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Biology Week and Beyond: Is this the Age of Biology?

It’s the dawning of the Age of Biology. So said the Financial Times earlier this year with a prediction that innovations in the application of biology will transform the 21st century. “Just as our understanding of physics changed societies a hundred years ago, and changes in information have reshaped us over the decades, I believe we are on the cusp of profound changes in our knowledge and abilities in the realm of biology.” That’s as good as any reason to get involved with Biology Week 2014.

Local branches and events


Our Branch members help extend the reach of the British Science Association’s activities throughout the UK and form a widespread network of contacts, expertise, creativity and a passion for engaging the public with the sciences.  To find out about the British Science Association in your area, select your area from the list in the left hand column.

Got an event? Get it listed

Why not add your events or activities to our national events newsletter? We welcome events from a range of organisations, whether you are a British Science Association Branch, a charity, a business or a visitor centre and you are putting on an event for the public then we'd like to hear about it!

Our newsletter lists events which have a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths events for the public. Please note that while we may accept your event into our newsletter, the British Science Association does not endorse these events.

If you are holding an event for National Science & Engineering Week 2015, our programme will start accepting events for registration in September 2014. 

Please contact regions@britishscienceassociation.org for details on listing your event in our newsletter

Oxford Scibar: Why animals matter
Thursday, 18 October, 2012 - 18:30 to 19:30

Can we project human emotions on to animals? What can science tell us about their quality of life? Join us to hear Prof Marian Stamp Dawkins discuss why animals matter and why we need a rethink on animal welfare in order for it to be taken seriously. SciBar is a relaxed informal event.

For info email: oxfordscibar@hotmail.co.uk
facebook ‘British Science Association Oxfordshire Branch’
twitter @oxfordscibar

Space Day
Sunday, 14 October, 2012 - 11:30 to 18:00
Drink, Shop and Do

On Sunday the 14th of October Science London will be bringing Space (and the science that entails) to Kings Cross. We are still working on the full details but we will have crafty things, activities, talks, films and real scientists on the day to help you learn and play all about the inky blackness beyond our blue planet.

2013 theme: Invention & discovery

This year's theme gives a great opportunity to celebrate the ‘everyman’ scientist and inventor and to highlight the science and engineering behind the nation’s favourite gadgets and goods.

Much of the world around us has at some point been invented and everyday problems lead to new innovations to solve them. Explorers of the natural world discover new things every day, from new species to space phenomena.

Invention and discovery is a broad theme encompassing many aspects of science and engineering, which can be interpreted in many different ways at your events and activities. We hope it will inspire hands-on invention challenges and discovery expeditions for people of all ages.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started

What can you invent or discover? - people from all walks of life can turn their hand to invention and  can get out and about and discover the world around them- from programming a new mobile app to finding out about our galaxy.

Inventions that changed the world – celebrating the scientific revolution and showing how it shaped the world around us; from the discovery of gravity to the invention of the internet, from Archimedes to Apple and from penicillin to plastic. What was invented in your area?

The next big thing – what are scientists and engineers working on at the moment? A chance to look ahead to emerging technologies, cutting-edge discoveries and brand new products; from synthetic biology to motion-controlled TV.

Solving the problems facing our planet - from renewable energy technologies to novel food-growing systems and from controlling disease to protecting endangered species.

Undiscovered world – the on-going science revolution: from the discovery of DNA to the first synthetic cell. A chance to explore the discoveries taking place all the time in the deep oceans and remote rainforests.

Medical breakthroughs – from face transplants to combatting tropical diseases, development of treatments and medical discoveries.
 
From the lab to the stock market - the process of research and development in the lab and the workshop and the at-home experimenting that can lead to lucrative new products.



NSEW themes are intended to provide a foundation for your own events and activities, but it is not intended to be the only theme seen during NSEW 2013. If you can't think of an event or activity around the theme then don't worry, you can cover whatever you like in your event.

Previous themes like 'Earth', 'our world in motion' and 'communication' have sparked a wide variety of different events across the UK during NSEW. We hope that 'invention & discovery' will do the same for 2013!
If you have any burning ideas that you're keen to share then please let us know: nsew@britishscienceassociation.org.

 

Meet our volunteers

The branches network attracts a wide range of volunteers with different skills and interests. There is no typical branch volunteer but the following profiles give some insight into the backgrounds and motivations of our outstanding branch volunteers.

