Children and adults exploring a digital science exhibit.

UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres 

UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) is the national organisation that brings together the UK’s major science engagement organisations to play a strategic role in the nation’s engagement with science. Within our network are over 60 of the nation’s largest publicly accessible Science Centres, Discovery Centres, Science Museums and scientific bodies. Together, our vision is for a society where people of all backgrounds and in all parts of the UK are inspired and fully involved with the sciences.

Every year in the UK, 20 million people of all ages and backgrounds choose to engage with science at one of the UK’s Science and Discovery Centres or Science Museums. This equates to 385,000 people every week who come to our member centres to explore and discuss science in an involving and personal way. Over ten million are girls and women. Over half those who participate are school-age children.

Science and Discovery Centres and Science Museums are embedded in the heart of their communities in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They all have long-term relationships with communities, schools and families as well as local institutions such as universities, industry, local government, MPs and the media. ASDC National STEM Programmes leverage this national infrastructure, expertise and investment offering families and the wider public across the UK unusual and exciting opportunities to discover, discuss, question and explore the latest science, engineering and research.

Dr Penny Fidler is the CEO of ASDC and believes “As a nation and as a global society we have some major challenges ahead, especially around climate and carbon. It will take a combination of technological innovation and societal change to address these. Science Centres are forward-thinking actors in this space, and ASDC creates National Strategic STEM Programmes designed to encourage scientific innovation and creativity in people of all ages and backgrounds in all parts of the UK.”

​ASDC is a National Charity predominantly funded through individual project grants. 

This website was developed by Rachael Baker, Dr. Katherine Deane and Andrew Keenan on behalf of ASDC with the support from the ASDC team (Shaaron Leverment, Rachael Tapping, Abi Ashton).  

The development of this website was generously supported by STFC

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