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The British Science Association website uses cookies, so that we can identify you as a unique user and improve your experience of our website. Cookies are files that are stored by your internet browser on your computer's hard drive. They can be used to recognise your email address and password, saving you time while you are on a website. Your browser can be set to not accept cookies, but this would restrict your use of the site. We also use cookies to monitor which areas of the website interest you most.

What is a cookie?
Most websites will use cookies in order to improve your experience of using a website by allowing it to remember you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).
Cookies perform many different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, or storing your settings, and they make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it may think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to a different page it will not recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.
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What we use cookies for?
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We also use Google Analytics tracking cookies to collect anonymous traffic data about your use of this website. The Google Analytics cookie contains a randomly-generated ID which is used to recognise your browser when you view a page. The cookie contains some personal information about your browser configuration and your location, however we cannot identify you as an individual user from this cookie within Google Analytics. The purpose of this information is to help us improve the site for future visitors. This information is stored by Google and subject to their privacy policy (http://www.google.com/privacy.html).

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