ASE Annual Conference 2019

09 January 2019 - 12 January 2019
09:30 - 16:00
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston Campus , Birmingham B15 2TU , United Kingdom

ASE's Annual Conference is Europe’s largest science education CPD conference. It is the most cost-effective, subject-specific CPD for all teachers of science. Build the ASE Annual Conference into your School Development Plan.

  • This National conference brings together the best speakers and practitioners all in one place with 504 sessions, 473 speakers and 2,000 delegates,
  • The diversity of the programme enables you to focus on your school’s priorities, develop your own subject knowledge and learn from other teachers.
  • Cascade the ideas, approaches and resources to your whole team.
Event Type: 
11-19 Teachers
Early Career Teachers
North & East Midlands (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland)
ASE 2019 Speakers

ASE Annual Conference in 30 Seconds

Conference Handbook

Conference Planning

Use the interactive, online programme,, to search the full conference timetable and see how much choice there is for the CPD you want. Giving you all the argument you need to book!

Once you have booked on Eventbrite, you can then use to create your tailored programme and register interest for sessions. You can then receive updates from presenters and download any materials that they upload.


Delegate Prices

One day registration starts from only £106 and with a Saturday special from only £75. Book before Friday 26th October to qualify for the cheapest Early Bird rates (invoices cannot be requested for these tickets, payment must be made at the time of booking).

Conference Offers:

  • 50% discount off for ASE members (Become a member now online)
  • Groups of 6 or more receive a 15% discount
  • Trainee teachers - join ASE and get one day free
  • Come only to the exhibition and get free entry. Around 100 exhibitors offering resources, ideas and equipment
  • 25% discount if you are at a Royal Society of Chemistry Learn Chemistry Partnership school (email to get your code now). The discount does not apply to the already discounted Saturday only tickets.

FE Staff

Whether you are teaching science diplomas, T-levels, A-levels or delivering the science content within vocational courses, ASE offers invaluable support and resources. And for 2018/19, there is a special membership rate for FE lecturers…

For on £99, FE staff can get a year’s ASE membership plus one free day at the ASE Annual Conference 2019 (usual price is £237). The dedicated FE programme on Thursday 10 January focuses on Science in Technical Education with sessions from DfE’s Policy Lead on T Level Teacher Readiness, Pearson’s BTEC lead, and expert practitioners from Middlesborough College, Leicester College and Shuttleworth College.

To take advantage of this offer and begin your access to free resources, expert support and CPD networks, email Your membership will start from January 1 2019.

Field Trip

Explore the impact of the industrial revolution in Birmingham’s waterways.

Tuesday 8 January 9.30am to 4pm (approximately)

The Black Country could be seen as the heart of the industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries. That could also be seen as the beginning of the changes our civilization has impacted on the environment. Join the ASE for a trip down the industrial past and an exploration of our current environmental changes.


  • 09.30 Meet Birmingham New Street Station. Everyone will need to buy an off-peak day return to Tipton (about £5)
  • At Tipton, we will walk about 20 Minutes to the Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust and the Black Country Living Museum for a brief look at the coal mine buildings and The Newcomen Engine. Presentation by Sarah Fellows, Heritage Activities Officer.
  • Board an electric powered narrowboat for an excursion into the limestone caves. During the trip, Steve Emery from Instruments Direct (Services) Ltd (IDS), will demonstrate probes measuring simple data like temperature, pH, dissolved Oxygen, etc.
  • Show from Tom Dipple, STEM Learning Developer at the Black Country Museum, “Mining Madness Science Show”. 
  • Walk back to Tipton Train Station to return to Birmingham New Street.
  • Please bring money for a lunch either at a pub or fish & chip shop.
  • Limited to 27 people. £20 per head (not including train tickets and lunch).

Social Events

International Dinner - Wednesday 9 January - £36.50

The perfect way to meet old friends and make new ones at the beginning of the Conference. This informal dinner is held on the University of Birmingham campus in the Noble Room, Staff House, so you can stroll along after the International Day programme. Or you can begin your time at ASE with the dinner, to get a feel for the event before the main conference begins on Thursday. To attend the International Dinner, add it to your booking.

Welcome drink at 6.30pm

Association Social - Friday 11 January - £36.50

Held at the Burlington Hotel, this informal buffet is the time to dine out with friends old and new. Neil Monteiro will be touring the tables to challenge your perception of scientific reasoning, and the inspirational technician, singer and comedian, Sophie Ward, will round off the evening. To attend the Association Social, add it to your booking.

