ASE 2024 Annual Conference

04 January 2024 - 06 January 2024
08:00 - 16:30

The ASE's 2024 flagship Annual Conference takes place at the University of Northampton's Waterside Campus in January, from the 4th to the 6th inclusive.


Event Type: 
11-19 Teachers
Early Career Teachers
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2024 Annual Conference Programme - in partnership with AQA


The ASE’s Annual Conference is the UK’s largest science education conference gathering together science educators from across the education spectrum. Over the three days there are more than 250 sessions with keynotes, speakers and workshops. There is also an exhibition of science education organisations, social events and a special schools exhibition for local schools to show case science projects. It will be hosted this time at the University of Northampton and takes place from 4-6th January 2024. There are sessions focused on primary and secondary science teaching running across all three days. 

  • Thursday 4th January: showcases the dedicated Post-16 day and for those involved in leading and delivering professional development, the Futures Group programme begins on this day. 
  • Friday 5th January: includes our Technicians Day and Early Career Teachers Day. 
  • Saturday 6th January: focuses on Research sessions and hosts the Schools Exhibition (where teachers and their students can talk about a school project with posters or artefacts).  

Our Programme 

The 2024 Conference Programme can be found here but may be subject to minor changes. The ASE uses Sched for its live, digital timetable - for those requiring some guidance as to how to use the platform, please see the notes below on the FILES tab, which we hope will prove helpful.

A taste of our keynotes

Presidential Address

Professor Michael J Reiss

The role of science education at a time of climate crisis and the sixth mass extinction 

Secondary keynote

Anthony Tomei CBE 

A new approach to mathematics and data education - implications for science teaching

Futures keynote

Professor Samantha Twiselton 

Teacher professionalism in an era of focused and directed ITE and CPD

ECT keynote

Professor Christine Harrison 

Unpacking AfL for lesson planning 

Primary keynote

Sarah Earle, Bryony Turford 

Primary Science Inspiration 


Professor Michael J Benton 

Dinosaurs and science for all ages

Our sponsors

Huge thanks go to the following sponsors for supporting our flagship event:

  • ASE Conference 2024 in Partnership with AQA
  • ASE Conference delegate badges for entry by Oxford University Press
  • ASE Conference Technicians day (5th January) officially sponsored by Philip Harris, part of the Findel Group
  • ASE Conference Post-16 day (4th January) officially sponsored by Gatsby Charitable Foundation
  • ASE Conference Primary Saturday Lunch and Primary Saturday Teach Meet (6th January) officially sponsored by VITTA Group
  • ASE Early Career Teachers' day on Friday 5th January, officially sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Social events

Don't forget to book to attend our two evening social events at the University of Northampton; Thursday's evening meal is Jacket Potatoes with a selection of hot and cold fillings with side salad, and Friday's Curry & Quiz will include a chicken or vegetable curry, rice, vegetable samosas and naan.  Numbers are limited to 100 on each evening in Leathersellers Hide on site, which has a bar and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Tickets are also on Eventbrite and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


An FAQs document has been created (on the FILES tab below) which should hopefully help answer the majority of queries, but should anyone have anything more specific to ask, please email

Virtual tour of the University of Northampton's Waterside Campus

We are delighted to be hosted by the University of Northampton for January 2024. The Conference will take place in 2 of their buildings - the Learning Hub will host the majority of sessions and the exhibition will take place on the ground floor of the Creative Hub, with a few sessions on upper levels.

Take their virtual tour to explore just how lovely it is at Waterside Campus!

Exhibitors and Promotional Opportunities

The floor plan for our exhibition is now available on the FILES link below, from which you may see that the majority of the booths are already reserved. If you are interested in booking a stand, please complete the short questionnaire on the link here and one of the team will come back to you. Similarly, we are now collating information from anyone with an interest in inserting a flyer/small item into the delegate bags - these can be for just primary or secondary audiences, or for all delegates visiting the Conference. For queries, please email - delegate bag inserts need to be at ASE HQ by 15th December at the latest. Deliveries later than this date cannot be guaranteed to be within the delegate bags at Northampton.

Exhibitors already signed-up to participate can be viewed on Sched by clicking the Exhibitors tab - this will continue to be populated as we receive information from each of them throughout autumn term 2023.

Schools' Exhibition applications now closed

The ASE Schools’ Exhibition has become one of the most popular elements of the ASE Annual Conference every January. Applications are now closed and being considered.  Special entry instructions for successful Schools Exhibitors will be circulated upon confirmation of places in December 23.

Limited Bursary Funding available for Trainee Teachers for Annual Conference 2024

Thanks to the generosity of one of our long standing supporters and members,  John Barker, we are able to offer three trainees a bursary of up to £150 to cover the cost of travel and/or accommodation at ASE Annual Conference '24. Applications are now closed and those who are successful will be advised in early December '23.

Fo queries, please email

Inclusive events guidance

As an organisation, we at the ASE are fully committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion throughout everything that we do - including our events. If you are running a session at conference, please consider the guidance included in the document below...