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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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Wednesday, January 3
 

3:15pm GMT

CANCELLED Across The Divide: Improving teaching and learning across primary, secondary and HE I20
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this session has been cancelled. 

Speakers
DR

Deborah Ralls

Research Associate, The University of Manchester


Wednesday January 3, 2018 3:15pm - 4:10pm GMT
Rendall S5

3:15pm GMT

Teaching Low-SES Students Science I15
Key findings from a recent systematic and rigorous literature review of promising educational approaches to improve the attainment and progression of low-SES students in science.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Hillier

Judith Hillier

Editor, ASE
JM

Jaimie Miller-Friedmann

University of Oxford


Wednesday January 3, 2018 3:15pm - 4:10pm GMT
Rendall LT5
 
Thursday, January 4
 

9:30am GMT

Do STEM Teachers Praise Intelligence More than Arts Teachers? ... And other questions T02
What do the pupil reports we write say about our values? This session describes and reports on our first research project as part of a programme to improve teachers' understanding of educational research methods.  Here I will talk about the challenges of encouraging a diverse staff body to engage with education research, as well as the specific challenges and rewards of carrying out research in school.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Turner

Kristy Turner

School teacher fellow, Bolton School Boys' Division/University of Manchester
I am a school teacher fellow uniquely splitting my time between teaching chemistry at Bolton School Boys' Division and the University of Manchester. As part of my work at Manchester I am an active researcher in chemistry education with research interests in balancing equations, assessment... Read More →


Thursday January 4, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am GMT
Maths 104

10:00am GMT

BERG: Brain science in schools T07
Outreach, misconceptions and the challenge of neuromyths. Summarising our findings before attempting to publish a paper.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Chandler-Grevatt

Andy Chandler-Grevatt

Senior Lecturer Science Education, University of Brighton / OUP / ASE
I have several 'hats' for this conference ASE 11-19 Committee Member and Chair of Surrey and Sussex Region Assessment Editor for Oxford University Press ITE Science Tutor and NQT Support Tutor, University of Sussex CSciTeach Talk to me about: assessment without testing, well-being... Read More →


Thursday January 4, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am GMT
Rendall S10
  11-19

10:30am GMT

BERG: So where are we with STEM? T11 CANCELLED
Speakers

Thursday January 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am GMT
TBA

11:30am GMT

CANCELLED session - BERG: Darwin and the Arts T22
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this session has been cancelled.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Braund

Martin Braund

Honorary Fellow, University of York
I have been involved with ASE and Science Education for 45 years. My interests are in the arts and science, particularly in using drama, transition from primary school, talk in the classroom, the use of museums and out of school contexts and professional development. I hold honorary... Read More →


Thursday January 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm GMT
Rendall S10

12:00pm GMT

BERG: Can a robot hear? T25
An intervention study to develop teenagers’ epistemic insight.

Speakers
PB

Professor Berry Billingsley

University of Canterbury
MN

Mehdi Nassaji

Dr, University of Canterbury


Thursday January 4, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm GMT
Rendall S10

12:00pm GMT

The Science of Learning T26
In this session, discover how you can utilise the ‘Science of Learning’ research (neuroscience and psychology) relevant to the classroom, how you can interact with researchers in this field and how teachers are conducting their own research to build the evidence of what works.

Speakers
avatar for Lia Commissar

Lia Commissar

Programme Manager - Education research, Wellcome Trust

Sponsors
avatar for Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust
Sponsors of the Teachers' Reception Friday lunchtime. 12.00 - 1.00 or 1.00 - 2.00 Come and hear about current research Wellcome have supported and find out how we support continuing professional development via the National STEM Learning Centre and Project ENTHUSE. Register to... Read More →


Thursday January 4, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm GMT
Rendall LT2

1:30pm GMT

BERG: What’s nature got to do with it? T31
The A-level Biology residential field course experience.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Melissa Glackin

Dr Melissa Glackin

Senior lecturer in Science Education, King's College London
Outdoor secondary science education; environmental education; biology field work


Thursday January 4, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm GMT
Rendall S10
  Post-16

2:00pm GMT

BERG: Are field ecologists barking up the wrong tree? T37
Speakers
ST

Steve Tilling

Field Studies Council


Thursday January 4, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm GMT
Rendall S10
  Post-16

2:00pm GMT

Workshop on Pedagogical Content Knowledge on questioning T36
Workshop on integrating subject knowledge with questioning. It is both research and experience based. Active with many ideas, some novel.
  1. Flexible workshop format i.e. participants can choose how much time to spend on each activity.
  2. Work with one or two others to increase ideas and applications
  3. Uses innovative methods and traditional methods of questioning, linking data to flexible teaching
  4. Links personal subject knowledge to classroom knowledge through questioning for learning
  5. Focuses on formative learning for the teacher in a realistic context

