ASE annual conference 2020

The ASE annual conference, Europe’s largest science education conference, is a highlight of our year. The conference will take place at the University of Reading’s Whiteknights Campus from Wednesday 8 January to Saturday 11 January. Here’s where you can meet RSC education staff and find out how we can help you teach science.

Helping science teachers

We’d love to meet you at exhibition stand DS17, where you can discover more about our new website, our invaluable hub of support for chemistry teachers.


Full details of our sessions are here. In brief:

Meet the Education in Chemistry team

We will be available at stand DS17 at these times:

  • Thursday: 1-2pm, 3-4pm
  • Friday: 11.30am, 1-2pm

Running #REDJanuary

Join us for a run. As part of #REDJanuary, we’ll be going for a gentle jog at these times. You can even pitch us an article idea at the same time. Email Lisa for more information.

  • Thursday 5pm
  • Friday 6am

EiC articles

All the Education in Chemistry articles by ASE 2020 conference presenters.

An image showing a malachite copper ore

The extraction of metals


Embed the understanding of reduction and oxidation with your students

A photograph showing an ordered desk

Improve executive function skills for all


Develop students’ organisational skills to help them get everyday tasks done efficiently

An illustration showing a student struggling with a maths problem

Improve numeracy for all


Help your students improve their numeracy skills with these simple learning aids

A photograph taken inside the Science Museum, London

Targeting science capital

By Louise Hussein

Simple ways to increase students’ enthusiasm for science

An image showing a male and a female student working together on a practical

Tackling practicals for students with SEND


It’s easy when you’re prepared

An image showing a male student recording observations about an experiment, while his female colleague is reading about the same experiment in her book; the glassware in the laboratory is linked to the glassware depicted in the girl's book

Maximising learning from practicals


Be clear about the intended outcomes of experiments

An image showing four students running on separate roads towards an intersection where a large electrochemical beaker is placed; each of the 4 students is holding a specific model used to explain electrochemical concepts

Different approaches build understanding


How a variety of practical work improves learning

An image showing a male pupil thinking about the bonding in formic acid

Uncover your students' preconceptions


Understanding their existing ideas helps avoid misconceptions

A graphic image showing a male teacher holding a clipboard and assessing the knowledge of a female pupil, using a jigsaw analogy

Understand what your pupils understand


Diagnose your students’ strengths and weaknesses

An image showing a teacher paying close attention to a female student who is reading from a book; a classmate is also present, and the two pupils are sitting on chairs made out of books

Challenging misconceptions


How to ensure concepts are fully understood

An image showing a child (wearing a blue T-shirt) solving a maths problem using the bar model on a whiteboard

They’ll learn more with bar models


Simplify the maths in science with this pictorial approach – and improve understanding

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8 surprising things I learned in TV show


Travelling through 100 years of science education with the BBC

Colour illustration of lady with rucksack and map walking through a landscape of paper

Improving practical work with integrated instructions


Do your students struggle to follow written instructions?

Career ladder

Why should you care about careers?


How careers guidance fits into chemistry teaching

A clipboard graphic

Make the most of tests


Three ways to provide students with test feedback and increase their motivation

Row of students sitting exam in a hall

Six lessons from the 2017 exams


How to best prepare for the 2018 A-level chemistry exam