The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

Digital Microscopes - W72

Friday 9th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : AMS, G8

Speakers

  1. Barry Hawkins - Data Harvest

Meet the new generation of electronic microscopes. Open up a new world of looking at the tiny or the detail of something big. It is not microscopy as we know it, its different , it's 3D and its exciting. Being electronic you can also publish and share what you see, show you have done the work!

Plant Science for Food Security - T128

Friday 9th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Dr John Hammond - School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading

Food production on land must increase to meet the dietary needs of the world's growing population. Research in plant science underpins the efforts to increase crop production and ranges from field to molecular biology, encompassing some of the latest advances in science. It is therefore more important than ever to emphasise the importance of plants to the next generation, and spark an interest in this subject and the opportunities this field of research offers.

Modelling Future Fire Regimes and their Impact on the Environment - T126

Friday 9th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Prof Sandy Harrison - Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading

Large fires are a significant threat to life and human activities. The costs of fire damage and firefighting are escalating. Fire also plays an important role in maintaining terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, affects atmospheric composition, and influences climate. Information about potential future changes in fire regimes is needed for planning purposes and management of climate-change adaptation/mitigation actions. Here I showcase modelling tools used for fire prediction, and what will happen to European fire regimes in the next 50-100 years.

Practical ideas for the New Primary Curriculum - W73

Friday 9th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : HumSS, 126

Take away resources and activities which demonstrate how technology can be used to support learning across the curriculum. Explore opportunities to embed the new computing programmes of study within science and take away practical ideas. This workshop demonstrates how to most of the technologies available and use this to enrich learning in primary science.

Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology for 2015 - T129

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Carrington, 101

Speakers

  1. Anne Scott - University of York Science Education Group

Come along and find out what the Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology course will look like for 2015. You will find out what changes there are to the content and how the new practical skills requirements have been integrated into the course. You will have an opportunity to see samples of the new resources.

Developing Formative Assessment in Practice - W74

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 11:30

Location : Palmer, 107

Speakers

  1. Mary Whitehouse - University of York Science Education Group
  2. Alistair Moore - University of York Science Education Group

Good formative assessment depends on effective assessment items that can provide evidence of learning. The York Science project has been developing such items for use in schools. In this workshop we will explore how you can develop similar items of your own, using strategies and example items from the project.

Assessing Mastery - W81

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Naomi Hiscock - Primary Science Education Consultancy
  2. Liz Lawrence - London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  3. Jason Harding, Senior Consultant - School Improvement Service- Education, Enfield Council

Across London, a group of consultants and advisors have developed and trialled a joint approach to science assessment. In this session we will share our ethos and rationale, describe how our assessment matrix has been used by London schools and explain why we believe the system supports children in improving their scientific understanding. We invite participants to share their own experiences of tackling 'life after levels' and contribute to the assessment debate.

Neural Population Models: Brain Dynamics, Neuroimaging and the Mind - T131

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Prof Ingo Bojak - School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading

I will briefly review the anatomy and physiology of the brain, and then focus on neural population models (NPMs). NPMs consider the collective activity of groups of similar neurones, like a pollster considering voter movements in terms of social groups. NPMs are well suited for describing noninvasive neuroimaging, and allow simulations of entire brains with currently available computers. I will explain how NPMs provide insights into general anaesthesia, and conclude with some thoughts concerning the connection between mind and matter.

Rap: Master Regulator of Platelet Activation - T132

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Dr Lucia Stefanini - School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading

Platelets are essential to arrest bleeding at a site of injury but their uncontrolled activation is the underlying cause of diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Our research investigates the proteins of the Rap family that control platelet activation like a �molecular switch�. This lecture will describe the upstream signalling pathways that stimulate Rap activation and explain how modulating Rap-dependent platelet activation could improve the clinical management of thrombotic disorders.

Reforming GCSE Sciences (Repeated) - T135

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, 108

Speakers

  1. Subject Specialist - OCR

These qualifications are currently being redeveloped for first teaching in September 2016. The session presents an opportunity to meet some of the development team and give your views on the new qualifications.

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