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About ASE

About ASE

The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association in the UK. It is an active professional learning community that has been supporting all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education for over 100 years; members include teachers, technicians, tutors and advisers.  It is a Registered Charity with a Royal Charter, owned by its members, independent of government and therefore a powerful voice for science education. ASE continues to make a positive and influential difference to the teaching and learning of science throughout the UK and further afield. Membership offers lots of unique benefits.

Our History

The Association for Science Education can trace its origins back to 1900. The first Annual Meeting was held in January 1901 which then led to the formation of the Association of Public School Science Masters. Incorporated by Royal Charter in October 2004, the ASE operates as a Registered Charity. The history of the ASE can be found in two publications: Interpreters of Science by David Layton and, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association,  Advancing Science Education: the first fifty years of the Association for Science Education, Edited by Edgar Jenkins and Valerie Wood-Robinson.

The Patron of the Association is HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG,PC,KT, GMBE,FRS.

Professional Development

Our CPD Conferences
Our TeachMeets and regional events
Our Journals
Our Publications
Professional Recognition - CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech

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ASE Networks

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Our resources supporting Science Education

ASE Resources
Science Leaders' Hub

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