Over the past year or two I've been using podcasts to keep up-to-date with science. Podcasts I listen to regularly are the excellent Astronomy Cast, In Our Time and the Guardian Science podcast.

Some interesting links I've found locally are the Public Understanding of Biotechnology website, the Johannesburg Planetarium and the SA Space Portal.

In 2011 we've been running a Science Café in Soweto, bringing a scientist to speak to interested youth.

Over the last year I have attended three conferences: most recently the SAARMSTE conference in Malawi (Jan 2012), the Learning Conference in Mauritius in July 2011 and the 6th Science Centre World Congress in Cape Town, Sept 2011.

See some of my publications here

If you want to ask me about my research or teaching interests you are welcome to email me. My email address is tony.lelliott[at] wits.ac.za or tony[at]lelliott.co.za

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I also run workshops for the DNA Project

Welcome to Tony Lelliott's homepage

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I lecture and research at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (known as Wits, and pronounced Vits). I work as a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Wits, and teach mainly on post-graduate such as the Bachelor of Science Honours (Science Education) and Master of Science (Science Education) degrees. I also supervise post-graduate students and contribute to the undergraduate Bachelor of Education degree in selected areas (e.g. biotechnology and astronomy education). My research is based in the Marang Centre for Maths and Science Education at Wits, and I lead the research thrust called Science Awareness, Informal Learning and Schools (SAILS). This research is about the learning of any of the sciences informally, outside the classroom, but my own particular interests are astronomy, biotechnology and evolution. My teaching page shows links to the teaching of these subjects.

My own science background was in the earth and biological sciences, and I have been involved in teacher education since 1985. I was based in Botswana, at the Molepolole College of Education, from 1985 to 1995, and since then have been working at Wits University.