Conferences and courses

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The Association for Science Education's annual conference will be held at Leeds University on January 6-8, preceded by an international day on January 5.

Tel: June Durnin, 01707 283000.

* Teachers' courses offered by the Association for Science Education include:

"Physics for the non-specialist", London, May 21 or July 8, Birmingham, June 18 or July 5 and Cardiff, June 25; "Dealing with the least able in science", Birmingham, May 21; "Essential biology for the non-specialist", London, June 9; "Challenging the more able in science", Milton Keynes, May 20, Cardiff, June 16; "Advanced microbiology for applied science GCSE", London, May 26, Birmingham, May 7; "Using IT to enhance your biology teaching", Birmingham, June 30.

Course fee (plus VAT): pound;160, members pound;144

Tel: June Durnin, 01707 283000

* The responsibility of being a scientist is to be the theme of the annual Festival of Science organised by the British Association for the Advancement of Science. It will be held at Exeter University, September 6-10.

Tel: 020 7973 33074. www.the-ba.netthe-bapage.asp

* The Royal Society's annual Summer Science Exhibition will be held at 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1, July 6-8. Visitors can try the hands-on exhibits and meet leading scientific researchers. Post-16 students considering a scientific career are particularly welcome. Free entry, but early registration is necessary for schoolcollege groups. Registered students receive a free education pack. To register visit:

Tel: 020 7451 2561 Students can check out the 2003 exhibition at:

* What are the genetics behind the Scottish look of red hair and freckles? Find out at the "Life's What You Make It" show for secondary pupils featured in the 2004 Scottish Schools Touring Programme run by the Edinburgh International Science Festival. A team of actors and science communicators is visiting schools until June 11 to inspire more than 60,000 pupils aged five to 14 with a passion for science through shows such as Dr Bunhead's Exploding Kitchen Show. Themes are: living things; earth and space; energy and forces; and technology. The programme is sponsored by Discovery Channel.

Tel: 0131 557 5588.

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