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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.

Kick Start Fund

Kick Start applications for NSEW 2015 will open in mid-September 2014

 

Funding for your activities

The British Science Association offers grants to certain schools and organisations to help fund National Science & Engineering Week events and activities. We also offer a range of help guides and activity packs to help you plan your events, along with a guide to funding

For NSEW 2014 there were four NSEW grants available from the British Science Association:

Grant schemes that are now closed:

Click here for NSEW Grant Scheme for Wales

Click here for Kick Start Grant for Schools

Click here for NSEW Grant Scheme for Scotland

Click here for NSEW Grants for British Science Association Branches

If you have applied for any of these grant schemes don't forget to also register your event on our event listing so you can request free marketing materials and (if a school) be included in our school prize draw. Register your event here.

 

How-to-guides and ideas

These guides present step-by-step instructions in how to arrange publicity, how to organise an NSEW event or activity and where to find funding.

If you are a beginner or have never organised an event before then our organiser's timeline and NSEW guides in a day will help you get going - these show how you can do science and engineering week activities on a small budget or using our free resources.

You can also download our handy NSEW templates to easily create press releases and press photocall invitations to maximise publicity for your event.

Note: you must be logged in to an account with the British Science Association website in order to access most of these packs. Creating an account is quick, easy and free.

 

Science on a Shoestring

Organisers concise timeline

Guide to running an event

Guide to Funding

Guide to Publicity

 

Templates

Press release template (word doc)

Photography permission slip template (word doc)

Press photocall invitation template (word doc)

 

Looking for hands-on activity ideas?

We have over 350 free activities designed specifically for National Science & Engineering Week. Check out our popular activity pack series.

 

Looking for STEM presentation tips?

Take a look at these British Science Festival videos for advice on presenting, and visit the Science in Society page for public engagement resources.

 

Got questions? Visit our FAQ page 

These guides present step-by-step instructions in how to arrange publicity, how to organise an NSEW event or activity and where to find funding.

If you are a beginner or have never organised an event before then our organiser's timeline and NSEW guides in a day will help you get going - these show how you can do science and engineering week activities on a small budget or using our free resources.

You can also download our handy NSEW templates to easily create press releases and press photocall invitations to maximise publicity for your event.

Note: you must be logged in to an account with the British Science Association website in order to access most of these packs. Creating an account is quick, easy and free.

 

Science on a Shoestring

Organisers concise timeline

Guide to running an event

Guide to Funding

Guide to Publicity

 

Templates

Press release template (word doc)

Photography permission slip template (word doc)

Press photocall invitation template (word doc)

 

Looking for hands-on activity ideas?

We have over 350 free activities designed specifically for National Science & Engineering Week. Check out our popular activity pack series.

 

Looking for STEM presentation tips?

Take a look at these British Science Festival videos for advice on presenting, and visit the Science in Society page for public engagement resources.

 

Got questions? Visit our FAQ page 

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.

 

NSEW Event Awards

And the 2014 winners are…

During National Science & Engineering Week the team judged events across the country. We attended brilliant events and are pleased to announce the winners of the NSEW 2014 Event Awards.

Best Primary School Event

Winner: Simmondley Primary School

Runner-up: Exeter Road Primary School

Best Secondary School Event

Winner: St John’s Marlborough

Runner-up: Balfron High School 

Best STEM Institution Event

Winner: University of Southampton

Runner-up: St Mary’s University

Best Community Event

Winner: Community Perspectives

Runner-up: Bay Tree Community Café Project

Best Engineering-themed Event 

Winner: My Future, My Choice

Runner-up: Pendeen Community Heritage

All winners won £600 and all runner-ups won £200 for running future NSEW activities and events.

Supported by Engineering UK, the NSEW Event Awards aim to reward the passion of event and activity organisers and showcase the very best in public engagement during NSEW.

Read the 2014 Event Award winners case studies

Find more case studies here


Thinking about next year's events?

If you are already thinking about next year's activities and have a quirky, original or innovative event planned for National Science & Engineering Week 2015, then consider nominating yourself for an NSEW Event Award! Any organisation can self-nominate for an award, whether you are a school running a day of activities or a theatre launching a new production - as long as it takes place during National Science & Engineering Week (13-22 March 2015).

Categories

  • Best primary school event: for events or activities organised by primary schools.
  • Best secondary school event: for events or activities organised by secondary schools.
  • Best STEM institution event: For events by those organisations (non schools) participating in STEM engagement on a regular basis.
  • Best community event: For events and activities that include the local community and/or family audiences.
  • Best engineering-themed event: For events and activities that are predominantly engineering themed - this includes designing, building, testing. 

Event Award Category Criteria



 

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, Regional Engagement Officer. 

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, Regional Engagement Officer. 

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 regional team

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

Sabah Adams, Regional Engagement Officer

Hema Teji, Manager of Regional Programmes 0207 019 4953

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, Regional Engagement Officer

Hema Teji, Manager of Regional Programmes 0207 019 4953

Team Email: Regions@britishscienceassociation.org

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