2020 YEAR AT A GLANCE
As a national platform, we advocate on behalf of the broader science centre and science museum sector to communicate the value of informal science, technology, and innovation engagement, raise professional standards, and inform policy.
2020 proved that we can achieve much by working together.
As we look back on this year of disruption, we can all be incredibly proud of the resiliency and creativity of our network, and deep empathy exhibited in how we’ve supported each other.
(Reporting back on our Strategic Priorities as outlined in our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.)
1. National Leadership
Embrace a leadership role in helping to advance Science and Innovation Culture in Canada through collaborations on a national stage.
The initiative is now fully staffed with a team of 7 people. ScienceUpFirst aims to share the best available science in creative ways to stop the spread of misinformation online.
Learn more about #ScienceUpFirst and how you can get involved here.
2. Cultivating Ecosystems
Enhance connections and sharing within our network, between members and collaborators, opening our doors wider and leveraging relationships and partnership opportunities. The CASC network will apply an ecosystem approach to fostering collaboration across our members.
Learn more about COVID-19 related support for our members here.
To stay up to date with the flow of information surrounding the pandemic and to provide updates on government support, CASC increased the distribution of our quarterly newsletter to weekly. As things settled, we decided to commit to monthly Newsletters.
With this increase of communication to our network we are able to share more timely Association Updates, Announcements from our Members, Partners, Friends, and Community as well as Opportunities for Funding, Professional Development and Partnerships.
Sign up for our newsletter here.
As planned (pre-pandemic) we hosted our CASCADE AWARDS in May, 2020. With in-person gatherings at a halt we got creative and moved to a virtual platform. At 212 attendees it was an incredible event that brought us together at a time when we were still all reeling from the start of the pandemic (3 months in).
Watch the recording of the 2020 CASCADE Awards here.
In September we hosted our first-ever virtual AGM. We moved the planned Keynote Panel (The Future of Science Engagement) from the cancelled CASC 2020 Conference to be included in the AGM’s programing. Attendance was at record high for any CASC AGM at 137 attendees - ⅓ of whom were guests!
Watch the recording of the Keynote Panel: The Future of Science Engagement here.
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The CASC office is situated in Robinson Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. We pay respect to their traditions, ways of knowing and acknowledge their many contributions to the innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Clearly and overtly this gratitude must be demonstrated in our collective commitment to truth and reconciliation, by working to transform existing relationships, with open dialogue, mutual understanding and respectful collaborations