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Science for stories, science for all and science for scientists! Programme Announced for ASE Summer Celebration Conference

30 April 2013

View the latest Programme and Key Speakers announcements.

The Association for Science Education are delighted to announce the programme for the ASE Summer Celebration Conference this June, including some great key speakers covering issues of real importance to science teachers in 2013 and beyond.

The line-up includes Simon Mayo, one of Britain's best-loved radio presenters. He will be talking about his children’s books , ITCH and ITCH ROCKS, stories about the adventures of an accident prone, accidental hero - the 14 year old element hunter, Itchingham Lofte (Itch). Itch loves chemistry and has decided to collect all the elements in the periodic table. This hobby has dangerous consequences and puts Itch and his family in serious danger.

Since ITCH was published in 2012, Simon has visited over 30 schools, meeting more than 5000 children, as well as taking part in a host of literary and science festivals. The sequel, ITCH ROCKS, came out in February 2013. Join Simon to hear how he is bringing science to life through fiction.

Join us in a Q&A session as we ask how can we successfully engage young audiences in scientific ideas through story telling?

Read a sample of Itch and Itch Rocks (requires Kindle e-reader or Kindle App).

Next on our celebration programme is a special discussion event that will address the long debated issue of whether we can provide science education for all in addition to science education for future scientists? Can our secondary curriculum fit these two different ideologies? You can help shape this debate with key speakers Professor Robin Millar and ASE President, Lord Martin Rees.

This session is facilitated by Conference Gold Partner, AQA, as part of the ASE Science Education Policy conference strand which will create a platform to express your concerns direct to decision makers. These sessions discuss progress towards a new National Curriculum and other current education policy concerns. 

About the conference

The ASE Summer Celebration Conference is a special event to celebrate 50 years of The Association for Science Education by providing high quality CPD in a 2 day residential setting. It will take place at the newly refurbished De Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire from the 27-28 June 2013. Delegate packages start at £285 and day rates are available. Both ASE member and non-members may attend.