The Irish Science Teachers' Association's Annual Conference and AGM 2011 takes place on the weekend of April 8th, 9th and 10th in the Tipperary Institute, Thurles. The event is hosted by the Tiperary Branch of the ISTA and promises to provide a whole range of interesting speakers and exciting workshops to its delegates. The jam packed schedule includes talks by Niall Moyna (DCU) on 'Obesity in Children', Prof. Moira O Brien (President of the Irish Osteoporosis Society) on 'Osteoporosis: Are you at risk?', Danielle Nicholson (from NUIG) on 'Campus engagement Between Second and Third Level Education', Dr Barry Fitzgerald (ESERO) on the European Space Agency's Education Material and many more. There are also some workshops taking place including one on 'Electrophoresis' from Dr. Dominic Delaney and 'Activate Your Science Classes' by the infamous Randal Henley. In addition the STEM Mobile Laboratory will carry out a series of workshops on using data logging equipment in the classroom. The Pharmachemical Ireland Teacher Awards will also take place during the jam packed conference, with some excellent prizes for the winning teams of teachers. A full programme of events is downloadable here.
The event is sure to be an extremely interesting and fulfilling weekend and a must for all science teachers in Ireland. The conferences costs just €30 for ISTA members (not including meals) but is open to non-members too (you can find out more about ISTA Membership here). Delegates are asked to download the registration form and return it to ISTA before Friday April 1st. For further information on the ISTA Conference and AGM click here.