Flagship science education conference - FREE to University staff

The ASE Annual Conference is the flagship event for the latest news and updates in Science Education and is being held 8-11 January at the University of Birmingham. 

There will be over 250 sessions and workshops presented by leaders in the science education world including a showcase of the University's research. Talks cover all areas of science education from educational research, teachers using the latest technology is the classroom, commentary on curriculum changes and approaches to exciting and engaging science education. Key speakers include:

  • Dr Alice Roberts - ASE Presidential Address. Soon to be ASE President, Dr Alice Roberts will be taking the long view of teaching and sharing ideas in her presidential address. Alice is a clinical anatomist, author, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham.
  • Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock - Reaching for the Stars: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe. New Sky at Night presenter finds ways to engage primary school children with the wonders of the universe. 
  • Tim Oates - Coursework in public examinations - should we have it at all? Tim Oates is Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment. Tim is an assessment expert who regularly advises governments all over the world. This is an OCR Gold partner special event. Session timing: Thursday 9 January, 1130-1230.
  • Dr Jeremy Pritchard - Plant adaptation to changing environments. Join Dr Jeremy Pritchard in his workshop that will teach you how to use bioinformatics techniques used in genetic manipulation. Jeremy is a senior lecturer in Biology at the University of Birmingham. This is a Frontier Science lecture. Session timing: Saturday 11 January 2014, 1130-1230.
  • Ioannis Miaoulis - Re-engineering the curriculum. Does the current school curriculum need to better focus on the human-made world? From the Museum of Science, Boston, USA, Ioannis asks if our educational systems have missed the point. Session timing: Thursday 9 January 2014, 1130-1230.
  • Professor Aaron Sloman - Could a baby robot grow up to be a mathematician? Can we give a robot spatial reasoning abilities found in very young children and many other animals? Aaron is from the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. This is a Frontier Science lecture. Session timing: Saturday 11 January 2014, 1130-1230.
  • Dr Francisco Diego - Teaching the history of the universe. Popular astronomer, TV presenter and UCL Research fellow, Dr Francisco Diego, will be speaking about his new project Think Universe: All is One with science teacher, Shirin Sheikh-Bahai. This gives teachers a novel and simple approach to all natural sciences. From the surface of the Sun to subatomic particles. Session timing: Saturday 11 January, 1100-1300.
The Programme containing all conference and exhibition details, including travel information can be found on the ASE Website www.ase.org.uk/conferences/annual-conference    

To register for free as University of Birmingham Staff, please visit the registration area in the Great Hall, Aston Webb Building, and show your staff badge – you will be given a free pass.  

Event Information

Association for Science Education: The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association for education in the UK. Members include teachers, technicians and others involved in science education. The Association plays a significant role in promoting excellence in teaching and learning of science in schools and colleges. Working closely with the science professional bodies, industry and business, ASE provides a UK-wide network bringing together individuals and organisations to share ideas and tackle challenges in science teaching, develop resources and foster high quality continuing professional development. 

ASE’s Annual Conference Partners

Gold Partner OCR, Silver Partner AQA and Bronze Partners Edu-Lab and Oxford University Press