The Association for Science Education

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The Association for Science Education
  • Association of Public School Science Masters
  • Science Masters Association
  • Association of Women Science Teachers
TypeLearned society and Professional association
HeadquartersUniversity of Hertfordshire
Official language
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prof. Danielle George
Chair of the Association
Professor Janice Griffiths
Chief Executive
Hannah Russel
Promoting Excellence in Science Teaching and Learning

The Association for Science Education (ASE) is a professional association in the United Kingdom for teachers of science and science technicians.[1] The association was formed in 1963 and is a member of the UK Science Council.


The Royal Charter of the Association for Science Education[2] States,

"The objects and purposes for which The Association is hereby constituted are the promotion of education by the following means:

  • by improving the teaching of science and
  • by providing an authoritative medium through which opinions of teachers of science may be expressed on educational matters and
  • by affording means of communication among all persons and bodies of persons concerned with the teaching of science in particular and with education in general."


The ASE formed in 1963 by the merger of the Science Masters Association and the Association of Women Science Teachers. The Association for Science Education can trace its origins back to 1900. The first Annual Meeting was held in January 1901 which then led to the formation of the Association of Public School Science Masters. Incorporated by Royal Charter in October 2004, the ASE operates as a Registered Charity.[3] The history of the ASE can be found in two publications: Interpreters of Science[4] by David Layton and, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association, Advancing Science Education: the first fifty years of the Association for Science Education,[5] Edited by Edgar Jenkins and Valerie Wood-Robinson.

The Patron of the Association is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, PC, KT, GBE, FRS.


The Association promotes improvements in science education and education in general, specifically through advice and support for teachers, technicians and others with meetings and conferences, journals and resources, curriculum and professional development programmes and contributions to research and policy debates.


The ASE is a specialist publisher for the science education market. This includes approximately 200 titles ranging from Primary to Secondary and Post 16 science education.


The ASE produces four journals which not only keep members up to date with developments in science education but also provide ideas and tips for the delivery of science education. Their journals include:

  • Education in Science - the in house journal keeping members up to date with ASE developments.[6]
  • Primary Science (previously: Primary Science Review) - aimed at the primary sector, giving ideas for lessons and developments in primary science education.[7]
  • School Science Review - aimed at the secondary sector, giving ideas for lessons and developments in primary science education.[8]
  • Science Teacher Education - aimed at providers of initial teacher training and aims to inform and contribute to the development of science teacher education in all phases of education.[9]

Annual Conference[edit]

The annual conference attracts over 3000 delegates and include 350+ talks and workshops ranging from academic lectures and exhibitions, to a social programme and themed days.


An elected Education Group governs and controls the affairs of the Association. The Education Group advises the Trustees on all aspects of science education. Its 30 members represent all sectors of the science education community and speaks authoritatively on behalf of the Association. The group is led by the Chair of the Association and meets 3 times a year. The Chair of the Association is elected by the membership and serves a term of one year.

The Trustee Body has responsibility for ensuring that ASE works properly as a charity, that the finances are properly regulated and monitored and the appropriate policies are in place. The trustees meets 3 times a year and consists of 11 member trustees.

List of presidents and association chairs from 1963–2020[edit]