 


Holly Rogers

Science Brainwaves, Sheffield

I'm Head of Events for our branch - this involves coming up with ideas for activities, liaising with speakers and scientific experts, and supporting volunteers as they develop their own events. I also write news stories for our website from time to time, I write our monthly science pub quiz, and I'm quite handy with the video camera. I've been involved around 18 months and am a Science Communication student.  I spend around four or five hours a week on my volunteering - a little more in the run up to a big event. I just can't stay away.  I got involved with my Branch because I was already keen on science outreach from my undergraduate days as a chemist, but at the time it seemed like opportunities were few and far between. Science Brainwaves were really friendly and active, which was exactly what I was looking for! I'm also hoping to work as a science communicator in the future, so this seemed like a great way to get some experience.  I love having the opportunity to try out so many different things - I've spent time with all ages and abilities, and taken part in everything from blogging and craft to cocktail making and extreme sports. You get to meet lots of new people who all love the same things as you, and it's a really welcoming environment to try out new ideas. I can't recommend it enough!


Tim Gabriel

Bradford/Science Brainwaves

I’m a general committee member, I do anything!  So far I have helped develop contacts with schools and colleges, I have created and delivered sessions to enthuse about science, a few years ago I think I was the events organiser!  I started delivering sessions at The British Science Festival almost 10 years ago and then became involved in organising events with the West Yorkshire Branch in about 2007.  The amount of time I spend helping the Branch varies, sometimes with larger events or school related workshops I dedicate a day each week plus preparation time, at other times myself and other members might be corresponding by email, it really depends on the event and the extent of my involvement.  The best bit is you can decide how much of your time you want to give – its voluntary!  I got involved with my Branch becasue it keeps me off the streets and allows me to put my science background to good use.  Sometimes, I have the opportunity to talk about science without the constraints of the school's syllabus or the national curriculum.  I just want to make science enjoyable, relevant and at push, almost ‘cool'.

Join our team

Share our passion for public engagement and volunteer with a British Science Association Branch!

All British Science Association branches are keen to hear from enthusiastic volunteers who wish to get involved in organising innovative and exciting public events. Running a successful Branch takes lots of different kinds of people - you needn’t be a scientific expert. Non-scientists with an interest in marketing, events management, secretarial work and finance may also find valuable volunteering opportunities with a branch.

Branch volunteer opportunties

 

Many of the British Science Association branches are keen to hear from enthusiastic volunteers. You needn’t be a scientific expert; you might have some skills or interests outside of science that would be valuable to your local branch. Branches have a number of committee roles, as well as the opportunity to volunteer at events on a more occasional basis. For more information about branch volunteering, please read through the information sheets below, and then get in touch!

To get a flavour of what branch volunteering is like, take a look at our volunteer profiles.

Branch volunteer roles

Committee Member

 

If you are interested in volunteering, or would just like to find out more, please contact Sabah Adams, Engagement Officer (Regional).

Please Note: Our regional Branches are run by volunteers over 18 years of age. If your enquiry is about young people or CREST, please contact crest@britishscienceassociation.org

 

 

 

 

Many of the British Science Association branches are keen to hear from enthusiastic volunteers. You needn’t be a scientific expert; you might have some skills or interests outside of science that would be valuable to your local branch. Branches have a number of committee roles, as well as the opportunity to volunteer at events on a more occasional basis. For more information about branch volunteering, please read through the information sheets below, and then get in touch!

To get a flavour of what branch volunteering is like, take a look at our volunteer profiles.

Branch volunteer roles

Committee Member

 

If you are interested in volunteering, or would just like to find out more, please contact Sabah Adams, Engagement Officer (Regional).

Please Note: Our regional Branches are run by volunteers over 18 years of age. If your enquiry is about young people or CREST, please contact crest@britishscienceassociation.org

 

 

 

Contact the Engagement Team

If you have any questions regarding anything from the local branches section of this website then please contact:

Sabah Adams, Engagement Officer (Regional)

Christina Fuentes Tibbitt, Engagement Manager (Regional)

Team Email: Regions@britishscienceassociation.org

If you have any questions regarding anything from the local branches section of this website then please contact:

Sabah Adams, Engagement Officer (Regional)

Christina Fuentes Tibbitt, Engagement Manager (Regional)

Team Email: Regions@britishscienceassociation.org

The British Science Festival is returning to Bradford in 2015

The British Science Association is pleased to announce Bradford University as host for the 2015 British Science Festival.

The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s biggest science festivals and brings together over 350 leading scientists for a week of ground breaking science, technology and innovation.  The week-long festival is in Birmingham this week to showcase the latest scientific breakthroughs and discoveries from across the globe. Tens of thousands of visitors will attend the talks, discussions, workshops and evening events.

RSVP to the 2014 Richie Lecture

 

Please fill out the following form before 7 November to secure your school's place at the first Richie Lecture.

 

 


It will feature the address, Powering our Future World by Sir David King, the UK Government’s Special Representative for Climate Change - a leading voice in the UK and beyond on energy matters.

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