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Can scientists predict future events, or does the phenomenon of chaos suggest that prediction is a fallible process? Mixing experiments with computer predictions, Professor Jim Matthew and Dr Sarah Thompson from York University will discuss this subject at the Association for Science Education Scotland annual conference, March 7-9. Venue: St Machar Academy and the Patio Hotel, Aberdeen.

Contact ASE, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AA, tel: 01707 283000;;

Richard Dawkins, Charles Simonyi professor of the public understanding of science, Oxford University, is to speak at 20:20 Science Education, March 5-7, a conference exploring science in schools, science education beyond the classroom and science and the citizen. Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Conference Secretariat, Meeting Makers, Jordanhill Campus, 76 Southbrae Drive, Glasgow G13 1PP; tel: 0141 434 1500;

Science and its importance to our lives will be celebrated in National Science Week, March 7-16, with festivals, talks, chances to conduct experiments and other events.

Packs on organising an event are available from the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 23 Savile Row, London W1S 2EZ; tel: 020 7973 3074;

Online Jemma, a cyber heroine who aims to get girls aged 13-16 interested in science via an internet soap opera, is being funded by The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta).

Nesta, 110 Upper Thames Street, London EC4R 3TW, tel: 020 7645 9534;

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