Speakers
avatar for John Oversby

John Oversby

Consultant, Science Education Futures
I am experienced researcher in chemistry and STEM education. I have been a secondary school teacher for 22+ years and a teacher educator for similar. My main areas of research are in STEM for Global Justice, The Role of Diagrams in Learning, and Radical STEM Education. I convene a... Read More →
JS

Jude Sanders

Hibernia College


Thursday January 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm GMT
Rendall S9
  11-19

2:30pm GMT

BERG: Towards Transition-Driven Civic Science S04
his talk discusses the transition to new forms of science engagement that respond to ‘wicked’ sustainability challenges. These ideas assume that any data gathered through civic science initiatives can provide useful input to conservation science and can simultaneously empower citizens to engage in debates about local and global sustainability issues. 

Speakers
avatar for Justin Dillon

Justin Dillon

Professor of Science and Environmental Education, University of Exeter
President, National Association for Environmental Education; Editor-in-Chief, Studies in Science Education; Trustee, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom


Thursday January 4, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm GMT
Rendall S10

3:00pm GMT

BERG: What’s the point of protecting biodiversity? T45
A new approach to teaching about conservation.

Speakers
MG

Marcus Grace

Science Advisor, University of Southampton
DC

Dr Carys Hughes

Initial teacher training lecturer, University of Southampton Secondary ITE
Head of Science in my previous life. Now training pre-service and in-service teachers. I specialise in biology and SEND and I am an accredited Autism Ambassador. My research interest is children's connection to nature.


Thursday January 4, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm GMT
Rendall S10
  11-19

3:00pm GMT

Attitudes to STEM & PRINCIPIA T106
Research Into Spaceflight and Engagement with STEM (RISES) investigates the influence of learning about space on 2,500 students from over 40 schools across the country.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Bennett

Judith Bennett

Salters' Professor of Science Education, University of York Science Education Group
I am the Salters’ Professor of Science Education and leader of the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG). UYSEG has an international reputation for its research and research-informed curriculum development work, and is the home of national courses including Salters... Read More →
avatar for Maria Turkenburg

Maria Turkenburg

Researcher, University of York (UYSEG)
Maria has been a researcher for over 25 years, in education and chemistry. She has experience evaluating science education programmes targeting students aged 5-25. She is presenting on the evaluation of the Quantum Ambassadors in Schools project, which sees postgraduate quantum physics... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for University of York Science Education Group

University of York Science Education Group

University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG)


Thursday January 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm GMT
Rendall LT6
  Primary

4:00pm GMT

The Value of Active Communities of Practice in STEM Action Research T56
We will share many successful examples of Action Research in a Community of Practice (PALAVA) in this audience involved keynote.

Speakers
avatar for John Oversby

John Oversby

Consultant, Science Education Futures
I am experienced researcher in chemistry and STEM education. I have been a secondary school teacher for 22+ years and a teacher educator for similar. My main areas of research are in STEM for Global Justice, The Role of Diagrams in Learning, and Radical STEM Education. I convene a... Read More →
JS

Jude Sanders

Hibernia College


Thursday January 4, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm GMT
Rendall LT3
  11-19
 
Friday, January 5
 

9:30am GMT

CERG: Inclusive practice, how far has science education come since the Warnock report? S10
The lecture will look at the extent to which the notion of inclusive practice, with specific reference to provision for SEND but also at social inclusion more widely, has impacted upon science teaching, and explore some of the barriers which continue to prevail in science education.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Essex

Jane Essex

Lecturer, Chemistry Education Research Group
I am a staunch advocate of science education for everyone, so always good to talk to about inclusion in all its guises. Other hobbies/ obsessions are practical science and science in everyday and heritage contexts.


Friday January 5, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am GMT
Chadwick Rotbalt LT
  11-19

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
avatar for Dr Graeme Shannon

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
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 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
avatar for Dr James Hartwell

Dr James Hartwell

Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool
LM

L McClure

Colton Hills Community School

Exhibitors
avatar for Jamie Biggs

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
avatar for University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool


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

11:00am GMT

Voices of Chemistry W64
Bringing the authentic voices of scientists into the classroom, this workshop will support the teaching of post-16 atmospheric chemistry through hands-on activities and teaching resources.

Speakers
avatar for Lynda Dunlop

Lynda Dunlop

Senior Lecturer in Science Education, University of York (UYSEG)


Friday January 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm GMT
Maths 103
  Post-16

11:30am GMT

Threshold Concepts and the Space in Between: Applying research to every day practice T81
Threshold concepts are challenging, “troublesome” concepts that, once mastered, enable students to develop a new (or transformed) understanding, and to make connections that were previously inaccessible. I wanted to identify the stumbling blocks in KS4 Structure and Bonding that hold students back from developing a deeper understanding.
Using misconceptions literature, I identified and compiled a list of tricky concepts, and I aimed to identify the true threshold concepts via teaching and assessment.
I'll demonstrate how you can integrate research ideas, including Misconceptions literature and Cognitive Science, into everyday practice without significantly veering off-piste. Via my usual assessment activities, I identified "hurdles" and "bottlenecks" that prevent students fully understanding a topic.

