People & Science

A publication of the British Science Association


Show me content for... +

Show me content for...
Professional development
Families & teenagers (aged 12+)
Families (children aged 12 & under)



Register with us and you can....

  • Sign up to our free e-communications
  • Become a member of the Association
  • Create your own web account, & post comments
  • Be part of British Science Festival
  • Save your favourite items


Keep up to date with the latest news from the British Science Assocation. Sign up to our RSS feeds and take us with you when you are on the move.

You are here

Festivals and finals

Coralie Young updates on events at the British Science Association.

Coralie Young updates on events at the British Science Association.


National Science & Engineering Week 2014

Every March, thousands of organisations take part in National Science & Engineering Week, at thousands of venues.  There are shows, talks, demonstrations, exhibits and debates about science and its importance to every aspect of our lives.

From astronomy to zoology, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur, someone who works in science, or a family group with small children, you can visit our event listings website to find great events taking place in your local area.

You can also follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news and competitions.

Off with a Bang!

The National Science + Engineering Competition Finals will once again be taking place at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, which will held at the NEC in Birmingham, from 13-16 March.

The Finalists will exhibit their amazing project work to the thousands of people attending the Fair. Celebrities including Jason Bradbury, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Sir Tim Hunt will make up the expert panel, judging the projects and awarding the titles of UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of the Year.

The Fair is open to family groups on 15-16 March, and entry is free. Visit to register and find out more about the exciting exhibits, demonstrations and shows that will take place at the Fair.

British Science Festival proposals

Event proposals are still open for the British Science Festival 2014, which will take place in Birmingham in September, in partnership with the University of Birmingham.

We are seeking proposals for the scientific talks and debates programme, a key strand of the Festival events. You can also nominate an outstanding early career academic as an Award Lecturer, to give a keynote presentation at the Festival, following in the footsteps of previous Award Lecturers such as Prof Brian Cox and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

The deadline for Award Lecture nominations is 28 February, and the deadline for talks and debate proposals is 14 March. You can read our guidance on how to submit a proposal, on the Festival website.

Nominate an amazing volunteer!

The annual Sir Walter Bodmer Award recognises an outstanding volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the work of the British Science Association.

Volunteers are those who give up their time, unpaid, to support the work we do. We have thousands of people who work with us in a voluntary capacity every year – and we’re grateful to all of them.

If you’ve come across a British Science Association volunteer – whether that is in one of our branches, in the scientific sections helping organise the Festival, or a CREST teacher who’s done amazing work with our Young People’s Programme – why not get in touch with us and nominate them for this recognition? All nominations are judged by an Award Panel, and the winner will be announced on 1 June, to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week. They will be invited to receive the Award at the British Science Festival dinner.

Download the nomination form and submit it to us before 16 April.

Click for More
Coralie Young
Coralie Young is the British Science Association’s Communications Manager
Join the debate...
Log in or register to post comments