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Dame Athene Donald, Robin Ince and Dr Steve Cross named Honorary Fellows; Dr Ben Goldacre joins Council.

The British Science Association (BSA) has awarded Honorary Fellowships to Professor Dame Athene Donald, comedian Robin Ince and Dr Steve Cross.

1. Get to know the programme
Get yourself a copy of the programme and a pen to mark the events you really want to go to. During the Festival, always have a copy of the programme in your bag, so that you can make a 'plan B' in case your 'plan A' is sold out (although it’s still worth turning up to sold out events, since tickets might be available at the door). You might also want to carry a notebook (you never know who you might meet and what you might learn!).

By Houda Davis, Research Assistant at Involve.

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Earlier this year, I was asked to write a social intelligence report for Sciencewise on Energy Storage. Social intelligence reports basically gather all the available information on what the public think about a cutting edge or controversial science issue, with the aim of helping policy makers develop better policy decisions and encourage further public dialogue.

By Dr Jennifer Badham, Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Social Simulation at University of Surrey

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by Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association.

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We've just completed a major review of the Association's aims, had a resulting restructure - and we're now pleased to invite applications for nine newly-created roles to help us achieve our new vision, of a world where science is seen as a part of culture and society, rather than just a profession or a subject. 

by Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association.

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Is science really part of the UK's culture?

The British Science Association recently completed a period of reflection on what we do, who we serve, and why. We concluded that the answer to that question is 'no' - for now.

For instance, do people who engage in individual science activities make the leap and engage in others? Are we pulling in enough people from new and diverse backgrounds? Do these people consider themselves as part of a science community, or do they engage just as a novelty?  How can we connect science with the rest of society? These are the questions that we’ve been asking ourselves while developing our new plans.

by Jo Cox, Head of Science at Redmoor Academy. This is the second article showing the different perspectives around the Anturus expedition on the Severn from the scientist (Huw James from Anturus), the teacher (Jo Cox) and one of the students (Luca Moore project leader age 13).

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We first met Huw James in March 2014, and had arranged for him to lead a session for a small group of students who we thought might be interested in following the latest expedition from the Anturus team. I'm not entirely sure how this session then led into one of the most challenging and exciting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects we have ever been involved with, but that is indeed the case.

by Kate Mills, doctoral student at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Kate can be found on Twitter at @le_feufollet

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The astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan was my childhood hero. My first flashbulb memory occurred on the last day of school before winter break, when I heard the news of Carl Sagan’s death on the radio. I had come to know Carl Sagan's existence so young in my life not because my family were particularly keen on science, but because my grandfather was awarded a telescope from his company for having worked 30 years in a chemical factory without sustaining an injury.

By Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh, who is currently studying double maths, physics, chemistry, philosophy and Italian at A-Level. Gianamar has recently completed his Gold CREST Award and has received a number of prizes at the National Science + Engineering Competition since 2012.

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Despite having been interested in science for a long time, my passion for physics and my drive to become an amateur scientist was kindled by an excellent science teacher in Year 9 at school who taught us about particle physics as an extra to our GCSE course. I also think Brian Cox's "Wonders of the Universe" series had a big impact on me as it was the first time when watching a science documentary that I could truly feel the enthusiasm communicated by the presenter.

by Graphic Science

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In March 2014, the latest version of the Public Attitudes to Science report was published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in partnership with Ipsos MORI. But what can we learn from the PAS survey?

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