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We offer a diversity of volunteer roles across the UK and you don’t have to be a scientist to volunteer with us.

The Branches

Dating in the dark, science busking on high streets and at festivals, film screenings, nature street parties, lectures and more are all possible with British Science Association branches.  At the British Science Association we are committed to supporting our network of 32 branches, involving nearly 400 volunteers, across the UK.  We are proud of the fact that through all our programmes we bring scientists and engineers into direct face-to-face contact with more people than any other organisation in the UK.  Within a branch committee, volunteers can take on a variety of roles from Chair to event organiser; website editor to fundraiser.  We tailor our roles to suit your interests and time availability. Please see our branch volunteering page for more details.

The Festival

Get involved with the Association's flagship event – the British Science Festival! The 16 Scientific Sections cover all areas of science, engineering and technology and are looking for people to join their committees and help plan and run events during the Festival. They are also interested in people who have events, PR or marketing backgrounds.

You can also volunteer to work as a Festival Assistant during the week of the Festival. We are looking for people who enjoy working with the public, can think on their feet and have lots of energy and enthusiasm. There are a variety of roles ranging from working with school groups visiting the Festival to assisting in the Press Centre. For students interested in a career in science communication check out the information about becoming an x-change volunteer.

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Young People’s Programme

There are several ways in which adults and young people can volunteer with the British Science Association’s education activities throughout the year:

  • Scientists, engineers and STEM professionals can volunteer to judge for the National Science + Engineering Competition.
  • We also encourage STEM professionals to consider mentoring young people undertaking CREST projects in science and maths subjects, and offer guidance and advice as to how to get started.
  • A number of young people aged 16+ volunteer to help with our Competitor Care programme at the National Science + Engineering Competition finals which take place in March.
  • We have a growing CREST Youth Panel where students who have already achieved a CREST Award volunteer to attend meetings and give useful feedback to the Association and partners about projects that involve their peers.

Find out more about volunteering with CREST and the National Science + Engineering Competition

British Science Week Champions

British Science Week (BSW) takes place over 10 days every March with events taking place at a wide range of venues across the UK. We are looking for volunteers to become BSW ‘Champions’. If you have experience in running events or activities for BSW or any other related initiative, please consider signing up as a volunteer champion and help us build on the success of the Week by sharing good practice, useful resources and ideas and by encouraging new organisations to take part.

Benefits of volunteering as a Champion include raising the profile of your school or organisation in your area, developing new skills, networking and the exclusive use of our BSW Champions Network logo on your organisation’s website and marketing materials.

We are asking champions to give about one hour a week of their time to advocate BSW in their local area and online.
Find out more and apply here.

General Committee

The General Committee is established by British Science Association Statutes and is the principal strategic advisory body of the British Science Association.  It consists, in addition to the members of Council including the President, past-President and President-elect of:

  • 12 members elected from voting members of the Association
  • 2 members nominated and elected by Affiliate (Institutional and Corporate) members
  • 2 members who are students and who have first-hand experience of British Science Association, nominated and elected by voting members.

Nominations for the committee are accepted annually around April/May.  The call will be displayed on our volunteering opportunities page when it is open.