The universe and everything

11th January 2013 at 00:00
Coffins and the cosmos will make for an interesting and unusual science conference, predicts Henry Hepburn

From what lies in coffins to the unimaginable vastness of the cosmos, this year's Association of Science Education Scotland conference promises to cover life, the universe and everything.

Bookings are being taken for the two-day event, which takes place at Crieff Hydro on 8-9 March.

The opening keynote speech will be by Professor Wynne Harlen, an expert in teaching science in primary schools, who will discuss issues including assessment in the context of Curriculum for Excellence.

Another keynote speaker is University of Dundee forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black, who will talk about what happened after she exhumed the remains of 60 individuals from lead coffins in a London church in 1991.

"The contents of one coffin in particular were to lead to research and personal friendships that could not have been imagined," she says.

On the second day, the University of York's Professor Robin Millar will talk about the importance of assessment in improving science education.

The final keynote speaker will be the University of Glasgow's Professor Martin Hendry, who will explore "the enormous scientific potential of the next generation of telescopes, and preview some of the biggest questions that astronomers might be tackling in 2020 and beyond".

The conference also encompasses dozens of workshops and exhibitors' stalls.

Further science activities can be found at this year's Dunbar SciFest 2013 on the weekend of 16-17 March. The Parent Council of Dunbar Primary is organising the festival for families in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Borders and beyond.

More than 40 providers will bring events targeted at young people of all school ages.

ASE Scotland programme bit.lyZU3l6k www.dunbarscifest.org.

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