5th September 2003 at 01:00

The British Association's annual Festival of Science will be held at Salford University, September 8-12, on the theme "Sustainable science".

Highlights will include recent research in oceanographic and atmospheric science in weather forecasting and predicting climate change; Sir Peter Williams, BA president, on the importance of sustainability and sustaining science in today's world; and new and emerging diseases in animals - is vaccination the right solution?

Tel: 020 7973 3052

The Association for Science Education's annual conference will be held at Reading University, January 8-10. The ASE also provides weekend residential courses on developing people and departments. Modules include planning for improvement; trends in science education; improving pupil performance. Fee: pound;275 + VAT (residential); 10 per cent discount for members.

Tel: 01707 283000


"Making science inclusive: science and SEN" is the theme of a training event being run by the National Association for Special Educational Needs and the Association for Science Education at the Royal Hotel (Menzies), Scunthorpe, November 22. It will include an overview on inclusion in science from Derek Bell, chief executive, ASE. Fee: pound;145; pound;115 NASENASE members.

Tel: Adrian Fenton, 01707 283000


Eureka!, the museum for children in Halifax, is running a course for primary teachers on "Magical Science", November 21, 10am-4pm. It introduces "mysterious and magical" ways of presenting scientific ideas and investigations to pupils. Fee: pound;80 (includes lunch).

Tel: 01422 330069



Physics on Stage, a European festival involving 300 teachers takes place at the European Space Agency, Noordwijk, the Netherlands, from November 8 to 15. The theme is "Physics and Life". The UK must submit its list of 30 delegates by October 3 and proposals for presentations and workshops by September 19.

Tel: Helen Wilson on 00 31 71 565 5518

Email: Physics.on.Stage@esa.intRegister at

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