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Welcome to the ASDC Newsletter

A round-up of the month's interesting updates, developments and opportunities for science engagement professionals across the UK.
A very warm welcome to our October newsletter.

It was a great pleasure to see many of you at the ASDC National Conference three weeks ago, and we look forward to hearing all your plans for the very first World Science Centre day on November 10th.

I was delighted to have been invited to give evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee in September for their inquiry into UK science communication. Please do read the information on the inquiry below.

ASDC's sucessful bid for capital funding for UK science centres, 'Inspiring Science' has now also come to fruition, with a total fund of £30 million. Round 1 of applications were submitted for the deadline last week and we look forward to some very exciting investment in UK Science Centres as a result.

The past weeks also saw Tim Peake's fantastic national tour culminating in a great evening at the Royal Albert Hall, which sold out in just 5 days. We also are pleased to announce that the ASDC programme Destination Space has now reached over 500,000 people in the past year and thank all the science centres who have delivered this .

We hope you enjoy this science engagement-filled newsletter and wish you a happy and busy October half term, as you bring great hands-on science to hundreds of thousands of families across the UK.

Dr Penny Fidler, CEO

This Month:


This Month's Top Stories

The 2016 ASDC National Conference

Many thanks to everyone who came to The 2016 ASDC National Conference at the Royal Society last month. The day was a great success, with over 120 delegates from over 60 science centres and science engagement organisations across the UK. 

Special thanks go to our excellent guest speakers and session chairs and our pecha kucha speakers. We would also like to thank The Science and Technology Facilities Council who sponsored the conference and the Royal Society for generously hosting the event.

Photos and speaker presentations will be available on the ASDC website soon.

Newton's apple seeds

The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres is delighted to announce a unique opportunity for our member Science Centres and Museums to be given seeds from Newton's Apple Tree, and to use these to grow their very own offspring of Newton's tree.
This rare opportunity is offered through a collaboration between ASDC and the team at Woolsthorpe Manor (National Trust) in Lincolnshire, birthplace and family home of Sir Isaac Newton. The tree is considered to be the inspiration for Newton's theory of gravity, when he sat in the orchard, watching the apples fall towards the earth.
This opportunity is to celebrate the World's first International Science Centre and Science Museum Day on November 10th 2016, a day backed by UNESCO and science centres around the world.

The apples are being collected now, and ASDC is seeking applications of interest from ASDC members to grow the seeds with local botanical gardens, schools, apple experts and community groups.

Register here

How are you celebrating World Science Centre Day?

November 10th 2016 is the World's first International Science Centre and Science Museum Day. This international day is backed by UNESCO and is being celebrated by science centres and museums across the globe.

For lots more information visit
Please upload all your events that day onto the map by going to and then clicking the green button 'upload events'. ASTC in the US will then put these on to the website along iwth all the other events globally. Be sure to mention your Newton's apple seeds, along with all events you are already running for schools and the public that day

There is also a facebook page you can follow -

Happy planning

Where should European research funding be allocated?

Thank you to everyone who took part in the online consultation for ‘The Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020’, (Cimulact). ASDC is the UK leading partner for this EU project which has been commissioned by the EU to shape where EU horizon 2020 research funding should go. The project has already asked more than 1000 citizens across 30 European countries for their views, and in the UK the latest group to be consulted were students aged 16-18 who did a magnificent job of exploring the issues and making recommendations.


Science and Technology Select Committee

Dr Penny Fidler, CEO of ASDC, provided evidence to the session of The Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into UK Science Communication. This session was held on September 7th 2016, was open to the public, and can be viewed here
The ASDC written submission can be found on the Parliamentary website here. All your submissions can be found here.


What a week for Tim Peake

Over the past 2 weeks Tim Peake has been touring the UK sharing the stories and science of his mission.

ASDC was delighted to see him at Techniquest in Cardiff for the start of his tour, with hundreds of very excited children (and adults) asking lots of questions about his mission. He then traveled across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland for other events, culminating in a sell-out night at the Royal Albert Hall. We were delighted that Destination Space was mentioned by Tim at so many of the events and pass on the honour to the talented staff at all 20 science centres who have been delivering space workshops and events celebrating Tim's mission for the past year.

