The British Science Association (BSA) is a charity, founded in 1831. Our vision is of a world where science is at the heart of society and culture. Our mission is to support, grow and diversify the community of people interested and involved in science; and to strengthen their influence over science’s direction and place in society.
We organise major initiatives across the UK, including British Science Week; the annual British Science Festival; regional and local events through our network of Branches; the CREST Awards, and other programmes for young people in schools and colleges. We also run specific activities and training for professional science communicators, including the Science Communication Conference
Our mission is to support, grow and diversify the community of people who are interested and involved in science; and to strengthen their influence over science’s direction and place in society.
For instance, we want:
- Science education’s purpose to be for creating a society which is comfortable with science and excited by discovery, not just training a scientific workforce
- Politicians to be trusted and accountable for making decisions informed by science, whether or not they have a background in science themselves
- The media to be confident in both its critique and its support of science
- Influencers at all levels and in all sectors in society to see science as part of their domain, and their responsibility.