ASE Conference – 2024

We are very pleased to attend the ASE Annual Conference at the University of Northampton from Thursday 4th January to Saturday 6th January 2024. The ASE conference is a fantastic opportunity for you to explore our resources, receive top-tip insights and find out what we have been working on.


The SAPS Schedule – full listings on Sched

Biology Practicals that Work 

Our drop-in gives you a chance to try your hand or see demonstrations of some of our most popular resources and to grill the team about using plants in the lab. Amongst others, bubbling pondweed, algal balls, red pepper osmosis and plant disease resources will all feature. Come along to see any that you haven’t tried before, to remind yourself or just to have a play.

  • Thursday 4th January, 11:15am – 12:05pm, 12:15-1:05pm & 1:15-2:05pm
  • Friday 5th January, 11:15am – 12:05pm, 12:15-1:05pm & 1:15-2:05pm
  • Saturday 6th January, 9:45-10:35am, 11:15am-12:05pm & 12:15-1:05pm
  • Find us in the Creative Hub: room 314

We will be providing the first 50 people who come along to our drop-in session each day with a free posters for your classroom.


Teaching classification and evolution – a plant rich approach (BERG) 

This session will explore how plant contexts can enrich the teaching of classification and evolution. You’ll see plants in a new light and leave with concrete ideas to use in your teaching.

  • Thursday 4th January, 2:15-3:05pm (Learning Hub room 231)

Download: Resources for teaching classification and evolution – a plant rich approach


Review: the power of plants to enrich biology teaching & learning (BERG) 

What does the research literature say about teaching and learning about plant science?  We present a summary of emergent themes and recommendations from an ongoing evidence review and interviews conducted by SAPS and the University of York Science Education Group.
  • Thursday 4th January, 3:45-4:35pm (Learning Hub room 231)


SAPS – Teaching with Plants 101 

Explore core principles of biology using key plant practicals guaranteed to inspire you and your students. We’ll also provide ideas to help you include plants across all your biology teaching, helping your students make connections. Join us to grow your confidence in teaching with plants!

  • Friday 5th January, 3:45-4:35pm (Creative Hub room 314)


You can find the full listings for our sessions on Sched and you can catch us at the exhibition stand throughout the conference.

Our drop-in and exhibition stand can be found in the Creative Hub and our sessions with BERG will take place in the Learning Hub. The buildings are less than a 2-min walk from each other.

See you there!


Here are some delegates from previous ASE Annual Conferences getting hands-on with SAPS practicals.

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