Year Presidents Association Chair
2020 Sir Professor John Holman Professor Janice Griffiths
2019 Sir Professor John Holman Mary Whitehouse
2018 Professor Danielle George Linda Needham
2017 Professor Danielle George Chris Colclough
2016 Professor Danielle George Ms Corinne Stevenson
2015 Sir David Bell Ms Christine Harrison
2014 Professor Alice Roberts Mr Pete Robinson
2013 Professor Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow Mrs Liz Lawrence
2012 Professor Robin Millar Mrs Lynne Horton
2011 Professor Steve Jones Mr Richard Needham
2010 Sir Alan Jones Mr Manoj Chitnavis
2009 Professor Wynne Harlen Ms Carolyn Yates
2008 Professor Micheal Earwicker Mr Graham Kingsley
2007 Professor Dame Julia Higgins Ms Charlotte Clarke
2006 Sir Gareth Roberts Mr Bob Kibble
2005 Sir Mike Tomlinson Mr David Bevan
2004 Sir Peter Williams Dr Susan Burr
2003 Dr Gill Samuels Ms Sue Flanagan
2002 Lord Jenkin of Roding Mr Ian Galloway
2001 Professor Patrick Dowling Dr Derek Bell
2000 Professor Susan Greenfield Mrs Rebecca Edwards
1999 Sir John Horlock Miss Rosemary Feasey
1998 Mr David Brown Mr Roger McCune
1997 Sir Brian Follett Mrs Mary Ratcliffe
1996 Sir Neil Cossons Mrs Jane Wheatley
1995 Dr Bridget Ogilvie Mr David Standley
1994 Dr David Giachardi Mr Philip Ramsden
1993 Professor Roger Blin-Stoyle [de] Miss Maggie Hannon
1992 Sir John Mason Dr Boyd Gunnell
1991 Professor Hans Kornberg Mrs Elizabeth Preston
1990 Sir Dick Morris CBE Mr E.O. James
1989 Sir Walter Bodmer FRS Mr E.O. James (acting)
1988 Baroness Platt of Writtle CBE Mr Graham Hill
1987 Lord Marshall of Goring CBE FRS Miss Angela Dixon
1986 Professor Paul Black OBE KSG Mr John Nellist
1985 Sir George Porter FRS Mr Geoff Barraclough
1984 Sir James Hamilton KCB MBE Mr P.J. Scott
1983 Sir Robert Clayton CBE FEng Miss Ruth Schofield
1982 Sir Hermann Bondi KCB FRS Mr Maurice Savory
1981 Sir Denis Rooke CBE FRS FEng Mr Jeff Thompson
1980 Sir Norman Lindop Mr John Healey
1979 Mr Norman Booth Mr A.R. Hall
1978 Mr Norman Booth Mr Dick West
1977 Sir Alastair Pilkington FRS Mr J.L. Lewis
1976 Professor J.F. Kerr W.J. Kirkham
1975 Lord Bullock A.A. Bishop
1974 Sir Derman Christopherson OBE FRS Mrs J Glover
1973 Lord Boyle of Handsworth W.F. Archenhold
1972 Mrs M K McQuillan E.G. Breeze
1971 Dr J.L. Cottrell B.G. Atwood
1970 Professor E R Laithwaite Helen Ward
1969 Mr J.D. Rose FRS E.H. Coulson
1968 Professor Sir Ronald Nyholm FRS F.C. Brown
1967 Professor Sir Ronald Nyholm FRS J J Bryant
1966 Lord F S Dainton H F Broad
1965 Sir John Cockcroft R H Dyball
1964 Sir Patrick Linstead Miss F M Eastwood
1963 Sir Robert Aitken


The ASE is involved with many awards including:

  • Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach)
  • Registered Scientist
  • Registered Science Technician

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McComas, William F.; Almazroa, Hiya; Clough, Michael P. (1998). "The Nature of Science in Science Education: An Introduction". Science & Education. 7 (6): 511–532. doi:10.1023/A:1008642510402.
  2. ^ "Royal Charter - The Association for Science Education". Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  3. ^ "Charity Commission".
  4. ^ David, Layton (1984). Interpreters of Science: History of the Association for Science Education. John Murray Publishers Ltd. ISBN 978-0719541858.
  5. ^ Edgar, Jenkins (2013). Advancing Science Education: the first fifty years of the Association for Science Education. United Kingdom: Association for Science Education. ISBN 9780863574351.
  6. ^ "Education in Science - The Association for Science Education". Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  7. ^ "Primary Science". 2018-04-09.
  8. ^ "School Science Review - The Association for Science Education". Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  9. ^ "Science Teacher Education". 2018-04-09.

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