Association of Science Museum Directors

Association of Science Museum Directors

Updates for Members

2023 ASMD Directors Forum in Cincinnati and Dayton

Mark your calendar now for the ASMD 2023 Directors Forum: January 31, 2022-February 3, 2023. Arrive in time for our informal evening gathering on Jan. 31 and stay through noon on February 3. The Cincinnati Museum Center and Boonshoft Museum of Discovery are co-hosting the meeting. We will be based in Cincinnati where we will explore the beautifully renovated Cincinnati Museum Center, their Geier Collections Center, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center with their Leadership Teams. A day trip to Dayton will feature the Boonshoft Museum, SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park, the U.S. Air Force Museum, and Carillon Historical Park. The program committee has targeted hot topics including partnerships, collaborations, ensuring diverse voices and perspectives, sensitivity to changing staff expectations, and digital assets and distance and STEM learning. We will hear from leaders from AAM and ASTC, U.S. Airforce Museum, Ohio History Connection, Carillon Historical Park, and our own members. Don’t miss this opportunity to strategize with other directors in an informal retreatlike atmosphere. Access the Preliminary Program here. The Registration Form is available here. The cutoff date for making hotel reservations at the conference hotel at the reduced conference rate is January 10 so make your reservations now.

2022 ASMD Reception for Directors at the ASTC Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh

We integrated our traditional ASMD Reception for Science Museum Directors at the 2022 ASTC Conference with a new special event hosted by ASTC!

We hope you joined us at ASTC 2022 on Wednesday, September 14 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the ASTC Rooftop Reunion and celebrate being back together and learning about our preliminary plans for the ASMD 2023 Directors Forum. Although this event was open to all attendees, ASTC set up special sections for ASMD and other groups to gather and engage with other participants. ASTC is provided all attendees with one drink ticket, and ASMD covered a second drink for ASMD members and other science museum directors interested in joining ASMD. Additional beverages were available for purchase at a series of themed bars. ASTC also provided light appetizers. This event was on the stunning rooftop terrace of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The venue provided access to panoramic views of Pittsburgh, and a good time was had by all. 

2022 ASMD Breakfast at AAM Annual Meeting in Boston

Our traditional ASMD Breakfast was held in person at the AAM Annual Meeting in Boston, MA on Friday, May 20 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in Room 205C in the Boston Convention and & Exhibition Center. The breakfast was ticketed ($35 per person) and registration for the breakfast was handled through the AAM registration process. All Museum Directors who work at museums with significant science content, exhibitions, and programming were welcome to register for the breakfast. This year’s breakfast was sponsored by PGAV Destinations, and this sponsorship will help support ASMD programs.

2022 ASMD Directors Forum

Julie Stein (Burke Museum), Matt Hayes (Museum of Flight), and William Daugherty (Pacific Science Center) hosted the 2022 Directors Forum in Seattle, WA from February 1-4. The program committee of Vice Presidents William Harris (Space Center Houston) and Tracy Calogheros (The Exploration Place + Science Centre), other Board Members (President Joe Keiper, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Pierce, Immediate Past President Todd Boyette, and Executive Director Bonnie Styles), and our hosts developed an exciting Final Program that you can access by clicking the link. We were excited to get back to our in-person format for the 2022 Directors Forum. Program elements and director-led tours took place in all three host museums, plus we arranged special visits to the Amazon Spheres, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Climate Pledge Arena, with optional free visits to the Space Needle and Museum of Pop Culture. Only ASMD Members, Associate Directors invited by an ASMD member, and CEO/Presidents invited by the ASMD President may participate in ASMD Directors Forums. You may check out the registration forum to get a sense of costs Registration Form. ASMD members may register a significant other on their registration form and they are able to participate in social and field trip functions.

2021 Virtual ASMD Directors Forum

The ASMD Board and Program Committee made the decision that our 2021 Directors Forum would be virtual because of ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 Pandemic. We utilized the dates originally targeted for the 2021 Forum. We held a virtual Happy Hour Reception on Sunday, February 7, and met on Monday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 9. ASMD Vice Presidents William Harris (Space Center Houston) and Meg Beckel (Canadian Museum of Nature) chaired the program committee and targeted excellent topics. Check out the Final Program here. The meeting was open to ASMD member directors in good standing and invited guests.

2020 ASMD Directors Reception at ASTC in Pittsburgh, PA-Canceled

We planned to host our third annual ASMD Reception for Directors at the 2020 ASTC Annual meeting in Pittsburgh (October 17-20). However, the 2020 ASTC meeting has been changed to a virtual format. These receptions are a great time for ASMD members and prospective members to learn more about ASMD, network with other science museum directors, and enjoy refreshments from the cash bar. We plan to schedule our ASMD Directors Reception for the 2021 ASTC meeting.

2020 ASMD Breakfast at AAM Meeting in San Francisco, California-Canceled

Our ASMD Spring Directors Breakfast was going to be held in conjunction with the  2020 AAM Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.  However, the AAM meeting was converted to a virtual format because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We plan to schedule our traditional breakfast for science museum directors for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting.

2020 ASMD Directors Forum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Todd Boyette, Director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosted the 2020 ASMD Directors Forum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The meeting ran from February 17 through noon on February 19, with travel days on February 16 and evening of February 19. We stayed in a block of rooms at the Carolina Inn, an iconic destination hotel in Chapel Hill located on the University of North Carolina campus within a short walking distance from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The program committee, led by Vice Presidents Julie Stein and Joe Keiper, also included Todd Boyette, Elizabeth Pierce, Denise Young, Terri Trotter, and  Bonnie Styles. They developed an invigorating program. A copy of the Final Program for the 2020 ASMD Directors Forum is attached here. Please note that registration for the 2020 Forum was limited to ASMD members and assistant directors invited by an ASMD member. If you are not a member, please consider applying for ASMD membership so you will be able to participate in a future Forum.

2019 ASMD Spring Breakfast at AAM Meeting in New Orleans

We hope you attended our ASMD Spring Directors Breakfast that was held in conjunction with the 2019 AAM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.  The breakfast was held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019  from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Marriott New Orleans, Napoleon room on the 41st floor of the River Tower. ASMD President Sarah George provided an overview of ASMD and recent activities, and Vice President Julie Stein previewed some of the plans for 2020 ASMD Directors Forum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

2019 ASMD Directors Reception at ASTC in Toronto

We hosted our second annual ASMD Reception for Directors at the 2019 ASTC Annual meeting in Toronto. The reception took place in the Toronto Convention Centre, Room 501 on Saturday, September 21 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  ASMD members and prospective members enjoyed learning more about ASMD, networking with other science museum directors, and refreshment from the cash bar.

2019 ASMD Directors Forum in New York

The 2019 Directors Forum was held in Rochester and Ithaca, New York on February 4-6. The Final Program and Schedule for the 2019 Directors Forum is available here.

ASMD Reception at 2018 ASTC Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut

ASMD hosted a reception for directors who are current or prospective members of ASMD at the 2018 Association of Science-Technology Centers meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. The reception was held on Saturday, September 29 in the Marriott Hartford from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The reception included a presentation about ASMD by President Sarah George, as well as a cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres. The event was well attended and resulted in several new ASMD members.

2018 ASMD Spring Breakfast at AAM Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona

The 2018 ASMD Spring Breakfast was held on Tuesday, May 8 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Sheraton Grand in conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting.

2018 ASMD Directors Forum in Houston, Texas

William Harris hosted us at Space Center Houston and the Johnson Space Center from January 29-31.  The link for the final program for the 2018 Directors Forum is provided here: Final program for 2018 Directors Forum in Houston, Texas

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