Our President

About Professor Michael J Reiss

Michael J. Reiss is Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Visiting Professor at the Royal Veterinary College. The former Director of Education at the Royal Society, he is President of the International Society for Science and Religion, a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and has written extensively about curricula, pedagogy and assessment in science education and has directed a very large number of research, evaluation and consultancy projects over the past twenty five years, funded by UK Research Councils, Government Departments, charities and international agencies.

Books of his include Reiss, M. J. & Winterbottom, M. (Eds) (2021) Teaching Secondary Biology, 3rd edn, Hodder Education; Mazorodze, R. & Reiss, M. J. (2019) Cognitive and Metacognitive Problem-Solving Strategies in Post-16 Physics, Springer; Barmania, S. & Reiss, M. J. (2018) Islam and Health Policies Related to HIV Prevention in Malaysia, Springer; Abrahams, I. & Reiss, M. J. (Eds) (2017) Enhancing Learning with Effective Practical Science 11-16, Bloomsbury; Reiss, M. J. & White, J. (2013) An Aims-based Curriculum, IOE Press; and Jones, A., McKim, A. & Reiss, M. (Eds) (2010) Ethics in the Science and Technology Classroom: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning, Sense.

Former Presidents of the Association for Science Education

2018 - 2021

Sir John Holman is Emeritus Professor in the Chemistry Department, University of York, UK, and senior adviser in Education at the Gatsby Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. @holman_john


"CAN we make teachers more valued in their profession? IF we could train every parent and teacher in the powers of science and engineering, THEN would our problems be solved?" - Professor Danielle George is Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and a Professor in the Microwave and Communications Systems research group at the University of Manchester. @EngineerDG


"Let's end short-termism in education policy and trust the frontline" - Sir David Bell KCB, Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading and President of the Association for Science Education for 2015.  


Professor Alice Roberts was the President of the Association for Science Education in 2014. Alice is a clinical anatomist, author, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. www.alice-roberts.co.uk