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To stay connected to ASTC’s Community Science Initiative and to learn about upcoming community science activities, including clinics, webinars, and more, sign up for our interest list below.

ASTC Community Science Clinics

 An opportunity for community science practitioners–at all levels of experience–to talk with their peers and seek advice from colleagues working on community science efforts. Each bi-monthly clinic will focus on a different theme, be grounded by short “discussion sparks” and use smaller breakouts to further discussion. 

Wednesday, October 5, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm EDT 

In our October clinic, we will discuss takeaways from ASTC’s 2022 Annual Conference (in Pittsburgh, PA September 12-15). The ASTC Community Science team will briefly recap highlights from their hosted sessions, and participants will be invited to share what they learned at conference. You do not need to have attended conference to participate in this clinic, as our discussion will focus on how to translate ideas into action for community science. Whether you attended conference or not, this is a great opportunity to learn from others about the sessions you missed! 

Upcoming Conferences

ASTC 2022 Annual Conference (September 12-15, 2022)

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference is one of the premier annual events for science-engagement professionals across North America and around the world. This year’s conference will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with Pre-conference Intensives on September 11 and the main conference September 12-15. 

ASTC 2022 will be co-hosted by the Carnegie Science Center and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and its MuseumLab. 

Pre-Conference IntensiveCo-designing Deliberative Events to Advance Community Priorities 
Sunday, September 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT 

Join us for a FREE pre-conference intensive to learn about Dialogue & Deliberation, a set of approaches that can help community groups identify or refine their priorities, make decisions about, and take action on important issues at the intersection of science, society, and policy. This event will feature two of ASTC’s Dialogue & Deliberation Fellows presenting alongside their community partners, and the full cohort will be present to provide their insights and answer your questions throughout the workshop. Each Fellow has recently piloted collaborative Dialogue & Deliberation efforts with a community partner, while attending to equity principles and navigating partnership challenges. 

We will also hear from two Dialogue & Deliberation experts from outside our field: Courtney Breese from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation and Nick Felts from the Kettering Foundation. During this intensive, we will share tools that can guide your learning and help prepare you to hold your own Dialogue & Deliberation events. 


Concurrent Session Advancing Community Priorities: Community Science in Practice 
Monday, September 12, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EDT 

Through community science, community members collaborate to conduct and leverage scientific research and technological innovation to advance community priorities. In our session, we will explore how to find common ground and share leadership with community-serving partners, as well as how to assess your readiness to embark on new collaborative efforts. 


Visit us at the ASTC Hub in the Exhibit Hall where you can learn more about our Community Science Framework and Initiative and speak with our Community Science team! 

Fellowship Opportunities in Community Science

ASTC Community Science Dialogue and Deliberation Fellowship Program

Status: Ongoing cohort.

ASTC is proud to launch a pilot fellowship program to nurture a corps of 10 science engagement professionals—based in ASTC-member science and technology centers and museums—to implement a dialogue and deliberation event in their community, alongside a community partner. This 12-month cohort-based training program will allow Fellows to develop skills in working collaboratively with their community partner at the intersection of science, technology, society, and policy, with a focus on using deliberation- and dialogue-based methods. Learn more about the current cohort.

ASTC Thriving Earth Exchange Fellowship Program

Status: Ongoing cohort; new opportunity opening in 2022

In partnership with the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) program and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), ASTC sponsors a collaborative opportunity for staff at ASTC-member museums in the United States to receive training on the TEX model and work with a community partner and an AGU or AMS scientist to advance the community’s priorities. Learn more about the current cohort.