to the British Science Association

We are a registered charity that exists to advance the public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering in the UK.


Show me content for... +

Show me content for...
Professional development
Families & teenagers (aged 12+)
Families (children aged 12 & under)



Register with us and you can....

  • Sign up to our free e-communications
  • Become a member of the Association
  • Create your own web account, & post comments
  • Be part of British Science Festival
  • Save your favourite items


You are here


Welcome to the blog, you can read all about the latest news for the sections and take a look in our archive. Scroll through the latest posts below, or select a section from the dropdown.

By Faisal Khan, Head of Science at The Market Bosworth School, Leicestershire, and National Science & Engineering Week 2013 Best Secondary School Event Award winner.


What did you do for NSEW 2013?

By Alan Mercer is Sciencewise Programme Director. This post is part of a series of posts for the Public Attitudes to Science 2014 study.


This month saw the publication of a Special Eurobarometer report on Responsible research and innovation, science and technology.  For anyone engaged in developments in science and technology, the survey into the views of the public from across the 27 EU states makes for very interesting reading.

As the Programme Director for the Sciencewise programme, I was drawn to the finding that 64% – almost two-thirds – of those surveyed in the UK indicated that public dialogue is required on decisions about science and technology. This places the UK fifth in the EU for requiring this dialogue, and higher than the EU27 average of 55%.

By Saheefa Ishaq, a 13 year old student from Leicestershire who has a passion for science. Saheefa entered her CREST project into the National Science + Engineering Competition last year and won a place to attend the Broadcom Masters programme (part of Intel ISEF) in the USA. She is now a member of the CREST Youth Panel and is working hard to promote women in STEM wherever she can.


As a young scientist, getting involved with CREST was probably one of the best choices I have ever made. The CREST Awards have not only helped me to grow and develop my skills, but also to pursue my desire to learn and share my knowledge with others.

By Rebecca Williams, a PhD student in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. Rebecca's research focuses on how breast cancer develops. Her favourite things to do in her spare time are playing netball, skiing and drinking tea.


There are lots of reasons why I got involved in science communication, and I’m not really sure which one was the deciding factor. The first time I got up in front of a classroom of kids to talk about my work, I found a confidence that I didn’t know I had and I knew I had found something I loved.

By Sheena Cruickshank, a lecturer at the Manchester Immunology Group in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. Sheena’s research focuses on how immune responses start and on predicting how some people are resistant to infection and others are not and get long term or chronic inflammation. When not telling people about worms she runs around after her two active football mad kids and enjoys cycling.


by Matthew Tosh, science presenter, pyrotechnician and education consultant. He tweets at @MatthewTosh


Bonfire Night is upon us and it’s one of the busiest nights of the year for pyrotechnicians. For the discerning pyrotechnician, creating a fireworks display is a creative union of science and art in which the night sky is the pyro artist’s canvas.

By Suzi Gage, a final year Epidemiology PhD student from the University of Bristol, looking at the relationship between drug use and mental health. She was the 2012 UK science blog prize winner and her blog, Sifting the Evidence, is part of the Guardian's science blog network. She has also just completed a Media Fellowship with the BBC. This post is part of a series of posts for the Public Attitudes to Science 2014 study.


A friend of mine, trying to get a rise out of me, once told me that he’d rather see me writing in the Daily Mail than for the Guardian, where my science blog is hosted. Though he was perhaps being facetious*, the underlying point is important. When we as scientists want to communicate the work we are doing to the public, who are our intended audience? And how do we reach them?

By Laurie Winkless

Laurie is a physicist and science communicator. She is now working as Editor (International Programmes) at Nobel Media - the media arm of the Nobel Foundation.


Admit it. Plenty of us have pictured how we would respond to THAT phone call from Stockholm, telling us that we’d been awarded a Nobel Prize. But it’s good to know that many of the science Nobel Laureates admit to having had that same daydream too!

Nancy Mendoza is a science communicator and PR professional. She is currently working with the Society for Applied Microbiology and blogs at http://www.nancywmendoza.co.uk/blog


"There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the ‘practice of freedom’, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."

—Richard Shaull, drawing on Paulo Freire

Tim Silman is a Research Assistant at Ipsos MORI and is part of the team responsible for designing, managing and analysing the survey element of Public Attitudes to Science (PAS) 2014.


In June, Patrick Sturgis, Principle Researcher for the Wellcome Trust Monitor (WTM), posted this blog, advocating “gold-standard” sampling approaches for public opinion surveys on science issues. He’ll be pleased to hear that BIS and Ipsos MORI have taken on board his and other academics’ feedback in designing PAS 2014, moving to a random sampling approach.