The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) brings together over 60 major science engagement organisations in the UK.
Together we strive for a society where people of all ages and backgrounds have an opportunity to enjoy and explore science, and feel a sense of shared ownership over its direction.
Each year our members engage over 20 million people with the wonders of science.
Our membership includes:
- UK science and discovery centres
- National museums
- Science festivals
- Learned societies and Research Councils
- Environmental organisations
- University departments
- Specialist outreach organisations
Together our members make up the UK’s largest publicly accessible network dedicated to both informal science learning and family science engagement. Collectively they employ thousands of dedicated science engagement professionals.
We warmly welcome to our membership, all organisations who share our vision of a society where people are intrigued, inspired and involved with the sciences.
Lobbying and Advocacy
ASDC works with government departments, MPs and national and public bodies to champion inspirational science learning and to increase the strategic role our members play in the nation's engagement with science.
Bringing staff across the UK together
We facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills, ideas and best practice between the thousands of staff in our member organisations across the UK. We hold seminars and training sessions targeted at specific staff, on topics ranging from business excellence to dialogue techniques. We also partner with members to run national meetings on specialist content such as climate science or the latest discussions in human genetics.
Funding, PR and other opportunities
We create national PR and publicity opportunities for members (for example, with the BBC and print media). We speak with national funders and alert members to the latest funding opportunities and disseminate a variety of other collaborative possibilities such as travelling exhibitions.
Offering collaborative projects to our members
We seek funds and partnerships for national strategic projects and invite members to participate. These include national skills and training projects as well as content specific projects such as The National Hands-on DNA project and our national strategic partnership with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Raising the profile of our members
We raise the profile of our members with the UK’s major national charitable trusts,industrial partners, science organisations, learned societies, and universities.
Advice, support and a central point of contact
ASDC acts as the central point of contact for the sector sharing the latest news and opportunities. We also offer advice on collaborative funding applications and provide introductions to others in the field. We work closely with science and discovery centres across Europe and worldwide, and we are happy to advise and introduce our members.
We welcome all science and discovery centres, museums, environment centres, other science engagement organisations and university departments who share our vision of inspiring and involving people with science.
The membership year runs from April 1 - March 31
Current Membership Fees:
The special rate of £350 for university departments is for public engagement and science education departments within universities. The membership is per department, not per university. Small centres or museums who are part of the university and attract visitors should join as small centres.
The reduced rate of £525 for Science and Discovery Centres is specially to assist:
- Smaller science and discovery centres
- Outreach-only organisations
- Science festivals
- Other smaller organisations specialising in inspiring the public with science
Supporting Members and Commercial Associates
We warmly welcome enquiries from visionary public, charitable and commercial bodies who support and fund inspirational science engagement activities. Please contact us for further details.
We welcome commercial organisations who offer products and services supporting our sector. This includes:
- Exhibition design agencies
- AV and IT companies
- Research and Evaluation companies
- Media organisations
Please contact us for details about Commercial Associate Memberships.
Our Commercial Associates are offered visibility with our membership, for example:
- A page on our website to engage our members with your services, including links to your website
- Participation in our annual ‘Suppliers mail shot’ to a named representative in every UK member organisation
- There are also opportunities for trade stands at our national conference.
To apply for ASDC Membership, please fill in the application form below and return to Maddy at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more information, simply telephone the ASDC office on 0117 915 0181 or email Maddy
Our membership year runs from April 1 - March 31 and new members will need to be approved by the ASDC Board. All full members can vote at the AGM and can stand for election to the ASDC Board. All new members must demonstrate scientific integrity in their work and sign up to the Ecsite statement on Science and Evolution.
ASDC Annual Membership runs From April 1 - March 31 each year.
Each year in early April we send your membership renewal invoice direct to your finance department. This invoice is marked FAO of a named ASDC contact at your science centre.
At the same time we email the same named person (usually the ASDC Network Rep or ASDC Trustee) at your science centre to let them know the membership invoice has been sent.
Simply pay the invoice by BACS or cheque. This is the method we would recommend as no charges are incurred by your organisation or ASDC.
If you would much prefer to pay by credit card, you can do so below. However, please note we have had to add the charge levied by PayPal of 1.4% to pay by credit card (which can be avoided by paying via invoice). The ASDC membership fees are £350, £525 and £950.
Please feel free telephone the ASDC office on 0117 915 0181 if you have any questions.