28th April 2006 at 01:00
Conferences and courses

"People, science and society" is the theme of the annual Festival of Science organised by the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Norwich Research Park, September 2-9. Frances Cairncross, rector of Exeter College, Oxford University, and former management editor of The Economist', will give a presidential address on what social science can do for the sciences. More than 150 events will include discovery days, workshops and debates for school groups aged eight upwards.

Tel: 0870 770 7101


The Earth Science Teachers' Association's annual conference will at Bristol University, September 15-17. It will include primary and secondary workshops, lectures and field excursions. Professor Mike Benton will give the keynote lecture on mass extinctions.

Tel: 07732 913812

The Association for Science Education's annual conference will be at Birmingham University from January 4-6, 2007.

For details contact Barbara Mahmoudi

Tel: 01707 283008


Find out about the science, technology and applications of polymers (plastics and rubbers) at Horners Polymer teachers' study tours this summer. Venues: London Metropolitan University, June 18-21; Bradford University, June 21-24; Napier University, June 25-28. Fee: pound;100 (pound;600 sponsorship is provided by the Horners Educational Trust and other organisations).

For details contact Lareen Jolly Tel: 01707 283008



Registration is available for free entry for secondary groups to the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition at 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1, July 4-6. Exhibits include: Stars 'r' us: the cosmic chemistry connection; hydrogen - fuel of the future?; and why do midges and mosquitoes bite some people more than others? To check availability contact Bonnie Laverock Tel: 020 7451 2561

Check out last year's exhibition at this website, which aims to attract 16 to 19-year-olds to scientific research:


The Royal Astronomical Society invites 7 to 14-year-olds to create a newspaper by July 17 exploring the scientific and cultural importance of the discovery of intelligent life on a planet orbiting a distant star. Pupils aged 14 to 19 are invited to write an article discussing the implications of such a discovery.

Email: (education)

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