The Association is awash with good news this quarter, following the appointment of our Chair Dame Julia Goodfellow to the Council for Science and Technology (CST).
The CST is the UK Government’s top-level advisory body on science and technology policy issues, and the 11 members report directly to the Prime Minister.
Furthermore, our Vice-Chair Jim al-Khalili was awarded the Institute of Physics’ Kelvin Prize 2011 for his outstanding work in communicating physics to public audiences.
Roland Jackson, the Chief Executive of the British Science Association, was awarded an Honorary Degree by Aston University recently for his services to public engagement with science. During the week of graduation ceremonies, seven other honorary degrees were awarded to leading figures in the fields of business, science, engineering and politics.
Scientists in society
Scientists who want to engage the public with their work can now sign up to our latest newsletter- the Scientists in Society e-lert.
Free from the British Science Association, the monthly newsletter is packed with opportunities to connect people with research, from schools and young people to policy-makers and the media. It includes schemes run by us as well as organisations which share our aims, along with details of grant schemes, competitions, awards, and training.
Opportunities are relevant to researchers at any stage of their career, anywhere in the UK and all additions are welcome.
x-change welcomes new host
The x-change  is delighted to welcome a new host: science writer and broadcaster Richard Hollingham.
The first dedicated science producer of BBC’s Today programme, Richard presents World Service’s One Planet and has filed stories from across the globe.
Feature writer, author of Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery and co-author of How to Clone the Perfect Blonde, Richard is also TV anchor for the European Space Agency, and producer of the Spaceboffins podcast.
Bringing you all the highlights of the British Science Festival packed into four fun-filled evening shows, the x-change will be held at the National Media Museum from 11-14 September.
Look out for the pink T-shirts or follow us on Twitter @TheXchangeTeam 
Our world in motion
National Science & Engineering Week 2012 takes place 9–18 March and next year explores the theme ‘our world in motion’. From plate tectonics to the supersonic jet, robotic football players and the bacterial flagellum, it is hoped that next year’s theme will be interpreted in many different ways by event organisers and generate a buzz around the sciences and engineering next March.
Keep an eye out for national projects from the British Science Association. If you are planning to take part yourself, check out http://www.nsew.org.uk/  for further details or to book a place at an upcoming information session.
Join the ideas explosion!
Do you know any 11-18 year olds who have completed a project in science, technology, engineering or maths? Did their project dazzle you? If so, you should encourage them to enter the National Science & Engineering Competition!
It is very quick and easy to enter online and the best entries will be invited to present their projects at The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists’ and Engineers’ Fair, in Birmingham on 15-17 March 2012.
There is prize money of over £50,000 to win for both teams and individuals in three age categories. The two individual winners in the senior category will also gain the titles of UK Young Scientist of the Year and UK Young Engineer of the Year.
For more information about the National Science & Engineering Competition, please visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/nsec