Images from The Royal Albert Hall


The Crunch Continues

Science Centres across the ASDC network have had an incredibly busy summer delivering activities for the families programme of The Crunch. To date, we have engaged with over 150,000 people in centres and at over 150 outreach events. This month sees the culmination of most events in centres, but The Crunch continues, the fantastic school kits have been delivered to every school in the UK, and The Crunch Ambassadors have helped create a network of people who want to talk about our food, our health and our planet. Have a look online and see how you can get involved!


Destination space reaches 500,000 people throughout the UK

As Tim Peake starts his post flight tour around the UK, Destination Space continues to engage families and school children with his mission and the wonders of human spaceflight. Since the programmes launch in October 2015 Destination Space has engaged and inspired over 500,000 people through the fantastic work of 21 delivery partners throughout the UK. From family shows and schools workshops, to meet the expert events, there has been something for everyone. The reporting for the programme continues to run until the end of January, however it is hoped that the workshops and engaging activities will continue to run for many years to come.

Grants to host a Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize event

Deadline: 9 December

The Royal Society want to take the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize across the UK and are looking for enthusiastic science centres outside of London to hold events based on the science in the books shortlisted for the prize. 
They aim to expand the reach of the prize to new audiences, showing under 14s that science books are fun to read, and hopefully teach some science along the way. To help, they will contribute up to £500 to help with marketing, space, staff time etc as well as providing access to authors, administrative support and promotion of the events on our website, social media and newsletters.


Royal Astronomical Society Outreach and Engagement Fund

In 2020 the Royal Astronomical Society will be 200 years old. To celebrate their bicentennial, the Society is establishing an Outreach and Engagement Fund of £1,000,000 to support astronomy and geophysics projects that create a real buzz about science – understanding, discussion and dialogue – in diverse sections of the community.
RAS200 town hall meetings will be taking place all over the UK and internationally within the next few months, bringing together potential national partners and / or their local representatives with more local groups, who are likely to provide the volunteer effort needed to make funded projects a success. If you're involved with a local or national organisation that might be able to help or if you are considering applying for the grant they strongly recommend you attend one of these meetings.


Engaging Science funding: an update

Back in April, the Wellcome Trust announced that they were taking a break in their funding cycle to review the way they fund public engagement projects.

They have recently released an update on how the review is progressing. This includes some preliminary results from the review, and key dates for future funding applications.


Royal Society Public Engagement Courses

The Royal Society have launched some one day courses in public engagement for early-mid career scientists, aiming to give them the knowledge and skills required to create effective, research-led engagement projects.
Public engagement in practice – Thu 10 Nov 2016
Engaging with schools – Thu 2 March 2017 

Explore Your Universe: Phase 3 confirmed

ASDC is delighted to announce that Explore Your Universe: Phase 3 has now been confirmed.  This phase of the STFC funded programme will see Explore Your Universe reach out to new audiences. 
As part of phase 3, Techniquest Glyndwr will join the Explore Your Universe delivery partners to increase the reach in North Wales.

More details will be released in the next few months.


Eureka! wins at the Charity Awards 2016

We’re delighted to announce that Eureka! has taken the top prize in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category at this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

Eureka! won the award for their Access All Areas project which set out to bring more disabled children and their families to the children’s museum in Halifax. After connecting with local disability groups, the museum secured funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for a three-year initiative to offer accessible activities and bespoke services, the result of which was a 45 per cent increase in visits from families with a disabled child.
Leigh-Anne Stradeski, chief executive of Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, said:“We’re incredibly proud of our inclusive museum, and work hard to share our knowledge and experience with others who can benefit from it. Our museum has always been innovative in the field of children’s playful learning, and we’re delighted that we have been recognised with this wonderful award to celebrate our achievements”

Astro Academy: Principia lifts off

In 1687 Sir Isaac Newton transformed our understanding of the laws of nature through publication of the Principia and now the National Space Academy, UK Space Agency, and European Space Agency bring you Astro Academy: Principia – a unique science education programme including:

• Orbital experiments conducted by astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station,

• Dynamic analyses of the results

• Ground-based analogue experiment guides for students and teachers

• A suite of further space science and education guides

Astro Academy: Principia is a tribute to the enduring power of Newton’s genius and insight – the applications of which are, more than three centuries later, still enabling us to better understand the world around us.


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Communicate 2016

2 - 3 November, Bristol

WISE Conference 2016

10 November, London

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29 - 30 November, Bristol

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