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The ASE Annual Conference is a unique opportunity for all teachers of science and those involved with science education. With over 350 sessions to choose from at ASE Annual Conference 2018, Sched will help you see what’s on and plan and edit your personal agenda at any time.  If you’ve not yet registered for this event book now on Eventbrite.

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Biology in the Real World (BitrW) [clear filter]
Friday, January 5
 

10:15am GMT

Biology in the Real World: Is it true an elephant never forgets? T69
It is commonly believed elephants have excellent memories and ‘never forget’, but does scientific evidence support this and how do we study cognitive abilities in the wild? Dr Graeme Shannon (Bangor University) discusses research exploring these challenging questions. @ASABeducation, @BritishEcolSoc, @LinneanLearning

Speakers
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Dr Graeme Shannon

Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University
I am a lecturer in zoology at the School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University. My research interests are in the fields of animal behaviour, ecology and conservation, with particular focus on animal cognition and the effects of human activities on wildlife. I have worked extensively... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology
Please come and speak with the Royal Society of Biology team about our Biology Education Research Group talks, Biology in the Real World talks, free RSB resources and posters for your classroom, RSB membership for you and your school.


Friday January 5, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am GMT
Rathbone Leslie Hearnshaw

11:00am GMT

Biology in the Real World: Photosynthesis for a Changing World T73
It has been predicted a 70% increase in crop yields will be required by 2050. Dr James Hartwell (University of Liverpool) looks at whether we can produce enough crop biomass to both feed the world and provide fuels and raw materials for industry. @SAPS_News

Speakers
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Dr James Hartwell

Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool
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L McClure

Colton Hills Community School

Exhibitors
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Jamie Biggs

Science and Plants for Schools
Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) creates opportunities for teachers and students to find out more about plants and to become more interested in plant science.We believe young people should understand the importance of plants in the world and be aware of the relevance of plant... Read More →
avatar for Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology
Please come and speak with the Royal Society of Biology team about our Biology Education Research Group talks, Biology in the Real World talks, free RSB resources and posters for your classroom, RSB membership for you and your school.

Sponsors
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University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool


Friday January 5, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am GMT
Rathbone Leslie Hearnshaw

12:00pm GMT

Biology in the Real World: Obesity - Is it all in your head? T90
Two thirds of people in the UK are now overweight. Dr Simon Cork (Imperial College London) discusses current understanding of what drives us to eat, how hormones regulate our body weight and what treatments could tackle obesity.
@ABPI_UK, @ThePhySoc, @Soc_Endo

Speakers
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Dr Simon Cork

Imperial College London
Neurophysiologist, with expertise in how the brain controls bodily functions.
LM

L McClure

Colton Hills Community School

Exhibitors
avatar for Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology
Please come and speak with the Royal Society of Biology team about our Biology Education Research Group talks, Biology in the Real World talks, free RSB resources and posters for your classroom, RSB membership for you and your school.


Friday January 5, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm GMT
Rathbone Leslie Hearnshaw

2:15pm GMT

Biology in the Real World: CRISPR - Separating Fact from Fiction T95
CRISPR is a process discovered in bacteria in the past ten years, which allows microbes to defend themselves against attack by viruses. At its heart is a programmable nuclease (which you can think of as a pair of molecular scissors) that can be directed to cut any specified DNA sequence. This powerful technology allows the genomes of any living thing, including humans, to be manipulated or "edited" in defined ways. It opens the door to the eradication of many genetic diseases, and many other benefits. However, the power of the technique raises ethical concerns that we are only beginning to grapple with.

This talk will focus on the CRISPR system, covering the following topics:
  • How does CRISPR work?
  • How was it discovered, and who are the personalities involved?
  • What can we do with CRISPR?
  • What should we do with CRISPR?
  • What the CRISPR story tells us about the need to fund "blue skies" science and train the next generation of biologists 

Speakers
LM

L McClure

Colton Hills Community School
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Malcolm White

Professor of Biochemistry, St Andrews University
I trained in biochemistry, got my PhD at the University of Edinburgh and have worked in the UK and USA. I have held an academic position at the University of St Andrews since 2000, and have served as Director of Research and Head of School for the School of Biology. My research interests... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology
Please come and speak with the Royal Society of Biology team about our Biology Education Research Group talks, Biology in the Real World talks, free RSB resources and posters for your classroom, RSB membership for you and your school.


Friday January 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm GMT
Rathbone Leslie Hearnshaw

3:00pm GMT

CANCELLED Biology in the Real World: Creating Great Fieldwork T105
How ‘messy’ is real-world fieldwork for biology? How do I create meaningful and engaging fieldwork experiences? Sara Lanyon (Field Studies Council) challenges some common myths about fieldwork, for example “it always rains”, “I cannot predict the outcomes”, “there will always be things I cannot identify”. @FSCUK

Speakers
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Sara Lanyon

Biodiversity Education Officer, Field Studies Council
How do we improve our students' STEM skills and mental and physical well being through time spent in local landscapes, exploring biodiversity? I've spent the last 25 years working for The Wildlife Trusts, National Trust, OPAL, the Open University and Field Studies Council. Using examples... Read More →
LM

L McClure

Colton Hills Community School

Exhibitors
avatar for Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology
Please come and speak with the Royal Society of Biology team about our Biology Education Research Group talks, Biology in the Real World talks, free RSB resources and posters for your classroom, RSB membership for you and your school.
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Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council
Field Studies Council, FSC, is an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment. Each year over 140,000 people experience FSC, many through our UK wide... Read More →


Friday January 5, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm GMT
Rathbone Leslie Hearnshaw