Kate Bennett and Dean Briere will host the 2019 ASMD Directors Forum in Rochester and Ithaca, New York on February 4-6, with travel days on February 3 and 6 (afternoon). The Rochester Museum & Science Center will serve as the base of operations, and we have negotiated a room block with the nearby Strathallan Hotel in Rochester. The meeting will feature a day trip to Ithaca to explore Sciencenter, the Cornell Lab or Ornithology, and the Cornell Veterinary College with their leadership staff and outstanding science communicators. The program committee, ASMD Vice President Julie Stein, ASMD President Sarah George, Kate Bennett, Dean Briere, and Bonnie Styles, has developed an invigorating program that will feature the Directors’ Round Table, a panel discussion about addressing polarizing issues, frank dialog on hot topics, presentations by thought leaders, insights from our host museums and their Directors, behind-the-scenes exploration of other local museums including the George Eastman Museum and the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester with members of their leadership teams, and ample time to brainstorm about shared issues and concerns with your colleagues. The Preliminary Program for the 2019 Directors Forum is posted here and under Updates for Members.
Images from our 2018 Directors in Houston are provided below. We hope that you will attend the 2019 Directors Forum.