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The Design and Technology Association is holding a special educational needs conference at The Birmingham Grand Moat House Hotel, October 6. The programme includes a keynote speech, workshops, seminars and a resources exhibition. Fee: pound;50, pound;45 members. Register by September 29. Contact Lucy Tibbits, tel: 01789 470007. Fax: 01789 841955. E-mail: Web:

Attainment by Design, a DATA conference at the Beeches Management Centre, Selly Oak Road, Birmingham, September 28-29, will explore creativity and practical strategies for teaching design in the classroom. Contact DATA as above.

"Building a Technological Future" is the theme of the Design and Technology with Information and Communications Technology Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, November 8-10. The programme includes talks, seminars, live demonstrations and displays (including award-winning projects from the 2001 Young Electronic Designer Awards). Free entry. ICHF Ltd, Dominic House, Seaton Road, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 5HQ. Tel: 01425 272 711. E-mail:

The annual meeting of the Association for Science Education takes place at Liverpool University, January 3-5. Contact the ASE, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AA. Tel: 01707 283000. Web:

Training provider Stands for Education has organised a conference entitled Raising Attainment in Key Stage 3, in Sheffield, October 18, and London, November 28. These courses are also available: How to Raise Attainment in Key Stage 4 Chemistry: Targeting the C-G Pupils, in Birmingham, November 22, London, November 27 and December 5, and Leeds, December 4; How to Raise Achievement in the New AS and A2 Science Exams in London, November 7 and 23, Manchester, November 15, Birmingham, November 19 and Leeds, November 28. The latter is for heads of science and teachers of AS science courses and will provide information on the style and content of the new exams. Fee: pound;195 plus VAT per conferencecourse. Details from: SfE, 1 Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8RR. Tel: 0117 983 8800. E-mail:

Professor Richard Dawkins, The Reverend Dr John Polkinghorne KBE and Dr Peter Vardy, vice-principal of Heythrop College, London University are to speak at Genetics, Science and Religion, a conference at Birkbeck College, London University, Malet Street, WC1, December 7 and Hulme Hall, Manchester University, January 18, 2002. Themes include: scientific and religious truth claims; medical and environmental ethics; the existence of God; contemporary Atheism; and the nature and meaning of scientific and religious language. Fee: pound;125. Information from: Dialogue Educational Conferences, PO Box 86, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2XJ. Tel: 0774 8414190. E-mail:

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