Working with science communicators and public engagement professionals is an essential part of the British Science Association’s strategy. This group can reach new audiences, improve our work, and promote science as a fundamental part of culture and society.

We define science communicators as ‘anyone working on having, or facilitating, conversations about science, whether paid or voluntarily.’

Based on our Science Communicator Consultation, we are developing new projects to support this diverse and growing community’s needs, building on the success of our  Science Communication Conference. In 2016, there will be a number of events, training and online activities, so watch this space.

We decided to review our work with science communicators by consulting with the community to help shape our thinking. The results have demonstrated the community wants more training, networking and a hub for the sector to meet. As the sector has grown and diversified, there’s a need for more year-round and tailored support in addition to the Conference, and that’s what we want to deliver.


A Changing Sector: where is science communication now?

The British Science Association (BSA) has published A Changing Sector: Where is science communication now? This report is a snapshot of the science communication and public engagement sector in the UK today. 

Read the report and find out more about the results.

Events for science communicators

We value networking and learning across the different sub-sectors of science communication and public engagement. Our events are for all people involved in creating conversations about science, whether you are a scientist who does science communication as a part of your job, a volunteer, or a full-time professional in science communication and public engagement.

In 2016, we are running a range of exciting events around the country. These events are for people from all sub-sectors and backgrounds, but we do target some of our events to particular groups and experience levels.

Upcoming events:

21 October 2016 – BSA Masterclass: Science Communication Primer (London) 

Conway Hall, London, 10am-5.30pm

An essential event for researchers, full-time communicators or volunteers, in their first few years of science communication. Key science communication figures will lead interactive sessions on storytelling, understanding your audience, choosing your medium, evaluation, and next steps for career development.

After the Masterclass, we'll be joining up with the London SciComm Social, so delegates can meet up with local science communicators.

Tickets (£80-£100)


17 November 2016 – Culture Shock

Culture Shock is for professionals looking to be inspired, challenged and provoked about how they engage with different audiences and approach interdisciplinary partnerships.

For our first event, the British Science Association and Fun Palaces are partnering to bring together scientific and arts audiences, to look at how we can create a new culture. 

Tickets (£80-£120)