This year’s conference will be held online Tuesday, October 5–Thursday, October 7, 2021. The conference will again be virtual, acknowledging that even as there are improvements in the public health crisis, the road to financial recovery for individuals and organizations will be long. It also builds on the success of the 2020 virtual conference, which garnered the largest attendance in ASTC history: more than 2,600 registrants.
The theme of the ASTC Virtual 2021 Annual Conference is Reflection, Recognition, and Renewal
It is vital to reflect on the crises experienced by science and technology centers and museums, the broader science engagement and science learning field, and the communities we serve. We recognize the significant losses that have happened, as well as the tremendous creativity and innovations. Together, we move forward and seek opportunities for renewal. Renewal does not assume we will focus on returning to things just as they were before. Instead, it is a call to strive to center what is working, expand promising experiments, replace what has not been working, and rebuild with equity at the core.