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Alice Roberts to become ASE President

8 August 2013

Alice Roberts to become ASE President

Professor Alice Roberts to become the new President of the Association for Science Education 

The Association for Science Education (ASE) is delighted to announce our President for 2014, Professor Alice Roberts. Alice is a clinical anatomist, author, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham, where the ASE Annual Conference 2014 will be held in January 2014. 

Alice in her Presidential Address at ASE’s conference will be taking the long view of teaching and sharing ideas. Alice comments “We are very good at copying, and learning from others. However, while many animals learn from each other, teaching seems to be a uniquely human attribute.” Alice will examine the earliest evidence for teaching and she says “look at how teaching involves an exceptional ability for “mind reading”. We live in an amazing era where ideas can be shared more quickly and more widely than ever before. We shouldn't be afraid of technology rewiring our brains - the technology we produce is (and always has been) part of the environment that we adapt to. Our hands have been shaped by the invention of stone tools. Our brains will be shaped by the way we share ideas with each other.” 

ASE’s CEO, Annette Smith said: “I am very pleased to welcome Alice to ASE’s Presidency. Over the past few years, ASE Presidents have been enormously helpful to us in a number of ways, depending on their expertise.  Most importantly, they have been expert communicators and have given terrific Presidential Lectures.  It is an additional benefit that Alice holds a Chair at our host university for the 2014 Annual Conference.  As we welcome her to the role for next year, we must also thank Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow, for all of his efforts for us as our current President.”

Her Presidential Lecture will take place at the ASE Annual Conference on Friday 10 January 2014. 

Notes to editors

Professor Alice Robert Biography

Alice originally trained as a medical doctor, before becoming a university lecturer. She has a PhD in palaeopathology (the study of disease in ancient human remains). Alice is now Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. Alice is also the Director of Anatomy for the NHS Severn Deanery School of Surgery, running a course in surgical anatomy for trainee surgeons. She has written four popular science books and writes a regular science column for The Observer. 

Alice's television debut came as a human bone specialist on Channel 4's Time Team, in 2001. Part of the original team of presenters on BBC2's Coast, she went on to present a range of other series and programmes on BBC2, including Don't Die Young, The Incredible Human Journey, Digging for Britain, Horizon (Are we still evolving?; How to make a human), Origins of Us, Prehistoric Autopsy and Ice Age Giants. She has been a regular presenter on Radio 4’s environment programme, Costing The Earth. In 2013, she joined the team presenting the new radio 4 series, Inside Science. Alice is currently writing a book about embryology, evolution and anatomy, for publication in 2014.

About the Association for Science Education

The ASE is the largest subject association for education in the UK. Members include teachers, technicians and others involved in science education. The Association plays a significant role in promoting excellence in teaching and learning of science in schools and colleges. Working closely with the science professional bodies, industry and business, ASE provides a UK-wide network bringing together individuals and organisations to share ideas and tackle challenges in science teaching, develop resources and foster high quality continuing professional development.


Emma Hill, Communication Officer