In June 2016, over 350 delegates went home from our International Conference in Belfast inspired with a wealth of new ideas, strategies, activities and resources to use in their classrooms and to share with their colleagues at school.

Our three-day programme included interactive talks, seminars, panel discussions, a choice of over sixty practical workshops, and four outstanding keynote sessions delivered by highly regarded speakers including Professor Alice Roberts and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Our connecting research and practice seminars brought academics and teachers together to engage in rich discussions about what constitutes good teaching and learning in primary science, and why. Covering a range of relevant themes, these thought-provoking sessions empowered teachers to reflect more deeply and effectively about their own practice.

We made creative use of our exhibition hall, using the central area for additional talks and dedicating space to a life-sized inflatable whale and a mobile planetarium. These unusual attractions and extra talks, many of which were given by exhibitors, ensured that the exhibition was an integral part of the whole delegate experience.

Delegate testimonials:

“Everyone involved was enthusiastic and approachable throughout, and I can't be the only one who went home bursting with ideas.”

“Great event last week. Possibly the best UK based type educational thing I can remember in a while.”

“In the present climate of educational uncertainty and change it gave teachers a chance to spend time discussing and reflecting on various aspects of science education. We also had the opportunity to enrich our own subject knowledge which will definitely impact on our teaching and ultimately the children.”

“Wonderful conference – thank you!”

“The conference was fantastic and all the workshops, seminars and keynote speeches I attended were outstanding. It was also a real privilege to be able to present at the conference.”