Welcome drink at 7pm. The Burlington Hotel is just opposite Birmingham New Street Station.


Rate1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days Sat only
Members Early Bird* £106 £192£223£234£75
Members Standard £118 £213 £248 £260£75
Non Members Early Bird* £213 £383 £447 £468£150
Non Members Standard £237 £426 £497 £520£150
Trainee Members** Free£53£89 £99
Annual Conference Terms and Conditions

All delegates are advised that in making a booking via Eventbrite that they agree to the following terms and conditions:

Email with any event queries or call us on 01707 283000


  • Please register on Eventbrite at where you can request an invoice or to pay by credit/debit card.
  • We highly recommend pre-registration but you may also register on the day.
  • If you are an ASE member, please note your membership ID on the registration page. You will find this at the top right of the My Account page when you log in. If we are unable to trace or check your membership from the details you supply, you will be charged at the non-member rate.
  • Your delegate badge will be sent to you by email. Please ensure we have the correct email address to reach you at.
  • Your delegate handbook should be collected on arrival at the Conference. From the end of November you will be able to view the contents of the handbook online.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation of registration before 23 November 2018 will incur no cancellation charge. After that date NO refunds can be made.
  • We recommend that all delegates take out insurance to protect against non attendance, particularly due to bad weather.


Payment method should be selected from the drop down menu on the registration page and can be made in one of the following ways:

  • Credit/Debit card 

For the following options please select "pay by invoice" on the registration page:

  • Invoices - Schools and other institutions/organisations may wish to be invoiced. Invoices should be paid within 30 days of receipt. The invoice is emailed automatically to the address input at the time of booking. Please check all emails recieved from Eventbrite confirming your booking.
  • Cheques - please make payable to The Association for Science Education and send to ASE, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AA

You will receive a receipt with confirmation of your booking from 

Early Bird rates only apply if bookings are made by Friday 26 October 2018. Full standard rates apply if your booking is made after this date.

ASE reserves the right to charge interest at 8% above the Base Rate for all overdue payments.

Under 18s

Individuals who are under the age of 18 are permitted into the exhibition but must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. Children are not permitted to attend conference sessions on the rest of the university campus. 

ASE Membership:

  • ASE member means: an individual member, a Technician member or a member of staff in an institution with Primary School membership. All categories must be fully paid up to qualify for the ASE member rate.
  • The spouse of a member may attend at the member rate, if accompanied by the member.
  • You can apply to become a member of ASE at the same time as registering for the Conference; you will then be charged the Member’s rate.
  • To apply for membership go to

ASE Hotels

ASE negotiates rates for delegates with local hotels to provide accommodation throughout your stay at the Annual Conference if required. There is no specific deadline for booking as rooms are sold based on availability from the ASE allocation at each hotel. However after 7 December 2018 there is no guarantee. Therefore delegates are advised to book early.

Photography/Video Waiver:

There may be photography, audio or video recording at the conference. By entering the event premises you give consent to the use of your photograph, likeness or video or audio recording in whole or in part without restriction or limitation for any educational, promotional, or any purpose for distribution by the Association for Science Education and any media partners who we grant permission, their officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitising or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings. If you do not want to be photographed or videotaped, please notify the individuals capturing the information.

Delegates are advised that video recording of sessions for personal or school-use or wider distribution is prohibited without the express permission of the Association for Science Education and may be subject to copyright. 

Group Booking:

  • Discounts are available for group bookings. Groups of more than 6 receive a 15% discount. Please select the appropriate discount on when registering at

Presenter Registration:

  • Session presenters who are accepted can apply for a bursary to have the cost of their delegate pass covered on the day they present.

Overseas Delegates:

  • Overseas delegates are encouraged to pay their registration fees by Credit Card at the time of booking. This reduces the bank charges on currency conversion.
  • Payments made in non-Sterling currency should include an additional amount to cover ALL bank conversion and transfer charges.
  • If you require a letter of invitation to apply for a UK visa, please ensure that your registration is paid in full in plenty of time for us to process it, confirm your booking and for you to apply for your visa. The visa application process can take in excess of twelve weeks. 
  • We are unable to send information for visa applications after Friday 26th October 2018.
  • If you have paid your conference fee and your visa application is subsequently rejected, a £10 administration fee will apply.


One again we have negotiated favourable rates at local Birmingham hotels. Please view page 18 of the programme preview above for further information.

Getting here

The campus has it's own train station. We highly recommend travelling to the conference by train.

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus , Birmingham B15 2TU

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