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International Day at ASE annual conference

24 October 2011

VISITORS from all over the globe are being welcomed to the Association for Science Education’s Annual Conference in 2012.

The conference at The University of Liverpool will kick off with the popular International Day on January 4, where science educators will come together to exchange ideas and explore common challenges, priorities and opportunities.

Graham Jackson, Chair of the ASE’s International Committee, said: “This year, the day will feature presentations from International Science Education researchers and provide an opportunity to learn about resources, strategies and science topics which are high on the agenda for most teachers.”

The annual conference is the flagship event of the association and, as the most extensive science education conference in Europe, it is the perfect place to share ideas and gain inspiration.

For many, the international day’s community feel makes it the highlight of the four-day gathering, organised by the UK’s largest subject association.

Mr Jackson added: “International Day is not just for international delegates; UK visitors also enjoy meeting and sharing experiences with colleagues from other countries.”

Among this year’s delegates, were a group of 200 from the Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals.

Kjell Holthe was part of the organisation’s first group of three who visited the conference in 2002. He said they found the talks and workshops “extremely useful” and decided to spread the word.

He said: “The possibility to have international contacts, see British culture, museums and pubs, and even football, makes the ASE Annual Conference a worthwhile event for Norwegian teachers.”

Next year’s International Day once more looks set for success with delegates from as far as Argentina and China already booking their places.

The day will end with a dinner at the university’s spectacular Victoria Gallery and Museum, a striking example of the Gothic Revival architectural style.

The vibrant city of Liverpool, whose many cultural highlights earned it the European Capital of Culture title in 2008, will provide a thriving backdrop to the conference.

To book and plan your visit, go the ASE website’s Annual Conference page, where details of events at the International Day are available in our Programme Preview.