I'll also talk about how and why I think spaced practice might help students to move from "mimicry" (giving the correct answers to questions, without fully-developed understanding) to "mastery. 

Speakers
avatar for Niki Kaiser

Niki Kaiser

Chemistry Teacher & Research Lead, Notre Dame High School, Norwich
Niki Kaiser is a teacher and Research Lead. Prior to becoming a teacher, she carried out post-doctoral research in Marine Biogeochemistry, and Niki has combined her interest in research with her love for teaching in a number of ways.She started Journal Clubs for students and colleagues... Read More →


Friday January 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm GMT
Maths 105
  11-19

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
avatar for Dr Simon Cork

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
avatar for Malcolm White

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
SL

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.
avatar for Field Studies Council

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
 
Saturday, January 6
 

9:30am GMT

In Conversation with New Researchers T123
Nuggets of advice from practitioners engaging in research. Led by the ASE Research Committee

Speakers
SS

Shirley Simon

Shirley Simon
ASE Research Committee

Exhibitors
avatar for Angela Buckland

Angela Buckland

Conference Manager, Mrs
The Association for Science Education is proud to create this Annual Conference that is Europe's largest Science Education CPD event.


Saturday January 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am GMT
CTL 6

11:00am GMT

Sharing Teacher-Researcher Experiences and Journeys T134
Teachers presenting their classroom research through poster exhibits. Led by the ASE Research Committee.

Speakers
SS

Shirley Simon

Shirley Simon
ASE Research Committee

Exhibitors
avatar for Angela Buckland

Angela Buckland

Conference Manager, Mrs
The Association for Science Education is proud to create this Annual Conference that is Europe's largest Science Education CPD event.


Saturday January 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm GMT
CTL 6

1:30pm GMT

Using Action Research Posters for Professional Development W125
A collection of A3 posters from the PALAVA teacher researcher group will be used as a spur to learn about Action Research in the classroom. Electronic copies will also be available.

Speakers
avatar for John Oversby

John Oversby

Consultant, Science Education Futures
I am experienced researcher in chemistry and STEM education. I have been a secondary school teacher for 22+ years and a teacher educator for similar. My main areas of research are in STEM for Global Justice, The Role of Diagrams in Learning, and Radical STEM Education. I convene a... Read More →


Saturday January 6, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm GMT
CTH 4
  11-19

2:00pm GMT

CANCELLED Action Research and Science LTA T149
Due to illness, this session has been cancelled.

Speakers

Saturday January 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm GMT
Chadwick Barkla LT

2:30pm GMT

A Comparison of Science Teacher and Headteacher Perceptions of Scientific Literacy T154
There is currently disparity between the views of Headteachers and Science teachers regarding Science education within Wales. The session will explore some of these differences.

Speakers
GD

Gemma Dale

Bangor University


Saturday January 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm GMT
Guild of Students McAusland Room
  11-19

3:35pm GMT

CANCELLED Scientist of the Week T141
Due to illness, this session has been cancelled.

Our whole-school primary project changed children's perceptions of scientists. Find out how we did it and how you can do it too.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Shimwell

Joe Shimwell

NUSTEM Science Outreach Specialist: Early Years and Primary, Think Physics


Saturday January 6, 2018 3:35pm - 4:35pm GMT
Rendall LT3
  Primary

3:35pm GMT

Designing Tools for Action Research in Primary Schools T156
An interactive session working with primary teachers and leaders on how to develop pupil- and teacher-focused assessment tools to support action research or impact evaluation of a school-based project related to STEM subjects and careers learning.

Proposers
SH

Sarah Heathwood

Communications Coordinator, STEM Learning

Speakers
BD

Ben Dunn

Research and Evaluation Assistant, STEM Learning
avatar for Irina Kudenko

Irina Kudenko

Reasearch and Evaluation Lead, STEM Learning
My academic background is in social research (MA, PhD), especially in the areas of research methodology (qualitative and quantitative) and interdisciplinary research. I’ve got extensive practical experience in designing, conducting and managing research and evaluation projects in... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for STEM Learning

STEM Learning

STEM Learning
STEM Learning is your number one organisation for STEM teaching support. We offer free and affordable CPD, teaching resources and STEM inspiration for your classroom, STEM Club or community group. Our work has proven impact on teachers and young people. Find out more on www.stem.org.uk... Read More →


Saturday January 6, 2018 3:35pm - 4:35pm GMT
Rendall S5
  Primary