on the red planet. Other rovers, such as the EU ExoMars Rover, have looked for evidence of life.

Find out more about ExoMars at one of our Destination Space delivery partners. 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
A new space sector intiative agreed this month forms an alliance between the Scottish spaceport consortia called the Spaceports Alliance. This group will represent the interests of the UK Spaceport communigy to facilitate rapid progress in developing the national infrastructure for an international promotion of, the country's space launch capabilities. Longer term, there is hope to include Spaceport Cornwall and Wales's Spaceport community to work on a collaorative UK approach.
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.
Scientists at CLARA, based at Daresbury Laboratory, have developed the first-ever compact particle accelerator proving that accelerators can be made cheaper, smaller, and made available for more applications. This is just some of the exciting STFC science that our Explore Your Universe partners centres share in their delivery.
Operation Earth Phase 2
We are delighted to announce that Operation Earth Phase 2 is now underway with seven Science Centres from across the UK, launching the new programme in the coming weeks. 
On the 28th and 29th September we will be running our exciting online Training Academy, bringing together staff from the seven centres and a host of external speakers and experts in environmental science. During the Training Academy we will demonstrate a host of new digital and remote activities as we adapt the programme to fit with the needs of the Science Centres and their audiences in these current times.
Find out more about this exciting project by going to the Operation Earth website
Find out more
Bridging the Digital Divide: Remote Engagement Strategy
Supported by STFC, the ASDC team delivered a virtual session on Bridging the Digital Divide, looking at remote engagement strategies to reach audiences who aren't online. Guest speakers from science centres around the UK talked about projects they’ve implemented to reach communities in their local area, motivations and sources of funding for this work as well as outcomes and impacts.
If you missed the session but would like to watch the recording and please get in touch.
Get in touch
Invitation to feature in a virtual 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 coming together to be curious! 
What's the show going to be about?
The show is dedicated to Science Centres 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.
Date and time
The show will be live on Twitter and shared across other social media platforms on Friday 9th October, with 10 mins allocated for each centre and community. Please email Sam if your centre would like to take part as soon as possible.
Email Sam
'MARS' arrives in Latvia
“White Night” has become a popular and integral cultural event in Riga, which takes place in early September of each year. This year’s forum was held for the tenth time, on from 5 to 6 September. The forum included 20 projects carried out by local art and cultural life organisers, as well as international artists.
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
Research and Engagement Officer
University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology
Salary: £29,176 - £32,817 p.a. Grade 6.1-6.5
Deadline: 19th October 2020
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