The Association for Science and Discovery Centres project portfolio

These pages give details of the projects run by
The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

Our most current projects are listed first and the equipment, training and resources from all our previous projects are still in use nationally.

Operation Earth
As a nation and as a global society we have some major challenges ahead, especially in relation our environment This project will engage, inspire and involve families with school-age children across the UK with the amazing stories, science and people of NERC's world-leading environmental research, highlighting the relevance of contemporary environmental science issues to their daily lives and to society's future.

The Secret World of Gases
The Secret World of Gases will bring alive a range of gases and celebrate their unexpected uses now and their huge potential for the future, especially the technological innovation that is vital as we move towards a lower carbon and more energy-efficient society.

CIMULACT engages citizens across Europe in shaping a desirable and sustainable future, by addressing what society really needs. Over 1000 citizens in 30 European countries have already helped to help shape where European research and innovation funding goes in the future.

This project aims to kick start greater collaboration between teenagers, science centres, schools, researchers, gender experts, policy makers and industry partners, in order to effectively engage and encourage 13-18 year old teenagers with STEM learning and future careers.

The Crunch
The Crunch is an exciting new UK initiative by the Wellcome Trust, about our food, our health and our planet. Family events, run by science centres throughout the UK, are sharing this message with 130,000 people in 2016

Destination Space
Celebrating Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station, Destination Space is an exciting and hands-on season of astronauts and adventure for families and schools. Get involved and find your role on Tim Peake's Space Crew!

Explore Your Universe
Explore Your Universe is a strategic partnership between the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) which aims to inspire a sense of excitement around the physical sciences through sharing the amazing stories and technologies of STFC.

Hands-on DNA: Exploring Evolution
Announcing our new national molecular biology project to extend the opportunity to explore evolution using high-quality, engaging molecular biology workshops to students across the UK.

Solar Sparks project
A project led by the School of Chemistry at Edinburgh University, and funded by EPSRC, investigating the future of solar power

EuroStemCell Project
Europe's stem cell hub: information, education, conversation

Sciencewise pilot project
A project led by Sciencewise, invesitgating ways of using existing dialogue events to help inform policy around science and technology issues.

NEF, Science on the Street
The New Economics Foundation has created an excellent resource to encourage conversation about key scientific issues in public spaces, involving members of the public.

time for nano Time for Nano
In collaboration with 13 partners in 10 countries across Europe, ASDC is developing ‘Time for Nano’. An exciting project all about nanoscience and nanotechnology.

dialogue academy Dialogue Academy
Dialogue Academy was a Wellcome Trust-supported training programme that focuses on how to embed dialgoue and debate into everyday activities in science centres.

doing dialogue Doing Dialogue
The Doing Dialogue project was collaboration between Ecsite-uk (now the Association for Science and Discovery Centres) and four UK science centres. The project aimed to enable young people's voices to contribute to
consultations on biomedical science and explore and improve
marketing of debate and dialogue events to schools.

Sound Matters
An innovative EPSRC funded project involving ASDC, a number of science centres in collaboration with sound scientists at two top universities.

Activities & events
The Association for Science and Discovery Centres is developing activities, debates, events for young people.

The Association for Science and Discovery Centres is working with UK centres to develop travelling exhibitions.
Travelling exhibitions pages >

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The Association for Science and Discovery Centres is working with science centres and museums to deliver professional training.

Small Talk - discussing nanotechnologies
The Association for Science and Discovery Centres is a partner in the Small Talk project.
Small Talk provides coherence to a range of activities around the UK, focused on discussing nanotechnologies with the public and scientists.

Science Centre Enrichment Activities
Awards have been made to small consortia of 3 – 4 science and discovery centres/museums in the UK for enrichment activities.


If you have a new project in the pipeline, or a current project that has potential for national roll-out, please contact, and let's explore the idea together.


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