Global Trends and the Role of Science Centers

Saturday, September 29, 2018: 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Meeting Room 12 (Connecticut Convention Center)
Session Leader:
Lesley Lewis, Past Chair of ASTC and former CEO, Ontario Science Centre
Presenters:
Tim Ritchie, President, The Tech Museum of Innovation, Robert Firmhofer, Director, Copernicus Science Centre, Linda Conlon, Chief Executive, International Centre for Life, Hans Gubbels, CEO, Continuum, Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director, The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, Erik Jacquemyn, CEO, Jacquemyn & Associates, Jeff Rudolph, President and CEO, California Science Center, Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO, Arizona Science Center, Silvia Singer, General Director and CEO, MIDE, Museo Interactivo de Economía and Kevin Von Appen, Director, Science Communication, Ontario Science Centre

Science centers enjoy a high degree of trust in their communities. In the current political/social environment is there a broader role to play beyond engaging people with science? Are we ready for such a role? If not, will others step in, creating risks for our future relevance?