ASMD

Association of Science Museum Directors

Association of Science Museum Directors

Updates for Members

2022 ASMD Directors Forum

Julie Stein (Burke Museum), Matt Hayes (Museum of Flight), and William Daugherty (Pacific Science Center) will host us in Seattle, WA during the first week in February. The program committee of Vice Presidents William Harris (Space Center Houston) and Tracy Calogheros (The Exploration Place + Science Centre) and our hosts have developed an exciting preliminary program, and we are excited to get back to our in-person format for the 2022 Directors Forum. Program elements will take place in all three host museums, plus we are planning special visits to the Amazon Spheres, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and Climate Pledge Arena. Mark your calendar now for February 1-4, 2022! Plan to travel to Seattle and arrive in time to participate in our 6:00 p.m. evening reception in the conference hotel (Hyatt Regency Seattle) on February 1. Make your return trip in the late afternoon or evening on February 4 or stay a few extra days in the hotel. The conference hotel room rate ($139 per night) has been extended to three days prior to and after the meeting based on room availability.

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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