June 17, 2021


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The CASC Board of Directors and staff would like to thank you for attending our first ever virtual conference.

We set a record with 373 registrations!

Over the course of three days, 29 speakers shared their wisdom during 3 live keynote/plenary panels and 9 pre-recorded sessions with live Q&A segments.

We connected with our colleagues during 3 demo breaks and 3 social networking activities.

The conference recordings are available on the virtual platform on demand for anyone who registered.

The conference would not be possible without our conference organizing committee, our program committee volunteers and our dynamic volunteer emcee, Ashley Larose.

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors for their support of the conference. Their financial contributions enable us to keep the registration costs low. We encourage you to work with organizations that support our industry!

We look forward to welcoming you to CASC 2022 next year!

Association Info

> AGM Notice: June 23, 2021 (virtual)

The Canadian Association of Science Centres will host the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members on June 23 at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) via Zoom.

Voting links have been sent to membership bundle administrators. If you are the voting representative for your organization and have not received the link, please let us know.

As a means of making the voting process more accessible to all members who will vote on important matters, we updated our bylaws last year to allow for online voting in advance of the AGM meeting. Thus, this year, voting will take place online from now until June 22 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

After the business portion of the AGM, we’re excited that the Canadian Space Agency will be providing a special presentation exploring their plans to support a series of engaging initiatives using the theme of the Moon to get Canadian youth excited about space and STEM.

Register Here!

> CASCADE Awards Nominations

Our 2021 CASCADE Awards will take place virtually on September 23, 2021.

This year, the CASC Board of Directors reviewed the CASCADE Awards structure. Based on member feedback and consultation, changes have been made to:

  • better reflect the impact of our members’ work and align with CASC’s Vision and Mission,
  • make the awards more accessible to all institutional members of CASC, including Science Centre/Museum Members and Affiliate Members.

There are now three (3) Individual CASCADE Awards and four (4) Institutional CASCADE Awards.

Individual CASCADE Awards:

    • Emerging Professional (NEW Category)
    • Exceptional Project/ Program Leadership (Revised Category)
    • Outstanding Career Achievement

Institutional CASCADE Awards (Revised Structure):

    • Category 1: $1M and over
    • Category 2: $250,000 to $1 million
    • Category 3: $50,000 to $250,000
    • Category 4: $50,000 and under

Click here to learn about CASCADE Award criteria and eligibility.

Keep an eye out for the call for nominations coming VERY soon.

> #ScienceUpFirst: Not everything on the internet is  true.

Always check the source of information before you share it. When you come across what might be bunk science… put it through the CRAAP test.

Currency: How recent is it? For COVID-related information, you want information that’s as up-to-date as possible.

Relevance: Is it written at the right level for the audience? Is it really about the topic, or something else?

Authority: Who wrote it? Are they qualified to speak on this topic?

Accuracy: Is it true? Can you find evidence for the claims in other reputable sources?

Purpose: Why was it written? Did the author have biases you should consider?

Follow #ScienceUpFirst for accurate, science based information:

News & Opportunities



          • #Scilit takes place September 20-26, 2021. This year, Science Literacy Week is partnering with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)and organizations across the country to encourage Canadians to explore how climates have evolved over time, how those changes have impacted our lives, and how our climates might change in the future. Become a partner.
          • ASTC 2021 Annual Conference will be online Tuesday, October 5 through Thursday, October 7, 2021, with Pre-conference ASTC Intensives Tuesday, September 28 through Friday, October 1, 2021. Call for Proposals deadline is this Friday, June 18.

          CANADIANS and FRIENDS OF: CASC missed you last year but we’re looking forward to reconnecting at an online Canadian Get-together - Stay tuned for more details later this summer.

          FUNDING & GRANTS

          • Canadian Space Agency Contributions for Activities in Lunar Rover Science and AI-Enabled Robotics for Youth The contributions provided through this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) aim to support the development, promotion and delivery of a series of activities related to lunar science linked to lunar rover missions or to AI-enabled robotics to increase awareness and interest about space, and more specifically in STEM space, for an audience of youth from grade six (6) to twelve (12) (Cégep 1 in Québec) from across Canada. These activities are also expected to provide hands-on experience for youth, support to the educators, and make young Canadians aware of CSA projects and activities. Deadline July 22, 2021
          • PromoScience NSERC invites applications for initiatives that promote the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) to Canada’s young people. PromoScience supports activities and content designed for youth in elementary school and high school (including those in the equivalent first year of college in Quebec), and their teachers, and activities that will encourage Indigenous undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies in the NSE. Your application must be submitted to NSERC before 8:00 p.m. (ET) on September 15.
          • Need funding for an online project? Digital Museums Canada’s 2021 call for proposals opens June 16. Digital Museums Canada invests in online projects by Canadian museums and heritage organizations, helping them build digital capacity and share stories and experiences with people everywhere. Funding opportunities ranging from $15,000-$250,000.
          • The Gosling Foundation aims to support transformation of the nature sector to enable it to protect and restore biodiversity for the benefit of all. The Foundation’s interests include projects that 1) enhance the capacity of nature organizations to address the biodiversity crisis; 2) include conservation actions inspired by an appreciation for nature; 3) protect ecologically significant land; and 4) develop and apply youth and adult initiative, skills, and knowledge in aid of nature. Proposals can be submitted at any time and are considered at least quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 of each year.
          • Canon Canada Donations and Sponsorships Program supports Canadian organizations by providing project support or prizes for their fundraising initiatives. Donations are provided for Canadian-based registered charities and nonprofit organizations whose work and efforts are executed in Canada. Support is provided in the following areas: 1) Arts/Culture, including photography programs, education, museums, theaters, and art galleries; 2) Environmental, including local and national environmental initiatives; 3) Healthcare and Medical Initiatives, including hospital fundraisers and health walks or runs; and 4) Innovation, including digital imagery. Brand sponsorships and product sponsorships are also available. There is no deadline to apply. 

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              CASC empowers a national network of organizations who champion Science and Innovation by making science approachable, relevant, and accessible.

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              Canada has a thriving science and innovation culture of engaged citizens.

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