Educating scientists – what does the future hold?

28 Jan 2010 18:11:10.010

One of the UK's foremost science educators will present a Valentine's Day public lecture on 'The Future Education of Scientists' at The University of Nottingham.

The lecture, by Professor Michael Reiss, Director of Education at the Royal Society, will be an important indication of leading edge thinking in relation to science education at all levels of the system.

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This event will be the first public lecture on Science and Society presented by The Institute for Science and Society.

Michael Reiss, who is also Professor of Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, will pose the question: Is there a crisis in UK science education and if so how should schools, colleges and universities respond? His lecture will consider whether we are producing enough scientists and whether standards are rising or falling?

He will look at what the fundamental aims of science education should be - to produce the next generation of scientists or to enhance scientific literacy for all? He will also look at whether scientists should be expected to learn about ethics.

Professor Robert Dingwall, Director of the Institute for Science and Society said: "This is a unique opportunity to listen to, and reflect on, the thinking of one of the country's most influential science educators."

The lecture will take place at 6pm in the A30 Lecture Theatre, Arts Centre Djanogly Art Gallery, University Park, Nottingham. Members of the public are welcome and the talk will also be available as a podcast from in the near future.

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Notes to Editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.

Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for three years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.  

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