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Professional Organizations

Many professional membership and other national organizations host meetings and conferences, publish magazines or journals, and support online communities that can provide platforms and venues for engagement and dissemination. You can use these opportunities to reach colleagues, professionals in other fields, and diverse practitioners. Browse their websites to see what kinds of opportunities are available.

Botanical gardens, nature centers, and parks

Citizen science

Cyberlearning and gaming community

Evaluation and research

Events and festivals

Making and tinkering spaces

Note: There are sizeable gatherings for maker professionals at the ASTC annual conference.


Public libraries

Science centers and museums

Science communication, public engagement, and outreach

Youth and community programs

Note: There are several youth-centered media organizations / conferences in the “media” category above.

Zoos and aquariums

Other STEM education