National Science & Engineering Week FAQs
What is National Science & Engineering Week?
National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) is a 10-day programme of thousands of events running throughout the whole of the UK with the aim of celebrating science, engineering, technology and maths. With no restrictions on who can organise events, the topics on which they are focused, the audience or the venue, the resulting programme is a hugely varied and eclectic mix suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
What are the dates?
For 2015, NSEW will be 13 - 22 March. In 2016 it will be 11 - 20 March.
Who organises National Science & Engineering Week?
NSEW is coordinated by the British Science Association and is funded by BIS (Department for Business Innovation and Skills). In 2006, the British Science Association began working in partnership with EngineeringUK to specifically increase the awareness of the contribution of engineering to our society through the week, now around 40% of events have an engineering theme.
NSEW events can be organised by anyone. Our organisers are people from all walks of life: teachers, community group leaders, researchers, professionals and many more. The continuing success of NSEW depends entirely on the incredible efforts of our event organisers and the enthusiasm of participants.
Why should I take part?
Organisers tend to have their own unique reasons for taking part in NSEW: sometimes it is that they wish to use the additional publicity that they can generate by being involved, while other times people just like taking part in such a large project. Below is a list of some of the potential benefits of being part of NSEW:
- having your event listed in the NSEW online programme
- having a unique webpage on our site with your event information that you can share and use in promotions
- raising the profile of your school, organisation or area of science
- increasing publicity by using NSEW as a hook for your event
- building links with your local community
- attracting new and/or larger audiences
- improving organisational and communication skills of staff and volunteers
- feeling part of one the largest science experiences in the country…you may be only participating in one small event but NSEW is definitely greater than the sum of its parts!
Can I run an event/activity?
Events and activities within NSEW are organised and run by anyone who wishes to be involved. You can find how-to guides on getting started and other resources here.
Who are the events targeted at?
Anyone and everyone! The idea behind the programme is to raise awareness, spark enthusiasm and celebrate science, engineering, technology and maths with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Each event targets different audiences - it's up to event organisers to decide.
Where do the events take place?
Throughout the whole of the UK. Events take place in a diverse range of locations, from museums, schools and universities to shopping centres, business premises, libraries and theatres. You name it and an NSEW event can be held there.
What sort of event can I run?
There are no strict rules, and any format of event is welcome. All we ask is that the event has a science, engineering, technology or maths theme or sub-theme. For example, you could:
- open up your business or university department for a tour for schools or the public
- run a series of hands-on exhibits and activities
- set up interactive displays, demonstrations and investigations
- host an exhibition, talk or debate
- challenge your pupils/colleagues/visitors to a quiz or competition
- run a seminar, conference or workshop
Does National Science & Engineering Week have a theme?
We have not yet decided if there will be a theme for NSEW 2015.
The NSEW 2014 theme for school event organisers was 'Explore the future.' For non-school event organisers, there was no theme. The type of event or activity organisers run was entirely up to them and depends on their own personal interests and the resources at their disposal.
What is the best way for me to find an event partner or speaker?
The best way to find an event partner is to attend one of the NSEW information sessions. These events are excellent for networking and for finding out what other activities and plans are going on in your area.
For help with finding a presenter, please visit these partner sites.
Where can I find further information, activity ideas and resources?
We can also offer downloadable materials, including logos, leaflets, posters, stickers and participation certificates. Our online shop offers t-shirts, badges, pencils and science goodies all at cost price.
Can the British Science Association help with my event publicity?
Marketing and publicity for your event is up to the individual organisers. However, all events that are registered as public will be featured in the NSEW online programme, which is promoted across the country. Your public event could also be included in our regional and national press releases.
Can I download logos to use on my marketing materials?
Yes, you can. Please ensure you read the branding guidelines to get the most out of logos available.
Is there funding available to assist with running an event?
The British Science Association coordinates our very own Kick-Start Fund that is specifically for schools in challenging circumstances. We also have regional funds for school and organisations in Scotland and Wales. We also produce a guide to find funding. This guide includes an updated list of grants available, ideas on where to look for funding and how to attract sponsorship for your event. Please see our funding page.
When do I need to let you know about my event plans?
Event registrations for NSEW 2015 will open in September/October 2014.
We want to hear about all of the National Science & Engineering Week events that are going on around the UK, so even if your event is not open to the public, please do let us know by registering it.
How can I find out what’s happening in my area?
Can I contact a member of the NSEW team with any queries?
You can contact a member of the NSEW team at any time by emailing us at email@example.com or by calling 020 7019 4937.
Our postal address is:
National Science & Engineering Week
British Science Association
Wellcome Wolfson Building
165 Queen’s Gate
Can I register for a free e-newsletter?
You can register for a free monthly e-newsletter when you register for an account on the British Science Association website. Creating an account is quick, easy and free.