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Professor Alice Roberts is the President of the Association for Science Education in 2014.

The Association for Science Education (ASE) welcomes one of the most influential figures in science engagement as our President for 2014, Professor Alice Roberts. Alice is a clinical anatomist, author, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. 

Alice Roberts' Presidential Address as ASE Annual Conference 2014

Alice in her Presidential Address at ASE Annual Conference 2014 referenced the ancient history of teaching and sharing ideas. Alice stated "we are undenialbly animals so what makes us uniquely human?" and further comments “We are very good at copying, and learning from others. However, while many animals learn from each other, teaching seems to be a uniquely human attribute.” Alice examined the earliest evidence for teaching and how we now live in an era where ideas can be shared more quickly and more widely than ever before. We shouldn't be afraid of technology rewiring our brains - the technology we produce is (and always has been) part of the environment that we adapt to. Our hands have been shaped by the invention of stone tools. Our brains will be shaped by the way we share ideas with each other.” 

Alice's Presidential Lecture took place at the ASE Annual Conference, University of Birmingham on Friday 10 January 2014. 

Professor Alice Roberts' Biography

Alice originally trained as a medical doctor, before becoming a university lecturer. She has a PhD in palaeopathology (the study of disease in ancient human remains). Alice is now Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. Alice is also the Director of Anatomy for the NHS Severn Deanery School of Surgery, running a course in surgical anatomy for trainee surgeons. She has written four popular science books and writes a regular science column for The Observer. 

Alice's television debut came as a human bone specialist on Channel 4's Time Team, in 2001. Part of the original team of presenters on BBC2's Coast, she went on to present a range of other series and programmes on BBC2, including Don't Die Young, The Incredible Human Journey, Digging for Britain, Horizon (Are we still evolving?; How to make a human), Origins of Us, Prehistoric Autopsy and Ice Age Giants. She has been a regular presenter on Radio 4’s environment programme, Costing The Earth. In 2013, she joined the team presenting the new radio 4 series, Inside Science. Alice is currently writing a book about embryology, evolution and anatomy, for publication in 2014.