In this section ASE's CEO Annette Smith brings you a brief overview of the past month’s activities at headquarters, including some of the major interactions.
As ever, April is interrupted by holidays, but there has still been plenty going on:
- The Anniversary Appeal, set up to celebrate ASE’s 50th anniversary in 2013 has launched in Education in Science and on the website. The celebrations will comprise events throughout 2013, starting with the Annual Conference in Reading in January, where the Anniversary Book will be launched. A Summer Celebration conference will form a major part of the celebrations in late June.
- The first Corporate Members under the new scheme have come on board and recently received the first of their own newsletter.
- During the month, nominations have been coming in for positions on the Association's Council and Assembly and for the next Chair-Elect. All Information and supporting statements will be published on the website as part of the election process on 4th June 2012. Voting closes at 4pm on Friday 15th June.
- The Chair of Council Richard Needham and the Chair-Elect of the Association Liz Lawrence represented ASE at the Irish Science Teachers Association Conference in Dublin in April.
- The CEO has had meetings with Nuffield Foundation for Educational Research and the CfBT Education Trust. She attended the Council for Subject Associations AGM and Conference and the Sense about Science Tenth Anniversary Lecture.
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