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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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Mandy Hartley

The Little Story Telling Company
Founder
Norwich, United Kingdom
My name is Dr. Mandy Hartley. I have always loved science and even at school I knew this was the career path I wanted to pursue. I have a PhD in Genetics and have had an amazing career working with DNA for over 15 years. I have used DNA to help conserve stocks of haddock and sandeels in the North Sea and to find out the genetic cause of diseases in patients with neonatal diabetes, haemophilia, breast cancer, cystic fibrosis and different kidney diseases. I also helped set up the forensic laboratories used by the Norfolk Constabulary, worked on criminal cases and helped trace long lost families using relationship testing. I now regularly run workshops to teach primary and secondary school children about DNA. I also use stories to teach difficult concepts such as natural selection, inheritance and evolution to children. I am currently getting funding for my GSCE Genetics workshop which will provide an applied approach to secondary pupils allowing them to see how the genetics they are learning about is used in the industry.I am in the process of creating a science laboratory in Norfolk for children aged 4 years - 18 years. It will be a state of the art laboratory offering children in this area hands-on experience of methods currently used in the field of genetics. In addition, it will be a great opportunity for children of all ages to experience workshops for all aspects of science in a real laboratory.My first book “The DNA Detectives – To Catch a Thief” was recently published and won the "ASE Book Award" last year which was amazing. The second book "The DNA Detectives - The Smuggler's Daughter" came out last year and the third book "The DNA Detectives - The Stone Age Mystery" will be out early next year. These are the first books for 7 – 12 year olds where the characters in the book use DNA to solve a crime. The idea is that children enjoy the exciting story and at the same time they are learning about DNA, cells and forensic science. It also helps children learn about evolution and inheritance. I am also currently working on a book for teachers "Teaching Evolution and Inheritance to Primary School children" which is due to be published next year. Come along to my presentation on Friday 11.45am to find out more! I have been so lucky with my career which has come from my love of science and now I get to share that with children and hopefully inspire our next generation of scientists and geneticists.