The Education Section organised the following events at the 2016 British Science Festival:

Inside the dyslexic brain
Neuroscientist and cofounder of the Dyslexia Research Trust John Stein revealed the latest research on the underlying causes of dyslexia and the brain processes involved. Audience members discovered the genetic background of this common learning disorder and found out how nutrition and the immune system contribute to the difficulties with hearing and vision.

Memory's time code: Spaced Learning
Audience members discovered why short lessons of structured repetition separated by breaks - Spaced Learning - can be better than hours of being taught. Based on scientific studies into how memories are made, strengthened and lost, scientist Paul Kelley revealed some of the amazing discoveries about how we acquire, use and lose long-term memories, and some real-world applications of memory science.

President 2016: Professor John Stein, University of Oxford
President 2015: Dr Paul Kelley
President 2014: Tim Bliss

Co-Recorder and Treasurer: Robin Hall, National College for School Leadership
Co-Recorder: Dr. Richard Churches, CfBT Education Trust

Richard Churches is Principal Adviser for Research and Evidence Based Practice at CfBT Education Trust, the world leading not-for-profit education organisation. He has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, executive coach and consultant in the UK and a wide range of countries internationally, including: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, India, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

He is author of a number of books on teaching, learning and school improvement and is currently the Technical Director for the National College for Teaching and Leadership: Closing the Gap Test and Learn programme. This programme is leading the delivery of randomised controlled trials in 800 schools in England, as well as training teachers to use experimental research as a lever for school improvement. In 2012, Learning and the Brain by Richard, Ian Devonshire and Eleanor Dommett was an Education Resource Awards finalist in two categories. Richard’s doctoral research explores the relationship between charismatic leadership oratory and hypnosis and was awarded a faculty Pearson Education Prize at the University of Surrey in 2011.

Richard became involved in the British Science Festival because he is passionate about promoting an evidence based approach in teaching and the wider public section, one which does not just theorise but which tests even the most controversial of ideas.