ASE/UCL Institute of Education Technician's Conference

  • 6 hours
  • 1 day


This professional development conference is for science technicians working in schools or colleges in the UK.

Highlights include:

  • workshops covering all subject areas
  • a keynote speech by Kelly Vere (Senior Technician and Laboratory Manager in the University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences and Faculty of Engineering, based in the Institute of Biophysics, Imaging and Optical Science)
  • an opportunity to network with other school technicians
  • a market place of organisations and suppliers

This annual conference is organised by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and the Association for Science Education (ASE). It draws on their significant expertise in science education and rich history of providing high quality professional development.

Who it's for

This conference is for science technicians working in schools or colleges in the UK.


You can choose to attend one workshop from each session. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Session 1

A. What's in my tray?

In this workshop, designed by Dr Katherine Forsey, you'll explore a variety of timed hands-on activities that can be used to support enrichment in schools. Can you do it in 5 minutes? Take the challenge!

B. SAPS (Science and Plants for Schools) [This workshop is now fully booked]

Learn about biology practicals that work. Plants make a great basis for biology practicals: cheap, engaging, and - with our tested protocols - reliable. SAPS ambassador Gail Webdell will be sharing hints and tips for the smooth running of tricky core practicals and looking at new practicals being developed.

C. Technicians: Leadership and team working [This workshop is now fully booked]

Do you lead a team or even just work in a team? If so this session will get you exploring and thinking about how you can get the best out of working with your team mates (other technicians and teachers). The session will cover leadership and vision, self-awareness, team working and surviving difficult conversations - all in the space of an hour. It will give you a boost and strategies for working with others in your department and school.

Session 2

D. Microscale chemistry [This workshop is now fully booked]

Micro and reduced scale experiments - a review of resources and equipment available. In this workshop you'll have an opportunity to try some experiments, learn how to reduce cost, preparation time and make practical science safer.

E. STEM clubs [This workshop is now fully booked]

Whether you're thinking of running a STEM club or looking for new ideas this is for you. Hear from the speaker about fantastic fun ideas from their new third-year schemes of work.

F. Primary science and transition

In this workshop, run by Karen Curzon, you'll be introduced to ideas and activities to develop outreach work for feeder schools. Please note this workshop is a change to the original programme.

Session 3

G. Simple science experiments

In this workshop you'll explore a range of simple and inspiring practical ideas. These will include the use of mobile technology (tablets and smart phones) and will be suitable for practical application in chemistry, biology and physics.

H. Chemical stores organisation and management with the Labexpert stock control system [This workshop is now fully booked]

This workshop looks at legislation on health and safety, including the Health and Safety at Work 1974 legislation and its subsequent regulations. It will look at different types of stores, store requirements, specialist stores and radiation and storage groups.

You'll be able to:

  • develop skills to share good practice and address key issues for the effective storage of chemicals
  • enhance understanding of GHS / CLP regulations
  • develop the skills to produce own electronic storage systems
  • evaluate and develop an understanding of prep room
  • organisation and management systems
  • evaluate different types of stock control

I. Enhance your technical skills with CLEAPPS

In this hands-on session you'll have the opportunity to practise glass working. Gain the knowledge and confidence to cut glass tubing and manipulate in a Bunsen flame to smooth cut edges, make bends and seal tubing. You'll also learn how to safely insert glass tubing through rubber bungs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the conference you should have:

  • some practical ideas for use in the classroom
  • a clearer understanding of health and safety at work


You'll receive a certificate of attendance.


The fee is:

  • £80 for members for the Association for Science Education (ASE)
  • £125 for non-members

You can join the ASE now and pay the membership rate. Find out how to join the ASE on the association's website.

Lunch is included in the fee.

Course information last modified: 18 May 2018, 09:20