Professional Development Events

Find upcoming Science Festival Alliance events and programs for science festival professionals and practitioners. Email us to add your in-person or virtual event.

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2023 Science Events Summit

June 6, 2023
The Carter Center, 453 John Lewis Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

The 2023 Summit is going to be different. You'll still have time for sharing creative ideas to help you run your events. But this year the Summit is dedicated to the next evolution of our work together. Thank you for choosing to join us as we set the direction and shape of your community of practice. Because this year is more of a working meeting, registration was limited. We expect 40 - 45 attendees from across the US and Canada. Many of the Summit's sessions will involve work-shopping issues in small groups. There may be in-meeting changes to the Summit agenda as we respond to what we're hearing, but for now, the program below will give you a sense of what to expect from the meeting.

Science for All Summit

April 6, 2023
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

On April 5-6, 2023, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host the inaugural Science for All Summit at the Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill, NC. The Summit is a community convening to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The theme of this year’s Summit is From IDEA to Action.

2022 ASTC Conference Sessions and Happy Hour

September 14, 2022
Pittsburgh, PA

Catch up with the MIT Museum's Experimental Practice team at the 2022 ASTC Conference: we'll be presenting in two sessions, hosting a happy hour, and getting up to other mischief throughout Pittsburgh.

Science Events Summit 2022

June 7, 2022
Cambridge, MA

Save the date for the 2022 Science Events Summit!

American Alliance of Museums 2022 Conference

May 22, 2022
Boston, MA

At the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo we’re gathering for rejuvenation and inspiration so that you are invigorated to play a critical role in the future of the museum field.

2022 AAAS Communicating Science Seminar

February 17, 2022

This annual seminar provides opportunities for scientists, science communication researchers and public engagement practitioners to discuss and share research and best practices for science communication and public engagement. The seminar is appropriate for participants at all levels of science communication and public engagement – from those who are just beginning to explore ways to incorporate science communication and public engagement into their work, to those who are reflecting on and refining their practices. Through panels, audience discussion and breakout sessions, seminar participants will learn from one another, forge new connections and consider ways to apply what they learn in their own efforts.

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